Philip Weatherhead

Studied: 
BSc Geography (Human) and Planning (2005); MSc Transport Planning (2006)
Current Job: 
Transport Consultant, Colin Buchanan

Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?

Cardiff University has a reputation for being amongst the best places in Europe to study regional planning. Having shown an aptitude for transport planning, Professor Chris Yewlett suggested that I could continue my studies to MSc level with the university through applying to the Brian Large bursary fund.

What one thing would you tell someone else about the School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff?

During my time in the School of City & Regional Planning the faculty members were friendly and approachable, and always willing to take time to further discuss subject content and help develop ideas.       

How did your degree most help you in the career or job you have now chosen?

Being a graduate of Cardiff University carries kudos in the working world. Also both my BSc and MSc created a good platform for a career in transport consultancy, providing a broad spectrum of the principles involved in the field as well as in interrelated areas.

Tell us a bit about your current job, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.

I work within Colin Buchanan’s development transport team based in Cardiff. I joined the company in 2007, having read an article written by the director of Colin Buchanan Wales in a local paper with regard to the opening of a Cardiff office. I wrote a letter expressing my interest in helping to build a team and outlined my qualifications. I was subsequently invited to interview for a position and a job offer was presented to me.

There are a number of aspects which I have enjoyed over the course of the past four years. Firstly building a team from scratch and helping to develop skill sets. Secondly the diverse nature of the job presents many avenues to travel down that are not immediately apparent; one can either specialise in a particular field or cover a broad spectrum of disciplines.  Thirdly consultants are challenged to develop creative responses to bespoke situations, and it is then very satisfying to see one’s design become a practical reality.
   
My current responsibilities include client consultation, project management, the writing of transport assessments, carrying out surveys, traffic modelling and junction design, data analysis and presentation using GIS software. I also write travel plans and coordinate their implementation, and conduct Road Safety Audits. I am a mentor for junior members of staff.    

I am an Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), working towards becoming a Chartered member. I am also progressing towards becoming a Member of the Society of Road Safety Auditors (MSoRSA).