Cathy has a background in management and accounting and is responsible for project management and administration at Seca Solution. She has a keen attention to detail and a ‘what if?’ approach. She is responsible for project administration, report preparation, technical research and assessment and quality assurance. She has experience in a wide range of projects including masterplans, transport management plans, rezoning assessments, traffic impact assessments, access and parking studies, workplace travel plans and strategic studies. A very solution orientated person, Cathy brings an ‘out of the square’ thinking to the challenges projects can offer.
When asked what she likes most about traffic and transport advice she said “I like the challenge. The assessment of traffic impacts as outlined by the various authority guides is very prescriptive and logical and that appeals to the accountant in me; however, the need to overlay that with real life: the people, the location and the economics appeals to Cathy the problem solver. There is nothing more exciting than overcoming the traffic and transport challenges of a site, providing an innovative solution to our client, and ticking the boxes for the road authorities - all in a timely and cost effective way.”
Cathy is a qualified road safety auditor and is particularly interested in travel planning; including sustainable and workplace travel plans and how they can provide a solution for clients with parking or traffic constraints. She has undertaken courses in travel planning and the development of workplace travel plans through the University of Technology, Sydney as well as a pilot course in Carbon Accounting.
She lives in Lake Macquarie with her husband Steven, a teacher, and has two adult sons who both live and work in Newcastle. In her spare time Cathy is involved in Scouting and loves the outdoors.
“More and more we are seeing councils require a Workplace Travel Plan, (also called a Green Travel Plan, Sustainable Travel Plan or Smart Travel Plan) as part of their consent requirements. The forward thinking clients are realising that it is often better to undertake this as part of their initial works rather than leaving it to be a requirement as a condition of consent. Where there is a problem with potential parking supply or where the local road network is severely congested, the undertaking of a site specific, end-user based travel plan can provide solutions which ultimately provide arguments for less parking and, in turn, traffic. This can streamline the assessment process as well as saving capital costs associated with the provision of parking and associated congestion leading to road infrastructure upgrades.”