Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)



Ross Paradise

Country: UK  

Name: Ross Paradise

Company: AECOM

Position: Senior Transport Planner

ITS Course: MRes in the Built Environment, 2005

After graduating with a Geography degree, I completed a Masters in Research (MRes) at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. The course really inspired me to use my geographic background in a new way, as well as allowing me to learn about transport. This is also where I first became a member of CIHT. 

Following some prompting from my tutor, I was offered a graduate role at the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). As a na├»ve and fresh faced graduate, this gave me a wide range of experiences in a great organisation, which helped to develop my understanding of transport challenges facing both the UK and further afield. It also built on my passion for promoting ideas that are sustainable, including the improvement of the urban realm for all users. I was involved in the team which helped develop the Manual for Streets, and the Pedestrian Environment Review System. 

Following my time at TRL, I moved to Scott-Wilson (now AECOM) in my native Derbyshire. Moving into a consultancy environment was a big change and my career changed from that of being largely research based, to one working with a variety of public sector and private clients. My line manager was one of the first in the country to complete the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) process, and he encouraged me to follow suit. Working towards TPP helped me to focus my career development and helped identify areas where I needed to develop my portfolio of expertise.   

In December 2016 I successfully achieved the TPP qualification.  I was not part of a specific development scheme: instead, I worked through the template provided by CIHT and discussed with other CIHT members how I might show my experience in a suitable way. For some time I did not think I had the necessary experience to tick all the TPP boxes. However, the support of CIHT through the Portfolio of Technical Knowledge (PTK) route encouraged me to continue, and I then felt capable of moving to complete my qualification.  

For the TPP interview, I presented on a project which won the CIHT award for Sustainability in 2014, and which was also commended under the Effective Partnerships category. The most difficult part of the interview was coping with a broken foot I had sustained whilst (foolishly) playing football the night before! (And, as soon as the interview finished, I took myself to A&E!) 

I am now looking forward to helping other members of AECOM staff in working toward TPP. 

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