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Rowan with Leatherback Roslie in 2004

United Kingdom / Environment / Principal marine environmental scientist - Marine plastics global lead
Rowan Byrne

Female Seahorse
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Female Seahorse Female Seahorse captured in her natural habitat.

"I'm frequently learning, researching, and evolving, I couldn't ask for anything better."

Why did you decide to join?

Joining Mott MacDonald provided me with an opportunity to become part of a global company with an excellent reputation. This also allowed me to work in an international environment that would offer plenty of challenging opportunities and would give me a stable career path, as well as enjoying every day at work.

What is the best thing about your role?

There are so many, one is too hard to choose from. My day can involve me in five to six different sectors. I'm frequently learning, researching, and evolving, I couldn’t ask for anything better. I work on numerous marine related projects from around the world and my mind-set has to change on a daily basis to meet the different challenges I face.

How would you describe the culture?

Collaborative, employee grounded and client focused. The people around me really concentrate on the delivery of innovative and well-informed projects. It’s a great place to work as each day you meet, talk and engage disciplined professionals from around the world from many different sectors and disciplines.

How has your career developed?

I've developed my career through many avenues such as, training opportunities, mentoring and interesting work projects to get my teeth stuck into. This without doubt is based on solid client and colleague relationships. These together have all helped build my marine expertise.

When you’re not in the office where can you be found?

Any opportunity I get I'm down near the coast. I grew up on the coast in Ireland and any chance I get you will find me there. Next to that I would be in a fishing port or coastal scenery, walking, mountain biking or just taking in the scenery as long as it’s coastal.

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

Three people hmmm, without doubt it would be these three people but I can think of many more.

Jacque Cousteau: Jacque inspires me for all he did in his lifetime. As a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. Along with co-developing the Aqua-Lung, pioneering marine conservation and the way he described his underwater world research in many series of books, I have no doubt it would be a fruitful encounter!

Barack Obama: Again I think along the same lines, as a qualified lawyer, community organizer, senator and of course president, I think he has many skills and life lessons not to mention stories that would make that meeting a memorable life experience. He never had it easy but he in my opinion is a great example of a leader who triumphs no matter what the odds.

Billy Connolly: What can I say about this man? Wouldn’t anytime in his presence be a memorable time. I have seen him live so many times and my ribs constantly hurt from splitting my sides laughing. I think through laughter and his general outlook on life he has brought so much joy to the world and illuminates my day each time he makes me laugh!

Did you know? Rowan was awarded Environmentalist of the Year (2017) across the company.

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