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United Kingdom / Transport / Technical director

Rose McArthur

This is Rose at the Sydney Opera House next to the Harbour Bridge having completed the first stage of work that we were commissioned to do for Transport for New South Wales – wine was also involved.


The thing that I say to prospective employees who are considering coming to work for Mott MacDonald is that it is a fair and open organisation.

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I had the privilege of working with Mott MacDonald staff as part of a consortium delivering travel demand management for the ‘Commonwealth Games’ in Glasgow. Strong capable teams are what I aspire to be part of and I found that in Mott MacDonald. During my interview process I felt that there was a good cultural fit for me and that I would be able to progress my career with the firm as well as continue to develop my discipline of work.

What is the best thing about your role?

I get to develop the market for travel demand management globally, I’m given the space and support to develop this growing market for Mott MacDonald and I have a great team of people making this possible. I get to go to Australia and New Zealand to explore the markets there and win work for both regions. I work across discipline and across geographical areas. I work to a sports board as well as an integrated transport group and so work is always varied and no two days the same.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

It’s an ethical organisation with a high value on doing the right thing and not just paying lip service to it. I feel valued here and it’s a good cultural fit for me. There are passionate and committed staff who really care about their work and that is a strong part of the culture.

How do you feel your career has progressed while working at Mott MacDonald?

I’ve only been here a very short time but I am already involved in the advance network, business planning for the division I work in as well as attending numerous client functions with senior guests. My exposure to a global market for what we do has been significant in the four months since I’ve joined.

What makes Mott MacDonald stand out from other companies?

The thing that I say to prospective employees who are considering coming to work for Mot MacDonald s is that is an open and fair organisation. It values good work and good clients. There is pride in what we do here and a strong sense of loyalty from the staff who work here. It is a company where your opinion matters and you’re encouraged to give it.

Are you involved with any charities or do any volunteer work?

I am a supporter and fundraiser for a charity called Transaid. They are an international development charity that identifies, champions, implements and shares local transport solutions which improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for poor people in developing countries. I cycled from London to Amsterdam to raise funds for their work delivering driver training to sub-Saharan Africa where road accidents are the 3rd biggest cause of death after HIV/AIDS and Malaria.

Where is your favourite place?

A small seaside town called Aberdaron on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales. Beautifully unspoiled for over 30 years it’s like stepping back in time and it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK with a National Trust protected coastline….and the best Welsh Cream teas in the country!


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