My role as a Senior Consultant within our Socio-economics and Social Value Team provides an interesting variety of work. This generally ranges from socio-economics impact assessments to stakeholder engagement projects for public and private clients. As our team collaborates with several teams across the company there are always opportunities to work alongside people from different disciplines. This is handy in providing me, with the chance to understand different viewpoints on how we can help our colleagues and clients with solutions to their challenges.
I normally like an early start which involves a crazy morning rush with organising the two kids with my wife for nursery drop-offs! Once I get onto my laptop, I like to have a quick scan of the daily and industry news to understand any recent socio-economics related stories that could be of interest to myself and the team. Currently, I work between my home and our Manchester office which is based in a vibrant part of the city centre!
With plenty of projects and opportunities, a typical morning involves reading through emails and updating my ‘to-do list’ for the day. This gives me the opportunity to stay on top of my workload, especially during busier periods. Several times a week I speak with fellow team members about current projects and future opportunities. This is a key part of my role, as the rest of my team is based in London, so regular contact through Microsoft Teams is an integral part of our team dynamic.
As the team’s lead on our socio-economic and health offer, a significant aspect of my day involves working on Environmental Statement (ES) technical chapters for property and infrastructure projects. Working on Socio-economics ES chapters usually means helping our clients quantify the potential impact of projects during the planning process and advising on methods and mitigations for securing positive effects on communities. One recent project was assessing the socio-economic impact of a new 800-unit residential-led proposal in Portsmouth. This project required a quick catch-up with a colleague in Temple’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Property team to get all the relevant information needed to complete the ES chapter.
Another benefit of working at Temple is the variety of work on offer. Our team is heavily involved in stakeholder engagement projects which focus on providing strategic and qualitative advice to our clients. One of the important elements of stakeholder engagement is taking an inclusive approach to consultation and trying to speak with all types of people affected by a specific project. I led an engagement project for one of our Northern public sector clients which involved consulting various business stakeholders on the economic impact of a new bus/tram interchange in East Manchester. An ordinary day on this project meant speaking to the client through video calls or emails to update them on project progress. This project concluded with us producing a report and presentation for the client.
A fun aspect of my time at Temple is our office days which normally involve catching up with colleagues on everything like the latest projects, footie, cricket, and general chit-chat over lunch or a pint! Whether it’s an office social or client event – there’s always an opportunity to meet great colleagues and clients along the way!