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Simon is responsible for the strategy and development of our Power business globally

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Simon Harrison

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Simon at work As the Power unit’s development director Simon is responsible globally for the strategy and development of our business in this sector.

 

Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?

It was a long time ago (1991) when I joined Ewbank Preece, which was bought by Mott MacDonald in 1994. I was interested initially because I thought I would be able to make a difference in the developing world, and then at the interview was very impressed with the person interviewing me and decided I would learn by working with him.

What is the best thing about your job?  

I am the Group Strategic Development Manager, providing support to the Board in growing and developing the whole business for the future.  It’s great to be able to look across the whole business and into the external market, and in particular to find new trends and technologies to help redefine the value we can bring.   I get particular pleasure from finding ways to combine skills from within our global business in new ways to bring new solutions to our clients, to contribute to making a positive difference in the world, and to realising business benefits for our clients and ourselves.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

Open, supportive, friendly, with a lot of personal responsibility.

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

24 years. Most of my career has been spent in the electricity sector, unusually covering the whole spectrum of power networks, thermal, renewable and nuclear generation. I helped develop the technical advisory services that lending banks now use routinely when financing major projects, an area where Mott MacDonald has built on these beginnings to create global leadership. My proudest achievement was nursing a division through a bad recession in the power sector (caused by the collapse of Enron) without any staff having to be made redundant, because our recruitment and training activities over the preceding years had created a hugely flexible team willing and able to work outside their comfort zones.

Have you been involved in any charities or done any volunteer work, please explain your involvement?  

I lead energy policy activities for the Institution of Engineering and Technology, which has 160,000 members worldwide. I am currently chairing a major study for the UK government on how the electricity system’s functionality needs will need to develop to address the challenges of decarbonisation and other major changes. At the other end of the scale I’ve been a trustee of my local village hall, and have also directed the village Christmas play!

Do you have a hidden talent? If so what is it?  

I’m a semi-professional classical singer, and accompanist.

 

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