MKM appoints new CEO

Kate Tinsley

KATE Tinsley has been appointed chief executive officer at MKM Building Supplies.

She has worked in the construction sector for over 20 years, most recently as divisional MD of Ibstock Clay. Prior to that, Kate was with the Grafton Group for seven years where she held senior finance and operational roles, including as CEO of the Buildbase group of companies. Kate is also a non-executive director of the FA.

Bain Capital invested in MKM in 2017 and has been working with David Kilburn, MKM’s founder, to identify a successor capable of driving further growth over the medium term.

David Kilburn said, “This is a very exciting time in the growth of MKM and Kate is the perfect choice to take us on our journey. She is very much a people person who has admired and envied our success. She will be a strong advocate of developing and continuing our unique business model.”

Kate Tinsley commented, “I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to become the CEO of MKM, the UK’s fastest growing builders’ merchant. The unparalleled success of the organisation over the last 25 years has been the envy of many in the industry and a credit to David Kilburn and the wider MKM team. I am really looking forward to working with David as we take MKM into the next phase of its development.”

Kate will take up her new role September 28m with David continuing as a main board director and a major investor. After a handover period, he will be concentrating on driving the new branch opening programme and assessing potential acquisitions.