Carillion MD uproots in favour of new Forrest

Mark Nicholson

A senior director at troubled construction services group, Carillion, has jumped ship in favour of a new appointment in the North West.

Mark Nicholson, who has served as Carillion’s Managing Director – Building (Scotland, North, Midlands/South West) for the past 10 years, has been recruited by Bolton-based Forrest to be its new CEO.

He will assume the new role from October 9.

Prior to joining Wolverhampton-based Carillion, Mr Nicholson held positions as regional managing director at both Bovis Lend Lease (UK) and Jarvis Construction (UK).

During his time at Carillion, he was instrumental in the construction of a series of major UK, and in particular North West projects, including Greater Manchester Police headquarters, the BCO award-winning 1 St Peter’s Square, the new main stand at Anfield and the major redevelopment of First Street in Manchester.

Bob Holt, chairman at Forrest, said: “Mark is a leading name with a distinguished reputation within the industry. His leadership ability, combined with his focus on client service, will drive the next chapter at Forrest. This is a truly exciting time for the business and we welcome him onboard.”

Mr Nicholson said: “My new appointment at Forrest is a fantastic opportunity in my career. Forrest has a major order book in construction, an established brand in refurbishment and an exciting energy service offering, a combination which is unique and offers a really exciting future for the company.

“Forrest has recently completed a major turnaround and I look forward to leading the business into the next stage of its growth and development.”

His departure from Carillion comes as the company strives to restore its reputation, which has been left in tatters after a profit warning wiped out more than half the value of the business and saw the group’s demotion from the FTSE 250.