Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, CEO of Crossrail from 2011 to 2018 and a former non-executive director of HS2, has been appointed group technical director of Laing O’Rourke. In his new role, he will lead the function and be responsible for the delivery of technical excellence for clients, enhancing the company’s digital capability and its health and safety priorities.
Andrew, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and experienced infrastructure business leader, has been working with Laing O’Rourke for some time in an advisory capacity, assisting with the technical complexities of major projects.
As well as his involvement with Crossrail and HS2, Andrew has, during his career, served as construction director for the Heathrow Express Rail Link and programme director on Terminal 5, then as BAA’s director of capital projects, running a £10 billion development programme across 10 airports.
Andrew has a first-class honours degree in Civil Engineering and an honorary doctorate from Southampton University. He is a former chairman of the Construction Leadership Council and was vice president of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
He will report to group CEO Ray O’Rourke, who said: “I’m delighted Andrew has agreed to join us. He has known our business as a customer and an advisor. His knowledge of our sector will ensure our engineering and innovation are seamlessly integrated with operational discipline and client connectivity.
“He understands the power of our experience in technical excellence and disruptive thinking, and he believes in our ambitious plans to enable sustainable high performance across our directly employed workforce and to deliver certainty for clients.”