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United Kingdom / Group managing director

Mike Haigh

Mike cycling across the North Pennines
Mike during a cycling trip across the North Pennines
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Mike during a cycling trip across the North Pennines Mike is standing outside Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in England!

Being employee owned allows us to focus and invest in the long term

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I had developed a strong interest in water engineering at university and Mott MacDonald (just MacDonald in those days) stood out as a place with exciting projects and people.

What is the best thing about your role?

It's definitely the chance to see the quality and the ingenuity of our people, the work that we do across the whole business and an ability to steer the direction of Mott MacDonald to ensure that we develop the best people, delivering interesting and innovative projects.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

A strong sense of responsibility to our clients and our colleagues; caring about everything we do.

How has your career progressed at Mott MacDonald?

I have always focused on the next project or role, making sure that I do a good job and preparing for whatever may be next. A big thing has always been staying in touch with professional/technical developments, and today continuing this with involvement in professional bodies such as ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) and ACE (Association for Consultancy and Engineering).

How many years have you worked for Mott MacDonald, and what has been your proudest achievement to date?

Over 30 years; I have so many proud moments, but being able to lead EUNA and more recently the whole Group with so many talented people and so many exciting projects was definitely one highlight.

How would you describe the vision and values of Mott MacDonald?

Our vision is not just to create sustainable solutions for our clients but to find new and better ways to solve problems, finding advantages where others may not look, and using our ingenuity to create lasting value for all.

What makes Mott MacDonald stand out from other companies?

Being employee owned allows us to focus and invest in the long term; to create a business that we all want to be part of and a business fit to hand over to future generations.

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

Yes, I support IntoUniversity, a charity supporting less advantaged children to gain access to further education. I have also been long associated with WaterAid for which I have supported many charity events including running marathons.

What has been your favourite Mott MacDonald social event?

I always enjoy our Christmas or new year parties wherever they may be. It's always wonderful to see staff of all ages and backgrounds enjoying themselves together. When I was in WNE (water and environment), the Christmas lunches at the Grad Pad were legendary, from the time I was a graduate right up to being a division manager.

What is your favourite pastime?

I love walking, cycling or running in the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland, often with my wife and children, but always with our dog!

If you could have lunch with any three people who would they be and why?

My wife, son and daughter; at the end of the day everything is about family.

Where is your favourite place?

My garden; it sounds boring but I get a lot of pleasure working in the garden, and then sitting and admiring the end result and the views!

What is your hidden talent?

If I told you, it wouldn't be hidden! Maybe the fact that in my spare time I'm a 'leader in residence' at Leeds University Business School, or the fact that I speak Russian.

What inspires you at work?

I've always simply wanted to do the best job that I can; this is made all the easier when working on exciting projects or simply with great colleagues, many of whom I have now known for many years.

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