Introducing Mark Mc Donagh, Operations Manager, Mainmark UK

Mark joined Mainmark New Zealand in 2011 and has worked on a wide range of exciting projects, including one of our biggest projects to date at the Christchurch Art Gallery, following the devastating earthquake in 2010 and 2011.

Like many employees, Mark has had the opportunity to work for Mainmark in its operations across the world, joining the Australian division in 2015 before moving to the UK in 2018.  Joining the UK team as a Site Supervisor, Mark has since progressed to Project Supervisor and has recently become our Operations Manager.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

My core responsibilities centre around health and safety, training and overseeing the project delivery process. Another part of my role is to offer technical support to the teams, so most of my time is spent problem solving to ensure we deliver the best solution possible for our projects. I also attend pre-start meetings, and continually review our processes/policies to ensure standards are met. Client liaison is also a large part of my role.

How would you like to see Mainmark grow as a business in the UK?

Over the last few years we’ve really worked on developing our solutions in the UK by creating our unique mobile units for our Teretek resin injection solution and very recently being able to offer our JOG computer-controlled grouting in a mobile unit as well.  This has been a significant achievement for us and allowed us to deliver an excellent solution for our customers.

Our focus now is on creating new technologies that will allow us to develop further into existing markets and new ones, continuing to push the boundaries and take on the projects others in the industry might shy away from.

We are also really focussed on expanding our operations and the addition of our new depot in the south of England is an example of this. Plan to take this further, opening new depots in other locations so that we are able to improve our operational capacity and expand our bandwidth.

As Operations Manager Mainmark UK, what do you hope to achieve in your role in the next five years?

As Operations Manager, my primary focus is on building a strong team and ensuring all employees have the right tools and skills they need to complete the jobs at hand, while promoting Mainmark’s core values. The culture at Mainmark is a big part of how we retain staff and we should be proud of that.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your new role?

Seeing people grow from within the business is the best part of my role. Mainmark is a great global business and its values on nurturing the talent we have is recognised and allows us to build teams that can take on any job. One of the biggest benefits to Mainmark as a global business, is working with people from all over the world, it’s great to share experiences and learn from each other and it helps improve the team and create new mindsets. Lastly, seeing great feedback from clients is fantastic and incredibly satisfying as we all take a great amount of pride in our work.   

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have two young children, so the majority of my time is spent with them at the moment. Outside of that I enjoy a range of activities such as snooker, fishing, golf, and watching sports, both on television and in person. I also enjoy listening to podcasts and music when I can.

By Mark Mc Donagh

Mark is an Operations Manager at Mainmark UK. He has a demonstrated history of working in the civil engineering industry. Skilled in Engineering, Ground Improvement, Site Supervision, Construction and Pressure Grouting. Mark has an excellent understanding of the effects of subsidence and has a broad range of experience working for Mainmark across it’s regions.