Adrian - SEN and Passenger Assistant Transport Manager
Tell us a little bit about yourself (as much as you want to reveal!)
I started working for Wiltshire Council 10 years ago with the area Highways Team as a Highways Technician. I was funded to go to City of Bristol College one day a week to study Civil Engineering. I then joined the Streetworks Team wanting to have an opportunity to learn other areas of Highways and to do direct Line Management. I enjoyed this role for several years and liked the level of responsibility I was given. I then was given the opportunity to join the Children and Families department as the SEND Transport Manager, a big change and working at a higher and more strategic level but was able to demonstrate that I had a transferable skills set, in particular routing and effective communication and negotiation. This was a role that gave the opportunity to promote better outcomes for students with learning difficulties, make great financial savings and gave me a great sense of achievement. A new role was then created within the Streetworks Team as Network Management Officer which I was then successfully appointed to. This role was mainly responsible for the co-ordination of all roadworks in Wiltshire, an incredibly challenging role that allowed me to work with a variety of different stakeholders and negotiating the best outcome and reducing the impact of roadworks in Wiltshire. I felt I was able to make a real contribution to the success of our major resurfacing and patching programs in particular and is something I am very proud of. Recently I have moved to the Passenger Transport Unit in the newly created SEN and Passenger Assistant Transport Manager role. This role will use all my experience from previous roles and is a fantastic challenge that I am looking forward to.
In my personal life, I am married with two Children and enjoy playing Golf and days out with the Children.
What's the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council, and your job specifically?
For me the best thing about working for Wiltshire Council has been the career progression and the different options there are available. I don’t know of any other organisation that can offer such a diverse range of opportunities, which from personal experience has allowed me to work in Highways, Children and Families and Passenger Transport Departments. In my job specifically, but reflective of all my roles has been the amount of trust and personal responsibility I have been given to make change and improvement where I see fit, with guidance from supportive Line Management if I ever need it.
What makes you have a good day at work?
Positive feedback from something I’ve achieved.
Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?
Fondue – Why did that even go out of fashion????
What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
A boat, a beer and Ray Mears.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and what would you eat?
Robin Williams, Will Ferrell, Dad, Grandad – Cheese and Wine.
What would go into your room 101...
What is your favourite music for your commute to work?
What is your favourite book or film, and why?
Moneyball – I like sports dramas, especially if based on true stories.
What is your ideal holiday?
Villa in the South of Spain.
What is the first thing you bought with your own money?
A 1991 Black Austin Mini with chrome bumpers and chrome bullet shaped side mirrors. I still really miss that car.