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Giorgio on a canoeing trip in Sardinia

United Kingdom / Transport / Principal transport planner

Giorgio Gessa

Sunset in Caprera, north-east of Sardinia
Sunset in Caprera, north-east of Sardinia
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Sunset in Caprera, north-east of Sardinia A canoeing weekend in August

Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?

The size of the company and the international presence was the main driver for choosing Mott MacDonald. At the time of joining in 2001 the transport modelling team which I belong to was still expanding so this was a great opportunity for what I expected my career to be with the company.

What is the best thing about your job?

Although projects may look all very similar I would say that each project is unique. The best thing about my job is the challenge every project brings, and finding alternative and better solutions to tackle this. I like projects that "make me think", and transport modelling is one of those fields where it is possible to practice a lot!

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

I would say that we are well organised ("organisational culture") and focused to the client's needs. I believe that the PRIDE acronym (Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Excellence) well describes what Mott MacDonald is about, what our values are and what we want the company to be.

Where have you travelled with Mott MacDonald?

In November 2005 I was fortunate to spend three weeks in Nassau (Bahamas) working on traffic data collection for the building of the traffic model. It was a great experience both personally and from the working point of view that only international consultancies like Mott MacDonald can offer. Having offices and a variety of projects all around the world it really means that you have the possibility of travelling for work purposes and spend time in places where you would usually want to pay to go!

What is the best thing about living in country you live?

I have an agreement with the Company that allows me to spend three weeks in Sardinia (Italy) followed by a week in UK. It would be too easy to say that the best thing about Sardinia compared to UK is the weather, but that it is! I like the sun and the sea, so living on a wonderful island for most of the time really makes the difference, and "commuting" once a month to UK also means that I have the best of the two arrangements, i.e. English and Italian lifestyle.

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

It would be interesting to read animal's minds!

 

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