Mark HughesHow long have you been at SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit (formerly Interfleet)? 
I joined in 2003 and had worked in London for most of that time before I moved out to Australia in 2014.

What’s your role? 
Currently I am the Regional Director for Australia and New Zealand. However the reason I moved to Australia was to set up and develop our Transport Advisory business in Australasia, a job I currently juggle with the Regional Director role.

What interests you about your role? 
I’ve already travelled extensively and met many executive level clients across the eastern seaboard and meeting these people and listening to their problems and challenges is what the lifeblood of a consulting business is about – learning, understanding and helping those clients and their businesses solve problems, improve or make important decisions for the future.

What opportunities have you had since you’ve worked here? 
Through my early years as a consultant I had many opportunities to work within the franchising environment – often (but sadly not always) with good outcomes. It is these environments that build relationships and industry friendships. I’d have to say that working for MTR as their Bid Director for Crossrail was probably my most challenging and exciting assignment to date. The promotion and move to Australia is another career highlight – I’d always wanted to work internationally, and this was an opportunity to move my family somewhere to share in that experience.

What makes it a great place to work? 
Work hard, perform well, develop good relationships both internally and externally, and try and contribute through ideas or support initiatives – these are all elements that the business values and rewards for, and creates an environment that I enjoy.

Why do you stay? 
I’m passionate about the transportation industry for a start, and then you either feel most affinity with an industry or consulting orientation to the sector. However I feel I actually benefit from both. I get to lead and deliver consulting assignments, and I get to manage and lead a business, working with and learning from industry.