James has a long-standing reputation in the civil engineering arena having worked across transport infrastructure, tunnelling, mining and oil & gas sectors in Australia, the US and UK. He has worked in consulting, research and delivery roles over a career spanning 25 years, the last ten of which has been spent in construction businesses in senior leadership roles dedicated to industry improvement. In this capacity,
James has played a pivotal role in driving innovation within the construction industry, including fostering off-site manufacturing strategies and digital technologies that provide health, safety, quality and productivity benefits in construction. Prior to joining the McConnell Dowell Group he held senior leadership roles at Laing O’Rourke and WSP. He holds qualifications and experience in civil and geotechnical engineering having attained a PhD at the University of New South Wales and Engineering and Science degrees through the University of Sydney.