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Chris with Hong Kong airport in the background

United Kingdom / Transport / Aviation practice leader

Chris Chalk

Chris hiking on Lantau, Hong Kong with one eye on the airport
Chris hiking on Lantau, Hong Kong
Chris hiking on Lantau, Hong Kong Chris in Hong Kong

"The structure and ethos provides the guidance, flexibility and support to those who want to develop new business avenues to do so."

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I joined as a graduate 37 years ago and chose Mott MacDonald on the recommendation as a very professional firm that was going places. I have never regretted taking that advice and have seen the company grow from 800 to 17,000. I’ve been fortunate enough to been able to set up our aviation team from scratch over 25 years ago.

What is the best thing about your role?

As practice leader for aviation I get to see many people within Mott MacDonald and also customers around the World. I am able to share in our mutual enthusiasm for working in the sector. I enjoy being able to spend valued time on complex projects making a difference to the outcomes. As a former Chairman of the British Aviation Group I also spend time promoting UK products and services around the world working with companies and their customers large and small.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

The structure and ethos provides the guidance, flexibility and support to those who want to develop new business avenues to do so. The ownership structure promotes collaboration between offices and project performance is completely transparent. We all work on first name basis and there are no closed doors.

Where have you travelled with Mott MacDonald?

I’ve travelled to over 50 countries whilst working with Mott MacDonald out of over 100 where we have done aviation projects since I started the team.

When you’re not in the office where can you be found?

Behind a camera (or in an aircraft). Landscape, wildlife, studio, airports and aircraft. I’m rarely seen travelling without a camera.

If you could have any super power what would it be?

Travel at the speed of light!

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