WA construction skills shortages, the new wave?

WA construction skills shortages, the new wave?

Mar 15
This trustee lunch provides an overview both from a Government and a contractor perspective of the opportunities and challenges that the confluence of these projects will provide.


John Galvin, Executive General Manager, Georgiou Group

Event overview

As we enter 2018 there is evidence of an increase in construction related project opportunities across a number of sectors. Government has significant infrastructure projects planned including very substantial road and rail packages. The resources sector is beginning to send enquiries out to the marketplace with all three of the major Iron Ore miners looking at developing new mines and associated infrastructure. Other resource companies are also looking at committing significant funds on sustaining capital and expansion projects. In the retail sector there is predicted to be some $2.5 billion of expansion projects on a number of the large shopping centres around Perth.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speaker

John Galvin
Executive General Manager, Georgiou Group

John Galvin currently holds the role of Executive General Manager for Georgiou Group. John has a Bachelor of Engineering, Graduate Diploma of Management, Masters in Business Administration and has studied the Executive General Management program at Harvard Business School.

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers as well as being a Member of the Institute of Company Directors. Throughout his career, John has undertaken numerous roles around Australia and in New Zealand.  These vary from project based roles - such as Site Engineer, Project Engineer, Construction Manager and Project Manager  – to management roles, including Managing Director of a Project Management consulting business and has in various capacities on Executive teams and Alliance Boards.

In his role with Georgiou he has overall responsibility for developing and implementing corporate strategies related to Diversity, Business improvement and has Executive responsibility for Georgiou's Precast and Engineering business units.

John is passionate about not only contributing positively to the company that he works for and to the Engineering profession but also in making a positive difference to the society in which we live. Under John’s guidance in 2011 Georgiou became the first construction company in Australia to develop and obtain endorsement by Reconciliation Australia of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Now into its third RAP Georgiou has achieved some significant outcomes with regards to those RAP commitments and in particular with some of its partnerships.

In addition to this John is a strong advocate with regard to Gender Diversity. In early 2017 his contribution and advocacy in this area was recognised when he was awarded the Women in Resources Champion award for his work. John chairs the Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s Gender Diversity Reference Committee and acts as the external member of UWA’s Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

Meet the host

Peter Woronzow
Acting Managing Director, Main Roads Western Australia

Currently fulfilling the Managing Director role, Peter draws on extensive experience from roles throughout the organisation. Most recently, Peter has been responsible for managing financial, corporate and commercial solutions and has overseen sustained financial prosperity of the organisation. He is a member of CPA Australia and is a Director on the Board of ARRB Group Ltd and Austroads Ltd.

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