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John O'Connor

Group Commercial 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 was Commercial Director of the Australia Hub, then returned to London to the position of 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. John then broadened his role further as both Group Commercial Director and Group Human Capital Director until 2019.

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 leads Laing O’Rourke’s engagement with the government’s Construction Leadership Council.