Before Momentum, I was a Masters student studying Regional and Urban Planning at the LSE. I joined in September 2017, and in the past year I’ve been getting my teeth into a range of Momentum’s projects. As a planner I engage with clients, design teams and local and regional authorities, pulling all of our in-house technical expertise together to shape the design of new developments.

I’ve been heavily involved in coordinating event-day transport operations at Wembley Stadium during its busiest ever season, which has been really exciting and fast-paced. I’ve also contributed to the Olympia London masterplan planning application, considering pedestrian flow forecasts, and am also working on a large office redevelopment in the outskirts of Liverpool.

I got into transport planning…

During my masters I grew more and more interested in the integration of land use planning and transport infrastructure development.

With major developments such as Kings Cross showing us that station developments are all about the public realm improvements, the importance for planners is to understand the necessity of transport to creating great places. This is what took me to transport planning – its transformative potential for places.

A typical day includes…

There’s a lot of variety in my days, which is part of the appeal of transport planning. I’ll usually be writing a summary of some of our technical engineering or modelling work, doing some spreadsheet-based analytics, and sitting down with members of the Momentum team to get a full understanding of something before presenting it to a design team. One constant in my day is the necessity for at least two breakfasts – an underappreciated nutrition technique (sometimes I make it a hat-trick!).

The best bits of my job are…

Being the Momentum table football champion is always a source of pride, and my top tip for success is practice, practice, practice. In terms of my work, I really love soaking up the knowledge of the people around me and distilling it into a progressive solution to inform great design.

My most memorable moment

I think for me it was being the ‘furry mascot supervisor’ for the FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley Stadium. It’s a perk of the job I hadn’t expected, but seeing the stadium at full capacity in the sunshine – with an electric atmosphere (thanks to the mascots of course!) – really brought it home as to why we spend so much time and effort planning for great events!