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United Kingdom / Transport / Principal account leader (tunnels)

Michael Savill

Michael relaxing in Monterey, California

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I wanted the opportunity to work on major international projects, this aspect came across strongly in the interview and sold me on the company.

What is the best thing about your role?

I’m currently the principal account leader of our tunnels team. The best thing about the role is the variability of projects; metro schemes, power and water supply, in cities and remote areas. No two projects are ever alike in technical challenge, and the sense of achievement when schemes are complete is immense. I have worked on schemes like Channel Tunnel, Heathrow Express, Terminal 5 and Crossrail.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

Technically inquisitive; paternally supporting.

What has been your most memorable project?

I would choose my most memorable project as the one with the most challenges; constructing rail tunnels 60m below the seabed in Denmark. The Storebaelt project encountered flood, fire and major mechanical failures. I gained experience in specialist tunnelling techniques such as ground feezing, compressed air working and soil conditioning.

Where have you travelled with Mott MacDonald?

I have worked in Denmark (Storebaelt), Canada (St Clair River Tunnel), USA, Hong Kong (Route 10 Highway), Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

Are you involved with any charities or do any volunteer work?

I have been a School Governor for a local secondary school, and I am part of a fellowship supporting families affected by alcoholism.

Where is your favourite place?

Florence, Italy.

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