Meet the Team

Mark Nicholson, Chief Executive Officer

Mark joined Forrest in 2017 following his previous senior positions in main contractor organisations. Mark leads the business, supported by the Board and the management team, into the next stage of its growth and development.

Keith Reid, Chief Financial Officer

Keith joined Forrest in 2016 and has a proven track record of effective operational and strategic financial management. He has full responsibility for the company’s financial function and promotes strong relationships between all stakeholders within the business.

Shaun Jones, Construction Director

Shaun heads up the construction and housing divisions and has full responsibility for work winning, delivery and aftercare of these areas. He has extensive experience of working closely with clients on negotiated repeat projects demonstrated by a high repeat business rate with the same clients for a number of years, forging strong relationships with clients and consultants alike.

Darroch Baker, Divisional Director

Darroch drives the strategic growth and development of our Refurbishment and Energy Divisions. He develops and maintains high level working relationships with our clients and supply chain alike to secure long-term successful agreements.

James Smith, Head of Supply Chain

James has responsibility for the management and governance of all procurement and supply chain strategies, working within all departments to ensure sub-contractor and supplier capability, product selection and approval processes are fully managed and efficient.

Fay Hudson, Head of IT

Fay is responsible for working alongside the business to deliver IT solutions designed to drive efficiency and productivity throughout the company. In addition, Fay will also manage the relationship with our third party support partners.

Paul Rigby, Head of People Services

Paul has strategic responsibility for all people related functions including HR, Learning & Development and Recruitment. Paul ensures that our people strategy aligns with our business plan and that our employee offering is market leading.

Vicky Cabo, Head of Environment & Quality

Vicky joined the Company in 2008 and is responsible for the systems team, ensuring we remain compliant to our accreditations, legislation and internal standards. The team also looks after environmental matters, data protection and corporate social responsibility.


Billy Kilby, Head of H&S

Billy is responsible for management of the H&S team on a day to day basis whilst also developing and delivering the strategic plan for the business.

Antony Wright, Commercial Director

Antony is Commercial Director for the business. He has full commercial responsibility for delivery and aftercare of our divisions together with a supporting function for Work Winning.

Lee McCarren

Chief Executive Officer

Lee joined Forrest in 2009 as Chief Executive Officer. With an impressive track record of delivery and organisational growth he joined the business at a pivotal point, driving the company’s continued expansion. His dynamic management drive, coupled with his ability to inspire and motivate those around him, has seen unparalleled growth in the Company’s turnover, profitability and performance.

Mark Lyons

Managing Director

With his enthusiasm, energy and vast experience in partnership working, Mark is ideally placed to drive forward the strategic initiatives of our clients and to co-ordinate the resources of Forrest to maximum effect. Mark has worked as a board level director level for six years, responsible for the commercial and operational performance of contracting divisions. Prior to joining Forrest, Mark has worked for Bardsley Construction, Livesey Group and Eric Wright Construction leading on new build construction and major refurbishment projects for public and private sector clients.

Andrew Falconer

Business Development Director

Andrew plays a key role, developing the Forrest portfolio of clients and services and is responsible for delivering our business development strategy.


Jon Edgar

Bid Director

Jon is responsible for overseeing the management of the Business Development teams within the business, including marketing, sales, bid and pre-construction, to help ensure that our strategy is implemented and delivered. Prior to joining Forrest in 2007, Jon worked in client side senior project and commercial management roles. These included housing, regeneration and education sectors. His broad experience perfectly places Jon to implement our business development activities and to shape the services that we provide to best meet our clients’ needs.


Ted Macdougal

Development Director

Ted has led the development arm of Forrest for the past three years; bringing with him over 25 years’ experience working in the property development field. He is responsible for developing and implementing the development strategy and accessing funding to assist our client’s New Build development activity. Prior to Forrest, Ted was Managing Director at Bardsley Construction, where he amassed valuable knowledge and experience of the design and construction of various new build developments, including residential, commercial and private. He also possesses a sound knowledge of the law of property and has a proven ability to successfully negotiate land acquisition terms of business.


Mark Parker

Divisional Director

Mark is responsible for the operational and financial performance of all projects via our numerous partnerships and frameworks. His role is to ensure that all appropriate resources are tasked to projects and also to ensure timely and quality delivery; driving our ambition of 100% customer service. Previously, Mark had worked as Commercial Manager at Garside Laycock for more than ten years and brings with him over 30 years’ experience within the construction industry.


Kingsley Thornton

Operational Support Director

Kingsley joined Forrest in October 2010. As Operational Support Director, he is responsible for the Systems & Compliance, Health & Safety, Logistics and Aftercare teams. He provides advice to management & workforce alike on all aspects of health & safety along with ensuring adequate standards are met across all sites. Kingsley has improved our Accident & Incident Reporting processes and Risk Assessment Procedure, as well as introducing Site Safety Inspections.

Matt-F-ForrestMatt Farrimond

Finance Director

Matt joined Forrest in 2010 and has responsibility for business analysis, financial and commercial reporting and financial control. His role requires strategic business planning, working capital and fund management and maintaining effective relationships with shareholders and financiers.

Dave Hardman

Pre-Construction Director

Dave has gained vast experience both in operational delivery and pre-construction management and is responsible for the estimating and development of schemes prior to their commencement on site. Once on site, Dave’s team of design managers and planners continue to support the site team in developing the design and producing short-term programmes. Often working with clients at an early stage of schemes, his input ensures that the design is robust, cost effective and buildable.

Paul McCarren

Energy Director

Paul joined Forrest in 2010 and now heads up our Energy division. He brings over 20 years’ experience in the construction and service industry; most notably with British Gas, where he spent 12 years as a Project Manager. He is ideally placed to drive our client’s green initiatives to ensure that we are able to offer an innovative, bespoke service that is at the forefront of energy efficient services.

Neil Ashworth

Divisional Director

Neil joined Forrest in 2015, bringing 25 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has a strong background in estimating and quantity surveying before moving into management. Neil now heads up the New Build division managing pre-construction, commercial and operational aspects of projects from design to completion. His role involves improving all areas of project success including cost, quality, timely completion, profitability and customer satisfaction.

Dave-F-ForrestDave Foreman

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer Dave is responsible for the financial and risk management operations of the business, including financial and operational strategy. Dave assists the CEO on strategy and planning when related to budget management and securing investment, he acts as a conduit between potential investors and the business.

bob-holtBob Holt OBE

Non-Executive Chairman

Bob Holt OBE joined Forrest as Non-Executive Chairman in 2013. He has over 30 years’ experience in the Support Services sector. In the 1990’s he was a member of the successful team who built the early foundations of the MITIE Group plc, a hugely successful provider of outsourced services to the private and public sectors. In 1996 he bought controlling interest of Mears Group PLC and took the Company onto the AiM in October of that year; the order book value now stands at £3.3bn.

Jonathan Bell

Non-Executive Director

Jonathan has over 15 years’ experience in mid-market private equity transactions and is a Director and Co-Head of LDC North West. He is also responsible for sourcing and completing transactions of up to £100million equity. Jonathan took up his role on the Forrest Board in 2007 and was instrumental in the £35m MBO of the company.

Gary Tipper

Non-Executive Director

Gary has more than 20 years private equity experience and is one of the founding partners of Palatine. Gary has been involved in the Manchester professional and financial community for more than 30 years and during this time has been actively involved in many high profile deals. He joined the board of Forrest in 2013.

Ed Fazakerley

Non-Executive Director

Ed has more than 15 years private equity experience and is one of the founding partners of Palatine. He has worked in the Manchester business community for more than 20 years having started his career in corporate finance with BDO Binder Hamlyn and Deloitte. Ed joined the board of Forrest in 2013.