All change at Mackley for 2022

There have been some pretty significant changes at Mackley in recent months!

In September 2021, Tony Camilleri, stood down from the role of Managing Director and at the end of December, he retired from the company. Tony has truly left his mark at Mackley, building the business upon the foundations laid by the Mackley family to become a £45m company, all while maintaining the strong family work ethic; something that was always very important to him. It won’t be the same without him and we are sad to see him go but agree that after 48 years at Mackley, 16 of those as Managing Director, he could probably do with a break and deserves a healthy and happy retirement.

Tony started at Mackley as a very eager young lad. Since being told to “get a haircut and get on site” by Jack Mackley in 1973, he never looked back, progressing through the ranks to become a Chartered Engineer and later on a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In 2005, he took over as Managing Director and has led the company through many ups and downs to be the successful, multi-million pound, international civil engineering company it is today. Asked why he stayed at Mackley so long, he said “it’s simple really; every day is different, there is always a challenge and I like and respect the people I work with”. We will miss his encyclopaedic memory, constant optimism, and positive leadership but we’re quite sure we haven’t seen the last of him. We wish him every happiness as he enters the next exciting chapter of his life.

Tony leaves the role confident that it has been passed to very capable hands.

We welcome Ben Hamer, our new Managing Director to the Mackley fold. Ben brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in marine and coastal engineering for over 30 years including long periods living in Asia-Pacific and Africa. Ben is also a Fellow of the ICE and past chair of the Maritime Expert Panel. His initial focus is staff development, digital technology, risk management and building community relations where our teams operate. As he took the baton from Tony, he said “I value Mackley’s heritage in teamwork and problem solving as the basis of project success and I will be careful to protect and build on this core.” Since starting in September, Ben has made it his priority to visit every Mackley site and speak to all staff to see what changes and improvements can be made to help grow the business further in terms of turnover, new markets and geographic expansion.

So 2022 is not just a new year, but a new era for Mackley and we’re all looking forward to seeing Ben’s vision for the company that will help lead us to deliver new, exciting and challenging projects.


18 January 2022

Posted in News.