Mace’s co-founder sadly passes away

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Ian Wylie, Mace deputy chairman and one of the company’s founders, sadly passed away on Thursday 4 July

Ian Wylie was an instrumental figure in the success of Mace over the last thirty years and the last of the five founding directors of the business who still worked for the company.

Ian Wylie, alongside other colleagues from Bovis, was part of the team that founded Mace in 1990. They did so off the back of the successful delivery of the Broadgate estate, an iconic project that transformed the City of London, established a new standard for development in the UK and introduced the construction management model to the UK industry.

Ian Wylie and his founding colleagues believed in the possibility to do things differently in UK construction and challenging convention. They wanted to change the industry and were dedicated to the pursuit of a better way, which remains the company’s mission to this day.

In 2001 Ian Wylie took a non-executive role and stepped back from the day-to-day running of Mace, but that didn’t change the commitment and energy he poured into helping the company become a global success story. Part of that effort including taking responsibility for a huge portion of Mace’s overseas growth in the 2000’s.

Over the last ten years Ian took a role of strategic counsel for Mace’s leadership team, providing invaluable mentorship and strategic advice to Stephen Pycroft, executive chairman, Mark Reynolds, chief executive and other senior figures from across the company; as well as offering vital advice and guidance on a host of our more complex and challenging projects across the globe.

His humility, integrity and ability to connect with everyone who met him will never be forgotten at Mace. He was an inspiration to everyone who knew him – his wisdom, experience and ability to motivate everyone was something to behold. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

Mark Reynolds, Mace’s chief executive, said: “Ian was the reason I joined Mace and was my boss in the early years of my career. Over the years he has been an incredibly important mentor for me and a true friend.

“He made an impact wherever he went – which is evident in the outpouring of emotion and gratitude that we have seen over the last week. I am proud to have worked for him and with him. He was a true legend of the industry and we’ll all miss him.”

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