Aecom , executive director
John completed a PhD at Cambridge University in 1970 studying the deformation of slopes. Initially he worked on design of steel box girders, space frames, and large concrete structures in UK. In 1975 he went to Hong Kong to work on tender designs for MTR contracts pioneering soil/structure interaction which is now common-place and he has been based there ever since. He has contributed to design of more than 100 underground station structures. He established a geotechnical practice which grew to over 500 staff engaged in slope works, tunnels, reclamation, foundations and basements. His current responsibilities stretch from India to New Zealand. He has been active in HKIE and was a founder of the Geotechnical Division and of the Geotechnical Discipline and was a Member of Council for several years. He is an Adjunct Professor the University of Hong Kong and at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in supporting and leading MSc programs, examining MPhil and PhD, and steering research. He is in frequent demand as a keynote lecturer and has authored or joint-authored some 60 technical papers on a wide range of geotechnical topics. Current interests are diverse and include shear creep in soft clays, conductivity of rock masses, and geological risk.