About John Grill

John Grill

John Grill is the current chairman and was the former chief executive of international resources and energy company WorleyParsons.

Under his leadership, WorleyParsons has become a global enterprise providing specialist design and project services in the civil, structural, environmental, geotechnical and coastal marine fields.

He began his distinguished career with Esso Australia and in 1971 established Wholohan, Grill and Partners as a specialised engineering practice in the oil and gas industry.

His firm acquired the US company Worley Engineering (Australia) in 1987. Following group restructuring, in 2002 Worley Group Limited listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. In 2004, Worley Group Limited acquired Parsons E&C Corporation, a US-based global project services company, and changed its name to WorleyParsons Limited.

John Grill has personal expertise in every aspect of project delivery for projects in the resources and energy industries. He has been directly involved with most of the major clients of WorleyParsons and remains closely involved at board level with the group’s joint ventures.

His influence on Australian society was acknowledged in the 2014 round of Australia Day Honours with the receipt of an Officer in the Order of Australia award. He was named Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year in 2006 and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Sydney in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to the engineering profession. He is the Chairman of the Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee and is also on the board of Neuroscience Research Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.