Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?
I was working for a contractor and as part of my ICE training I joined Mott MacDonald (then Mott Hay & Anderson) to do a year in a design office. I worked on two major tunnelling projects, the Channel Tunnel and the Storebaelt project in Denmark and saw my future in tunnelling so I decided to stay with Mott MacDonald.
What is the best thing about your role?
The best thing about my role as a senior project manager in the tunnels sub-division is the diversity of projects, locations and clients I get involved with; from mega projects like Crossrail in London to tunnel feasibility studies in places such as Malta where I had to make a presentation to the Prime Minister. Every few years there is always a new team, a new client, a new project and a new challenge.
How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?
Mott MacDonald has a culture of looking after both its clients and staff through core values such as continuous improvement and development, respect for communities and environment, safety, a desire to provide excellent solutions to exceed client’s expectations and to nurture its staff.
Where have you travelled with Mott MacDonald?
With Mott MacDonald I have travelled extensively including travel to the following countries; Australia, Greece, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, USA (Boston for 6 years), Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand, Ireland, Malta and Austria.
What has been your favourite Mott MacDonald social event?
Two Mott MacDonald social events stand out; the first, to celebrate the success of the Channel Tunnel, was a very grand event in the grounds of Leeds castle; a black tie occasion including a tour of the castle and grounds, an evening banquet with casino and finishing with a breakfast at 4 am. The second was a christmas party when we were flown to New York, stayed in a Manhattan hotel, had an evening meal and taken by limousine to a jazz club in Harlem.
Where is your favourite place?
Apart from my home town in West-Sussex of course, I just love the Mediterranean; it has great food, lovely weather (those beautiful warm evenings), plenty of history and culture and some fantastic small towns and villages.