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Mott Macdonald's Keith Howells made ACE chairman

The Association for Consultancy and Engineering has made Mott Macdonald’s Keith Howells its chairman for 2013.

Mr Howells formally took up his chairmanship on January 1 2013, and will serve throughout ACE’s centenary year.

He has been chairman of the £1bn engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald since January 2011, having served as managing director from 2004 to 2010.

Mr Howells said: “It’s both an honour and a privilege to chair ACE during its centenary year and I look forward to playing my part in helping ACE raise awareness of our industry’s crucial contribution to the UK economy as we celebrate this important milestone.

“I will also be supporting ACE in its on-going dialogue with government on the vital role of infrastructure investment to stimulate economic growth. And I intend to do all I can to assist the ACE in promoting our members’ interests to key clients.”

Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, ACE chief executive, said: “We are delighted and very privileged to have Keith Howells as our Chairman for 2013.

“He is a major figure within the industry and his success at Mott MacDonald has been remarkable and long lasting. The entire ACE Board and I look forward to Keith’s leadership as we celebrate the Centenary anniversary of the ACE in 2013.”

Mr Howells was elected chair of the ACE’s Large Consultants Group in 2010. He became ACE Vice Chairman in 2011 and was elected chair at an ACE Board meeting held on 27 November 2012.

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