Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?
I joined Mott MacDonald in 2012 straight out of Imperial College London, where I did my dissertation in partnership with Mott MacDonald. Through the dissertation I interacted with many of my future co-workers and knew that I would be working in a friendly and supportive environment that would give me the opportunity to work on a large variety of big and small projects all over the world. Recently, I won the Geological Society's Glossop Award (2016) and was the youngest person in the company to gain chartership as CGeol. I'm now a chartership scrutineer for the Geological Society.
What is the best thing about your role?
I get to travel to obscure places that not many other people will have visited and do some real exploration whilst having some great adventures. I also get “full access back-stage” passes to see publicly closed off construction sites in action and gain valuable experience first-hand. Inside the office, I get to co-author papers with technical directors for our international conferences.
How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?
Mott MacDonald offers a friendly and flexible culture allowing you to work in the manner which suits you best; you can change projects, offices and even countries. There is a general sense of community here and I get to interact with people from different parts of the company, over a range of grades. There is a social club which helps fund company outings and societies.
What has been your most memorable project?
So far I have worked on projects in; the Caribbean, the Middle East, UK, Georgia and Albania. But the clear winner has to be Albania where I spent six months on site performing owner's engineer site supervision duties for a large hydropower project scheme. This included the construction of 30km of new and widened canyon road. More recently, I did a one year secondment to MMB Leeds and designed slope stabilisation solutions.
When you’re not in the office where can you be found?
When not working on site, I am typically driving all over the host country exploring old castles, rafting down rivers and seeking out great photographic spots.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?
Laptop, broadband internet, solar panel charger, water, food – in that order. The rest I can construct as I go along – or google it…