Under The Spotlight With Beth Thomas

Beth joined Paul Basham Associates as a Graduate Transport Planner in 2019 after gaining a BSc in Human Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. Although originally based at the Fareham office Beth will be moving to our Bristol office in January.

What does your job involve?

On a day to day basis my job mainly involves writing reports such as Transport Statements or Travel Plans. I also spend my day preparing drawings such as visibility splay plans or swept path analysis drawings. Recently I have been writing a Transport Assessment and this has involved using Junctions 9 to model a site access junction.

What do you enjoy most about the role?

I really enjoy the fact that I get to work on a different type of project each week. No week is the same and I love how much variety there is in the work that we do and that makes the job really interesting. I particularly enjoy using AUTOCAD and this can involve carrying out a site layout review or designing a new access for a development. I also have quite a few Travel Plan Coordination sites so they always keep me busy!

What do you see for your future at Paul Basham Associates?

I see myself progressing and working my way up the company and I’ll be starting in the Bristol office in January which I’m really excited for! I’ve really been made to feel like part of the family here at Paul Basham Associates and there is such a sense of team morale. I love how much of a focus there is on career progression and it’s great to work with such likeminded people.

What do you get up to in your free time?

Having moved home this year back to Dorset I love spending my free time outdoors. On the weekends I like to go for a walk to the beach with my black Labrador Pudding. In the evenings I like to watch a good series or a film, and with Christmas so soon I’m making my way through all the Christmas films.

I love planning a weekend away, especially as Devon and Cornwall aren’t too far away from me. They usually involve some walks with a trip to some pubs. I’d usually be planning a skiing trip for the winter too but hopefully I’ll be able to go on a good holiday next year to make up for it!