Country Manager - India
Based in Gurgaon, near New Delhi, Stuart is further establishing our presence in India while building on the long list of countries he’s worked in for Mace since he first moved from the UK to the Middle East in 2005.
- How did you get in to what you do?
- I followed a traditional route to become a civil engineer. I was sponsored by a large construction company to complete my engineering degree and then joined their graduate programme. I stayed there for 12 years and became a chartered civil engineer. Having worked on the contracting side for so long, I was interested to try something new. When I saw the job in the Middle East with Mace, I thought 'that looks like me'. I interviewed with one of Mace's founders and then got the phone call I'd been waiting for, an offer to join the team.
- How has your career progressed since joining Mace?
- Although I’m now in India, my family and I originally based ourselves in Bahrain. Since then my work has taken us to Macau, London and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, before we ended up in India. I started as a project manager working on a shopping centre in Bahrain and since then I've worked on hotels and casinos, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and post-Olympic regeneration, skyscrapers and numerous other projects in between.
- What has been your proudest achievement at Mace?
I've been involved with mentoring and helping young people into construction, and that's what I'm most proud of. I remember one particular intern we had on the London 2012 Games who was from a local college in east London – he started off at the bottom and now his career has really grown. I'm proud of him and proud of my involvement.
In terms of projects, at the start of my time on London 2012, my team and I worked on a car park that wasn't as glamorous as the stadium and didn't get any of the glory, but we were hugely proud of it. I still say it's the best car park in east London!
- What big trends do you see for your specialism at the moment?
- More and more clients are showing a curiosity for programme management, but not always in the traditional sense of managing multiple projects as part of a single major programme. Often the problem to be solved is more about helping the client to manage their own business. In the future I think opportunities will arise where we can transfer our project management expertise into the general operations of a client’s business.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
- My current role gives me the opportunity to travel extensively around India and really get under the skin of many cities. I have an ever-growing list of places to visit as recommended by the many people I meet, but unfortunately just don’t have the time to see them all.
- What do you hope you will be doing in the next five years?
- With India's economy projected to grow, it's a really exciting time to be working in the country's construction industry. The Indian Government’s drive for ‘smart cities’ and modernising its infrastructure should generate lots of opportunities in this sector in the coming years. Leading Mace’s focus on this area will be really fulfilling. I’d then like to help Mace build a wider sector offering in the following years.
“With India’s economy projected to grow, it’s a really exciting time to be working in the country’s construction industry.”