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Meet John Grill AO

Inspiring the next generation of project leaders
The John Grill Institute for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney was established after a generous donation from leading Australian business figure John Grill.
John Grill

Leading Australian business figure  John Grill AO has been a leading driver in project management research and education being conducted at the University of Sydney  for nearly a decade.

In 2012, the University of Sydney alumnus generously donated a $20 million personal gift to support the establishment of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership – what is now known as the John Grill Institute for Project Leadership within the Faculty of Engineering.

John Grill is the current Chairman and was the former Chief Executive of international resources and energy company WorleyParsons.

Under his leadership, WorleyParsons has become a global enterprise providing specialist design and project services in the civil, structural, environmental, geotechnical and coastal marine fields.

He began his distinguished career with Esso Australia and in 1971 established Wholohan, Grill and Partners as a specialised engineering practice in the oil and gas industry.

His influence on Australian society was acknowledged in the 2014 round of Australia Day Honours with the receipt of an Officer in the Order of Australia award.

John Grill was named Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year in 2006 and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Sydney in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to the engineering profession.

He is the Chairman of the Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee and is also on the board of Neuroscience Research Australia.

John Grill’s work on many of the world’s largest mining and infrastructure projects has given him the insight and drive to inspire the next generation of project leaders.