Peter Black takes over as managing director of Mott MacDonald’s power business

Mott MacDonald has appointed Peter Black as managing director of its power Unit. Peter will be responsible for developing and expanding the company’s power generation and transmission business and takes over from Martin Hornsby who has retired after 35 years with the company.  

Peter has nearly 40 years of experience and has been at Mott MacDonald since 1986. Most recently he was head of transmission and distribution, and helped that area of the business grow tenfold. In addition, when Peter took over in 2000 the division had 100 staff and under his management this grew to over 450.

He has worked with some of largest electrical companies in the world. One of his key achievements was successfully launching the Mott MacDonald power business in the USA. Since then Mott MacDonald has established specialist power offices in Boston, Denver and Houston and now employs over 80 people there.

In the UK Peter has been working closely with National Grid and was instrumental in Mott MacDonald winning roles in two of six alliances set up by National Grid to help it achieve its capital plan for OFGEM.

Commenting on his appointment Peter said: “After the downturn, the power market is in a state of transformation as it moves to new sources of generation. US$14 trillion is required to be spent in the sector over the next 20 years to accommodate decarbonisation and meet demand. In South East Asia population growth is driving demand while in the USA there has been limited spending on power infrastructure over last 15-20 years and it is now in need of upgrading and renewal. Mott MacDonald has offices around the world and our aim is to build capacity in all our locations so that we can help the major power companies meet their targets for new and upgraded power systems.”


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Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering and development consultancy with more than 14,000 staff, £1 billion revenue and work in 140 countries for the public and private sectors. The employee-owned company is ranked 13th in the 2011 Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For survey and was awarded Engineering Consultant of the Year at the 2011 Building Awards. Mott MacDonald’s core business sectors cover buildings, transport, energy, water, environment, health, education, industry, oil and gas, communications and international development.

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