Stantec’s Reilly tales ACE chair


January 08, 2020 – Paul Reilly, managing director of Stantec UK Infrastructure & Buildings (formerly Peter Brett Associates) has been elected chair of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) for 2020.

Paul Reilly replaces Mathew Riley of Ramboll, who has been ACE chair for the last two years.

Mr Reilly said: “I’m delighted to take up this role at what is an exciting time for our industry. In the medium-term the challenge is how we evolve the value proposition we are offering to our clients – the foundation of ACE’s Future of Consultancy campaign. Then there is the critical goal of a net zero society and the crucial role we all have to play in achieving that both in our organisations and through our projects.

“These will be the primary issues I hope to champion in my time as chair. I also want to see the ACE better support its small and medium sized members and I look forward to listening to them in early 2020 and working with colleagues and the ACE board to make that happen.”

ACE chief executive Hannah Vickers said: “I know Paul extremely well from his time as treasurer of ACE and I’m sure we will continue our close working relationship together in his new role as chair. All of the staff and myself look forward to making progress on the three themes he has outlined.”

The three vice-chairs of the ACE for 2020 are Simon Innes of Goodson Associates, Craig Huntbatch of Royal HaskoningDHV and Dave Beddell of Aecom.

The full ACE board is now:

  • Chair 2020 – Paul Reilly, Stantec UK Infrastructure and Buildings (formerly Peter Brett Associates)
  • Vice-chair (SMEs and devolved nations) – Simon Innes, Goodson Associates
  • Vice-chair (future of consultancy) – Craig Huntbatch, Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Vice-chair (voice of consultancy) – Dave Beddell, AECOM
  • Immediate past chair – Mathew Riley, Ramboll
  • Chair of large consultancy group – Geoff Hunt, Arup
  • Chair of ACE emerging professionals – Georgia Hughes, Arcadis
  • Chair international business group – Chris Dulake, Mott MacDonald
  • Chair legal and commercial group – Margot Day, BuroHappold
  • Chair major projects group – Dave Barwell, Aecom
  • Chair SME group – Steven Hale, Crofton Design
  • Chair ACE business academy – Mark Naysmith, WSP
  • Chair of Wales – Catherine Wenger, Arup
  • Chair of Scotland – Mark Arthur, Hurley Palmer Flatt
  • Chair of Northern Ireland – Paul Johnson, Arup
  • Chair ACE Midlands – Ruth Jeffs, Waterman Group
  • Non-executive board member, ACE emerging professionals – Chris Young, Tony Gee



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