Dr James Glastonbury, PhD UNSW ‘02
Technical Director, Laing O’Rourke
James is Technical Director for Laing O’Rourke’s Australia business, with key executive level accountability for technical performance of the Australian business in work winning strategy and delivery assurance. He is a member of the Australia Hub executive leadership team with operational and strategic responsibilities for consultant engagement, design management, digital engineering, quality and specialist engineering/SME disciplines. He manages a team of internal technical specialists covering key market sectors including rail, buildings, airports, defence and resources.
Prior to taking up operational responsibilities, James was Engineering Director within Laing O’Rourke’s in-house innovation team - the Engineering Excellence Group. In this role he worked with project delivery teams to develop and deliver construction-related innovations. He was responsible for establishing systems and processes to foster innovation within various project teams including for Alliance and Delivery Partner teams.
James was the Innovation Lead with the Pacific Complete Delivery Partner team on the $4.5B Pacific Highway Upgrade (Woolgoolga to Ballina) where circa 100 innovations were progressed realising approximately $120m in improved public value. He was also instrumental in establishing innovation processes for the North East Programme Alliance (NEPA) as part of Melbourne’s level crossing removal programme.
His background includes over 20 years in consulting roles across a range of sectors including transport, mining, oil & gas and tunnelling before joining Laing O’Rourke.