Your Chelmsford Directors
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Your Chelmsford Directors

Mark Ward

Mark’s merchanting life began over 20 years ago  when he started as a yard assistant at another merchant. But he soon worked his way through the business and up the career ladder. He joined the MKM family in 2008 as co-director of the new King’s Lynn branch, before moving to Essex and taking over MKM Chelmsford in 2012.


Father of four Mark loves to support the local community with his sponsorship of football and sports teams, as well as fundraising for local charities. He is especially proud to sponsor his eldest son’s football team and watches them play in MKM colours every week.

David Thurston

David has been in the industry since he was just 17, when he began his career as a trainee with a national builders’ merchant. He worked through various departments within the branch up to manager. Now, with over 32 years of experience behind him (23 of which were as branch manager), he is co-director of the MKM branch in Chelmsford, which he joined in August 2016.


Outside of work David is very much a family man – he’s been married for 21 years and has three children. In his spare time he is a Rugby Union coach for his local club with his youngest son’s U13 team.

Steve Carvell

Steve’s worked in the building and construction industry for 17 years, both for merchants and manufacturers. Starting his career as a 16-year-old Saturday boy at Ridgeons, he stayed there for seven years, before making the move to Wienerberger. He worked there for eight years before joining our Essex branch in 2014. All this experience means he knows a thing or two about bricks, blocks and building materials.


Steve has a 10-year-old daughter and a 5-month-old baby son, so doesn’t get to relax much after work, but when he does have a bit of time to himself, he’s a sports fanatic and big West Ham supporter (as are most of the guys who work at MKM Chelmsford).

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