Richard Shaw leads Mace’s project management consultancy business in Yorkshire and north-east England, seeking out opportunities to expand Mace’s business across the region. Richard is also passionate about mentoring and working with his team to develop solutions to meet and exceed clients’ expectations.
- How did you get into what you do?
After completing a degree in civil and structural engineering I spent two years working for a regional contractor in the north east of England. However, I was keen to gain ‘Chartered’ status and in order to get the consultancy experience I needed I moved to a global engineering consultancy. I enjoyed five years working on waste-water systems and sea outfalls followed by a further five years with an international maritime consultancy, all of which gave me the opportunity to travel to Europe and the Middle East, as well as North and South America.
I discovered I enjoyed project management more than design so I took a position with a global project management practice and then led the regional healthcare sector in two organisations. I joined Mace in January 2015 to lead the project management consultancy business in Yorkshire and the north east – something I’m still really excited to be doing!
- How has your career progressed since joining Mace?
I joined Mace to establish a consultancy presence in Yorkshire that didn’t exist at the time, despite the business having a number of projects and resources in the region. Since then, I’ve focused on increasing my profile within the Yorkshire market and in our northern property leadership team.
I also sit on our regional senior management team and lead the newly established ‘strategy group’ within our region, which develops client focused propositions in each of our key sectors.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
What I appreciate most is the energy, passion and expertise of my colleagues at Mace. Whenever possible, I enjoy supporting with professional development and I mentor three members of the team in addition to the wider mentoring role I have within the Institution of Civil Engineers.
- What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
There is a clear focus on infrastructure which will continue to build on the recent announcements on Heathrow, Hinckley Point and High Speed 2. Transport infrastructure in particular will be a key enabler to the success of the Northern Powerhouse initiative. This development, together with the implementation of the devolution agenda will in turn underpin further growth in commercial development, largely within regional cities.
- What do you hope you will be doing in the next 5-10 years?
- We’ve got off to a great start in Yorkshire but there’s a big opportunity to further establish Mace’s consultancy business in Leeds and also to expand our offer to the north east, creating a sustainable business to the east of the Pennines and balancing out our strengths in Manchester. Hopefully, I will continue to play a key role in this growth.
- If you hadn’t got into this line of work what do you think you might be doing?
As a teenager, I considered a career in the army and went most of the way through the application process for officer training before deciding on a more traditional path through university and into engineering. Being from Teesside, if I hadn’t chosen to study civil engineering the obvious alternative would have been chemical engineering and the process industry, which would have taken my career in a very different direction.
“There is a clear focus on infrastructure which will continue to build on the recent announcements on Hinkley Point, High Speed 2 and Heathrow.”