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Emily Bonner


After a fun but challenging weekend of tasks, Emily and her team were really pleased to win the competition.
Emily and her team at Teambuild 2014
Emily and her team at Teambuild 2014 After a fun but challenging weekend of tasks, Emily and her team were really pleased to win the competition.




Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

As a new graduate I was looking to join a company with a great reputation which offered me lots of opportunities. As a global, multidisciplinary company Mott MacDonald offers the opportunity to work abroad and in many sectors.

What is the best thing about your role?

The variety of projects I get to work on; from sports stadia to temporary structures, major office refurbishments to new residential developments. There are new challenges with each project and I have learnt a lot in my first two years at Mott MacDonald. I also get to be involved throughout the projects I work on; from concept design through to construction, getting to know design teams and contractors.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

It feels like a community with lots of support and encouragement from across the company. Although there are over 16,000 employees around the world, there are great links across the company, with events such as YPE (Young Professional Excellence) day bringing people from different offices together it is easy to build a network within Mott MacDonald.

What project(s) are you currently working on?

I am currently working on the refurbishment of Twickenham Stadium for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and a major office refurbishment in west London. I have been working on the Twickenham project for over two years and it has been a great opportunity to see a project progress. It’s given me an insight into the design of sports stadia and the challenges of working on a live stadium! The office refurbishment is technically challenging, involving both partial demolition and extension of a 1980s building. It’s a really interesting project and I’m learning a lot.

Are you involved with any charities or do any volunteer work?

I am a STEM Ambassador, working with STEMnet to promote careers in engineering. As part of this I have given talks in schools and at careers fairs about my job. It’s great having the opportunity to share the exciting work we do with young people and hopefully inspire them to consider a career in engineering.

Where is your favourite place?

London, it’s where I’m from and where I now live and work. There are so many things to see and do that I can’t imagine ever getting bored by it!

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