MKM has appointed Kate Tinsley as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Tinsley has worked in the construction sector for over 20 years, with her most recent role being that of Divisional Managing Director of Ibstock Clay.  She was also on the Ibstock Plc board.  

Prior to this, Tinsley was with the Grafton Group for 7 years where she held senior finance and operational roles, most notably that of CEO of the Buildbase group of companies. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the FA. 

In 2017, attracted by the exciting growth potential of the business, Bain Capital invested in MKM and has since 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.  He went on to say ‘Kate is proven operator with a high-class reputation.  This is a great appointment for MKM!"

Tinsley had this to say in response to her appointment: "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’. 

Tinsley will take up her new role on the 28th September 2020. Kilburn will continue as a main board director and as a major investor.  After a handover period, he will be concentrating on driving the new branch opening programme and assessing potential acquisitions.