Kristina Coxall and Melissa Vento WICE Finalists
It is an unbelievable achievement to have two finalists in this year’s Women in Construction and Engineering awards for Best Woman Consultant! Internationally recognised, meet our staff who have been nominated:
Melissa, Principal Transport Planner, has worked in the industry for 11 years, providing services to public and private sector clients including housing developers, commercial businesses and local government.
With a degree in Geography, her career started in with planning enforcement. Like many Transport Planners, Melissa found her interest in town planning and transportation developing through her experience working in this field. She is committed to continuing professional development and has achieved a PGDip in Transport Planning and is a member of CIHT.
She is an undoubted expert in the preparation of transport assessments, travel plans, public engagement, and Masterplanning, as well as delivering expert development control support for planning authorities and assisting to review highway proposals.
She is committed to delivering a positive impact on local communities, towns and cities. She can apply her interchangeable skills and knowledge to a wide range of projects. She is particularly committed to sustainability, developing a range of solutions to help reduce car use. This includes encouraging active travel and the use of public transport and making a positive impact on the local community while ensuring the successful delivery of development plans. Melissa has taken an active role in our Equality, Diversity, Inclusion Group and has been instrumental in driving through improvements and process. Her organisational skills and focus on delivery have been a critical success factor.
Kristina, Senior Consultant, joined Project Centre five years ago as a Graduate and has influenced not only the company, but the industry from the very start. Over the last year she has become a key member in leading Tower Hamlets’ ambitious £25million scheme to transform into a more friendly environment to walk, cycle and take public transport. This includes 17 Low Traffic Neighbourhoods covering 60% of the borough. These types of schemes can be controversial and currently has a high profile on social media and national press. Under this huge pressure, Kristina is always professional providing high-level reports and guidance to divisional directors and political leaders including cabinet members and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets.
Her team and project management skills are outstanding and allow for even the complex of schemes to be delivered on time and budget. It has not just her latest work which has touched the industry, in 2017-18, Kristina joined the CIHT London Region and Young Professionals Committees and took part in meetings and organising social events for the London members.
Kristina’s work is always impressive, but it is her understanding of the industry and willingness to help others in the team and company that continues to make her shine. She is a mentor to other new graduates in Project Centre and consist go to help for many of our junior staff.
It is therefore not surprising that these two amazing women became finalists and we couldn’t be more proud. Well done!