Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?
I was a late convert to engineering, after a career overseas in the humanitarian sector. I was attracted by Mott MacDonaldâ€™s strong reputation for high quality international work in the infrastructure sector. Furthermore, the company was highly supportive of such career changes, and had a good scheme in place at Southampton University to fund my one-year conversion Masters in Civil Engineering.
What is the best thing about your role?
My work with Mott MacDonald constantly provides new intellectual challenges - from UK site engineering to African politics or highways design in Qatar.
How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?
I have found Mott MacDonald staff to be highly conscientious and ready to help, with an attention to the best finished product. I have felt there are many who have gone out of their way to assist my own career development, and have enjoyed the culture of office sport in a number of different locations.
What has been your most memorable project?
I spent eight months in Nairobi, working closely with the Kenyan government on public transport solutions for the city. It was a fascinating project that has the potential to make a real change in East Africa. At the weekend, when I wanted to wind down, a short journey could take me onto the savannah.
Are you involved with any charities or do any volunteer work?
Iâ€™m closely involved with the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund for education in Uganda, and spend a lot of time over-enthusiastically organising cycling expeditions for One Mile Closer.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I spent my teenage years marching around in a leopard skin suit spinning fake drumsticks. I have never used the skill since.