Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?
I had connections with Mott MacDonald from my student days and so when I was looking to return to the UK from an overseas job, the opportunity to reconnect with Mott MacDonald and to work on internationally recognised projects was too good to pass up.
What is the best thing about your role?
I like making a difference to peoples’ lives. Bridges connect people and transform communities and I get to see that happen in real time.
How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?
Inclusive, caring and progressive. As we are employee owned, there really is a very strong feeling of belonging, right from the top of the organisation down.
How has your career progressed at Mott MacDonald?
I have worked my way up through the ranks from a civil engineer working on listed bridges in Dublin to a projects director in Bristol and divisional resource manager for our western division. At every turn I have had new challenges and opportunities to develop on a technical, commercial and managerial level and have been provided with excellent coaching, mentoring and guidance along the way.
How many years have you worked for Mott MacDonald, and what has been your proudest achievement to date?
I joined the company in 2001 so as we go into 2018 it will be 17 years’ service, and I have had many proud moments. Seeing bridges constructed is always very rewarding but also seeing members of my team succeed at their professional reviews gives me a great deal of pride.
How would you describe the vision and values of Mott MacDonald?
We're technically, ethically and environmentally driven with a commitment to improve the lot of every community we touch.
What makes Mott MacDonald stand out from other companies?
We only answer to ourselves so we can define our own future. This means we can take the long view on where we want the company to be heading and not be at the beck and call of the stock market or short term market pressures which may compromise our values.
Are you involved with any charities or do any volunteer work?
Not a charity, but I volunteer with the village youth club – generally fixing things that mysteriously come to pieces!
What has been your favourite Mott MacDonald social event?
My favourite event has to be the Christmas party, particularly catching up with colleagues old and new and the obligatory awful dancing!
What is your favourite pastime?
I have several, cycling, both on and off road, watching Bath rugby, but walking my dog Molly comes out a clear winner.
What is your hidden talent?
I play the piano, badly, which is why it is a talent best kept hidden!
What inspires you at work?
The people around me – I work in a very talented team of genuinely nice people.