Rachel O’Donnell charged with growing consult’s retrofit business

Mace has appointed Rachel O’Donnell to lead its new retrofit business function.

O’Donnell joins the firm’s consult business from Aecom, where she was the business unit director for the ground, energy and transactions division having joined the firm in 2010.


Source: Mace

Rachel O’Donnell spent 12 years at Aecom

Hers is the second new environmental appointment in as many weeks at Mace, following James Low becoming new global head of responsible business. Low has been with the firm eight years.

O’Donnell has more than 17 years of experience across the environmental, nuclear, defence and industrial sectors.

Mace’s managing director for property, Daniel Easthope, said O’Donnell would play a “key part” in growing the retrofit business.

“Against the challenges of addressing the climate emergency and looming building safety changes, all industries and businesses need to reimagine their estates to make them fit for the future,” he added.

This year Mace updated its retrofit offering to support clients in keeping their estates in line with national climate change targets and changing building safety legislation, such as the Building Safety Bill.

Green schemes Mace has worked on in the past include retrofitting redundant space at SOAS University of London and decarbonisation measures across Hampshire County Council’s estate.