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James Fairfax

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Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?

I had been aware of Mott MacDonald for some time as they are a renowned and respected provider of services in international health development. My previous positions  - at DFID, a large international health NGO (IPPF) and for a small consulting firm - had provided me with important insights into international health arena, and the time was right to join a larger organisation that provided more diversity and opportunity. I was also struck by how despite being a large player, Mott MacDonald maintains a genuine and passionate interest in improving the lives of those most at need – which was what interested me in international development in the first place.

What is the best thing about your job/role?

The people I work with are all great. From senior technical leads to graduate project officers – everyone works hard and there is a real team ethos. The nature of consultancy work means there are plenty of opportunities to grab hold of.

How would you describe the culture of Mott Macdonald?

Mott MacDonald does an excellent job of balancing the needs of a large multi-sector consultancy with maintaining a local and personal working environment.

How has your career developed at Mott Macdonald?

I only started 18 months ago and was immediately involved in high level pieces of work. I started by working on our successful bid to be a supplier to DFID’s Global Evaluation Framework Agreement (GEFA). I then managed our successful GEFA consortium for a year or so, which includes three large American partners as well as the London International Development Centre. More recently I am managing one of our successful GEFA bids, a 3 year evaluation of a set of family planning initiatives in Nepal. I am also beginning to undertake more technical work to complement the experience I have gained in project management.

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

Somewhere in the great outdoors ending the day in a pub beer garden with friends.

Where is your favourite place on this earth?

In the UK, it is Malvern where I grew up. Further afield I would opt for rural India, just watching the world go by.

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