Mace co-founder Ian Wylie dies

16 July 2019

Ian Wylie

Ian Wylie, the deputy chairman of Mace and one of the company’s co-founders has died aged 78.

Wylie passed away on 4 July and was an instrumental figure at Mace over the last thirty years.

He was the last of the five founding directors of the business who still worked for the company.

Wylie, alongside other colleagues from Bovis, was part of the team that founded Mace in 1990 off the back of the successful delivery of the Broadgate estate in the City of London.

He later took a key role across many of Mace’s high-profile projects including the construction of the Gatwick South Domestic Terminal. He also served as project director for Merrill Lynch’s European HQ building on King Edward’s Street in the City of London.

In 2001, Wylie took a non-executive role and stepped back from the day-to-day running of Mace, but still took responsibility for a huge portion of Mace’s overseas growth in the 2000s. He held key roles on the construction of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore and the Venetian Cotai in Macau - at the time one of the largest buildings in the world.

Over the last ten years, he took a role of strategic counsel for Mace’s leadership team, providing mentorship and strategic advice to executive chairman Stephen Pycroft and chief executive Mark Reynolds and other senior figures from across the company.

In a statement, the company said: “His humility, integrity and ability to connect with everyone who met him will never be forgotten at Mace. He was an inspiration to everyone who knew him – his wisdom, experience and ability to motivate everyone was something to behold. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Mark Reynolds, Mace’s chief executive, said: “Ian was the reason I joined Mace and was my boss in the early years of my career. Over the years he has been an incredibly important mentor for me and a true friend. He made an impact wherever he went – which is evident in the outpouring of emotion and gratitude that we have seen over the last week. I am proud to have worked for him and with him. He was a true legend of the industry and we’ll all miss him.”


Ian was a great leader and a friend to all.

He believed in looking after his people and always looked for the best in them instilling confidence and motivation. He always went the extra mile to ensure that the job was done, and done properly.

A rare man.

Condolences to his family

Alistair, 16 July 2019

Ian, was a true inspiration for many of us who joined Mace in the early days, and was the reason a number of people actually joined the company. He was a visionary, a great leader and a straight talker, one of the industry giants for the impact he had. Commiserations to his family and the Mace family

Mel Prichard, former Operations Director

Mel Prichard, 17 July 2019

I knew Ian at Bovis Construction and worked in his division for a time.

Ian interviewed me personally for position at Mace in 1994 (a 7.00am interview at Plough Yard that I will never forget) and I worked for the company as a senior construction Manager 10 Years before retiring.

Ian had a great personality was a gentleman to work for, never to be forgotten.
Condolences to all his family. May he RIP

John O'Sullivan

John O'Sullivan, 18 July 2019

A true professional

terry dummett, 18 July 2019

So sorry to hear this news, my deepest condolences to Ian's family and to those in Mace that knew and worked with Ian.
I had the privilege of first meeting Ian in 1991 and then working with him on a number of projects in the mid 90s. He was always straight talking and offered the best advice that he could to his clients. A great advocate for our industry, he will be greatly missed.

Chris Jack , 19 July 2019

I first met Ian in 1990 shortly after Mace was set up.
He was an expert witness in our epic Great Eastern Hotel case and performed admirably.

I bumped into Ian and many stations and airports over the years, always hugely interesting and talented.

He will be missed. Not many like him. His days at Bovis inspired his direction.

Simon Tolson, 21 July 2019

Ian was one of those engaging characters in your life you never forget. He was truly a gentleman who had a wonderful way with people always making you feel valued. Very sad at his passing and my sympathies to his family at the loss of a one wonderful man.

Emma Shakespeare, 26 July 2019

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