Design Manager wins Sir John Holland Award

Design Manager, David Polkinghorne, has received the prestigious 2016 Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year Award from the College of Civil Engineers of Engineers Australia. 

The award is presented annually to an eminent Civil Engineer who is considered to have made a major contribution to Civil Engineering in this country.

Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Palin, said David has been a valuable member of the John Holland Group since 1978 and is currently Design Manager on WestConnex Package 1b.

“He has had a number of career highlights including a role as Construction Manager for the Southern Stand of the MCG, the same ground where he played in a number of AFL finals and notched up two premiership wins with Hawthorn in the 70s and 80s,” he said.

“David was Construction Manager for projects including the Friendship Bridge (the first structure over the Mekong River between Laos and Thailand), the Sydney Showground and Olympics facility and the new Parliament House in Canberra. He was Design Manager for the Lane Cove Tunnel, the ANSTO Replacement Research Reactor, the Glenfield to Leppington Rail Line and more recently, Sydney Metro Northwest.

“This award also recognises David’s strong commitment to community causes. These include running sports clinics in remote Indigenous communities to develop skills in AFL and Futsal soccer, setting up a pilot educational program for Aboriginal students, supporting his local Men’s Shed and raising awareness of osteoporosis in young people.”

David has also been made a Fellow of Engineers Australia, in recognition of his role as a respected engineer who can lead and mentor younger professional engineers in their career.