Mace has appointed two new senior directors to its Manchester office in response to the increasing infrastructure investment in the north of England.
The National Transforming Cities Fund to address weaknesses in city transport systems in order to raise productivity and spread prosperity will see £243m invested in infrastructure in Greater Manchester, as well as £193m spent improving transport connections in Liverpool and The Tees Valley.
Richard Dinsdale joins as Operations Director and Mark Holmes as Associate Director; both of whom previously held senior positions with Carillion for several years. They bring their expertise to Mace as its Northern team continues to boost the organisation’s capabilities for delivering large-scale and complex regeneration and infrastructure projects.
These new appointments will further extend Mace’s strategic advisory offer for major infrastructure projects in the North of England building on their work constructing TfGM interchanges for Altrincham and Bolton and their study to develop the Trans-Pennine Tunnel for Highways England.
Richard has gained over 31 years’ experience working in the construction sector and recently created the integrated communities, public sector services and asset strategy that is being rolled out by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). Prior to joining Mace, he worked as Director and Place Lead for Carillion Regions and Communities (since 2013) and has held previous senior roles with Capita and Urban Vision Partnership.
Mark brings a wealth of experience to Mace, in both public and private sectors, having worked for more than 23 years in leadership roles in construction, building services, and manufacturing projects. Mark was previously in post for more than six years with Carillion where, as Senior Programme Manager, he worked for the Stockport Property Alliance (SPA), providing One Public Estate solutions and Neighbourhood Asset Reviews within Greater Manchester Combined Authorities.
Lisa Bowden, head of infrastructure North for Mace, said: “There has never been a more exciting time to work on infrastructure in the North of England. As the Government and our Metro Mayors prepare to invest more money improving transport connections across our great cities it is time for us in the North to prove we can deliver world-class infrastructure on time and in budget.
“Mark and Richard’s appointments are a game changer for Mace as we bring together the combined expertise of our property and infrastructure teams to developments. This is in recognition that transforming cities is not just about improving transport connectivity, but also taking a holistic approach with a focus on social infrastructure; such as high-quality housing, business premises, public services and assets, all supported by excellent digital infrastructure.”