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David being filmed for the BBC

United Kingdom / Management consultancy / Principal advisor (climate change)

David Viner

David in Cornwall, overlooking Mullion Harbour

The company has a flexible culture that caters to people from all backgrounds

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

Joining Mott MacDonald gave me an opportunity to work in a very well respected global business.

What is the best thing about your role?

As someone who has worked at the highest level globally in the climate change arena my role at Mott MacDonald has allowed me to use my range of business, organisation and scientific knowledge that I have accrued to date. This has helped to change the focus of the Group’s activities and as more and more resources are required to tackle climate change, this will increase the opportunities for delivering meaningful and impactful work.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

The company has a flexible culture that caters to people from all backgrounds. It is working hard to ensure that inclusivity is at the core of the business. There is a good sense of wellbeing and this provides a very supportive environment for all staff.

How has your career progressed at Mott MacDonald?

I have been able to grow in confidence since joining Mott MacDonald and if required, I know I can deliver further growth to the business and continue to ensure that Mott MacDonald is seen as a world leader in climate resilience.

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

Over the last three years since joining Mott MacDonald, I have helped to establish climate change as one of the core activities across the Group. This reflects the success I have had with previous jobs. I have the ability to change the strategic direction of organisations for the better and to implement ground breaking and innovative strategies. Throughout my career I have been required to develop and implement new strategies, develop new work and grow impact. By using a robust evidence base (no instinct or gut feelings from me!) I am confident that I can continue to make a meaningful impact at Mott MacDonald.

What is your favourite pastime?

Everything outdoors, growing and producing my own vegetables and meat, cooking them, fishing, shooting, sailing and most of all, Liverpool Football Club and its unique place in world history. Five Times. YNWA.

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

The Pope, Bill Shankly and my Dad.

What inspires you at work?

Over the past 20 or so years I have been professionally driven knowing that the work I undertake is supported by rigorous scientific evidence. I am confident that the work I am doing is for the best for environment and global society in which we exist. Ensuring that climate change is addressed is essential for our future well being. I know I can rest at night being comfortable in the fact that as an individual I have done my best and helped others to do their best as well in this challenging area.

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