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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. 

Drawing on the strong research base at the University of Sydney, we bring together leading industry, government, policy and research. We deliver world-class executive education and support our growing network of alumni as they lead projects. 

Through our flagship Executive Leadership in Major Projects program, 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. We are becoming recognised in Australia and internationally as a go-to place for advice on project sponsorship, leadership and governance underpinned by research and research-led executive education.

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. Please see our events, including masterclasses and an online symposium on Project Leadership for a Changing World on 10 November 2021. 

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Our people

Professor Jennifer Whyte

Professor Richard Badham, Director of Executive

EducationAssociate Professor Julien Pollack, Deputy Director 

Margaret Gardoll, Institute Manager

Mr John Grill AO

Professor Clinton Free

Professor Annamarie Jagose

Professor Brian Uy

Dr Stuart McGill

Dr Ken Henry AC

Ms Sonya Campbell

Mr Kevin McCann AM

Michael Bell, ITLS, Business School

Stewart Clegg, School of Project Management 

Lynn Crawford, School of Project Management

Judy Kay, Computer Science

Jinman Kim, Telehealth Lab

Kevin Lowe, Business School

Petr Matous, School of Project Management

Donald McNeill,  School of Architecture Design and Planning

Nader Naderpajouh, School of Project Management


Centre Director

Professor Jennifer Whyte
Professor Jennifer Whyte
Academic profile

Deputy Centre Director

Associate Professor Julien Pollack
Associate Professor Julien Pollack
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."

John Grill Institute for Project Leadership

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