Top 4 Construction Executive Moves of 2022


Let’s have a look at this year’s transfer market.

headshots of executives from Mace, Mclaren construction, Balfour Beatty
by Andrew Curtin /  Dec 14, 2022

It’s fair to say that there has been a lot of moving around this year. Major firms have seen shake-ups in their leadership teams.

Here is Construction Wave’s roundup of executive changes:

????McLaren: Group Manager Director

Former Sir Robert McAlpine London boss, Paul Heather joined the McLaren team as they look to challenge Tier 1 firms for projects. 

Why Paul made the list:

Paul headed up the London Construction business for McAlpine. He helped grow the business from £450m to £900m turnover, successfully taking the business from loss-making to industry-leading profits. A big addition to the McLaren team! 

????Balfour Beatty: Group Sustainability Director

Balfour Beatty appointed Kier’s former head of sustainability, Jo Gilroy, as its UK Group Sustainability Director.

Why Jo made the list:

A role that could set the standards for others to follow. Jo will be responsible for driving forward Balfour Beatty’s sustainability strategy across the UK. She will be reporting the Group’s performance against the targets set out in its “Building New Futures” sustainability strategy. I am excited to follow Jo’s journey. Looking at her previous positions with Kier, and Bunzl (logisitcs firm), it’s obvious she’ll bring a new dynamic to Balfour’s and the industry.

????Robertson Construction: Executive Managing Director

Former BAM Construct boss, Doug Keillor, joined Robertson Construction as executive managing director. A new role, as Robertson Construction merged into one firm (formerly two), with a new board.

Why Doug made the list:

Following 32 years with BAM, Doug joins Robertson Construction to help them transition from a “family business to become a family of businesses.” A very well-respected construction operator added to the Robertson senior team.

????Mace: CFO

Former Wates chief exec, David Allen joined Mace late this year. Before Wates, he spent seven years as Crossrail’s finance director.

Why David made the list:

Mace are entering their third year of their 2026 Business Strategy. A target to reach £3bn of revenue by 2026 and increase operating profits by 20% year on year. He brings vast experience from leading Wates for more than four years, as well as delivering complex infrastructure projects at Crossrail.

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