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ACE strengthens advisory board with four industry leaders

The chief executive of Heathrow, a managing director at HSBC, the chair of the Old Oak and Park Royal development corporation and the former chief executive of Infrastructure UK at HM Treasury are among the latest additions to the Association for Consultancy and Engineering’s advisory board.

The four appointments will make up part of the board which guides on strategic matters and provides the association with political and industry connections. The group consists of highly positioned individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and meets twice a year.

The first of the additions is Katrina Hakey, managing director, head of structured bonds, infrastructure and real estate at HSBC. Katrina is responsible for capital markets funding for transport infrastructure, energy, leveraged finance, oil and gas and physical assets such as aircraft and real estate. 

John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow, will also be joining the board. He joined the airport in 2009 and has been responsible for the £1bn investment which included delivering the new Terminal 2 in 2014.

Liz Peace joins ACE with more than 35 years’ experience in government and the property sector. She was chief executive of the British Property Federation and now holds a number of non-executive positions in the property industry.

Geoffrey Spence, global head of infrastructure, resources and energy at Lloyds Bank, makes up the last of the four appointments and brings a wealth of experience. The former chief executive of Infrastructure UK at HM Treasury has overseen the creation of the National Infrastructure Plan and the launch of UK Guarantee and PF2 schemes. He previously held roles at Deutsche Bank and HSBC and was a special adviser to the chancellor on financial stability and business policy between 2008 and 2010.

Commenting on the appointments, ACE advisory board chairman, Lady Barbara Judge, said: “I’m delighted to welcome four additional industry leaders to ACE’s advisory board. As well as their obvious skills and experience, they bring unique perspectives from the worlds of finance, major projects, urbanisation and infrastructure investment – all of which will be crucial in guiding the association through some very exciting years ahead.”

Nelson Ogunshakin, chief executive officer of the ACE added: “These strategic appointments ensure our advisory board has the breadth of experiences necessary to continue to positively influence the property and infrastructure industry as well as government by guiding the work of Association for Consultancy and Engineering. I look forward to working with all of them in the future on the major issues facing our industry - Brexit, founding and finance, technology, skills and ensuring delivery of the major project investment pipeline.”

The full ACE advisory board can be viewed here.