Mace People

Oli Conde

Deputy Delivery Lead

Consultancy, Lima

A passion for travel, an ability to speak fluent Spanish and time spent in Mace’s strategic pursuits team makes Oli Conde the ideal candidate to be leading our growth aspirations in Latin America. And, if that wasn’t enough, he’s also Mace’s Deputy Delivery Lead on the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games.

How did you get into what you do?

Sometimes I think my career has been a series of happy accidents. I worked for a restaurant investment company after leaving university but wanted to work abroad, so I joined the civil service with the aim of getting into the Foreign Office. My first job as a civil servant was for the Government Olympic Executive in 2008, from where I was seconded to establish what was then called the Olympic Park Legacy Company – now the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). It was initially a fixed-term secondment, but they asked me to carry on working in the legacy team, and six months turned into six years. During my time at LLDC I met a lot of Mace people who encouraged me to make the leap into the private sector, which I did in early 2015.

How has your career progressed since joining Mace?
When I first joined Mace I worked in the strategic pursuits team, which focuses on business development. That gave me valuable insight into the workings and perspectives across the different business sectors and units. I was then asked to join the Hitachi/Horizon Nuclear Power team to grow our commission and lead key elements of the project delivery strategy. Having developed my skills in the nuclear sector, the opportunity to go to Lima came up and I’ve been Deputy Delivery Lead for Infrastructure on the Lima 2019 Games since Mace first got involved. More recently, I’ve also been leading our business development work in Latin America as we seek to grow our presence in the region.
What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
The mix of project-based work and strategic business development is perfect. Being involved day-to-day in delivering complex projects, solving client challenges and seeing the legacy from the games around Lima develop is a huge incentive. The project acts as a living and breathing example of what Mace can do, and it serves as a fantastic case study as we grow the business in the region. But none of it would be as rewarding, interesting or exciting without the people. I’ve been really fortunate to work with brilliant people at Mace; people at every level who support you, give you opportunities and who you can learn from.
What has been your proudest achievement at Mace?

Building the relationship with Horizon Nuclear Power and growing our team into one that was fully integrated with the client and produced some really valuable work was an important staging point in my Mace career. That said, I think my proudest moment will be the opening ceremony of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Seeing all the hard work come to life will be amazing for everyone involved in the project.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?

I’d say, find your niche and run with it. Most importantly, enjoy whatever you do!

I took a really non-traditional route. I did a history degree and have never had what people might think of as a typical construction or infrastructure project role. But that’s because, at a company like Mace, there are so many opportunities across such a wide range of projects and services. 

What do you hope you will be doing in the next 5-10 years?
I hope that we’ll have a thriving business in Latin America. It’s a high-growth region that’s got so much potential, and a population hungry for improvements to the way cities and communities function. With our experience in delivering complex projects and a vision to be the industry leader in helping to shape cities and build sustainable communities, we’re perfectly placed to help the region with its ambitions.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I love travelling so much that I went from London to Japan without getting on a plane. My trip took me via Belgium, Russia, North Korea and China. It was a life-affirming, if rather long, way to get there.

“I’ve been really fortunate to work with brilliant people at Mace; people at every level who support you, give you opportunities and who you can learn from.”