Courtney Groundwater

Associate Transportation Engineer
MSc(Eng) BE(Hons) CMEngNZ CPEng

About Courtney

As a specialist transport consultant, Courtney has developed her experience across a wide range of modes and disciplines within the transport sector. Her combination of an engineering background, transport planning proficiency, experience working alongside specialist transport economists, and a formal project management qualification is a strong base for the knowledge required for business case development, which has been the focus of her career in recent years.

Courtney’s experience also extends to tram-train and passenger rail service studies, strategic road safety appraisal and advice and walking and cycling investment. She has completed her degree at the University of Canterbury and in 2013 Courtney completed a master’s degree in Transport Planning and Engineering at the University of Leeds (UK). As a part of her master’s qualification Courtney completed a dissertation entitled: ‘Valuing Citywide Walking and Cycling in Christchurch’. 

What Courtney has to say:

What made you decide to work in transport?

I fell into transport when I was randomly assigned a place in Timaru District Council’s Land Transport Team one summer. I loved it and have never looked back.

What did you do before joining Abley?

I’ve re-joined Abley after some time overseas, working for another consultancy in the UK and Colombia. In the UK I was predominantly working on and project managing the development of large business cases including, the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street, London and consideration of the Trans-Pennine Tunnel between Manchester and Sheffield.

What does a typical day in the office involve?

I love working collaboratively with clients and colleagues. A lot of my time is spent on the phone, working across offices and assisting junior staff in technical work.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The people I work with, both clients and colleagues and especially working together to achieve something beneficial for society.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

The challenge is what makes my job interesting. The world of transport consulting is 50 shades of grey with so many competing factors. Its great being able to engage with stakeholders, clients and colleagues and get to the best solution for a given project.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

My time spent doing my master’s in Leeds, UK. It was great to be part of an international cohort, all with different perspectives on how transport systems should operate.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Getting outdoors and enjoying what New Zealand has to offer. I’m also an avid reader.