Ray O'Rourke KBEChief Executive OfficerMajor Shareholder and founder of the Laing O’Rourke Group. He chairs the Group Executive Committee and is responsible for leading the strategic direction and operational management of the Group’s business activities. Ray founded R O’Rourke & Son in 1977, and commenced trading the following year. The business acquired the construction arm of John Laing PLC in 2001, and with the acquisition of Barclay Mowlem in 2006, created today’s extended international engineering and construction group. Ray has a passion for developing and promoting engineering and project delivery talent to meet global construction challenges, and has a keen focus on safety performance.