Sutcliffe managing director Sean Keyes appointed as new ACE North West chair

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Managing director of civil and structural engineering firm Sutcliffe, Sean Keyes, has been appointed as the new Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) North West chair, following in the footsteps of the company's founder John Sutcliffe, who held the prestigious title for a number of years in the early 2000s.

Sean’s passion, experience and knowledge of the industry will see him as a natural fit for this new strategic role with ACE, which represents the companies large and small designing our built environment, both as a leading ambassador for the association and a champion for its members and the wider infrastructure and built environment sector in the North West.

Brexit, the Northern Powerhouse and levelling-up agenda, the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and sustainability will be on Sean’s list of priorities over the coming months, as he aims to build on the mission of previous chairs to create a strong and robust sector in the North West region.

Sean Keyes, managing director at Sutcliffe, said:

“It has long been an ambition of mine to work more closely with ACE and as its new chair I have lofty plans to engineer the future landscape of the North West. I’m very excited to take up the role, following in the footsteps of the late great John Sutcliffe, who founded Sutcliffe 36 years ago!

“It is an interesting time to take up the position and I love a good challenge. We will hopefully soon be entering into a post-Covid world where up-skilling, job creation and the construction sector will all be integral as we rebuild the country’s economy. I hope my three decades worth of experience will stand me in good stead in our mission to strengthen the sector in the region.”

Darrell Matthews, director of membership and business engagement at ACE, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Sean to the ACE board as our representative from the North West. The region has a huge role to play in regeneration and the levelling-up agenda, as well as delivering a Net Zero future for us all. Our members design, deliver and manage our infrastructure and built environment, and as such are vital to turning these aspirations into reality.

“Sean joins us at a crucial moment in time. While construction activity in the region will drive our national recovery, many companies are emerging from a period of great uncertainty. As the leader of a successful SME in Sutcliffe, Sean is ideally positioned to share his personal experiences for the benefit of the industry. I look forward to us working together.”

ACE is the association for the UK’s professional consultancies and engineering companies operating in the social and economic infrastructure sectors. It champions infrastructure and the built environment to government and other stakeholders, representing the views of around 400 members. The North West group forms a body of unrivalled knowledge which can help the cities in the North West positively make the case for more construction and infrastructure investment.

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