This month we meet Hannah Patmore, Ideas in Motion Support Officer at Southend-On-Sea Borough Council. Hannah is passionate about encouraging people to take up active travel, and would love for you to join in too!
- When did you start your current role and where had you worked before?
I joined the South Essex Active travel (SEAT) team in December 2017. Before that I had been working as a candidate researcher for a recruitment company.
- Why did you want to work in active travel?
I was inspired by one of my modules at university, ‘Mobilities and Sustainable Cities’. I realised that it’s important to change the way we travel in order to accommodate a growing population. Active travel is also great for physical and mental health, and in my role as Support Officer I feel I can contribute to raising awareness and helping people discover that the car isn’t the only way to travel.
- What’s the best thing about your job?
Working alongside people who are passionate about their jobs and working with a supportive and encouraging team.
- What are you working on at the moment?
Getting a new social media software, Social Sign In, set up. It will make it easier to promote campaigns and raise awareness of the active travel advice and services we can provide.
- The person who has influenced you the most is…
No one in particular, but I was inspired by a few of my lecturers at University to work in a field I’m passionate about.
- Work life balance – what leisure activity you enjoy the most?
I love reading, there’s nothing quite like getting lost in a good book.
- What’s your greatest fear?
- Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Jamie Oliver to cook the dinner, Mary Berry to make dessert, and JK Rowling and RuPaul as guests.
- What would your super power be?
Telepathy – being able to read minds would be very interesting.
- What’s your favourite/least favourite food?
My favourite food is a tie between burgers and mac’n’cheese, and I love anything sweet. My least favourite is sushi!
- What’s the worst job you ever had?
None of my jobs have been bad, they’ve all taught me invaluable skills which I use in my job today.
- What thing would improve the quality of your life?
Warm and sunny weather all year round.
- What’s coming next for you?
We’re beginning to plan summer events to promote active travel. After the success of our Roadshows in March, I’m excited to continue promoting what SEAT does and engage with the public.