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Celebrating our community of project leaders

Annual Alumni Dinner 2018
At an impressive gathering of project leaders from across Australia and internationally, we celebrated our alumni and partner organisations.

The Annual Alumni Dinner allowed us to acknowledge the Centre’s partnerships and our impressive group of project leaders from our fourth cohort who recently completed the Executive Leadership in Major Projects (ELMP) program. We were also joined by our new cohort including the winner of the 2018 Women Leaders in Project Scholarship, Amanda Weir from BHP.

Professor Suresh Cuganesan, Chief Executive, John Grill Centre, thanked the many people integral to delivering the ELMP program including those senior project executives who guest speak for the program. He also acknowledged the role of the sponsor organisation in supporting participants, noting " the progressiveness of these organisations to support the uplift of leadership for their project teams is admirable and is rewarded by the significant impact these participants are bringing back to their organisations."

We were privileged to have Graham Bradley AM, Chairman of Infrastructure NSW, join us in an interview addressing how those leading projects can reshape public and private relations for better outcomes.

Jeremy Wallace, Program Manager, WorleyParsons resources and energy

Jeremy Wallace joined us on the evening from Canada.

WorleyParsons, Project Lead, Jeremy Wallace, spoke on behalf of cohort four, thanking John Grill for his vision and recognising how "the differing backgrounds and working environments of the cohort brought a richness to the program which has been invaluable and also strong connections for the future."  

Cohort four represents a range of projects reflective of the current project landscape in Australia including banking and finance, government, energy & resources, infrastructure and tertiary education.

Celebrating Cohort four’s completion

  • Andrew Angus, Woodside Energy Ltd
  • Rachel Ardler, NSW Aboriginal Affairs
  • Harwinder Bains, National Australia Bank
  • Daniel Baker, Transurban
  • Scott Biggs, The University of Sydney
  • Guy Collishaw, Transport for NSW 
  • Hung Dang, ANZ
  • Duncan Halford, ANZ 
  • Ian Pearey, WorleyParsons Saudi Arabia
  • Linda Stevanov, Transport for NSW
  • Andrej Stevanovic, The University of Sydney
  • Trevor Stolz, Roads and Maritime Services
  • Jeremy Wallace, WorleyParsons - London
  • Bruno Zinghini, NSW Health Infrastructure

Executive Leadership in Major Projects program

The ELMP program runs across a 12-month period comprised of 4 weeks coursework split across three residential modules/blocks, an in-organisation project, and executive coaching. Participants align their learnings with an action plan supported by their direct supervisor, an in-organisation appointed mentor and a John Grill Centre executive coach.

The Executive Leadership in Major Projects program launched with its inaugural cohort commencing in August 2014. Participants included business leaders working on major Australian and international projects across Asia, Middle East, US and Australia, including Australian infrastructure, banking and finance, technology and resources projects.

Applications close in late April for the August intake of the program.