Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year

About this Award

Civil Engineers make a major contribution to our quality of life through the integral role they play in the provision of services and facilities for the general benefit of the community. They are also responsible for much of the infrastructure that impacts on our daily lives and play an important role in bringing about a more sustainable future for Australia.

The Sir John Holland Award for Civil Engineer of the Year provides a high profile focus on engineering achievement and serves as both a showcase for civil engineering and a focus for young people interested in pursuing a career in engineering.

This prestigious award is presented annually by the Civil College of Engineers Australia.

This award is proudly sponsored by John Holland.

Nominations close 1 December 2021
Nomination Criteria
Terms and Conditions
Presentation of the Award
Submission Guidelines

Nomination Criteria

The award is presented to an eminent civil engineer considered to have made a major contribution to the profession in one or more of the following areas:

  • leadership in design
  • leadership in construction
  • service to the community
  • involvement in major projects
  • development of new technology/research development
  • leadership of an engineering organisation
  • public profile
  • service to the engineering profession
  • contribution to the use of ecologically sustainable development in engineering

The judging panel will use the following guidelines for their selection:

  • Role model for engineers and potential engineers
  • Practice in identifiable engineering or engineering management
  • Articulate and inspiring
  • Able to speak with authority on relevant engineering matters and be knowledgeable on engineering regulations, governance etc
  • Contribution to the community in addition to professional practice

Terms and Conditions

  • Nominations must include:
    • Citation
    • CV
    • Photo
  • Nominees must be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia
  • Nominees must have been practicing in Australia within the last 2 years
  • Nominees must be available for interviews, media talks and speeches

Presentation of the Award

The award consists of a framed certificate and sculpture and is presented at a special meeting or function of the College selected as appropriate by the Board of the College of Civil Engineering.

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following with your submission:

  1. Nominee’s Citation
  2. Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  3. Nominee’s information addressing the criteria
  4. Nominee’s portrait photo
  5. Nominee’s Short Biography

Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year 2021 Winner

Daniel Lambert

FIEAust CPEng EngExec RPEQ NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) MBT MEngSc BE (Hons) BSc DipGovt(Mgt) DipOpMgt PMAWA

Daniel leads Arup’s water business in Australasia, is a founder and director of the Community Transformation Foundation, a key water NGO, and an Officer in the Royal Australian Engineers. He is passionate about developing water and sanitation solutions for communities which deliver positive social, environmental and economic outcomes.

Recognised through numerous awards and as an industry thought leader, Daniel’s contribution to engineering and the water sector has been profound. He has delivered industry leading projects, provided leadership through key industry roles (locally and internationally), mentored and supported the development of water professionals and actively promoted the industry (in the media, through schools and universities).

He is a passionate humanitarian and has worked extensively in developing communities partnering with organisations including WaterAid, Engineers Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, World Toilet Organisation, RedR and World Vision.

Daniel has successfully delivered projects in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South America and Africa. His leadership has been demonstrated not only on a project level but on a programme level through his role as Arup lead for the mobilisation and delivery of the Sydney Water Planning Partnership. This is the largest consultant framework in the history of the Australian water industry

Past award recipients

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