Smart Cities Programme Manager
Since the end of May - I’m the newcomer!
I’m a customer turned employee! Being from Belfast and into cycling I’ve known about See.Sense for a few years but finally got around to buying an Icon rear light before Christmas. In the first marketing email that appeared in my inbox they were advertising for a Smart Cities vacancy which was something I had no idea they/we were involved in. After a bit of research I was blown away by what the company was doing so I got in touch with the team and the rest is history!
Being an Urban Designer by trade I naturally put a lot of emphasis on the importance of high quality, human-centred design in our cities and believe that making space for the bicycle really brings a city to life.
One of the things that makes it hard for cycling advocates is the lack of quality data available when compared to everything that is generated to help keep cars on the roads. The work we’re going to be doing over the next few years will address this imbalance and will help give cyclists a stronger voice.
Besides the nice team and free (good!) coffee, it has to be that I’ve managed to find the holy grail of combining my passions and interests with my job. In my second week here I spent a morning (and a good part of the afternoon!) out on my bike talking about our Smart Cities work with a product reviewer visiting our office. It’s the closest I’ll get to being a pro!
Aaron and the rest of the team at the coffee stop.
Out exploring, probably on my bike.
I’m currently on a Canyon road bike which is my go-to bike for training, racing and club rides with Brixton Cycles Club. For commuting and general getting around in London I’ve also got a Raleigh Chiltern - an indestructible dutch style bike decked out with front and rear racks. Definitely experiencing the city at two speeds!
It’s currently being built by Owen at Donard. Custom Steel Frame, disc brakes (it rains a lot in Ireland), with geometry that will allow me to continue race training at a decent pace but with the option of putting on small rear rack for some longer distance adventures.
I have an irrational fear of seagulls.
Good food. Good wine. Good coffee. (The order changes depending on time of day!)