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United Kingdom / Communications / Consultant

Helen Shapcott

Presenting a charity cheque with colleagues

I wanted to join a company where I could build my career

Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?

After graduating from Brighton University with a degree in Business and Finance I wanted to join a company where I could build my career. Mott MacDonald has given me the opportunity to work with experienced and talented professionals, who I’ve been able to learn from and who have supported my development. I was also attracted to working for a consultancy; firstly, for the opportunity to work on a mix of projects, and secondly and more importantly for me, to gain an insight into how other organisations are managed and operate. 

What is the best thing about your job?

One of the best things has to be the people I work with, both my Mott MacDonald colleagues, and our clients.

The immediate project team I work in at the moment are a great bunch, and the nature of consultancy means working with different teams for different projects. I’ve had the privilege of working with some fascinating and challenging clients, who I’m pleased to say always keep you on your toes!

Describe the culture of Mott MacDonald from an employee’s perspective?

The culture at Mott MacDonald is one of intelligent, hard working professionals who are enthusiastic about the work they do, but are down to earth, social and in my view have the right take on the ‘work/ life balance’.

What project are you currently working on?

I work on the project responsible for assuring the management of the radio communications system used by Fire and Rescue Services across England, Scotland and Wales. Mott MacDonald has been involved in the project from procurement of the system through to implementation of the network, and installation of radios and computers into Fire and Rescue Service vehicles. Now that the system is up and running, the government requires on-going management and assurance. We use our IT service management, commercial and engineering skills to ensure that supplier performance is up to scratch, and supports Fire and Rescue Services operations.

Have you been involved in any charities or done any volunteer work, please explain your involvement?

A couple of years ago, I co-organised a charity fashion show; ‘BrightonLovesFashion’. Myself and a Mott MacDonald colleague managed the whole event, with proceeds going to the Brighton Women’s’ Centre. 170 people attended the show, and we were able to raise £1,400 for the charity and generated some media coverage. We brought together a team of 50 people, including models, hair and make-up teams, production designer, sound engineers, backstage managers and dressers, a presenter and a graphic designer. It was stressful, but very good fun!

If you could go on a road trip with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and where would you go?

Funnily enough I have just returned from a road trip with my partner; Las Vegas to San Francisco. He and I hired a Mustang and drove the 1,000 miles of beautiful scenery that stretches along the coast of California, a trip of a lifetime.

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