A sustainable construction industry, what does the future look like?

Start time: 12.00pm AEDT. Join us for a discussion on the future of construction and the role engineers will play to drive and transform the industry.
A sustainable construction industry, what does the future look like?

About this event

The demand for infrastructure continues to boom and with this comes great opportunity.

What does the future of construction look like, and what is needed to be a more sustainable industry? What skills and competencies are required from the construction engineer of the

Hear from sector leaders on the opportunities ahead, the challenges that need addressing, and the critical role that engineers will play to drive and transform the industry.

This event will include the official launch of the Construction Engineer Learning and Development Guide produced by Engineers Australia and the Australian Constructors Association (ACA).


12:00 Opening Remarks

  • Jane MacMaster, Chief Engineer, Engineers Australia

12:05 Keynote speaker

  • Sarah Marshall, Australian Constructors Association Board Member and Executive Sponsor of the Capability and Capacity Board Committee

12.25 Panel Discussion:

  • Duncan Gibb, CEO Fulton Hogan Construction
  • Tom Laslett, Project Manager, John Holland
  • Jon Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Constructors Association
  • Moderator: Jane MacMaster, Chief Engineer, Engineers Australia


Who should attend

Construction engineers, employers of construction engineers and those working in, or with the construction industry.

You do not need to be a member of Engineers Australia to attend.


About the speakers


Sarah Marshall

Ms Sarah Marshall
Australian Constructors Association Board Member and Executive Sponsor of the Capability and Capacity Board Committee;
General Manager - People, Safety and Sustainability, Fulton Hogan Construction

Sarah Marshall is an ACA Board Member and the Executive Sponsor of the ACA Capability and Capacity Board Committee. The Capability and Capacity Committee has the aims of achieving a sustainable pipeline of people choosing to work within the Australian construction industry and a workforce within the construction industry with the requisite skills, or opportunities to develop those skills, to deliver exciting projects across Australia.
Sarah Marshall brings over 25 years of experience working in the construction and infrastructure industry and is a highly respected leader that has spent her professional career spearheading positive cultural change in the industry. This includes driving infrastructure sustainability, reducing the stigma of mental health issues, increasing Indigenous engagement and procurement, workforce employment, skilling and training and driving improvements in diversity.
Sarah is currently the General Manager of People, Safety and Sustainability at Fulton Hogan and previously held senior leadership roles with Lendlease, Abigroup and Leighton Contractors. Sarah is Deputy Chair and Board Director on the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and a previous Board Director on the NSW Architects Registration Board.


Emma Peters

Emma Peters
Project Manager, Acciona

With 15 years experience working on the delivery of major road, rail and mining infrastructure, Emma has a passion for bringing together diverse teams and helping younger engineers on their career development pathway.
She is a Project Manager for Acciona working across a number of tenders and itching to get back into project delivery.


Duncan Gibb

Duncan Gibb
Chief Executive Officer, Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd

Duncan was appointed CEO of the Fulton Hogan Australia Construction business in July 2017, having spent over 15 years in senior leadership roles with the company.

With over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry, Duncan is well versed in all facets of infrastructure construction across Australia and New Zealand.

Between 2011 and 2015 Duncan lead the $2 billion rebuild of Christchurch infrastructure gaining recognition externally with awards including the prestigious Brunel Medal.

He recognises that success is created through highly motivated and empowered people and thrives in collaborative environments where relationships are key .

Duncan holds qualifications as FIEAust CPEng EngExec APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus), and a FIENZ and FICEUK.


Tom Laslett

Tom Laslett MIEAust CPEng NER
Project Manager - Infrastructure Division, John Holland Group Pty Ltd

Tom has 15 years’ experience working in the Infrastructure, Building, Oil & Gas sectors, with firsthand experience in the formation and delivery of projects in the Construction industry. He is Chartered through Engineers Australia in Civil, Leadership & Management & Project Management. His is a Project Manager in the Infrastructure Division of John Holland, currently working on the Sydney Gateway Project for Transport for New South Wales. Tom is passionate about developing younger engineers and enhancing the capability and capacity of construction engineers.


Jon Davies

Jon Davies
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Constructors Association

Jon Davies was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Constructors Association on 1 July 2020, after leading the Queensland Major Contractors Association for two years.

He has over 30 years construction industry experience supporting the successful commercial delivery of projects in Australia, the Middle East, UK and Asia.

Jon is a passionate advocate for change. He is driven by a desire to ensure that every level of the industry is sustainable, resilient to boom and bust cycles and able to deliver the infrastructure society needs in a collaborative and efficient manner.




Jane MacMaster

Jane MacMaster
Chief Engineer, Engineers Australia

Jane MacMaster has worked as an aerospace, mechanical and systems engineer in Australia and internationally, focusing primarily on supersonic flight vehicle design, operations research and rapid prototyping in the Defence sector.

She has qualifications in Engineering (Mechanical) and postgraduate qualifications in International Relations. She has previously worked as a senior advisor within the strategy unit of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and as a management consultant in the financial services sector. Most recently she was Founder and Director of Ponder Enterprises, where she used her engineering skillset to address complex societal challenges. She developed a conceptual model and practical techniques for complex problem solving which she taught at universities and to staff from Commonwealth and State and Territory government departments.

Prior to joining Engineers Australia as Chief Engineer, Jane held several volunteer positions at Engineers Australia, including as a member on the Accreditation Board, Chair of the Canberra Division Mechanical Engineering Committee, and member of the Canberra Division Women in Engineering committee. She is currently a Board Member for the Australian Council of Professions.

Please note: This event is available as a webinar only. Register to access webinar details. 

Event Date Time
30 / 11 / 2021 12:00 pm–01:30 pm
Registration Closes
30 / 11 / 2021 01:30 pm
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