Continuing our series to introduce the wonderful OS employees and showcase the wide variety of work we do, meet Sasha Catchpole. Sasha’s OS journey began in 2016 as part of the graduate programme, and last year saw her settle in to her current role as an Associate Project Manager. Here, she offers us an insight into autonomous vehicle projects and more…
How long have you worked for OS?
I started at OS on the Graduate programme in September 2016. Prior to this, I graduated from Queen Mary University in 2014 and spent the following two years working as a chalet host in the Alps during the winter and running my own event catering franchise during the summer.
How long have you been in your current role?
Being on the graduate scheme has meant I have spent time all over OS in a variety of different roles, but I settled in our Engineering department as an Associate Project Manager in May 2018. Prior to this I spent time in Operations (out in the field, cartography & remote sensing) as well as working as a researcher on Project Iceberg (in collaboration with the British Geological Survey and Future Cities Catapult). I even did a short stint helping to facilitate the Cambridge Conference, an event that brings together the leaders of National Mapping Agencies from all over the world!
Can you describe your working day?
I am currently running three different projects so there’s normally a few emails that have stacked up overnight! I usually then have a few meetings which could be with my Project Sponsors to update them with any key developments or with team members to review progress against the project plan and plan next sprints.
What are you working on right now?
I manage two of OS’ autonomous vehicle projects – E-CAVE (Enabling Connected Autonomous Vehicle Environments) and OmniCAV (a consortium project with 11 other organisations, building a simulation testing environment for CAVs). It’s not an area that I thought I’d be working in when I started at OS, but I have to say it’s exciting being at the forefront of emerging technologies. I also manage another project that is updating a product based on customer feedback – so a little more of the ‘standard’ project type.
What is your favourite part of your job?
I think it has to be when I am working as part of a project team where everyone is working really well together towards that shared end goal. When everyone is motivated and there’s a real sense of comradery, everyone pulling together to get the work done is exciting.
What is your OS highlight?
Working on the Cambridge Conference was great fun (if a little nerve-wracking!) as I was given the opportunity to design an app that the delegates would use as their daily guide for the event. On Project Iceberg, myself and colleagues were able to publish our research – the culmination of a few months of intensive work! I’ve also visited universities and presented to students about our time at OS too which definitely stands out.
What are you excited to work on (or continue working on) in the future?
I’m looking forward seeing how both E-CAVE and OmniCAV progress, but I am also hoping for some new international projects in the future.
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