Business Unit Director
Private Sector Project Management
With a CV that reads like a roll call for London’s most prestigious buildings, a track record of leading phenomenal business growth and a passion for helping others to build successful careers, Simon is well placed at the Mace Property Management Board table.
- How did you get into what you do?
In my early career I worked in construction delivery and site management. I was always ambitious and by my early 30s I decided to study for my MCIOB and Masters in Construction Management and Economics, achieving a Distinction, which accelerated my ambition to work on major projects. Five years later I went on to become FCIOB which was a pivotal moment in my career and opened a lot of doors.
I worked at Heathrow for almost four years with BAA and then I went on to work on some of the biggest and best jobs in London, including the Millennium Dome, which was a fantastic project with everyone working towards a fixed date that couldn’t be moved. The project won the 2000 Contract Journal Award for Best Project Management Team and the British Construction Industry Award for Best Major Project.
- How has your career progressed since joining Mace?
- In 2006 I joined Mace and led the project management team working on the redevelopment of London Bridge Quarter, which included The Shard. I was there for two years and it was a fantastically rewarding project. I then led the project management team on Heron Tower for five years. In addition, in 2010 I took over leadership of the Private Sector Project Management Team and it has since grown from around 20 people to over 100 today.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
Helping my colleagues to develop their careers. I like being a coach and mentor and am always happy to act as a sounding board. I’ve come across managers in my career who are scared to let their teams develop in case they overtake them. That’s never been my style. I’m happy for my team to keep me on my toes – it works both ways.
- What has been your proudest achievement at Mace?
I feel as though I’ve achieved a huge amount at Mace, so much that I couldn’t single anything out. Mace is great at providing people with opportunities and if you want to work hard and demonstrate passion and commitment it’s there for the taking.
- What are you passionate about?
I’ve been a trustee of the Mace Foundation since it was set up. It’s an absolute privilege to have been involved with so many great charities and to join in on some of the fundraising.
Outside of work I have a love of classic cars – in particular, Aston Martins. I’ve got one which is from 1971 and is steadily being restored.
“Mace is great at providing people with opportunities and if you want to work hard and demonstrate passion and commitment it’s there for the taking.”