David Roberts says he wants to travel less following health issues

David Roberts, Aedas

David Roberts, chief executive of Aedas, has retired from his position, citing a desire to travel less following a battle with cancer.

Roberts, who has 25 years of experience as an architect in Asia, will continue as an advisor to the board of the firm.

In an email to colleagues announcing his decision to step down, Roberts said: “As many of you are aware I had cancer two years ago and have now decided I do not wish to continue with full time work and extensive travel in the future.”

Roberts’ role will now be filled by Andrew Bromberg, Aedas’ international design director.

Brian Johnson, co-chair of Aedas, said: “David worked hard for 24 years to build Aedas from a small company to its current global reach and stature and all at Aedas are sorry to see him go and wish him well.”

In the year to 31 March 2012 the firm reported an international revenue of £150m and pre-tax profit of £18m.