Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?
I joined Mott MacDonald as part of an acquisition in 2008.
What is the best thing about your role?
The people I work with, the variety of that work and the trust and responsibility I have been given by the senior directors to get on with it and make a difference.
How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?
How do you feel your career has progressed while working at Mott MacDonald?
I was given responsibility to develop and manage the business from an early point in my career and now I’m lucky enough to be able to reciprocate by guiding some of the brightest and most talented young professionals in the industry.
How have you been supported during your career development?
The most senior directors in the company have personally taken the time to mentor and challenge me. This was very much focused on exploring what I want out of life, to help define development objectives that work for both me and the company.
In addition to line management there has always been someone to talk to when I’ve needed help or advice and I’ve been encouraged to see the big picture throughout my career development.
Are you involved with any charities or do any volunteer work?
I have run a number of marathons and ultra-marathons for the Multiple Sclerosis Society which is a cause close to my heart.
Where is your favourite place?
San Sebastián - Donostia, Spain. I have many happy memories there with friends and family.
Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by the techniques of a number of great leaders in sports and how they became successful. I’m intrigued by the likes of Bill Walsh (of the 49ers) who turned the worst team in the NFL into Superbowl champions, Sir Dave Brailsford with the British Olympic team and Sir Clive Woodward with England Rugby team.
Each had a passion for continual improvement, instilled a team ethic of accountability and self-management to achieve success. Get this right and as the title of Bill Walsh’s book says… the score takes care of itself.
What inspires you about your work?
The ability to make a difference to people’s lives through the infrastructure that we deliver. Through the construction of Quito airport we brought reliable water to over 120,000 people whilst creating the 1st direct connection to the high-value rose export markets of Europe. In the process we enhanced their primary export industry, created jobs, training and prosperity for the local community through construction and operation of the new facility.