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UK's Mace Group promotes chief technical officer to 'drive innovation'

Stephen Jeffery has been added to Mace Group's board as CEO Mark Reynolds highlights "value and impact" of CTO role

Stephen Jeffery, CTO of Mace Group, has been promoted to the company's board to drive innovation.
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Stephen Jeffery, CTO of Mace Group, has been promoted to the company's board to drive innovation.

UK-headquartered business giant Mace Group, which delivers services related to construction, consultancy, development, and operations, has promoted its chief technology officer (CTO) in a bid to “drive innovation through the business”.

Mace is a multi-service giant that in the Middle East has helped to build, or managed, high-profile schemes such as Dubai’s One Za’abeel; Abu Dhabi’s Al Bahr and the Hyatt Capital Gate; and Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul Tower. Its regional clientele includes organisations such as Expo 2020 Dubai and Oman Airport Management Company.

Stephen Jeffery, the company’s CTO, was announced as Mace Group’s new board member late in January 2019. His promotion was described by Mace as “a public demonstration” of its commitment to delivering its 2022 Business Strategy, which was launched in 2018.

Mace Group said it is also creating a group-wide technical services team as part of its business programme, which is expected to improve its service offering by “drawing on lessons from every part of the project life cycle”.

Among Mace Group’s priorities within 2022 Business Strategy is to invest 3% of its annual turnover in innovation-led schemes, and improve its service-focused key performance indicators by 20% year-on-year.

Jeffery will work with Mace’s head of innovation, Matt Gough; chief information officer, Michelle Barkess; and group director for corporate strategy, Mandy Willis “to drive innovation through the business, improve the sharing of best practice to drive consistency, and improve our productivity”, the company said in a statement.

The CTO has been a vital part of Mace’s organisational setup for the last two decades, joining the firm as mechanical, engineering, and plumbing (MEP) manager 23 years ago. Mace’s chief executive officer, Mark Reynolds, said Jeffery’s promotion to the board came in light of the clear impact that CTOs can have on a building industry business.

He continued: “I am pleased to welcome Stephen to the group board. He has been a valuable part of the Mace team for over 20 years, but over the last eight months, he has proved the value and impact that the role of [CTO] can make.

“Stephen’s appointment to our group board will ensure that we can continue to pursue a better way of doing things, transform ourselves at pace, and continue to deliver on our clients’ ambitions for the future.”

Jeffery said he was “absolutely delighted” to accept the board position, and reflecting on his track record, offered career advice for fellow professionals in the engineering sector.

“[The promotion] shows that no matter what discipline you focus on during your career you can always diversify to suit your career aspirations and with the right support achieve your ambitions,” he added.

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