Mace leader Reynolds named CLC co-chair

Mace group chairman and chief executive Mark Reynolds has been named as co-chair of the Construction Leader Council (CLC).

Reynolds, who was pivotal in shaping the CLC’s 2022 Strategy and COVID-19 recovery plans, was chosen for the role following an open recruitment session. He succeeds Andy Mitchell, who stepped down in February.

The new co-chair has promised to engage with and listen to the wider industry, to “deliver on the issues that matter most” to the sector, highlighting ongoing challenges around inflation, and rising energy prices and global supply-chain pressures.

Atkins chief executive Richard Robinson has also been named as deputy co-chair – a new role within the CLC.

Reynolds said he was “delighted” to take on the role and build on the work of his predecessor, insisting that the CLC can make a “real difference” for companies across the industry during turbulent times.

He added: “We have faced – and continue to face – challenges that no one organisation can tackle on its own, such as the cost of inflation and impact of rising energy prices, global supply-chain pressures and ensuring our collective progression to net zero.

“Whilst I will continue the CLC’s focus on its four priorities, I would like to engage and listen to the wider industry over the summer to ensure we continue to deliver on the issues that matter most to us, as a sector.

“I want to take this opportunity to encourage organisations across construction to get involved with the CLC’s work.”

Reynolds has played a key leadership role at the CLC recently, jointly chairing its People & Skills work stream and co-ordinating its response to the pandemic. He was appointed as Mace group chairman in January and has been chief executive of the firm since 2013.

Construction minister Lee Rowley, who will serve alongside Reynolds as co-council chair, welcomed his appointment.

Rowley said: “Mark will play a vital role in the months and years ahead, as we work to decarbonise the industry through ConstructZero, support it through the Building Safety Act’s introduction and deliver the first sector-wide skills plan for construction.”

He also thanked outgoing co-chair Mitchell for his “outstanding leadership”.

Reynolds gained his early experience in the commercial and aviation sectors, which included the delivery of Heathrow Terminal 5, and London’s Broadgate and Ludgate developments. He was also deputy programme director of the CLM delivery partner for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

CLC’s polling recently showed that about a quarter of construction firms have lost jobs due to inadequate professional indemnity insurance.

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