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Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology

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Board Membership

The work of the Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology will be overseen by a Construction Engineering and Technology Management Board. The Board will meet at least three times a year and will be responsible for providing academic and professional oversight of the activities both of the Centre itself, and of the masters degree course.

Board membership

The board will consist of:

  • The head of Civil Engineering at the Department of Engineering
  • The Laing O'Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering
  • One representative from the Judge Business School
  • Two representatives of Laing O'Rourke
  • Any other individuals as decided by the Board


At any given time the majority of Board members will be members of the University

University of Cambridge board members

Prof. Robert MairProf. Robert Mair (Chairman)
Robert Mair was appointed Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Cambridge University in 1998. He is Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering and was elected Master of Jesus College in 2001. He was a Fellow of St John's College from 1998 to 2001. He is also one of the founding Directors of the Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG), an international consulting company based in London, started in 1983.

Dr Campbell MiddletonProf. Campbell Middleton (Director)
Campbell Middleton is the Laing O'Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering and Director of the Centre. He is also a Fellow of King's College. His main research interests are in bridge engineering, in particular the ultimate strength of concrete structures, yield-line analysis, risk and safety, wireless sensor networks and NDT applied to bridges, computer vision applications in civil engineering and the management of bridges.
Prof. Campbell Middleton

Prof. Stefan ScholtesProf. Stefan Scholtes
Stefan Scholtes is the Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management at the Judge Business School where he is also the Academic Director of the Centre for Health Leadership & Enterprise.
Prof. Stefan Scholtes

Laing O'Rourke board members

Bernadette O'Rourke

Director, Group Corporate Affairs & Education Networks

Bernadette is a senior director of the Laing O’Rourke Group, and is responsible for protecting and enhancing the Group’s brand reputation in support of its business development and core construction delivery activities. She has a broad executive remit and is directly accountable for the Group’s media relations, public affairs, internal communications and business marketing activities.

As well as leading the administrative services function, Bernadette is a senior member of the Group’s human capital management team. In this latter role she has particular responsibility for leading Laing O’Rourke’s global education partnerships, building strong and mutually beneficial links between the business and academia.

During her career with the Group she has worked closely alongside the major equity shareholders to establish and grow business streams and secure projects in new markets and sectors. Her extensive industry experience has proved invaluable in Laing O’Rourke’s rapid expansion over the last four decades into today’s international engineering and construction provider.”


Mark Richardson

European Director of Human Capital Management

Mark joined the Construction Industry over 30 years ago as an articled pupil for John Laing Construction Ltd within the planning and resourcing function. On graduation Mark was selected to participate in the Companies Management Training Scheme; coinciding with his transfer in to Management, initially as a Construction Manager working on the Mount Pleasant airfield in the Falkland Islands.

In 1986 Mark returned to the UK where he resumed his career as a Project Manager running a series of major projects including the construction of Hospitals, Schools, Offices, Shopping Centers, Law Courts etc.  Winning both Building Manager and Construction Contractor of the Year during this period.

Mark transferred in 1998 to Work Winning, leading Estimating and Business Development in Laing Northern; winning many successful projects and overseeing a transition of how New Business is procured.  It was during this period that Mark became involved in PFI procurement routes and lead many of the Companies major bids with significant success.  This resulted in Mark becoming initially Director of PFI and then the Managing Director of the Company’s Portfolio Projects business which oversaw all PFI and Framework contracts globally.

In 2005 Mark was asked to lead Laing O’Rourke’s Southern, Wales and West Construction Business as Business Unit Leader.  A business of approx £800m per annum turnover and over 4000 directly employed staff and operatives at peak; a business responsible for the construction of some of the UK largest And most iconic buildings.

Since 2003 Mark has also been responsible for the £400m per annum Education Sector at Laing O’Rourke

At the end of 2011 Mark took on his latest role as Head of Human Capital (Europe) for Laing O’Rourke.

Since gaining his Chartership of the Institute of Building Mark has undertaken further Education at Loughborough (1993-1995) Diploma of Business Management and additionally the I.O.D (2005-2007) – Diploma Company Directors.


Observers invited to attend Board meetings

Prof. Peter GuthrieProf. Peter Guthrie Peter Guthrie is Head of the Centre for Sustainable Development within the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He is the first Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development in the UK having held this post since 2000. He is a Fellow of St Edmund's College.

Prof. Peter Guthrie