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G4C Success Stories – David Whysall

Who you are and what your current role is?

David Whysall Managing Director of Infrastructure at Turner & Townsend and Co-Chair of Constructing Excellence

What was your route into the industry?

I was attracted into the industry by the opportunity to create a better place for people to work and live. I grew up with a dad as a town planner and saw the re-development work he did to repair the damage caused by coal mines closing in Derbyshire. I was fortunate to secure a place at Loughborough University on their Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying Course. I was sponsored by Carillion which provided a great opportunity to work through summer and industrial placements, putting theory into practice. Working on-site with a major contractor was a fantastic start to my career. After university I was focused on getting chartered and felt that joining a professional services business would provide a better route for me to achieve this. I joined Turner & Townsend in September 2004, moving to London. I owe Duncan McIndoe (our HR Director and previous G4C Chair) a huge thank you as he recruited me. I haven’t really looked back since and have been fortunate to be involved in some of the UK’s flagship major infrastructure programmes such as HPC, HS2, Heathrow T5 and T2, and Crossrail. I am passionate about the positive impact Infrastructure can make to society and believe it should be the sector / career choice of the UK’s best brains and talent. I became Managing Director of our Infrastructure business in 2018 and have enjoyed building a team that has become a leader in the market for setting up and driving the performance of major projects and programmes. I now get to oversee what we do across the UK and have been helping our global infrastructure team, as we oversee flagship global programme such as Hyperloop in India, Sydney Metro and the expansion of Abu Dhabi’s main airport. I now sit on our global Management Board.

What was your involvement with G4C and how it has helped in you in your career?

G4C was an amazing accelerator of my career. It gave me an external network across industry that I still tap into today. It also developed my broader understanding of industry and equipped me with leadership skills that I use today. I was fortunate enough to Chair G4C for a couple of years and helped contribute to industry improvement initiatives such as the UK’s 2050 zero carbon group and the Industry Report Never Waste a Good Crisis.

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