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United Kingdom / Transport / Senior engineer

Richard Lebon

Every two years, Richard organises a bike ride taking 35 riders across Europe in order to fundraise for Nalango secondary school in Uganda in memory of his school friends Rob Gauntlett and James Atkinson. This year’s ride was a total of 1500km over two weeks, from Prague to Sussex and he has raised £20,000 for the construction of classrooms at Nalango.

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 MacDonald’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?

I’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.


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