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Australia / Technical director, advisory

Marcela Kop

I have been able to develop key relationships and get buy in from other functions all while having the flexibility to work from home. The power of good connectivity and communication.

Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?
I was part of a client team setting up a governance and commercial framework for a contract, working closely with Mott MacDonald who formed part of a consortia. Throughout this time I had lots of interactions and interfaces with the Mott MacDonald leads, including onboarding teams and SMEs. I was attracted to the variability and scope of roles being put forward, and the culture of professionalism and global expertise. I was then fortunate to be involved with the design development workshops, where specialists from the UK were brought in to support the team. I was equal parts fascinated and curious as to future opportunities in the team and started to network.

What is the best thing about your role?
That our team is becoming a trusted advisor in the business and that we are being engaged early to support high risk projects.

How would you describe the culture at Mott MacDonald?
Inclusive and non hierarchical. Also I have quite a few genuine laughs (maybe it’s that dry UK humour?).

What inspires you about your work?
Learning. Understanding people’s drivers and motivators (both client and internal teams).

What are the top two things you have learned while at Mott MacDonald?
Communicate issues and solutions early and keep updating.

What were you expecting when you joined Mott MacDonald?
Exposure to unique projects across different sectors/regions and so far, that’s what I got!

What has surprised you since starting with Mott MacDonald?
That I have been able to develop key relationships and get buy in from other functions all while having the flexibility to work from home. The power of good connectivity and communication.

What would your perfect day consist of?
Coffee, exercise, a nice shiraz.

If you were to live anywhere, where would it be?
Amsterdam – my husband is Dutch and every time we visit his cousins our desire to stay becomes stronger!

What is your favourite past time?
Smelling and kissing my pugs' fur – it really is divine!

If you could have lunch with any three people, who would they be and why?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court USA. A true advocate for women in the workplace in the 1960s when this was a foreign concept.
Daniel Andrews – this would cover a couple of courses I think.
Sarah Brightman – I would ask her to sing 30 seconds of O Mio Babbino Caro and that would be me sorted for my remaining days…

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