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Mace boss replaces Balfour chief on CLC

Exclusive: Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds has replaced Leo Quinn on the Construction Leadership Council, Construction News can reveal.

Mr Reynolds has been chosen to head up the CLC’s skills workstream following the decision by Mr Quinn, Balfour Beatty’s chief executive, to quit the role. 

Construction News revealed last week that Mr Quinn had stepped down from the post, citing other “long-term commitments”

The CLC, which is co-chaired by Crossrail boss Andrew Wolstenholme and Conservative peer Lord Prior, is a pan-industry body working with government to support the construction sector.

The news comes days after Mr Reynolds branded Mr Quinn’s comments on the future of the CITB as “reckless” and “unhelpful”.

The Balfour Beatty boss had revealed publicly that the firm was likely to vote against the continuation of the CITB in this month’s consensus process, if there was not evidence of significant reform. 

Mr Reynolds also questioned Mr Quinn’s decision to go public without the consensus of the CLC or Balfour Beatty’s consensus body, Build UK.

Mace’s boss has since been joined by Bam Nuttall chief executive Steve Fox and Osborne head Andy Steele in publicly backing the CITB.

CLC co-chair Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Mr Reynolds brings insight from his leadership of a business that spans consulting, construction and asset management.

“Mark’s advocacy for the new skills required for the digital, manufacture and performance agenda makes him the ideal candidate to drive the next phase of the work of the CLC skills workstream.”

He added: “I would like to thank Leo for his great contribution to the work of the CLC, and his personal commitment to increasing the skills of the construction workforce.

“He has championed the apprenticeship agenda and has been a firm and challenging advocate for a reformed CITB.”

Mr Reynolds said: “I am delighted to take up this new role with the Construction Leadership Council.

“I will be focusing on ensuring we are able to attract the best people to the industry, how to plan for and deliver for the future skills the sector will need, and working closely with a reformed CITB.”


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