Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?
Mott MacDonald is the fourth organisation that I have worked for. I was looking to find a company that I could remain with for a while and where there were routes for internal progression and career development; I knew the scale and size of Mott MacDonald would enable this. Also, there was an excellent opportunity to develop a new service offer for Mott MacDonald.
What is the best thing about your role?
The best thing about my role is the variety of projects that I work on. In any given month I work for several clients across many different sectors. For example, over the past few weeks I have been involved in work for the NHS, HS2 Ltd, the Greater London Authority, Network Rail and the Department for International Development.
How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?
Mott MacDonald is a company full of intelligent, passionate and dedicated professionals. It is great to work among people who inspire you to challenge yourself and be your best. It also means that I am constantly learning new things, which is a rewarding environment to work within.
How has your career progressed at Mott MacDonald?
I joined Mott MacDonald’s Birmingham office in 2007 as a senior consultant. At that time Mott MacDonald did not provide economic and social development services in the West Midlands so I was tasked with building a new service for local clients, primarily in the transport and local authority sectors. I grew a small team in Birmingham, taking on line management responsibilities and expanding our offer to cover a much wider geography and extending our services into new sectors. Over the years I rose to principal consultant, team leader and then projects director. In 2013 I was given the opportunity to build a team in Mott MacDonald’s central London office, so I relocated down south where I am presently based. I now manage a national team of social science specialists. I also recently became Mott MacDonald’s global practice leader for social, which involves working with colleagues and clients across the world to deliver more socially inclusive infrastructure and services.
How many years have you worked for Mott MacDonald, and what has been your proudest achievement to date?
I have just celebrated my 10 year anniversary at Mott MacDonald. My proudest achievement is recently becoming a global practice leader for the company, enabling me to work collaboratively with the excellent social scientists across the organisation to grow and promote social inclusion and development services on behalf of the company. It is an exciting challenge and one which I am really passionate about.
What is your favourite pastime?
My favourite pastime is exercise, particularly running. I am a member of a running club in my home town Brighton. It is a great way to keep fit and healthy, meet people, escape from my day-to-day responsibilities and fuel my competitive spirit!