Sir Martin Laing CBE passed away peacefully in hospital in Malta on 27 December 2023 following a short illness.
Sir Martin was educated at St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he read Estate Management. As Chairman of John Laing plc between 1985 and 2002, he oversaw a number of landmark construction and investment projects including the Second Severn Crossing, airports, schools and hospitals. For many years he held a number of advisory roles within the sector.
As a leader within the UK’s construction industry, Sir Martin took a keen interest in sustainable development and the environment. He was a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, sat on the Board of the Marine Stewardship Council, a Trustee Emeritus of WWF-UK and a past Master of the Worshipful Company of Paviors. These interests were reflected in his extensive personal charitable activities including as a Trustee of the Beatrice Laing Trust, John Laing Charitable Trust and Chair of his own foundation, the Martin Laing Foundation, which supports causes about which he was passionate across the UK and overseas. Most recently, he was Co-Chair of the Save The Valletta Skyline Appeal, raising funds to restore the iconic spire of St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valetta in Malta, where he resided in recent years.
He is survived by Stephanie, his wife of 58 years, and will be especially missed by her, his children Edward and Alexandra, his five grandchildren, friends and by the many others to whom he made a real difference through his many corporate and charitable activities.