This month we meet Connor Christie-Keane from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Connor recently joined the SEAT team as a travel engagement officer.
- When did you start your current role and where had you worked before?
I joined the South Essex Active Travel six weeks ago as a Travel Engagement Officer. I have recently completed a sociology degree at Portsmouth University. Whilst I was studying, I worked at KFC and I also pulled pints in a 2000 seater concert arena. Both jobs could be very hectic.
- Why did you want to work in active travel?
I never knew I wanted to, but it seemed like something that would help towards the health of both individuals and the environment. I am already a regular bus user and I’ve always found riding bikes to be great fun, so it seemed like a good path into a solid workplace.
- What’s the best thing about your job?
Nothing beats getting the impression from someone that you’ve helped them on something they were unsure or apprehensive about. Encouraging and supporting any kind of positive changes in people’s behaviour is particularly rewarding!
- What are you working on at the moment?
Applying for courses that will help me support my colleagues, preparing for our big roadshow event at intu Lakeside and gaining confidence engaging people and organisations independently.
- Tell us about an event that altered the course of your life/and career…
In the summer of 2011, I realised I would never be a pro-skateboarder. My damaged knees still remind me of this. Ouch!
- The person who has influenced you the most is…
My father. I learned a lot about taking things that hurt or are difficult head-on from him, but also how to continue learning and to never be too comfortable.
- Work life balance – what leisure activity you enjoy the most?
Either playing around with music or skateboarding with friends. It’s all stomps and flows with me!
- Something about you people would find surprising…
I had my nails tattooed once. I didn’t feel anything when I had it done. It grew off, but it was fun while it lasted!
- What’s your greatest fear?
Spiders and heights. It’s hard to choose between the two, so I will go for spiders in elevated locations
- Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Mostly passed on metal-guitar-gods. Dime from Pantera, Chuck from Death for sure. I’d bring a new-wave rapper like Ghostemane along too, and see how they get on! I don’t know if it would stay as a dinner party for long though, mind.
- What would your super power be?
Possession or invisibility… I just want to haunt really, or at least to be a little bit spooky!
- What’s your favourite/least favourite food?
I like most foods. I eat chocolate or bananas when I’m feeling snacky, and I love treating myself to shellfish from Leigh. I just don’t do silly things like putting cold, wet tomatoes in a warm, crusty burger.
- What’s the worst job you ever had?
When I worked at KFC, it was often my responsibility to clean the toilets at the end of the evening. I have nothing but respect to those who do it for a living, but I couldn’t do it for long. I did learn a lot about hard graft and the nature of work while I was there though!
- What thing would improve the quality of your life?
The next thing on my list is getting my own space. Sofa life living back at home after university isn’t going to cut it for much longer!
- What’s coming next for you?
A house-share with my best pals since school, so hopefully some health, wealth and lots of fun.