Richard Green also worked for Jacobs and Bechtel after nearly two decades in army

Mace has brought in a former Nuclear Decommissioning Authority managing director to a newly created role of chief operating officer at its consulting business.

Richard Green will report to the division’s chief executive Jason Millett having spent the past two years working for the NDA where he was the boss of the group’s corporate headquarters which included leading on organisation change and spearheading its response to the covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to his stint at the NDA, Green worked at Jacobs for more than seven years where he was the digital programme director for the firm’s work on the Palace of Westminster upgrade and before that was the US consultant’s head of operations for major projects.

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Richard Green will report into chief executive Jason Millett

He also worked at Amey as a project manager and for Bechtel where he worked on the Crossrail scheme for 12 months after joining the US firm in 2010 after more than 18 years in the British Army.

Last year, Millett told Building that Mace’s consultancy arm has been given a £500m turnover target by 2026 as part of wider group plans to get turnover up to £3bn from its current £1.7bn.

Millett added that he expects to recruit another 1,300 staff to the firm’s payroll, of which half will be from the UK, taking worldwide numbers to around 4,000. This will be half of the group’s planned 8,000 staff by 2026, with previous numbers for the group standing at around 6,000.

Speaking about Green’s arrival, he said: “We have ambitious growth plans and Richard’s appointment cements our commitment to transform project and programme delivery. In his new role as Consult COO, Richard will be able to drive our expertise in data management and cost consultancy to ensure we deliver best in class services and distinctive value for our clients globally.”

Last October, Building revealed that one of the founders of Mace’s cost consulting business was leaving after more than 20 years with the firm.

Managing director Steve Mason went at the end of that month after first joining Mace in 1998.

Last month, Gleeds announced that Mason had joined them as an executive director at its London arm working alongside UK regional director Paul Sweeney to lead its business in the capital.