Sarah Mcalinden

Position: Expert Advisor

Place of work: Next PLC

Year joined the Modeshift Board : 2017

Why did you become an Expert Advisor:  During my sustainable travel career at Next PLC I have helped to implement Travel Plans at multiple sites and our Head Office. I feel that I can contribute to other businesses how to start a Travel Plan, provide guidance and support.

Career history:  I started with Next in July 2000, for the first 6 years I worked full-time as a Traffic Management Officer. In that time I spoke with staff as they parked their cars, and manually matched some staff to car share. This role became a permanent role (Initially under the Corporate Security Department) then moving over to Facilities where my role grew to focus on Sustainable and Active Travel at the Head Office site. After obtaining a Gold Accreditation in 2017, the role expanded to working with the distribution sites, in which our sites based in Yorkshire were awarded a silver accreditation. From that point the role progressed further to promote Sustainable and Active travel to our stores in the UK and Eire, and this year, our store at Fosse park which only opened in April 2021 achieved a Gold Accreditation.

Outside of Modeshift:  I have two dogs (Heinz 57 and a Border Collie) so my personal time is spent walking and playing with the dogs. I also enjoy photography and Loom Knitting.

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