Regional Managing Director, Europe
As the Regional Managing Director (RMD) for Europe, Mark Thurston is responsible for overseeing all activities for the family of CH2M companies in the European region. In this role, Mark is accountable for integrating regional and country strategies in line with established global market and client account strategies – driving business growth and improving delivery and overhead efficiency.
Most recently, Mark served as CH2M’s Director of Operations for Europe, reporting to its regional managing director. Prior to this, he was a director in the Transportation business group in the U.K., reporting to the firm’s global headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Mark has spent the majority of the last three years leading our program partner joint venture (known as Transcend) on Crossrail.
Prior to Crossrail, Mark was the Program Delivery Manager leading the roads and bridges program on the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, as a member of the joint venture, CLM Delivery Partner. He joined CH2M in June 2008, joining CLM to complete the Powerlines Undergrounding project, which rid the skyline of electricity pylons on and around the Olympic Park.
Mark has more than 20 years of experience in project and program management, working in both the private and public sectors on major infrastructure projects, particularly in the U.K. rail sector.
He joined CH2M from Metronet, which was responsible for the renewal and upgrade of two thirds of the London Underground. He established their program office and went on to manage the GBP£100m per year track renewals program, having led the complex renegotiation of the supply chain contracts during the company’s period of administration. Mark also has experience in project management consulting, having previously worked with a Transcend partner of CH2M, The Nichols Group.
Education and Professional Affiliations
Mark has a master’s degree in engineering (project management) from Loughborough University Civil Engineering School and a Higher National Certificate in electric and electronic engineering from Willesden College of Technology. He is an incorporated engineer and a member of the Association of Project Management and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.