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Ray O’Rourke given honorary knighthood for services to construction

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

Presenting the award, business secretary Vince Cable said Mr 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.”

“He has been a long-standing champion of the government’s construction industry improvement plan.”

Business secretary Vince Cable

Honorary knighthoods can be awarded to people who do not have the Queen as their head of state and are usually awarded by a minister. However, they do not use the style “Sir”.

Mr 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 said.

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