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United Kingdom / Railways / Principal light rail engineer

Clive Pennington

At Severn Valley Railway at Bridgnorth during the annual Christmas lunch.
Clive at Severn Valley Railway
Clive at Severn Valley Railway At Severn Valley Railway at Bridgnorth during the annual Christmas lunch.

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

Having been in light rail for 12 years I was looking for a role that best utilised my experience and expertise. In the area of consultancy, Mott MacDonald was a good fit given their amount of involvement in tram/light rail schemes and their excellent reputation. Not having to relocate from an area I like was a bonus.

What is the best thing about your role?

The variety. Having been with one light rail company for 7 years, you naturally become focused on your own day to day operation. Since joining Mott MacDonald I’ve been involved in a variety of work for other systems and you soon find out there is more than one light rail company out there each with its own characteristics and problems.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

Open, honest and a flexible working culture. So far a nice place to work.

How would you describe your role and responsibilities to friends or family?

As part of the light rail team I provide consultancy and support to a number of clients on a range of projects in the light rail sector. Ranging from scheme inception, procurement construction and maintenance.

What is your most memorable experience?

Watching Wigan Athletic lift the FA cup in 2013 after beating Man City arguably then the best side in the country. We were massive underdogs at 18/1 against! A 1-0 win in extra time! That year we put the romance back into the FA cup. Sadly it’s been downhill ever since but still a memorable day.

What would your perfect day consist of?

Mmmm difficult one, on a good day a walk in the hills. The Lake District is my favourite area or even around the moors above Ramsbottom. Or trawling through second-hand bookshops if it’s raining or seeing Wigan win, currently a rarity. Followed by a few beers and a meal (curry please) with friends.  

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