Brian Manning was a major figure in the northeast construction industry, leading the steady growth of Esh Group since the early 1990s.
He was also heavily involved with the North East Chamber of Commerce, Business in the Community (BITC) and the CBI.
Brian Manning began his career with Monk Construction, where he spent nearly 17 years, before joining Lumsden & Carroll as general manager in 1990. He was appointed managing director in 1991.
On the formation of Esh Holdings in 1999, he became group managing director and subsequently group chief executive.
Speaking on behalf of Esh Group, chairman Michael Hogan said: “All of our thoughts are with Brian’s family at this very sad time. The success of Esh Group is a massive testament to Brian as a person and a businessman, and all staff are united in continuing his remarkable legacy, in his memory.”