Timothy Fawcett, Transport Planner, Delivery

"I like that the CA is dynamic and adaptive to funding and the changing political environment. This means that over the course of decades I could be working on completely different elements of transport and is very exciting."

Can you tell me about your career background, progression and how you feel that has prepared you for the job you currently do?

This is my first job in Transport Planning, prior to this I was at university studying Geography. The geography degree played a vital role in what I do today, teaching me GIS, the basics of planning, regeneration and transport planning and providing a political perspective on the world. In terms of career progression, I feel like I have come a long way with the CA. Since coming in as a graduate, I have progressed in several aspects of my job and being on the job was the only way to prepare for this.

What does your job involve and what do you enjoy about it?

My job involves such a variety of workstreams and that is the most important thing for me. It generally is a mix of business case writing and appraisal, transport modelling and appraisal, GIS, project-based work and consultation and engagement. It means that no two days are the same and allows me to get involved in strategy and policy work (recent examples are workshops around CIP Phase 2 and Future Mobility Zones).

How do you find working alongside your team and the wider directorate?

Initially I found working across two offices (Wellington House and partner council offices) quite daunting as I wasn't completely settled in either due to the split role - this just takes time. However, I find working alongside the Transport Partnerships and Transport Planning Team very valuable to learn from others' experience and other perspectives (e.g. Project Management). I feel as though working across the Delivery Directorate allows me to see what the region is achieving and an insight into rail-based schemes.

What training / learning opportunities have you taken part in whilst at the Combined Authority?

I have had significant training opportunities here at the CA. I have undertaken qualifications in PRINCE2, HM Treasury Better Business Cases and NEC4 which have allowed me to develop and gain a greater understanding into project management, business cases and engineering contracts. I have also taken part in learning lunches on topics such as Property Law, Cost Profiling and Public Inquiry.

"I like that the CA is dynamic and adaptive to funding and the changing political environment. This means that over the course of decades I could be working on completely different elements of transport and is very exciting."

Timothy Fawcett Transport Planner

What do you like most about working for the Combined Authority?

I like that the CA is dynamic and adaptive to funding and the changing political environment. This means that over the course of decades I could be working on completely different elements of transport and is very exciting. Also - the people here are great and make it what it is.

Imagine you could go back in time to when you first started in your current role – what tips/advice would you give yourself?

I would tell myself that it would take time to be fully settled in the role and that workstreams arise over the course of months and not to worry about workload. I would also advise myself to speak to as many people as possible about what they are doing which would help to put every project or scheme into perspective and an understanding of different roles.