Mark Andrews is responsible for Laing O’Rourke’s operations in the Middle East and driving the development and delivery of the company's growth strategy, with particular focus on Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He joined Laing O’Rourke from Arabtec Holding, where he was Chief Operating Officer. Andrews graduated in civil engineering from Imperial College London in 1980, and joined Chicago Bridge and Iron Company where he spent nine years in a variety of senior project delivery roles, many based in the Middle East. Following a five year period working in senior corporate planning and marketing roles in the chemicals and petroleum industry with BOC Group, he joined Balfour Beatty in their major projects division, before leading their utilities business. He has also held the Chief Executive role in North America for Pirelli, before leading NG Bailey for six years as Chief Executive where he helped develop a specialist offsite manufacture division. Andrews has also held Managing Director positions with Drake & Skull and Murray & Roberts. He has an MBA from Cranfield and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Chartered Institute of Management. He was awarded an OBE for services to apprenticeships, education and training in the construction industry.