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Mace poaches Laing O’Rourke and Lendlease directors

Mace has beefed up its procurement team with a senior hire from Laing O’Rourke.

The contractor has poached Laing O’Rourke’s head of procurement Andy Bacon to lead its procurement team.

Construction News understands the hire is part of a wider move within Mace to strengthen its supply chain relationships.

Mr Bacon was with Laing O’Rourke for nearly four years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

In May, Laing O’Rourke unveiled its leadership team for its European business, split into three operations – engineering enterprise; asset businesses; and commercial – after a strategic review.

Mr Bacon’s role sat within the asset business, reporting to managing director Stephen Harley.

Prior to this he had senior roles with Carillion Construction Services and Carillion Canada.

Mace and Laing O’Rourke declined to comment on the move.

Mace has also hired Lendlease’s regional head of environmental health and safety Martin Coyd.

Mr Coyd has joined as head of health and safety for Mace’s construction business and will report to Mace group director for operational health and safety Andrew Brown.

Mr Coyd had been with Lendlease for over three years, before which he was a health and safety manager with Skanska for 12 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

At the CN Summit this year Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds used construction’s improved performance in health and safety as an example of transformation in the industry and said this could be used to attract talent in the sector.

He said: “The capabilities are there, we now need to show young people in the industry. There have been transformational performances in health and safety, none of us mind sharing performance statistics, we sit down together.

“If we all work together and sign up to what Build UK has asked us to, I don’t care if it’s a Bam, ISG or Mace presentation, if it’s presented with passion and energy, young people will sign up.”

Earlier this month, a worker was hospitalised following a fall at Land Securities’ Nova site, which is being built by Mace.

This was the second worker to have been hospitalised, following an incident at the major commercial site near Victoria.

In April, a subcontractor was taken to a major trauma centre after a fall from height.

A spokeswoman said: “A subcontractor was involved in a fall at the site. We are fully cooperating with all the relevant authorities.”

An HSE investigation is now underway.


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