COO for Construction
Andrew Jackson has helped transform Mace’s approach to delivering complex projects since he joined the organisation in 2015. Under his leadership, Mace’s residential and international technology teams have created some of the world’s most iconic programmes, redefining the boundaries of innovation and balancing rigour, governance, process and procedure. As the COO for Construction, Andrew is at the forefront of changing the way we shape the built environment, digitalising construction, increasing productivity and delivering distinctive value for our clients.
- How have you seen the company develop during your time here?
- In the years since I joined, Mace has been focused on transforming into a true construction innovator - driving construction to production methods and using data and digital processes to overhaul its operations. However, Mace’s most ambitious plan yet is its 2026 business strategy. It’s a turning point in our history, with sustainability and diversity targets that will give greater purpose to our work and transform our impact on the world.
- How do you redefine the boundaries of ambition in your role?
I like to think that I take a ‘no hurdle is too high approach’. Construction has always relied on a traditional delivery model but, building technology projects requires a radically different approach. For the last few years, we’ve been driving the adoption of modern methods of construction to deliver technology programmes that are outside the capabilities of traditional contractors - constantly innovating in order to increase productivity. Working with the world’s leading technology and software companies, we’ve steered our delivery teams to challenge convention and focus on overachieving.
- What has been your proudest achievement at Mace?
- Every week there’s something to feel proud about at Mace, but my proudest moments are watching people in my teams excel and go beyond client expectations in their project achievements. Having worked on programmes from development stage on through to operations, I understand the challenges that different teams face and there’s nothing more gratifying than witnessing them working together in turning the tide in critical situations and delivering successfully.
- Where do you see the company in five years’ time?
Our business strategy is having an ever greater positive impact around the world. Mace has already transformed the way we approach construction, placing sustainability and diversity at the heart of our business model. I truly believe that in five years’ time, the way we will deliver major projects and programmes will be unrecognisable from today.
- If you hadn’t got into this line of work what do you think you might be doing?
I would have pursued a career where I could support large groups of people, maybe in the finance sector or perhaps academia. A career where I could teach, inspire or develop people, helping them find their paths or reach their true potential.
“Every week there’s something to feel proud about at Mace, but my proudest moments are watching people in my teams excel and go beyond client expectations in their project achievements.”