I’m the Programme Manager for the West Midlands Smart Motorway Programme. It's a challenging and rewarding role, with great variety and responsibility.
I started my career at Highways England as an apprentice. Over the 30+ years I've been here, I've worked in most divisions, building on each new experience.
Along the way, I had my family, knowing that the company would be supportive. Returning to work, I mixed full-time and flexible working, juggling looking after children and work.
Through continued support I’m continuing to develop myself by undertaking external qualifications, and taking an active part in membership organisations. I have recently completed a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply which, for me, is very fitting with the work Highways England do in contracting and managing the supply chain.
It’s exciting to lead on such a big project and to be responsible for getting things done. This means making timely decisions, multitasking, working across technical disciplines, and doing the right thing at the right time for the good of the project and the people.
There are meetings every day looking at commercial, health and safety, early warnings, risk, programme, technology, design, quality, construction, and more. I make sure I understand how each area is impacting on the project and ensure it’s being managed with expertise and thoroughness.
I find the work we do, and the pace at which we deliver projects, amazing. I love leading on a project that directly impacts on improving the economy and conditions for all road users. I’m proud to be part of something so big.
My Highways England
No day is the same as the one before. The work is so diverse that everyone has a wealth of opportunities to develop their skills.
There are great opportunities for people starting on their career path.
We welcome new people in all disciplines, as we accept the richness that comes with different experiences.
Highways England is a progressive company. There is a support network in place and a clear structure, and I have never come across anyone who is not willing to help.