Consultancy, Asia Pacific
Nick Brand has spent his career managing construction projects and programmes of capital investment across the globe, including a wide range of markets throughout Asia Pacific. As Mace’s Director for Asia Pacific, it’s his contractor experience coupled with time spent client-side that’s driving the business to find better ways of adding value from our new Singapore office and the wider region.
- How has your career developed?
I’ve always worked in the construction industry and I’ve been lucky to work across a number of sectors. I began my career in the UK, working on the contracting side and after a few years I moved to Asia where I took on a project management role for the delivery of a major US investment bank in Singapore. From there, I moved onto delivering fit-out projects as a contractor and then moved client-side, delivering programmes across the globe before joining Mace to run its operations across Asia Pacific.
- How has your international experience benefitted your career?
It’s given me the chance to work on a huge range of different projects and the knowledge that it is always possible to deliver great quality regardless of the environment you are working in. After my first move to Asia I returned to the UK for a few years, working with a bank delivering their capital programme in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
I came home with the aim of broadening my experience further and it really helped me to develop a stronger understanding of how to balance the needs of global corporate property teams with the reality of local ‘on the ground’ delivery. Before long I was responsible for the bank’s global capital programme across 60 countries.
- Why Mace?
I first encountered Mace during my return to the UK and quickly recognised how the company was doing things differently. Mace’s innovative approach really stood out, particularly as a client looking to deliver a complex and challenging programme of investment across the globe.
When I returned to Singapore in 2014 I continued to work with Mace and really began to understand the impact that the company’s approach could have in the Asia Pacific market.
- How did you come to join Mace?
Mace was looking to expand its presence in Asia Pacific and after working with my previous employer for over a decade I thought that I had something to offer Mace and its clients. I came on board to oversee operations across Asia Pacific and to open a new office in Singapore.
Since then, we’ve gone from strength to strength, winning a number of major projects, including a very exciting project, managing the construction of a high-profile new manufacturing facility for a global technology company.
- What is different about delivering projects in Asia compared to the UK and Europe?
To be effective in this region you need to have a deep understanding of the local market, the different cultures at work and how business practices can change between each country in Asia. You can’t expect to successfully deliver ‘one size fits all’ project management; you need to be prepared to tailor your approach for the project or programme you’re delivering.
- What is the future for Mace in Singapore?
We’ve got huge ambitions. We’re already delivering iconic and transformational projects in places like Vietnam and India, and building on that we hope to become the leading project and programme manager across the region.
Beyond that, we work with a wide number of big blue-chip global companies, and we’re well placed to facilitate their ambitious plans for Asia Pacific and expand those relationships across the region.
- What might someone be surprised to know about you?
When I worked in Hong Kong, I joined a dragon boat racing team and ended up competing internationally. It was a bit of an accident – I got invited by a friend to join them and discovered I had a talent for it. It’s an incredible sport and it’s actually how I met my wife!
“We’ve got huge ambitions. We’re already delivering iconic and transformational projects in places like Vietnam and India, and building on that we hope to become the leading project and programme manager across the region. ”