My Experience

Career Summary

Key Achievements

35 years, working across a wide range of businesses and industry sectors, including:

United House Ltd – London-based residential construction and planned maintenance contractor. Appointed as Interim Managing Director in 2012 to carry out full business review. Invited to stay to implement my recommendations, delivering a turnaround to enable its successful sale in late 2014.

Pearce Group Ltd – Bristol-based leading regional general contractor & national retail specialist. 7 years as Chief Executive, joining in 2005 to deliver a turnaround and sale to ISG. Once part of ISG, became Director of several ISG Group companies and Chairman of ISG Europe.

Rok plc – National UK residential construction and maintenance contractor. 1 year as Regional Managing Director of the London & South East business. Uncovered significant issues that were resolved whilst stabilising the troubled business and successfully inducting successor leadership.

KBR – Global project delivery organisation, formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root. 8 years, latterly as Vice President of Major Projects & Transportation for Europe & Africa. Very broad role leading infrastructure, defence & utilities businesses. Much of this was in PFI / PPP arrangements delivered in joint ventures. Throughout my time at KBR, I was presented with numerous "trouble-shooting" challenges. Prior to the VP role, was Operations Director delivering a number of varied and challenging business improvements and projects.

Higgs & Hill – National UK construction business, now part of BAM. 16 years from graduate trainee to Director running a London & South East major projects buidling design & build business. 

Various corporate turnaround, strategic review & business transformation successes, including a hundred-fold increase in shareholder value at Pearce Group

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Named APM Project Manager of the Year Award for Heathrow Hilton Hotel Hotel in 1991 at Higgs & Hill

Creation of a new customer experience approach that nearly trebled sales at Pearce and won a 2010 National Training Award 

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Development of ISG Pearce to be the leading large format retail contractor in the UK.

Key leadership roles in the successful UK RMG & Irish DirectRoute Road PFI/PPP JV’s at KBR

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Four placings in this prestigious list at Pearce, up to No 34. “Staff think that Forrest runs the company on sound moral principles and have a great deal of faith in him (both 80%).”

Creation & implementation of new clear, simple & interactive intranet-based operating processes at Pearce & United House. 

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