His remit is to provide greater strategic direction on legal and commercial issues facing ACE and its members.
Before joining ACE, Dwight Patten was an associate at Mills & Reeve LLP in Cambridge, where he advised clients in the government and higher education sectors, as well as some commercial clients.
He also gained experience in property law during a recent two-year secondment to the University of Hertfordshire during a phase of major capital investment for the organisation.
ACE chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin said his organisation needed “to step up its internal delivery capabilities and ensure we maintain our proactive legal advocacy services” because there was a general election coming up.
Mr Patten said: "I am delighted to be joining ACE at this exciting time for the consultancy and engineering industry. Over the coming months and years the main policy debate in this country will be over the provision and regeneration of the social and economic infrastructure network. I look forward to helping shape the advocacy engagement with national and regionally based public and private sector clients to support the legal debate with ACE's wide membership."