There were two main reasons:
1. Before I joined Mott MacDonald I had been on an overseas placement for a period of four years. I wanted to return to the UK, but to continue working overseas on short term trips rather than long term placements. An opportunity at Mott MacDonald become available that enabled me to do this.
2. My main area of interest is to assist overseas countries to improve their approach to road safety. This involves all aspects of road safety from the design of the roads and vehicles through the education of road users and the implementation and enforcement of legislation to the organisation and operation of the emergency services and health care. The size and diversity of Mott MacDonald means that somewhere in the organisation I can find a specialist in any of the areas I need to cover and ask for assistance or advice.
What is the best thing about your role?
Having the opportunity to travel overseas and help countries improve their road safety performance.
The projects I work on tend to involve providing advice and guidance to Governments on how to improve their road safety performance. This is best achieved if we can provide long term sustainable solutions that can build capability and competence within each country. There are often many challenges to overcome and on some occasions simply getting all of the relevant stakeholders in the same room speaking to each other is enough to start making progress.
How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?
I need to work with a lot of different divisions in a number of countries and I have always found the people I have approached to be open and willing to help.
Where have you travelled with Mott MacDonald?
I am very lucky in that my role has an international responsibility and I need to travel to different countries to both deliver projects and for business development. Since I joined Mott MacDonald in November 2011 I have travelled to:
India, UAE, Qatar, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Senegal, Indonesia.
I have also managed a project in Jamaica, but was not part of the team that travelled there and I am currently organising Road Safety Audits in Bahrain. I am due to travel to Kenya to assist with a project in Nairobi.
When you’re not in the office where can you be found?
Either with my family or in the gym. That makes me sound like a fitness fanatic, but that is not the case. When I returned to the UK I spent a period of time as a coach potato and so I am now trying to get my fitness levels back.
What is a random fact about you?
I used to be the match day mascot for Huddersfield Town AFC.