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Industry leaders support project leadership executive education

The John Grill Centre hosted its inaugural roundtable dinner on 25 September 2013. The dinner brought together industry and government leaders to discuss the need for executive education in project leadership to support the successful delivery of major projects in Australia. Guests included The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Leigh Clifford, Chair, Qantas and Bechtel, Ged Kearney, President, ACTU, Catherine Livingstone, Chair, Telstra, and John Mulcahy, Chair, Coffey International and Mirvac, as well as CEOs and 2ICs from overseas and interstate representing companies including Bechtel, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Fortescue Metals, Woodside, Westpac and Santos.

On the night guest speaker Tony Shepherd, President, Business Council of Australia spoke about the importance of the development of a centre of excellence in project leadership to improve the competitive environment in Australia and reduce project costs noting, “John Grill’s initiative in funding the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership is incredibly generous, but more importantly it is both timely and essential. We must develop in Australia a new coterie of project leaders." He advised “the Business Council of Australia recently released its report on major project costs in Australia. Fundamentally we found resource projects in Australia cost from 40 per cent to 200 per cent more than equivalent projects in the Gulf area of the US.” Read more from Tony Shepherd’s speech.

Image gallery from the event