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From Glastonbury music festival to the Sydney Light Rail project, Sara Rollason chases the next gig

Sara’s passion for attending live music gigs has seen her travel across continents to get up close and personal with her favourite bands. From Glastonbury in London to Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay, Sara is a loyal fan and active supporter of the music industry. Her most memorable gig highlight was attending a private concert with pop/rock sensation, Snow Patrol…they were ‘Chasing Cars’ and she’s chasing the next gig.

 

During business hours, Sara’s proactive nature is replicated as she fulfils the role of Technical Executive, Network Performance in WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Transport business. She’s helping to grow our dynamic asset management capability in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

Sara has 18 years of experience, working for some of the largest, leading transport agencies in Australia and the United Kingdom including, Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services NSW, and Transport for London, to name a few. She has been involved in the delivery of major infrastructure projects such as the Sydney Light Rail, WestConnex and the development of road management schemes that encompass some of London’s busiest thoroughfares including Oxford Street, Charing Cross and Tottenham Court Road.

Sara cited, ‘I’m a little unconventional when it comes to my career. I’m a not an engineer but I favour working for an engineering consultancy because I see infrastructure in a broader light. There’s the planning, design and delivery of infrastructure and then there’s working with clients to optimise those physical assets, and that’s what I do.’

Sara holds a Bachelor of Surveying and Mapping and has also completed her Masters in Transport Operations.

Sara is also motivated by helping other professionals to reach their potential. She is an active participant in the University of Technology, Sydney’s Lucy Mentoring Scheme, a mentorship program for young female engineers.

We asked Sara about how she sees the future…’I see a not-too-distant future where automated transport is commonplace. Where we utilise more and more technology to enable better use of infrastructure. Think about the cartoon, The Jetsons, that’s not too far off for our transport and cities.’ In Sara’s mind nothing is too far-fetched when it comes to the future of our cities and transport networks.   

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