Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?
I joined the company just as Mott MacDonald merged with Hughes Trueman. I had a friend who suggested I apply for an undergraduate position and here we are.
What is the best thing about your role?
One of the best aspects of my career so far with Mott MacDonald has been the variety of projects I have worked on. I have worked on $ billion tender bids, coordinated detailed civil design documentation, undertaken due diligence reviews for the sale of maritime assets, undertaken a secondment into an asset engineering role as well as recently project managing two major transport planning and design projects.
What are the top two things you have learned whilst at Mott MacDonald?
- Communication is critical. The more everyone communicates effectively and efficiently, the less risk there is of a project heading south. What does this mean for a graduate? Speak up, ask questions, seek advice, raise concerns, and propose ideas.
- I’ve learnt the importance of business development as a consultant. From managing relationships with clients, to developing marketing material, to producing winning bids, it all goes towards securing future work and further developing our reputation as a leading global consultancy.
How have you been supported whilst working at Mott MacDonald?
Mott MacDonald have supported me with my journey towards becoming a chartered engineer. I’ve only just started on the journey, but having them sponsor the e-chartered program has made it that little bit easier.
I’ve also had the support of all my colleagues when faced with problems on projects. It’s invaluable for my own development as an engineer, as well as to help me consider where I need to provide support to new graduates and staff.
What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
I love being adventurous and seeking out new thrills but sky diving and canyon swinging are probably up there. Both undertaken at the Nevis in the South Island of New Zealand!
Where is your favourite place?
Tie between New York and Barcelona. Two stand out, knock your socks off cities. They both had a profound impact on me when I visited.
What inspires you about your work?
The ability to shape the world we inhabit. My work in transport has the potential to have a tangible, real world impact on a large proportion of the population. That to me is an opportunity to produce something that can have a profound impact on society, which is inspiring.
Some of the more senior colleagues I work with also inspire me with their knowledge, experience and their innate ability to stay composed even during periods where deadlines are tight, workloads are large and the project itself is technically challenging. I try to soak up as much as I can from them every day.