Stewart steps down due to ill health, with Ray O’Rourke assuming her responsibilities as CEO

Laing O'Rourke

Laing O’Rourke chief executive Anna Stewart has stepped down from the role with immediate effect due to ill health, the firm has said.

In a statement the contracting giant said Ray O’Rourke - the firm’s founder and executive chairman - will assume Stewart’s responsibilities as chief executive officer.

Ray O’Rourke said: “Anna’s medical treatment makes it impossible to continue with the full range of her extensive work duties and travel commitments.

“I can confirm that Anna will be continuing with the Laing O’Rourke Group and going forward will support me with a number of important strategic activities, which will be managed around her treatment regime.

“We, as a Board, extend our very best wishes to Anna for a full and speedy recovery.”

Laing O’Rourke said it will not be issuing any further comment or information relating to the announcement.