Week 6 of our interviews featuring each of our Board Members. This week you can find out more about Nicky Batkin, Modeshift’s Best Practice Representative.
How long have you been involved in sustainable travel?
I’ve been involved in sustainable travel for over 20 years. I started when I was a Governor and volunteered as a School Travel Champion at my children’s school. I went on to support other Champions to develop their STPs and set up initiatives before being employed by Buckinghamshire Council as a School Travel Advisor. I worked there for over 16 years before joining London Borough of Ealing as Senior STA in transport planning and policy team.
What have you most enjoyed about your job?
I enjoy making a real difference to the lives of children and their families. It’s great to see children benefitting from the life skills we are teaching them.
What are you working on now and what’s next?
At the moment my main focus is on delivery of School Streets. This has been a sharp learning curve. We took 18 months to implement our first scheme, with 2 schools. In 2020 we delivered 12 schemes in 4 months. I’m currently developing a programme to deliver School Streets across the Borough over the next 3-5 years.
What do you like about being on the Modeshift Board?
I like being involved in a group that supports colleagues and stakeholders to develop and deliver sustainable travel projects to schools, communities and businesses, benefitting the lives of so many people. I’ve met lots of lovely people and made some good friends. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Board.