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Wates signs up former Laing O'Rourke chief

Wates has appointed former Laing O’Rourke head of education Stephen Beechey as group investment director.

Mr Beechey will oversee the contractor’s existing and future involvement in project finance and private public partnership schemes.

Wates Group chief operating officer Dave Smith said: “The market for privately financed projects has changed significantly and we believe it will continue to evolve in the years ahead.

“Stephen brings to Wates a new array of skills developed over 10 years working in a number of senior private finance and development roles which will be of great benefit across our businesses. 

“His appointment further demonstrates Wates’ leadership in the education sector and our commitment to delivering the best education environments possible.”