Gavan Mackenzie BSc MRICS
Chief Executive Officer
After obtaining a BSc in Building Surveying at De Montfort University Gavan qualified as a Chartered Surveyor two years later in 1991. He worked in commercial building surveying and project management for 10 years in the UK and Central & Eastern Europe for clients such as BT, Coca Cola, Scottish Widows amongst other owners and developers. In 2000 he moved to London and joined Morgan Stanley after which he became Director responsible for projects in the EMEA region. Gavan also delivered Morgan Stanley’s headquarters building and data centre in Mumbai, India. He then joined JP Morgan Chase and was promoted to Head of Design & Construction for EMEA. At JP Morgan Gavan was responsible for the delivery of all projects in EMEA, including three major data centre projects, one of which was the largest new data centre in the UK at that time. His project work in the financial services sector took him far and wide from Glasgow to Cape Town, Madrid to Mumbai, and many principal cities between.
In 2007 Gavan led the formation of sineQN (from the phrase sine qua non; the knowledge required to progress) a Strategy & Project Management consultancy which was, uniquely at the time, dedicated to technical project management. Aimed at projects where there was significant building services and Information Technology, combined with construction, Gavan led the team at sineQN to win lead roles on some of the largest data centre projects in Europe. These included the major retro-fit projects for CSC in Denmark and the UK as well as the largest data centre fit-out project at the time in Europe, for Barclays. He also led the project management of the largest green field new-build data centre at the time in the UK, for Lloyds Banking Group. These were the first data centres in Europe to achieve LEED Platinum (Barclays) and BREEAM Outstanding (Lloyds Banking Group). Gavan led the team that advised Digital Realty Trust on the development deal signed with HSBC to procure their major data centre build in the UK, as well as many other Digital Realty projects in the UK and the Netherlands. Long term clients also include Nokia, British Airways, Credit Suisse and US technology companies where sineQN continue to provide services. Gavan also led the sineQN team that was engaged to support the design management function of two of the largest data centre campuses in Europe.
Key to Gavan’s modus operandi is his strategic ability to assemble A-teams, respond rapidly to pan-European requests from clients, and to manage deliverables to a high standard. This led to a full-time presence in various countries over the years to meet project requirements including in Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, and the UAE, amongst other locations.
Gavan has built an extensive network of expertise across the EMEA region amongst the real estate, design and construction disciplines and he has worked in over 20 countries.
In conjunction with the sineQN team, over the past two years Gavan has reshaped the firm, responding to changing requirements from clients and the European market. The majority focus of the firm is now on development management and commercial deals in the data centre sector, which is a hugely exciting space and the culmination of many years of experience.
Mark Ruff BEng (Hons) MBA
Chief Technical Officer
As part of his BEng (Hons) course in Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham Trent University, Mark worked at Windscale for the UK Atomic Energy Authority, on both production and undertaking safety inspections. After graduating in 1989 he joined the PSA Group (Peugeot UK), working across a number of areas of automotive manufacture, including, technical, logistics and real estate. During this time he was sponsored by PSA to undertake an M.B.A. at De Montfort University, graduating in 1991. On leaving PSA in 1995, he continued working within the automotive industry for the Motor Industry Research Association, an organisation focusing on new vehicle research, design, development, validation and legislative approval, working for most vehicle manufacturers around the world. Working within Safety (crash testing), EMC, Data Acquisition and Test Facility Operations, projects included a number of international assignments, resulting in the transfer of technology from military and the oil exploration industry; Telematics / ITS technology / commercialisation and licencing of data visualisation software. Works also included strategic expansion with the award of long term supply and management services contracts: including the asset transfer and development of new real estate for specialist test facilities for; Ford, Visteon’s, Lear and Johnson Controls.
Leaving MIRA in 2002, Mark changed industries and joined GSE, a French international construction company specialising in the development of large logistics and industrial facilities within EMEA, as their UK Commercial Manager. He was responsible for establishing and developing all commercial activities and teams including sales and marketing. Work included not only the contractual and commercial aspects but also real estate development, preconstruction design management and establishing 3D /BIM technology (2004). As Commercial Director (2006), the business expanded into Scandinavia, with the establishment of an Oslo office in 2008 resulting in the award and construction of one of Scandinavia’s largest multi-temperature automated distribution centres for COOP.
On leaving GSE in 2012, Mark joined Bulk Eiendom, an Oslo based industrial and logistics real estate developer and investor as their Development Director responsible for the design and development of their new Data Centres business portfolio. Works included the acquisition, redesign and “live” refurbishment of the Oslo Internet Exchange & CoLo , together with the design and construction of N01, Europe’s first 100% green dedicated 800 acre hyperscale data centre campus. The works included strategic infrastructure planning (2 Giga Watts), 100km of fibre and infrastructure ductwork, the productionisation of “plug-in” power and cooling capacities, and the introduction of industrial and logistics fast track construction methods for the base data centre shell and core platforms.
Having worked as a consultant, and also client side within most areas of technical real estate development Mark joined sineQN in 2018 as CTO, and an owner. He brings a depth of data centre technical design expertise together with industrial real estate development knowledge and experience. This includes; utilities development, M&E systems, modular / fast track construction and BIM/iBMS system integration. Mark’s technical expertise and collaborative approach means that he is well placed to bring both innovation to projects and to lead design, construction and technical delivery teams.