Posts by Jo Draper:
Jo heads up Abley’s Land Development team within the Transportation Group. The team applies transport expertise to support private and public sector clients navigate their way through the land development process.
Jo was born in New Zealand but grew up and studied mostly in the UK. She gained an honours degree in geography at the University of Bristol after which she worked for seven years in Reading and Bristol as consultant Transport Planner. She worked on large residential development consents for private sector clients as well as supporting public sector clients with their district planning. She formalised her skills, by picking up a Master’s degree in Transport Planning at the University of Leeds.
After a year travelling the world, she returned to New Zealand to live and work in 2010. Settling in Wellington, Jo worked for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for 8 years leading the investigation stages of major transportation projects, including the Ōtaki to North of Levin Expressway, SH58 upgrades and the Petone to Grenada Link Road, using project management smarts and engagement with stakeholders to get results. She is proud to have shepherded the Waterfall Road project from conception to construction completion within 12 months – it can be done!
Since 2017 Jo has been working for Abley in Auckland leading a team of dedicated professionals. Working with others and shaping the team’s direction in response to the ever changing transport world is a rewarding challenge.
Studying at Leeds sparked an interest in price tensions in transport and their influence on travel behaviour. This has led to ongoing studies in this area, including winning the Engineering NZ Transportation Group study award into road pricing.