Our ownership and management structure are consistent around the Group. But what does it really mean to us? Our executive chair Mike Haigh explains below.
Being independent means that we can choose our own direction without being influenced by outside investors. This puts us in charge of our own destiny and allows us to focus on what we believe is important for our clients, our colleagues and the communities that we work and live in. Our chosen direction is, of course, guided by our purpose and values and, because we are employee owned, our purpose and our strategy are designed and owned by all of us.
Everyone in Mott MacDonald is tied into this independence. It affects all of us every day, from the type of work we do, to the areas we invest in, and the commitment and ownership that it generates. It also means that everyone has a part to play in the success of Mott MacDonald. Colleagues in senior positions are expected to drive that success because they can most directly influence company direction and performance and be held accountable for delivering our strategic goals.
Our independence allows us to invest in a future of our choosing; to create a sustainable, long-term business that can make a positive difference - to transform our clients’ businesses, our communities and our employee opportunities. We have flexibility to pick the projects we work on and the partners we work with.
During times of difficulty such as the 2008 global financial crisis or the more recent COVID-19 pandemic, our independence enabled us to adapt quickly and remain agile in order to safeguard the business and, as much as possible, colleagues’ jobs.
We live in a global age of disruption and change. Never has there been a more important time to invest in new and better ways of delivering value and excellence to our clients. Our purpose requires us to invest in delivering social outcomes, digital innovation and excellence in a way that is unprecedented, and our independence allows us to do this without constraints.
We believe our independence positively contributes to our unique culture and values. We have the freedom to uphold our ethical ways of working and choose who we do business with, partly because we don’t have external shareholders pushing a different agenda to our own. Our collaborative and supportive community is led by colleagues who are committed to handing a successful business over to future generations.