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John Mason

John Mason, Aurecon

John Mason is a Major Projects Leader at Aurecon.


Before joining Aurecon in 2010, John advised Crossrail in London, at an executive board and sponsor level, on delivery strategy, delivery organisation and the procurement of programme and project delivery partners.

Prior to this, John held senior roles in programme and executive management at Parsons Brinckerhoff; project and programme management at Bechtel; and in design management at Arup. John has significant international experience, having worked for the majority of his career on major infrastructure projects in Europe, as well as in the USA, Australia and South-East Asia.

Proudest moment in your career?

There have been a few:

  • Becoming a chartered civil engineer.
  • Project managing my section of the new high speed rail link between London and the Channel, on time and within budget. The team was great and were drawn together from many companies and formed into one integrated delivery group.
  • Working in New York and seeing the industry and community pull together and support the recovery efforts after 9-11.
  • Securing the programme manager’s role for my company on the East London Line, seeing this strategic new railway open in time for the London Olympics and seeing it provide the catalyst for the related urban renewal of this part of the city.
  • Helping to establish the delivery team on the Crossrail mega-project in the UK.

What drives you?

Delivering successful project outcomes, whatever shape they may be, and seeing the sustainable legacy that these projects can bring, not only in the infrastructure we deliver but also the skills and other benefits that they can bring.

I still get a real buzz out of being associated with major projects, the dynamics of project delivery and the scale of the works being delivered.

Keys to a successful project delivery?

Much has been written on this and there are some good perspectives in Aurecon’s 360° magazine on major projects (Issue 4 - 2011),  but at its simplest, clear and aligned objectives, strong leadership, a proactive safety culture, robust project controls, and above all a well- balanced, experienced and driven team who know what they’ve got to do and work well together. This combined with a focus on client operational outcomes and those construction management, procurement and engineering aspects that are critical to achieving them.

Where do you see Programme & Project Delivery over the next five years?

This is a very exciting, but challenging time in the industry. The demand for programme and project management services is increasing, based on the exponential growth in the resources sector and the emerging economies. However, the globalisation of our industry also means that we constantly have to come up with more efficient and effective ways of delivering our traditional services.

One of the great challenges facing Programme & Project Delivery is...

In five years’ time, the companies who have strong client relationships and can efficiently leverage skills from across the globe to service our clients’ needs in a consistent manner, wherever they may be, will be successful. Aurecon’s corporate level focus on the way we deliver major projects and the way we service our client needs, in whatever market sectors these projects are delivered, will go a long way to helping us achieve this.

What do you think Aurecon brings to major project delivery?

Aurecon has a long tradition of working closely with clients, from project concept, through to delivery, testing and commissioning, and operations. This has often been done in multi-sector, multidiscipline environments that require a high degree of stakeholder and supply chain interface and a strong delivery focus.

Aurecon’s approach is to bring fresh thinking and client focus to delivering smarter project outcomes. Our starting point for this is to understand what project success means for our clients and to then hold ourselves accountable for project outcomes. It also means that we are comfortable partnering with our clients over the full lifecycle of projects and can integrate and align our delivery teams with our clients to deliver best for project outcomes in safety, risk, quality, budget and schedule.

Enjoyment is...

How long have you got? Enjoyment is being with my family, having a laugh with friends, visiting and experiencing new places and countries, walking in the mountains, watching a great sporting event, seeing my lads grow up, and enjoying life to the full.

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