Will is Managing Director of Douglas Partners and is still actively involved in consulting as a Principal Geotechnical and Groundwater Engineer.
Will has 25 years’ experience in the industry, starting with Douglas Partners as a civil engineering graduate from the University of Newcastle, following which he completed a Master’s in Groundwater Studies from UNSW. He has broad experience in the geotechnical and groundwater fields, mostly related to investigation, numerical modelling and design. His specialisations include investigation and remediation of abandoned mine workings and groundwater impact assessment. The bulk of his experience has been gained in the Hunter Region, however he has worked across Australia and has also spent several years working on international projects in the UK, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, China and Vietnam.
He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia as well as a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In his role as MD he has been instrumental in leading business improvements to consolidate Douglas Partners' longstanding reputation for outstanding client service and technical excellence, with the implementation of innovative systems and technology. An emphasis on staff development, together with a priority on cooperation and collaboration across the geography and disciplines of the business are leading to even better outcomes for clients.
Will is a signatory and active member of Consult Australia Male Champions of Change which is advancing equality in the engineering consulting industry. Will is passionate about diversity and inclusion and a key initiative for Will is to improve diversity and inclusion within Douglas Partners and the wider engineering industry.
Will understands the importance of technical excellence and innovation and sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE), an Australian Research Council centre actively pioneering new scientific approaches to geotechnical engineering design.