WATCH: Heartfelt farewell from Mace boss Mark Holmes


Mace deputy chairman Mark Holmes has issued a heartfelt farewell before stepping down from his role on the executive board after 31 years with the business.    

‘Immensely proud’. Pictured: 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 headquarters 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.   

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

In a formal address to the industry by video, Holmes thanked his parents, his wife Sheena, and his colleagues for their combined support, adding he was ‘immensely proud’ of having worked for the company. 

Holmes will remain on Mace’s shareholder board, and take on the role of chief executive of the Mace Foundation succeeding Dennis Hone, while also embracing a new role as chairman of his independent FM business, Macro.   

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank those many people who have played a part in my career,” said Holmes. “To my parents also who are watching me from on high and hopefully will be pleased at the way I turned out. My darling wife Sheena of 40 years who has been incredibly supportive of me and what I’ve done since the outset. To the many colleagues who I have had the pleasure of working with and hopefully having a positive influence on their careers.”  

Credit: Mace and Vimeo.

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