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New Appointments in Facilities Management – May 2024

New Appointments in Facilities Management – May 2024
29 May 2024

May’s new appointments roundup features the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, Macro, OCS and more.



Picture: a graphic showing the headshots of Richard Harral, Dr Dorte Rich Joergensen and Kathryn Horton




Chartered Association of Building Engineers Technical Director Becomes New Chief Executive


Richard Harral, former Technical Director at CABE has been formally announced as new Chief Executive.

Richard Harral FCABE has been with CABE since 2018. Joining as Technical Director, Richard worked closely with former CEO Dr Gavin Dunn, playing a major part in the Association’s transformation which saw CABE widen its membership base and become an Engineering Council licensed professional engineering institution.

As Technical Director, Richard co-authored “BSI Flex 8670: Built Environment. Core criteria for building safety in competence framework. Code of practice” and led on drafting a cross-industry report on the Future Regulation of Building Control. This report became the starting point for the Building Safety Regulator’s (BSR) consideration of how to introduce the registration of Building Inspectors.

Richard was also instrumental in establishing a route for Building Inspectors to prove their competence, a route that gives successful applicants the required evidence to register with the BSR – CABE remains the only professional body to offer a building inspector competence assessment scheme.

Along with his previous background as a chartered architect and his work as a policy official for the Building Regulations Division of MHCLG, Richard has an in-depth understanding of the challenges and needs of professionals and the industry.

Commenting on his appointment, Richard said “I am excited to have this opportunity to lead in delivering the next chapter of the Association’s history, with a strategy that helps support members as they adapt to changing technology, regulations and expectations”.

He continued, “Throughout CABE’s history, collaboration and knowledge-sharing have been at the cornerstones of the Association and we will continue to deliver this. By supporting members and collaborating with fellow professionals, we can help the construction industry to raise standards and deliver a safe, sustainable and inclusive built environment”.


chapmanbdsp’s Appoints Dr Dorte Rich Joergensen


Building services consultancy chapmanbdsp has announced the appointment of Dr Dorte Rich Joergensen, FCIBSE as Associate Director in their sustainability team.

With a dynamic background encompassing academia and industry, Dorte brings a wealth of expertise in driving innovation and developing sustainable solutions within the built environment.

Beginning as a mechanical building services engineer, Dorte brings extensive experience from her career with a strong sustainability focus, completing a PhD on improving energy efficiency to close the performance gap. She has consistently championed research and development whilst bringing leadership to foster sustainability as a function within commercial operations. She is passionate about building high performing teams with a culture where everyone can thrive.

In her new role at chapmanbdsp, Dorte will spearhead sustainability initiatives across the business as well as fostering industry-wide collaboration.

Dr Dorte Rich Joergensen said, “I’m really excited to make a difference to the delivery of projects, to provide the best possible service to clients, and facilitate growth with everybody in the team expanding their knowledge and expertise around sustainability.”


Macro Appoints Kathryn Horton as its Operations Director


Global Facilities Management and Workplace Experiences firm, Macro has appointed Kathryn Horton to the role of Operations Director. Kathryn has been a dedicated member of the team for the past four years, bringing with her a wealth of experience in facilities management spanning 14 years. 

Having worked with clients across Europe, Kathryn has demonstrated exceptional leadership and a deep understanding of the industry. In her new role as Operations Director, she will focus on supporting her teams and driving growth within Macro’s retail and technologies portfolio.

Ross Abbate, CEO of Macro, said: “Observing individuals being promoted internally brings me personal satisfaction. The substantial growth Kathryn has achieved within Macro over the past four years, serves as a powerful testament to our unwavering commitment to supporting the success of our colleagues worldwide. I know she will make the new role a great success.”


Chequers Appoints Andy Hodgson as Head of Grounds


Soft-services provider Chequers, part of the Churchill Group, has appointed Andy Hodgson as its new head of grounds.

Andy will be the senior internal contact for all grounds and landscaping queries, as well as managing relationships with key customers and generating new business. He’ll also take a strategic approach to identifying growth opportunities and ensuring that Chequers meet all contractual and health & safety requirements.

Andy comes with over 20 years of experience in landscape management, with expertise in handling complex contracts and optimising operational efficiency. He has worked in partnership with many high-profile clients, including local authorities, blue-chip companies, and volunteer groups. His oversight at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council led to them receiving the Britain in Bloom National Award (Silvery Guilt), as well as South & Southeast in Bloom Gold Award.

Andy said: “Chequers has a great reputation and I’m excited to be leading the grounds maintenance and landscaping teams. I thoroughly enjoy developing strategies and building strong client relationships and Chequers is the perfect fit. I’m looking forward to working with the team to identify growth opportunities and take Chequers to the next level.”


Active Workplace Group Welcomes New Director Ben Martin


Director Ben Martin has joined the board of Active to play a hands-on role in taking the business to the next level. With over 25 years’ experience in the office design and build industry, Ben is well-known for his ability to win big business and maximise potential for the companies he works for and now he plans to help Active do the same.

“I wasn’t really looking for a career move but when I met owners Colin and Adrian by chance and got chatting; their story was completely compelling” said Ben. “Active has been running for 25 years this year, and they have big name customers that bely their small size. The longevity of the business and the relationships that they have with their clients is something that truly inspired me.”

Ben began his career in residential and commercial property before transitioning into development. Ben also founded his own fit out company before joining one of the UK’s largest design and build operations. Ben will initially be focused on growing the design & build side of Active but is also very keen to promote and maximise the unique space Active occupies by also offering move and furniture services and facilities management.


OCS Appoints David De Santiago as Group AI & Digital Services Director


OCS has announce the appointment of David De Santiago as their new Group AI & Digital Services Director. In this pivotal role, David will spearhead the strategy and execution of cutting-edge digital solutions that harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. His mission is to drive innovation, enhance operational efficiency, and create measurable impact across OCS’s front-line operations, benefiting colleagues and customers alike.

David De Santiago brings a wealth of experience to OCS, having spent over 17 years in the technology industry. His impressive track record includes leadership roles in both start-ups and large global organisations across the private and public sectors. Notably, David has been instrumental in building corporate market presence, shaping digital strategy, and executing transformation initiatives.

Before joining OCS, David served as the Global Head of Digital Innovation and Transformation at British American Tobacco (BAT). During his tenure, he established an Innovation Centre of Excellence and a global innovation program that impacted over 40,000 employees. His strategic partnerships with big tech companies and collaborations with start-ups and venture capital ecosystems have been pivotal in driving BAT’s transformation agenda and growth strategies.

David said: “I am thrilled to join OCS and lead the charge in leveraging AI and digital advancements to revolutionise our operations. Together, we will redefine industry standards and create tangible value for our customise and stakeholders.” 


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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 29 May 2024


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