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I spent two years on a sabbatical in rural north-east Madagascar, working on a water, sanitation and hygiene project. It was great to be able to put the skills I learned in Mott MacDonald to use in helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people get access to clean water and sanitation. It was also great to meet some of the local wildlife!
Andrew during sabbatical doing water and sanitation development work in Madagascar.
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Andrew during sabbatical doing water and sanitation development work in Madagascar. I spent two years on a sabbatical in rural north-east Madagascar, working on a water, sanitation and hygiene project. It was great to be able to put the skills I learned in Mott MacDonald to use in helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people get access to clean water and sanitation. It was also great to meet some of the local wildlife!

"I have always worked with people in Mott MacDonald who were genuinely doing their best for the client and trying to deliver top class engineering."

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I wanted to get into consulting engineering because of the variety it brings. When I was looking for a graduate job, I was offered a interview at Mott MacDonald. I was really impressed by the people I met, they seemed to have great experience and were approachable at the same time. Of the companies who interviewed me, Mott MacDonald were most interested in asking what I was looking for in my career – which I've found since joining.

What is the best thing about your role?

Variety – even within the bounds of civil design for the water sector, I can be doing quite different things from one month to another: studies, detailed design, modelling, site work. I have also been able to work in a variety of locations, which I am currently based in Bangladesh.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

I value the way my colleagues will always take the time to provide me with their expertise and assistance. It feels very much like a team effort, and I have always worked with people in Mott MacDonald who were genuinely doing their best for the client and trying to deliver top class engineering.

How have you been supported during your career development?

I have been very well supported, with frequent reviews of my performance, and each time a genuine interest in what I wanted to do next. When I wanted overseas experience, the relevant managers made sure I got those opportunities. Now I have three children and want to limit my time away, this has been accommodated happily. My managers have also been happy to develop different sides of my professional role – sometimes deepening my technical expertise, or broader experience, or project management.

Are you involved with any charities or do any volunteer work?

My wife and I spent two years working in north-east Madagascar for Medair (a humanitarian NGO) on an emergency relief and sustainable development water, sanitation and hygiene project. I was responsible for infrastructure works – getting water points and latrines into the villages to bring first time access to clean water and sanitation. We also worked to help people rehabilitate after devastating cyclones.

Where is your favourite place?

Very hard to pick just one. There is a bench on a hillside on the south side of Grasmere, with a view across the lake and up Dunmail Raise – my Granddad loved that spot, and so I do too.

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