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JLR property head replaces Gillingham at Mace

Mace has hired former Jaguar Land Rover property head Colin Harvey to lead its consultancy business in the North of England and Scotland, replacing Steve Gillingham who moved to Rider Levett Bucknall last month.

In his role at Mace, Harvey will be responsible for around 100 staff based in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, and Edinburgh. He will be based in Mace’s Manchester office.

He joins from Jaguar Land Rover where he was the automotive group’s head of property programmes delivery; in this role he led a team responsible for the delivery of a property portfolio worth in excess of £1bn globally.

Previous roles also include at John Laing Construction and Bovis Lend Lease. Harvey left the latter role in 2007 after its northern division lost £48m due to problem contracts in the region.

Harvey has also worked for Capita in a career in property and construction spanning around 30 years.

He replaces Steve Gillingham, who departed Mace in early October to take up a role as partner and national head of public sector at Rider Levett Bucknall.

Harvey said: “I’ve watched the growth and development of Mace with admiration since the business was first established by some of my former Bovis colleagues many years ago. I can relate to the can-do attitude and the client-centric culture that has been adopted by Mace and helped to develop an impressive portfolio of significant projects throughout the country and around the world.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to work in the North and helping the well-established team to enhance their presence even further across the region. With the Northern Powerhouse still acting as an important catalyst for significant growth in public and private capital projects, it’s a very exciting time to be back in the North.”

Mark Holmes, chief operating officer of Mace’s consultancy business, added: “This appointment adds great strength to our highly regarded team in the North. Colin has had an impressive career and has built an exceptional reputation in the British construction industry.

He’s the perfect person to help our team build a stronger presence and lead on the successful delivery of major property projects in the Northern Powerhouse.”

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Colin – nice guy but didn’t do it at Bovis. Hence the huge losses…interesting to see how Mace perform!

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