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Former Carillion exec joins Mace in management shake-up

Former Carillion chief operating officer Andy Jones has joined Mace as part of a management overhaul of the contractor’s construction business.

Mr Jones will take control of Mace’s major projects arm and be responsible for individual schemes worth £150m-plus.

He was made COO of Carillion last October after moving from his role as Carillion Canada president and chief executive, following the company’s second profit warning.

Between January 2013 and July 2016 Mr Jones was chief executive of Carillion’s Middle East and North Africa division, which included its operations in Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Jones is currently assisting PwC in the liquidation of Carillion and will join Mace at the start of September.

His appointment to the major projects division is part of a larger shake-up at Mace that will see its construction business reduced from 10 divisions to six from next month.

Mace’s infrastructure, aviation and retail division has been branded ‘Air’ and will be headed up by current infrastructure and aviation boss Nigel Cole.

The contractor’s international business will be led by Phil Coutts, who is currently in charge of the company’s European data centre business.

Simon Garrett will move from construction director for special projects to lead its residential business.

Mr Garrett joined Mace in January after leaving Barrett, where he was managing director of the housebuidler’s Aldgate development.

Mace’s commercial and fit-out business will be managed by Ged Simmonds, who currently overseas its work in the offices sector.

The final division will be called ‘Preach’, which will cover public sector, arts and cultural projects and be led by current public works director Terry Spraggett.

Each of the six divisions will have a dedicated technical director.

Mace was recently appointed as project manager for the East Bank development in Stratford, which will see a new V&A museum and BBC studio built at the site.

The contractor is also working to complete Tottenham Hotspur’s new £800m stadium in time for the start of the 2018/19 football season.

This week Construction News revealed the company is paying around £100,000 a month for fire safety officers to patrol buildings with combustible cladding.

Readers' comments (4)

  • Jobs for the boys, their incompetence is never questioned. Says a lot about the managements thoughts on employees competence too, why not promote from within?

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  • You can hear it now. “It was everyone else that screwed it up at Carillion, not me”

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  • Mace will be the next firm to go skint.........

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  • Mace should be hoping Mr Jones does not mess up its business in the way that he did Carillion's Qatar and Oman business.

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