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Australia / Senior sustainability consultant

Charmaine Noack

"Given it is a global company, the depth of experience and diversity of roles Mott MacDonald has to offer is really inspiring to me."

Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?

To broaden my experience and knowledge of building sustainable infrastructure projects.

What is the best thing about your role?

Every project is different, and I’m constantly learning and being challenged with new ways of applying sustainability on infrastructure projects.

How would you describe the culture at Mott MacDonald?

The sustainability and environment teams are collaborative and willing to assist with sharing their knowledge and ideas.

What inspires you about your work?

Making a positive difference for our clients and the communities that the infrastructure is built in.

What are the top two things you have learned while at Mott MacDonald?

I have learnt about new and innovative recycled products and materials that can be used on infrastructure projects and also how climate and natural hazard risk assessments are applied to infrastructure projects.

What were you expecting when you joined the company?

Having worked in state Government for 18 years, joining the private sector has been a big change for me and so far it has largely been what I had expected.

What has surprised you since starting?

Given it is a global company, the depth of experience and diversity of roles Mott MacDonald has to offer is really inspiring to me.

If you were to live anywhere, where would it be?

The Barossa Valley where I currently live. I grew up on a working farm in regional South Australia and the Barossa Valley means I can enjoy that regional lifestyle and still commute to Adelaide for work.

What is your favourite past time?

Gardening, it’s very addictive. I have a large collection of indoor plants and my veggie patch is expanding with each season too. I also love yoga and discovered it about five years ago, I couldn’t imagine life without it.

Have you been involved in any charities or done any voluntary work?

I volunteered with Women of Worth Australia Foundation Inc in their op-shop for about 12 months each fortnight on a Saturday. The op-shop funds their projects empowering women who have experienced domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse or other life changing events to get their lives back and discover their self-worth.

How many years have you worked at Mott MacDonald, and what has been your proudest achievement to date?

I have worked for Mott MacDonald for almost 12 months and my proudest moment would be my involvement in the Reconciliation Working Group and organising an engaging session with Jack Buckskin a local Kaurna, Narungga and Wirangu man, for the whole Australian office for Reconciliation Week in 2020.

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