Mott MacDonald has appointed John Seed as its new global advisory services sector lead. He will be responsible for shaping worldwide sustainable growth in the consultancy’s advisory services business and developing its global strategy.
John has 30 years’ experience managing multidisciplinary government and private sector projects. Most recently he was manager of Mott MacDonald’s advisory and management business in Europe, being responsible for the consultancy’s work in programme project and commercial management, infrastructure finance and advising international financial institutions.
Prior to this he was the global leader of infrastructure finance and head of Europe and Africa for Mott MacDonald, leading advisory teams in Paris, Arnhem, Warsaw, Prague, Kampala, Nairobi and Johannesburg. John has been involved in major infrastructure finance schemes such as Turkey’s healthcare public-private partnership (PPP) programme and the South Georgia re-civilianisation project in the Antarctic, as well as projects in countries around the world including the UK, Hong Kong and Australia.
As well as being an advisor to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, John is also a board member of the International Project Finance Association and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Association for Project Management.
Commenting on his new role, John said: “I am excited to be leading Mott MacDonald’s advisory work globally. Our one-team approach will bring together expertise from across all our regions and ensure best practice and resources are applied to the right projects on a global basis.”
Guy Leonard, Mott MacDonald’s Group strategic development director, added: “John has been part of Mott MacDonald since he graduated and has helped make our advisory business the leading success it is today. The creation of this new role recognises the importance we place on the advisory services sector and I know that John will approach it with his trademark determination and ambition.”
Mott MacDonald’s advisory experts help clients to better understand the commercial and technical risks in their transactions and shape their business cases to deliver an optimum balance between risk and return. With more than 25 years’ experience in PPP procurement across all sectors, the consultancy provides its services to clients all over the world. In 2016 the company advised on over 236 PPP/PFI projects in 39 countries, bringing the public and private sector together to realise new assets. Mott MacDonald’s Europe and Africa business has won the IJGlobal Technical Advisor award seven times in the last nine years. The consultancy was also named Technical Advisor of the Year at both the 2015 and 2016 Partnerships Awards. Additionally, the company has topped IJGlobal’s annual Technical Advisor league table on transactions completed for the seventh time.