Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?
I joined HLSP (now part of the international health division at Mott MacDonald) as it seemed to be a cool place to work. It employed interesting people doing challenging things and delivering really high quality work. It also seemed rather different from the usual management consulting company - a bit more human if a bit more ragged at the edges. It also seemed to understand the importance of a good work life balance.
What is the best thing about your job/role?
The best thing about my job is working in a variety of interesting places on challenging issues with dedicated colleagues and making a difference.
Where have you travelled with Mott MacDonald?
I have travelled all over with Mott MacDonald. I once went on back to back trips in February to Cambodia (35 degrees and a complete sauna) and the Kyrgyz Republic (minus 20) which obviously posed some wardrobe challenges! Mott MacDonald has also taken me back to Botswana - my first ever overseas posting - a wonderful success story if there has ever been one. And I’m just back from Nepal where I managed to combine inputs to a DFID Business Case with a trek to the Kanchenjunga region.
What is your most memorable experience?
Spending an hour on a glorious May day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge near Skye watching deer roll around in the last of the winter snow to keep cool
What would your perfect day consist of?
Well, since you ask it would be getting up at the crack of dawn on a summers day, having a bacon and egg butty in bed with the Sunday papers stretched out all over the bed. I would then go on a long bike ride in the East Sussex countryside followed by quick quality assurance visits to my favourite cider and chocolate biscuit factories. In the afternoon I would watch Scunthorpe come back from two down to beat Manchester United 3-2 and have Jose Morinho admit during the post-match glass of red wine that it was no disgrace to lose to such a quality side. After returning home in a Hillman Imp Bruce Spingsteen would come round for an impromptu jam in my living room. Feeling a bit peckish I would get fish and chips delivered and then turn in for the night.