MKM takes on Kate Tinsley as CEO

Kate TInsley

Kate Tinsley has joined independent builders merchant group MKM as its new Chief Executive Officer.


Tinsely moves from Ibstock Plc where she was divisional managing director of Ibstock Clay; prior to this, she 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. Tinsely is also a Non-Executive Director of the FA.

She said: “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.”

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

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!’

Tinsely 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.


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