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03-09-2021

Leigh Gravenor

 

Leigh Gravenor, Senior Consultant

 

Leigh specialises in cargo bike operations and travel behaviour change. He has worked as a cycle trainer across London and as a Sustainable Transport Officer with the London Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. For the past three years he has been part of the Senior Leadership Team at a London based cargo bike logistics firm, helping it grow from 13 staff to over 50.

Given Leigh's recent experience and knowledge of cargo bike logistics he will primarily be leading on the Bikes for Business Project and all things cargo bike. If Leigh isn't in the office he's probably out cycling or building another bike.

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We are looking to expand our team by recruiting a Graduate Sustainable Transport Consultant who will provide additional support on our range of projects across the public and private sectors. You will be responsible for delivery on projects that include; air quality monitoring, school travel plans, modal shift and engagement with businesses to promote sustainable transport initiatives.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the sustainable transport sectors and gain project management experience as part of a supportive team of professionals with a shared passion for sustainable transport. We are keen to support your personal development, offering excellent career progression and the opportunity to play a role in work winning and business strategy.

Based in the vibrant Southbank area of London, we share an office with our parent company, Mattinson Partnership - a specialist recruiter for the built and natural environment. You can expect a busy, friendly office and an active social scene with regular staff events. Flexible working options are also available.

About you

We are looking for an outgoing and confident 'people person' who is comfortable speaking with large numbers of schools and businesses by phone and in-person to persuade them to participate in our clients' sustainable transport / air quality programmes. You will have excellent spoken and written communications skills, organisational skills and attention to detail. You should also be able to demonstrate an interest in transport, air quality and/or the built environment. A background in sales, customer service or survey delivery is desirable. A degree-level education (or equivalent) is preferred.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to a variety of projects including air quality monitoring, school travel plans, and engagement with businesses to promote cycling and air quality initiatives.
  • Lead projects to collect travel data from schools in central London by contacting schools, arranging to visit, and delivering in-class 'hands up' surveys.
  • Provide project support for our bikes for business initiative, promoting the use of cargo bikes across Southwark.
  • Provide input for our website and social media accounts.
  • Attend networking events as required.


Key skills and experience

  • Outgoing and confident manner
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated interest in transport, air quality and/or the built environment
  • Background in sales, customer service or survey delivery
  • Data analysis and report writing
  • Degree-level education or equivalent
  • Ability to ride a bicycle in London and own a bicycle (desired)


To apply

Apply now with your cv and cover letter highlighting what attracts you to the position and what you think you can bring to the role to info@mattinsonpartnership.com or apply on the Mattinson Partnership website

Deadline for applications is 5th July.

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As part of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we took a look at some of history’s most influential women and their contributions to the world around us. From renewable energy to community-focused city and town planning, women across the globe have made great contributions to the natural and built environment making the world what it is today.

 

Kate Sessions

Katherine Olivia "Kate" Sessions (November 1857 – March 1940), otherwise known as “The Mother of Balboa Park,” was an internationally recognised American botanist, horticulturist landscape architect. 

 

She is credited with creating Balboa Park, California when she negotiated with the City of San Diego to lease 30 acres of land in what is now called Balboa Park, as her growing fields. In exchange she committed to planting 100 trees a year in the park plus a further 300 trees in other areas of San Diego, many of which can still be seen today.

 

Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs (May 1916 - April 2006) was a Canadian-American author, theorist, journalist and activist who greatly influenced the worlds of urban studies, sociology and economics.

 

Jacobs was instrumental in organising grassroots movements to protect neighbourhoods from what many coined as ‘urban renewal,’ including Greenwich Village in New York City. Her work was so powerful she stopped the Lower Manhattan Expressway. After many years in New York City, Jacobs moved to Toronto in 1968 where she stopped the proposed Spadina Expressway with the argument, “Are cities being built for people or cars?”. She was also known as ‘the mother of Vancouverism,’ for her work in urban planning in Vancouver.

 

Up until her death in 2006, Jacobs has been championed as a key figure in advocating for a community-based approach to city building.

 

Octavia Hill

Born in Cambridge, England, Octavia Hill (December 1838 - August 1912) was a leading figure in improving housing for the poor and advocating for open, public spaces.

 

Concerned by the living conditions found in London slums, she convinced John Ruskin to fund her concept for a new type of housing whereby a landlord provides a clean and safe property, and in return the tenant is responsible for maintenance. Proving to be a successful housing initiative, by 1874, Hill owned 15 properties with over 3,000 tenants and also designed a garden and a row of six cottages in Southwark, just a few minutes walk from our very own offices.

 

Hill also campaigned for parks and open outdoor spaces to be made accessible to the general public and fought against a number of proposed developments on forest land ultimately saving Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill Fields from being built on. One of the three founders of the National Trust, her work continues today to preserve places of natural beauty and historical interest.

 

Sarah Guppy

Sarah Guppy (November 1770 - August 1852), was the first woman to patent a bridge in 1811, which involved making safe piling for bridges. 

 

Through a friend, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Guppy became involved in Great Western Railway working with the directors on various construction and travel projects and came up with the idea of planting willow trees and poplars to stabilise embankments.

 

Not limited to bridges and trains, Guppy was instrumental in lobbying for creating a network of local markets and traffic systems taking traffic out of the city and away from people’s homes avoiding unnecessary travel and a cleaner environment.

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