Laing O’Rourke appoints its first Group Head of Sustainability


Vicky Bullivant will lead on a new sustainability brief at the contractor and report to group director of legal Madeleina Loughrey-Grant.

LONDON, England, May 26, 2021 - (PRESS RELEASE) -- Laing O'Rourke has appointed energy company Drax's sustainability boss, Vicky Bullivant, as its first ever group head of sustainability.

The appointment comes a month after the contractor unveiled targets for its operations that included being net-zero carbon by 2030 and having half of its international workforce split equally between men and women by 2033.

Loughrey-Grant said: "We have to find solutions to help address some of the most complex and important challenges of our time and find new ways to support our clients to design and construct greener buildings and infrastructure projects. This requires leadership, collaboration and innovation, and Vicky's experience will help us challenge ourselves to decarbonise faster and to deliver our sustainability ambitions at pace."

Bullivant said she is looking forward to helping the company achieve its aim of being "the construction sector's recognised leader for innovation and excellence".

She added: "The business knows it has to go further faster and has set ambitious targets in terms of decarbonising its own operations, working with supply chain partners to reduce [greenhouse gas] emissions and delivering social value by helping people to thrive."

Bullivant, who has previously also worked for Tate & Lyle, Rolls-Royce, Eon and Experian, joined Drax in 2017 and was its head of sustainable business. Earlier this year, the company scrapped plans to build Europe's largest gas-fired power station, a proposal that had been rejected by the Planning Inspectorate over the volume of emissions it would have produced - though it had been backed by government.

In a statement, the firm said it would move towards biomass rather than gas power-generation.

Bullivant begins in her new role on 21 June.