Lee Baldry – Associate Director & Senior Highways Engineer
Have you been involved in education or training? As Associate Director in a rapidly-growing region I was given chance to take on the Training Manager role, alongside day-to-day managerial responsibilities. I have very much enjoyed this role; particularly the ability to help mentor both WA staff and Area Managers alike. This has been very rewarding; a real chance to make a difference in staff development across the region, also with an input into the national training agenda. WA nurtures professional development in all its forms and it’s great to see how the training initiative is gaining ever more pace in WA.
What secondments have been most interesting and why? I am in a secondment at Cambridgeshire County Council, looking after a portfolio of major highway schemes. Previous secondments have been with consultancies, Highways England contracts and other Local Authorities. Projects have included tenders, Asset Management policy development and rollout, Performance Management and developing major Transport Business Cases. All secondments have been rewarding and it is the sheer spread of different challenges which I enjoy most!
What are the best aspects of working for WA? Waterman Aspen is a highly-dynamic and rewarding employer. Secondment work is always fresh and new, challenging, with great potential for expansion and personal development. Our Client relationships in secondment are second to none and there is a real culture of valuing one another, collaboration and enthusiasm for our work.
Why would you recommend working for WA? Waterman Aspen secondment is highly-flexible, part of a close-knit team. We work together to help be the best we can be (but always in a supportive and collaborative way). WA staff feel part of a team, bouncing ideas off one another in a friendly and free-flowing way; always with the clear objective to help grow our business and support our Clients and staff alike.