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John Grill Institute for Project Leadership

Shaping future projects and their outcomes
We advance breakthrough research into project leadership, deliver world-leading executive education and work with industry, government and communities to shape future projects and their outcomes.

The John Grill Institute for Project Leadership is a global leader in research and executive education on how we conceive, set-up, deliver and benefit from projects.

Founded through a generous donation by John Grill, we are building leadership capability and capacity to transform the performance of projects. 

Our research enables us to advise project leaders on:

  • setting up project governance, 
  • using data-driven approaches to support decision-makers in conceiving complex projects, 
  • examining projects as a form of large-scale organising, and 
  • helping achieve a better future by developing project leadership in emerging industries such as net zero. 

We also deliver world-class executive education and support our growing network of alumni as they lead projects.

Through our flagship Executive Leadership in Major Projects programs, customised courses, and public events, we seek to build capacity to better understand the practice of project leadership, building on the knowledge bank generated since our start as a Centre. 

As Director, Professor Jennifer Whyte brings substantial experience of leading interdisciplinary research teams to have impact on practice, working closely with industry, government and policy, collaborating across universities, convening Executive Education and running events with senior industry, policymakers and ministers.

Our research

Project leadership is crucial in achieving positive outcomes. As projects grow in complexity, our research supports project leaders in setting up project governance.

To achieve our ambition to provide a 'go-to' place for advice on how to conceive, setup and execute projects, our research is focused on project leadership.

Our people

Professor Jennifer Whyte, Director

Mr John Grill AO, Patron and Chair of Advisory Board

Ms Natalie Chan, Institute Manager

Ms Sonya Campbell

Dr Lemuria Carter

Mr Kevin McCann AM

Professor Lynn Crawford

Ms Sarah Crennan

Dr Ken Henry AC

Professor Annamarie Jagose

Professor Willy Zwaenepoel

General information

John Grill Institute for Project Leadership

Business Hours: 9am-5pm (EST), Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)
  • Level 2 21 Ross St Building K06A

Institute Director

Professor Jennifer Whyte
Professor Jennifer Whyte
Academic profile

John Grill AO

John Grill AO
Alumni, BSc(1966) BE(Civil)(1968)
"I will build new research and education capability in the realm of projects and leadership."

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