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Dave Drury, Mott MacDonald’s Director of Transport Planning for the North of England and Scotland

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Thu 30th, Aug

Introduce yourself – name, where do you sit in the business, and what does the business do?

I’m Dave Drury and I’m Mott MacDonald’s director of transport planning for the North of England and Scotland. I’m responsible for a team of over 100 multi-talented individuals who are delivering projects for many public and private sector clients. Any plan to develop or redevelop land or buildings to regenerate areas and boost economic growth requires effective and sustainable transport strategies. Mott MacDonald has a successful track record in this area and continues to help clients get government funding by putting forward evidence-based business case support.

What changes would you like to see to improve or develop your sector?

For me, the sector needs to fully embrace the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) agenda. At Mott MacDonald, we have several initiatives to support EDI, specifically when it comes to gender equality. EDI is part of our everyday life, both at home as well as work. We can experience and learn through the diversity of family and friends and this applies in the workplace too. If we all bring our uniqueness to the table, we know we can come up with better solutions. This is critical in a business like ours which solves problems as a way of life. 

What does a typical working day look like?

It is quite exciting as every day can be different depending on where I am in the country. While I’m based in Liverpool, I spend a lot of time visiting colleagues in different offices and also meet regularly with clients in various regions. This enables us to really get to grips with what our clients’ needs are and what they are looking to achieve. It also allows us to understand what their clients’ needs are and what they expect. We’re then able to offer our insights and experience to support their ambitions. Despite these challenging economic times, there are still many opportunities to implement sweeping changes that benefit and improve the quality of life. As a people person, I really enjoy this side of my role as it all about working closely with clients to implement a vision of what their city or region could look like.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Listen to your parents. When I think back to when I was younger and my dad was offering words of wisdom, I often didn’t listen as I wanted to find out for myself. Now I have four boys of my own I realise that I should have listened more.

The same could be said about working life. Our team in Liverpool has grown rapidly over the last two years and we have a lot of young enthusiastic and vibrant apprentices and graduates working on our team. There is a great deal of knowledge and experience in our company that they can draw on to help them develop in their careers. Equally though, there is plenty of insight and fresh thinking they can offer that our more experienced team members could learn from. This is why diversity is so important.

Where would we find you on your day off?

Watching my sons play football or rugby, or simply spending quality time at home with the family.

What is the best advice you have been given in your career?

Speak to someone the way you would like to be spoken to. It doesn’t matter where you are in life or career in terms of level or hierarchy, you should always speak to someone the way you want to be spoken to.

This is also the view at Mott MacDonald, where we have a collegiate and collaborative culture, which gives prominence to equality and diversity and we take proactive steps to create an inclusive workplace that includes the way we work with each other. The company is very open and approachable, from those at the very top of the company downwards. This may be because we’re employee owned, so our Group board is comprised with colleagues we’ve worked alongside for many years or throughout our careers.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

I’ve lived in the city region all my life and I am passionate about Liverpool and the surrounding area. I was born and bred on the Wirral and started my career with Wirral Borough Council before moving to Liverpool City Council. I worked in the public sector for over 17 years and have spent the past 11 years in the private sector. Moving from the public to private sector helped me to understand the commercial and business aspect of the job.

The potential Liverpool City Region offers also excites me. We’re keen to be at the forefront of the strategic development that is planned for the area, not just for us as a company but also so our staff can be part of these vitally important projects.

 

Mott MacDonald are one of the sponsors of this years Smarter Travel Live Event in Liverpool on the 16th and 17th October. Find out more and book here.

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