Mace deputy chairman to step down after 30 years


Mace deputy chairman, Mark Holmes, is stepping down from his role on the executive board in December after more than 30 years with the business.    

Mace deputy chairman, Mark Holmes.

Holmes is the longest serving board member at Mace, he joined the company as a project manager in 1992 to deliver a new corporate HQ for BA and was the Group’s 30th employee. 

He played a key role in the management buyout of the Group in 2001, led Mace’s property consultancy arm until 2019, and was appointed deputy chairman in 2020.  

Holmes was also pivotal in the launch of new businesses and service lines at Mace, including its cost and commercial service, its North Americas business, its entry into the public sector, and Mace Operate.  

He was also heavily involved in setting up its graduate and talent development programmes.  

“It has been a privilege to play my part in the development of this great company,” said Holmes. “Loyalty is an underused word these days, but it has been great fun and I leave the business with only fond memories – and look forward to seeing it continue to prosper in the future.” 

As deputy chairman, Holmes has been responsible for several corporate functions, including HR, responsible business, and marketing and communications. He also served as the board sponsor for the Group’s commitment to addressing climate change.  

For the past three years, Holmes has been co-chairman of Infrastructure Exports: UK, a partnership between industry and the Department for Business and Trade.  

Holmes will remain on Mace’s shareholder board, as chairman of the Mace Operate board, and will also take on a new role as chief executive of the Mace Foundation, succeeding Dennis Hone who steps down in December.  

Mark Reynolds, Mace Group’s chairman and chief executive, said: “There can be few people in our industry who can claim to have had the impact that Mark has had over the past thirty years. He has been a foundational part of Mace’s success and has been an invaluable support to me during my tenure as chairman and chief executive.  

“Mark’s personal legacy, aside from the growth of Mace from a small project management consultancy to a global consultant and contractor, is his unwavering commitment to sustainability, inclusion and Mace’s role as a responsible employer. We are pleased that he will continue to help guide the future growth of the business as a member of our shareholder board and the Mace Foundation.”   

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