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Ray O'Rourke receives honorary knighthood

Laing O’Rourke chief executive Ray O’Rourke has been given an honorary knighthood in recognition of his services to the construction industry.

Business secretary Vince Cable said O’Rourke was respected across the construction industry as a leader of real stature.

“He has been a long-standing champion of the government’s construction industry improvement plan, demonstrating committed leadership, a focus on the customer and a quality-driven agenda,” said Cable

Cable said Laing O’Rourke’s use of lean construction methods and offsite manufacturing had helped eliminate waste and maximised efficiency.

“Coupled with his commitment to training people, this has helped Laing O’Rourke weather the downturn and serve as an exemplar for the rest of the industry. I’m delighted to present Ray with this important and hugely-deserved honour,” he added.

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