Ross is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the transportation field as both a consultant and working for local and regional government agencies. Ross began his career in civil engineering consultancies in South Africa. Following this, he moved to New Zealand where he worked in regional government, initially as a senior road engineer then as a senior transport planner. Ross was later contracted by the Riyadh Development Authority as an expert traffic-engineering advisor.Upon his return to New Zealand, Ross soon established a new transport planning function within Auckland City Council. During this period, he headed several major transport road corridor and public transport projects and was a member of several regional and national working parties. Between 2003 and 2015 he ran his own transport planning consultancy, consulting primarily for regional and local government agencies and transport authorities.
What made you decide to become a transportation engineer?
It is a branch of engineering that deals with people – their behavior, their needs, their future.
What did you do before joining Abley?
I had my own independent, one person transport planning consultancy for over 10 years. Before that I was a Group Manager at Auckland City Council. I have also worked in South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
What does a typical day in the office include?
Sitting in front of the computer screen! With luck getting out into the real world!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy challenges. Working with others. Hopefully making a difference.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
As I seem to come in towards the end of projects, it is trying to understand enough about a project to be able to review it effectively in the limited time available. A lot depends on the depth and quality of the original work!
What’s been your career highlight so far?
The time I am most proud of was taking a lead role in planning and decision making for what became known as Auckland’s rapid transit system at a time when it was all about building roads.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Walking and reading. I am a committee member of Engineers for Social Responsibility (currently President) whose major focus is on climate change and what NZ should do to respond to its challenges. I am also a part time lecturer at Unitec.