Previous Contributors to The Great Debate
Laura O'Toole is a member of the Traffic and Transport team at Jacobs.
She joined Jacobs in 2005 after completing a Masters degree in Civil Engineering
at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Her role in the Traffic and Transport
team includes traffic signal design, signing and lining schemes, junction design,
traffic modelling, and transport assessments and travel planning. Recent projects
include Manchester Metrolink design for Airport extension and the new Second City
Laura joined the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East Graduates
and Students Committee in 2006, holding the position of Chair from 2008 to early 2010.
She joined the ICE NE Transport Panel in 2009 and became Chair in 2013,
contributing to the National Transport Panel, local events, consultations
and press releases. Laura presents at schools events both for Jacobs and for the
ICE, and is keen to encourage young people into the profession.
Outside of work, Laura is an avid Scuba Diver and holds a PADI Advanced Open Water
certificate, passing her exams in the North Sea in 2008. She has dived in several
countries around the world, and recently completed her 100th dive.
Laura O'Toole was on the panel of
The Great Infrastructure Debate in 2012 and
Debating the State of the Nation in July 2014