Ann-Marie Head

Associate Director, Transportation Engineering
BE(Hons) CMEngNZ CPEng IntPE(NZ)

About Ann-Marie

Ann-Marie is a Chartered Professional Engineer with considerable experience in consultancy providing transportation planning and traffic engineering advice to public and private sector clients.

She has a wide skill base including developing transport strategies, preparing integrated transport assessments, carrying out policy reviews and solving other transport planning-related issues.  She has a particular interest in more sustainable travel modes including walking, cycling and public transport and evaluating the wide ranging benefits of encouraging these modes.  She has highly effective management and communication skills proven through numerous good client relationships and peer support.

What Ann-Marie has to say:

What made you decide to become a transportation engineer?

I became interested in transportation engineering in my final years at university as transport is a system used by people.   This introduces a more subjective side to engineering as we need to address the behavioural and social aspects of transport as well.  I also particularly like the linkages that transport has with other areas such as public health, town planning and urban design.

What did you do before joining Abley?

I worked as a transportation engineer in the UK and Australia before returning to Christchurch, my home town.

What does a typical day in the office include?

I’m involved in a range of different projects so a typical day involves talking with clients, delegating and assisting my team to progress projects, as well as carrying out my own technical work.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the people. We have a hard working, capable and fun team here at Abley who are keen to solve our clients’ problems.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

Fitting in everything I’d like to get done!

What’s been your career highlight so far?

Being a key part of a growing Abley team… we must be doing something right!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love getting into the outdoors: trail running, mountain biking, rogaining, skiing, and experiencing the simple things like camping with my young son.