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Mott MacDonald environment specialist Paul Ashley becomes Group Sustainability Champion

Mott MacDonald’s environment specialist, Paul Ashley has been promoted to the position of Group Sustainability Champion, reporting to the group board’s director responsible for sustainability, Kevin Dixon. 

Kevin Dixon commented on the promotion: “Achieving and promoting best practice in sustainability is core to our culture and this marks our long-term commitment across the Mott MacDonald group. Paul Ashley was a natural choice for this promotion as he has worked with colleagues to champion best practice in environmental management and sustainability since he joined Mott MacDonald in 1997 and is a member of the company’s task force which oversees the group’s sustainability strategy.” 


With more than 30 years’ experience of projects concerning environmental management, contaminated land, water quality and water resources, Paul’s career has seen him lead key projects in the UK and overseas, including the Middle East, Far East and Africa.

Formerly the manager of Mott MacDonald’s largest environmental team based in Cambridge, Paul helped develop this team to around 65 professionals, before being appointed last year as practice leader for all environmental business. In his new role he retains this position of responsibility for development and co-ordination of the company’s environmental business.

As Mott MacDonald’s Group Sustainability Champion, Paul is responsible for developing and promoting Mott MacDonald’s services with respect to sustainable design, development and engineering. He is looking to build on such notable successes as the company’s development of sustainable building design guidelines for clients in the Middle East, its wind, wave, solar and biomass energy projects, and its current study of the impacts of climate change in China.

Paul is also responsible for the sustainable management of Mott MacDonald’s operations, including tracking its carbon footprint and reducing it on a year by year basis.  For a global company such as Mott MacDonald, the challenge is not only to obtain reliable data on energy use in all its offices, but also to reduce the impacts from travel between them.

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