McLaren appoints construction chief exec in boardroom shake-up

McLaren has promoted Paul Heather to construction group chief executive as part of a shake-up that will see the firm’s four divisional leaders brought together on a beefed-up board.

Heather, who was appointed group managing director last March, previously spent five years as London managing director at Sir Robert McAlpine.

McLaren Construction chair Kevin Taylor said Heather had driven a successful programme of change since joining the business.

“In just 18 months, Paul Heather has worked with a strong, established team to refine our processes, win high-calibre projects and attract new talent, achieving a step change in the performance of the company,” he said.

McLaren has also moved to strengthen its board by bringing in Midlands & North managing director Gary Cramp and managing director for the United Arab Emirates region Mark Stephen Hunt.

While Cramp is credited with leading the Midlands & North division to an annual turnover of more than £270m, Hunt has been responsible for developing McLaren’s operations in the UAE over the past decade.

The pair will serve alongside London & South managing director Darren Gill and managing director for major projects John Butten.

The company’s co-founder Phil Pringle will take on the new formal role of vice chair.

Taylor said the scale of the firm required a strong board that brings together the key divisions and functions of the business.

“The combined experience of the board ensures the business continues to deliver experience-based construction solutions across target UK and international markets,” he said.

“With longevity on the board provided by Phil, who continues to support the business as vice chairman, we are looking for valuable input into decisions from our latest promotions, Gary and Mark, who have shaped the culture and growth of McLaren, helping make us an integrated and international company, active in key development sectors.”

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