Prime boss at Laing O’Rourke’s procurement group units up new enterprise | Information
Laing O’Rourke has confirmed that three members of his procurement team, including one of his top bosses, have left the company with public documents indicating that they have started a new IT consulting firm.
The company declined to say who they were, but Building understands that Alex Gosney, its purchasing manager for its European hub, is one of the departures.
A Laing O’Rourke spokesperson said, “We can confirm that three members of our procurement team left the store earlier this month. However, we cannot comment on it any further. “
However, according to filings filed with Companies House, Gosney is one of three people named as officers of a new Leeds-registered company called Sourceai, which was formed in mid-April. Its business purpose is listed as IT consulting.
The others are Mark Smith, Head of Category Management at O’Rourke and former Purchasing Director and Manager at the Select factory rental business, and Joe Gibson, who worked as Purchasing Director at Laing O’Rourke for eleven months before joining for less than a year in the same Position at Mace, eventually returning to O’Rourke in late 2017, ending up as Head of Transformation.
According to Companies House records, Smith and Gibson are listed as directors while Gosney is listed as an IT professional.
Gosney (pictured) has been with O’Rourke since joining Leeds Metropolitan University as a trainee in 2007, where he arrived as an MEP volume assessor and worked his way up through the company before taking up his current position last December.
Gosney, who also has a masters degree from Cambridge University, is believed to have worked on several high profile offerings during his time with the company, including the Thames Tideway Tunnel and the Hinkley Point pitches. A source said: “He was scheduled to be a high-flyer early on. He knew his way around. “
O’Rourke’s European hub, of which Carol Williams remains Purchasing Director, is the largest of its two businesses, which also includes Australia.
According to its most recent accounts, European sales, which include revenues from Canada and the Middle East, were £ 1.8 billion, nearly three-quarters of the Group’s sales of £ 2.5 billion.