Emily says: “Highways is not just about potholes! You can make an impact on road safety, congestion and the environment!”
How does your day start? The day start with frantically trying to get the children off to school dealing with their tantrums, then relaxing into a rhythm of emails and meetings.
What are you responsible for in your role? I’m responsible for the management of the Street lighting and Intelligent Transport Systems (traffic lights and associated equipment) team who ensure the assets are safe and working for road users in Staffordshire.
Why did you join Staffordshire County Council? I joined Staffordshire County Council because as most have, I fell into this role due to it stating Computer Aided Design (CAD) in the job description, which I studied at university and had previous work experience with. I was drawn to the prospect of working for a council after witnessing the positive experiences of a friend who is employed here.
What might people not know about working at the council? How varied working at the council can be – it’s not just an office job!
What are your main responsibilities in your role? As a Street Lighting and ITS manager I ensure the maintenance contracts for both functions are working in accordance with the specified contractual specifications. Ensuring we are innovating and planning in factors such as obsolescence, climate change and Safety.
What does a typical day look like? My typical day is varied. It ranges from responding to resident feedback regarding the asset, contract review meetings, networking events at conferences and exhibitions, health and safety documentation and financial planning.
What has been your most memorable moment so far? Completing my Senior Leadership MBA and graduating whilst working here.
What’s the worst part of your role? Not being able to respond to all complaints and approve their requests. But this can often be due to thinking of the safety impact on the highway or sometimes the financial constraints.
What’s the best part of your role? Collaborating with people internally and externally. Within the organisation, everyone is so friendly and willing to help. I enjoy speaking to other authorities to gain insight into what they are up to as well.
What would you do if you didn’t do this role? Most likely be go into baking cakes professionally, mostly because I love baking and eating cake!
What advice would you give someone considering a career in highways? It’s not just about pot holes, there are so many other aspects of the highway to consider. By working in highways you can impact road safety, congestion, and the environment.