Engineering and building firm Laing has lost Andy Geldard, one of
its last remaining in-house PROs.
Geldard is leaving his role as head of press and communications,
reporting directly to Laing CEO Brian May, to join rival contractor
According to industry sources, Laing is not looking to appoint a new
group PR boss until the sell-off of its construction arm to O'Rourke is
completed during the summer.
The decision would leave Laing without any in-house PR capability at
group level and just two press officers in the home division. The
construction division also lacks any in-house PR team - a division which
has dwindled from around ten staff to nil over the last 15 years.
Laing finance director Adrian Ewer said: 'Construction had an in-house
PR team, but that was when it was at the heart of the group and it no
It is believed Laing's external PR agencies Christow Consultants and
City Profile will handle all media enquiries in the meantime.
At Skanska, Geldard will lead UK and international press, reporting to
head of press and publicity Cheryl Eaton. He replaces Kris Birkett in
the role, which has been expanded from solely handling trade press to
include all media, in particular international press.
Eaton said Geldard's title had yet to be decided as a result of the
change in brief.