Jeanette Ward

Technical Director, Transportation Engineering

About Jeanette

Jeanette has vast experience in the transportation industry including streetscape urban design and project management. She has worked in local government and consultancy within the United Kingdom and New Zealand. She has excellent community engagement skills.

What Jeanette has to say

What made you decide to become a Transportation Engineer?

My background is in civil engineering and I’ve had many different jobs over the years such as hydraulic modelling, structural engineering, and solid waste management to name just a few. However I was drawn to traffic engineering because of the human element.  Essentially we’re creating an infrastructure that most people use every day and seeking their involvement in its design really appealed to me.

What did you do before joining Abley?

I was a traffic engineer at another consultancy, where I gained lots of experience in planning and designing walking and cycling facilities.

What does a typical day in the office include?

I’m an early bird, so I’m often one of the first people in the office. My very first job is to make a coffee and check emails, and I usually head into the first meeting of the day or work on a report shortly afterwards.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Traffic engineering is usually just one facet of a particular problem, so I really like projects that involve working alongside other disciplines to achieve a great design outcome.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

The issue I most often encounter is balancing all of the competing demands of the streetscape to achieve the best results. Roads are not only ways for car drivers to get from one place to another but they also have many other functions and many other types of users, and taking into account all of these different roles can be a major technical challenge.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

For the past couple of years I’ve been part of a team that’s been redesigning earthquake damaged streets in Kaiapoi. It’s been a great project to be involved with, but a real highlight was that the team was recognised for its efforts at the 2012 IPENZ Engineering Excellence Awards.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy cycling, swimming, tramping, travelling, and hanging out with my kids.