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John O'Connor

Group Commercial & Human Capital Director

With 30 years’ experience at Laing O’Rourke, John is a member of the Group Executive Committee and several of its subcommittees, making a major contribution to the overall management and governance of the Group.

After qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1990, he spent the first part of his Laing O’Rourke career in the UK, before supporting the Group’s operations in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Australia. John has dedicated his whole career to the
Group’s success and is a great example of the variety of opportunities the business has to offer.

John’s most recent role was as Group Human Capital Director from 2014-2017. This was a critical and strategic role as talent attraction and retention forms one of the cornerstones of the company’s vision – to be the recognised leader for innovation and engineering excellence in the construction sector. Having previously undertaken the role as Commercial Director for the Australia Hub, John’s remit has recently been broadened with his move into the role of Group Commercial and Human Capital Director.

John recognises that meeting the sector’s skills shortage requires positive engagement and collaboration between government, industry, industry bodies and educational institutions, and in this regard John represents the business on the government’s Construction Leadership Council Skills Committee.