The Great Debate: NSW Building Reforms & Quality in the Construction Sector
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Event Details
5:00 pm AEDT Wednesday 17/02/2021
WEBINAR (Meeting details emailed prior to event)
With the release of the NSW building reforms, we bring together leaders from across different professions to share their views on how we can work towards building a quality-driven future.

How can building reforms positively shape the future of construction?

The construction industry plays a vital role in leading change and are instrumental in the post-pandemic recovery of Australian communities and the National economy.

With the release of the NSW building reforms and further submissions for design and building regulations in the works, we bring together leaders from Government, Construction, Architecture, Facade and Structural Engineering to share their views on how we can work towards building a quality-driven future.

Key themes include (but are not limited to):

• The role of engineers in the post-pandemic recovery (community/economy/jobs)

• Safety and sustainability

• Policy, standards, regulations, and accountability

• Digitalisation and remote technology

• Virtual project sites

• Building materials

• Cultural change

Our pre-recorded webinar will include a Q&A, where your specific questions, submitted on registration, will be answered by our expert panel.

James Glastonbury
Dr James Glastonbury Technical Director, Laing O'Rourke

FIEAust CPEng EngExec APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Dr James Glastonbury was appointed as Technical Director for Laing O’Rourke’s Australia Hub in March 2017 having held a number of senior leadership roles prior to this, including as Engineering Director for Laing O’Rourke’s in-house innovation team, the Engineering Excellence Group. As an engineering enterprise, Laing O’Rourke is heavily committed to challenging traditional industry practices to find improved ways of delivering project outcomes. It was recently acknowledged for its efforts in robotics and worker safety in the 2018 AFR Most Innovative Companies Awards.

In his current role, James leads the technical agenda for Laing O’Rourke’s Australia business, working with bid and project teams to define and deliver innovative engineering solutions. He leads a team charged with responsibilities for digital engineering, quality, data initiatives, technical strategy/assurance and design leadership. He is focussed on helping shape and influence an industry that will be positively disrupted by a rapidly emerging landscape of technologies over the next 5 to 10 years.

James has approximately 25 years of engineering experience working across transport infrastructure, tunnelling, mining and oil & gas sectors. He has worked in consulting, research and delivery in the US, UK and Australia. He holds specialist qualifications and experience in civil/geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics. He attained a Doctor of Philosophy (Geotechnical Eng) at the University of New South Wales and also holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Eng, Hons) and Bachelor Science (Geology), both of which were attained through the University of Sydney.
Kathlyn Loseby
Kathlyn Loseby Past President, NSW Australian Institute of Architects


Kathlyn Loseby is a registered architect with over 30 years of practice experience across various building typologies for design, documentation and site services. These include hotel, apartment, residential, commercial, education (child care, primary and secondary), aged care, hospital, industrial and heritage buildings.

She has appreciated multiple perspectives from experience working for US, UK and Australian businesses. This includes Foster + Partners, SOM, AJ+C, Turner and Crone.

In her role as 2019-Jan 2021 President of the NSW Australian Institute of Architects she was involved first hand with the NSW Building Commissioner, Government legislators, Opposition and Cross-benchers in advocating for improved built environment outcomes.
Tony Lavorato
Tony Lavorato Design Director, Structures, Aurecon

FIEAust (CPEng) Eng Exec NER

Tony is Aurecon's Director of Design for Structures with over 36 years’ experience in designing major Structural projects across Australia, the Middle East and Asia. Tony plays a key role in designing the most technically complex projects for Aurecon’s clients, acting as the ‘custodians of the design’ from start to finish. In this role Tony’s involvement in projects extends from the initial concept phases through to Construction and delivery and post occupancy/operation phase.

Tony has developed expertise in many aspects of structural engineering and worked in several iconic and award-winning projects like 5 Martin Place, 161 Castlereagh Street and the Barangaroo Ferry Hub. Tony is currently the Design Director on Sydney Metro Projects.

Tony is passionate about both Design and Construction quality and has contributed to Engineers Australia publication on “Building Confidence : How to use Engineers to improve building and construction “ by participating in the Building Industry Working group and currently sits on Engineers Australia’s Structural College Board.
Matthew Davidson
Matthew Davidson Regional Manager, New South Wales, Inhabit Group

Matthew is Regional Manager- New South Wales, based in the Sydney office and is responsible for leading façade design and delivery across a variety of high-profile projects within the region.

With a double degree in civil engineering and commerce, Matt has a technically led outlook that sees him working across a variety of building typologies and client sectors. He uses his expertise working with architects, fabricators, and builders in the design of façades whilst managing quality control through the supply chain from a logistics perspective.

Complementing his focus on the technical delivery of façade systems, Matt is also experienced in the consideration and integration of various access and maintenance designs during initial project planning and development.

With an interest in durability and permanence, Matt also has an in-depth technical understanding of stone cladding systems and techniques, having worked across a range of projects, designing a variety of fixing systems using different stone types.

Matt’s day to day duties include co-ordination between the various Inhabit teams across the Australian practice and China logistics operations, where he ensures project deliverables meet client quality, technical requirements and project timelines.

Matt has worked on a range of high profile projects overseas and in Sydney including Barangaroo Towers, Greenland Tower, Chanel Castlereagh Street, 1 Denison Street and 5 Martin Place. He has recently overseen Inhabit consulting for Circular Quay Tower and 388 George Street.
Greg Ewing
Greg Ewing - Event MC General Manager, Sydney, Engineers Australia

Greg is the General Manager of Engineers Australia (EA) Sydney. In this role, Greg is in charge of Sydney regional operations of the peak body for engineering practitioners in Australia. Greg served EA’s Northern Division as the General Manager from November 2013, prior to his appointment in Sydney, covering Sydney.

Before moving to Australia in 2013, Greg was employed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) as Regional Development Manager for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Cumbria. The role was as wide, varied and interesting as engineering itself. Most of Greg’s professional career was with the Scottish Government.
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