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United Kingdom / Highways / Stakeholder and public liaison manager (Highways)

James Butt

James taking part in the Eastleigh Dragon Boat Race

"The culture of Mott MacDonald is positive, friendly and supportive. It encourages me to develop my own career path in order to succeed."

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I wanted to work for a large company that would provide me with a number of exciting career and project opportunities.

What is the best thing about your role?

I’m encouraged to be innovative and develop my own career path in order to succeed.

How would you describe your role and responsibilities to friends or family?

When we undertake a Highways infrastructure development project, it’s my job to speak with the public, road users, and local stakeholders and make sure they’re fully informed as to what is going on, and how it will affect them in the short and long term.

What has been your most memorable project?

The Highways Agency Area 3 Commission – so much happened during that time, from major infrastructure motorway projects, to working with the Reading Festival, the BMW Mini plant, the Rose Bowl as well as Reading Football Club.

How many years have you worked for Mott MacDonald, and what has been your proudest achievement to date?

11 years – my proudest achievement was launching the Highways marketing department, which has now been successfully running now for three years.

Where have you travelled with Mott MacDonald?

I’m usually UK based, but I was lucky enough to be sent to Nassau in the Bahamas in December a few years ago. Working in such an amazing, hot and beautiful place while surrounded by Christmas trees and people wearing Santa hats was a real experience.

What’s the most technically challenging project you’ve worked on at Mott MacDonald?

The £11 million A34 Peartree to Weston-on-the-Green Major Maintenance scheme, which was my first true project. It comprised seven months’ worth of crucial maintenance and full depth concrete repairs, to both the north and southbound carriageways of the A34 near Oxford, over the Christmas period – and kept me very busy indeed. But through the (then) innovative use of SMS text messages to keep road users update, which was the first time SMS messages had been used in this way, we were able to keep the road users fully informed throughout the project’s duration.

How has your career developed at Mott MacDonald?

My career has developed by being challenged to solve communication/engagement problems, and then being suitably supported in the delivery of those solutions.

When you’re not in the office where can you be found?

At home, trying to squeeze in a game of FIFA, while looking after my daughters. It’ll be a lot easier once they learn how to play it.

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