Wates Construction MD steps down after five years

Wates Construction managing director Mark Tant has left the firm after five years at the helm.

His role will be taken over on an interim basis by Steffan Battle, former group head of pre-construction, who has been with Wates for almost 30 years.

Wates did not comment on the reason for Tant’s departure but said he had been instrumental in the firm’s success over the past nine years.

“He made a significant contribution to the development and success of the construction business during this period, and we wish him the best for the future,” a spokesperson said.

Tant was appointed to lead Wates’ London residential work in 2014, managing high-profile jobs at Wembley for Quintain and at Greenwich Peninsula for Knight Dragon.

Five years later, he took over the newly created role of managing director of Wates Construction, as part of a leadership reshuffle.

That position, reporting to construction group managing director Paul Chandler, saw him take responsibility for overseeing regional business units within the group.

Prior to that, he served as managing director of Shepherd Construction for almost three years following a 13-year spell in senior roles at Willmott Dixon.

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