Mace deputy chief to head UK construction export drive

Aaron Morby 4 years ago

Mark Holmes, deputy chairman at Mace, is set to become the new co-chairman of the Government-funded Infrastructure Export UK (IE:UK).

He replaces the departing Sir James Wates, who was instrumental in establishing IE:UK with Government two years ago.

The Department for International Trade is partnering with 18 of the UK’s leading infrastructure firms to help UK firms secure major international contracts.

Holmes has worked at Mace for the past 28 years, joining the board in 1996.

During his time at Mace, he has been responsible for the delivery of a number of major programmes, including British Airway’s £200m headquarters at Waterside.

He has also led Mace’s expansion into a number of new markets and regions over the last three decades, including the company’s work in the UK public sector and establishing its fast-growing North American business.

The board is co-chaired by a member of the private sector on a two-year basis, with Holmes working alongside the Department for International Trade’s Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart.

Stuart said: “Major infrastructure projects continue to progress, despite coronavirus, and it is in those contracts that the support of government can make all the difference.

“We are determined to harness the whole of government behind UK expertise and, as we open up global markets through free trade agreements, allow UK businesses to share their innovation, talent and expertise to the benefit of people both at home and abroad.”

Mark Holmes, Deputy Chairman at Mace Group: “This is an exciting time for the export of British expertise overseas. We have an exceptional national reputation for overcoming complex engineering and construction challenges, and so we’re perfectly placed to help countries across the world deliver the infrastructure programmes that will drive their economic recovery from the pandemic. ”


Current board members

  • Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Investment at the Department for International Trade (co-Chair)
  • Sir James Wates CBE, Chairman Wates Group (co-Chair)


  • Sir John Armitt CBE, Chair of National Infrastructure Commission
  • Martin Bellamy, Executive Director, BAM Nuttall
  • Philip Bouverat, Director, JCB
  • Graham Cartledge CBE, Chairman Benoy
  • Stephen Crisp, Director International Government Relations, Pearson
  • Martin Darbyshire, Chief Executive Officer, Tangerine Design Consultancy
  • Clare Francis, Chief Executive Officer UK, Standard Chartered
  • Philip Hoare, Chief Executive Officer, UK and Europe, Atkins
  • Mark Holmes, Chief Operating Officer, Consultancy, Mace
  • Caroline Miller Smith, Partner, White and Case
  • Sir Terry Morgan CBE, Chairman, Crossrail International
  • Freddie Patterson, Business Development Director, Lagan Construction Group
  • Dan Saville, Director, Infrastructure Sector Leader UK, India, Middle East and Africa region, Arup
  • Stuart Senior, Main Board, Gleeds
  • Tom Cargill, Chief Executive, British Expertise International
  • James Stewart, Vice-chair, KPMG
  • Gordon Turley, Major Projects Director, Mott MacDonald

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