Balfour Beatty chief recognised for industry leadership

Leo Quinn

BALFOUR Beatty Group chief executive Leo Quinn has received the Outstanding Industry Leadership accolade at London Build’s inaugural awards ceremony.

Since he took the helm, Balfour Beatty said the business has seen a ‘dramatic transformation’ with a ‘robust’ balance sheet supported by a £17.7 billion order book. The company recorded its highest ever employee engagement score this year, which now sits at 79%.

As well as reshaping Balfour Beatty, the award recognises Leo’s leadership of the sector. He represented the industry on the UK Government’s Build Back Better Council, which ran throughout the pandemic, focusing on unlocking investment, boosting job creation, and levelling up the whole of the UK.

Leo also led the Tier One industry group and was commended for founding The 5% Club in 2013, a movement of employers committed to providing ‘earn and learn’ positions.

“Having started my career as a graduate at Balfour Beatty over 40 years ago on the New Haw Viaduct in Surrey, and now as Group chief executive, my career is an example of the prosperous, lifelong opportunities that our industry can generate,” Leo Quinn said. “But I would not be here today without the incredible people I work alongside every day, those who make up our company and our supply chain – those who work tirelessly every day to shape our skylines, connect communities and grow the great leaders of tomorrow.”

Selena Moseley, London Build event director, commented, “It’s our absolute pleasure to hand this award to Leo for his outstanding support in developing opportunities for young people across the industry and for driving the incredible transformation of the UK’s leading infrastructure group.”