MKM Building Supplies appoints Kate Tinsley as new CEO

Kate Tinsley has been appointed as MKM's new chief executive officer
Kate Tinsley has been appointed as MKM's new chief executive officer

MKM Building Supplies has announced the appointment of Kate Tinsley as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

Kate 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, Kate was with the Grafton Group for seven years where she held senior finance and operational roles, most notably that of CEO of the Buildbase group of companies. In addition to this, Kate is also a non-executive director of the FA.

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

Commenting on the news, David 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. Kate will be a strong advocate of developing and continuing our unique business model and is a proven operator with a high-class reputation. This is a great appointment for MKM!”

Kate, who will take up her new role on 28 September, said: “I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to become the CEO of MKM Building Supplies. 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.”

David 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.