Douglas Oakervee

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"Douglas Oakervee has had a distinguished career as a Civil Engineer and has vast experience of delivering major projects. These have included his role as Chief Tunnel Engineer of the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Authority, then Senior Resident Engineer and later Construction Manager for the tunnelled sections of the Railway in North Kowloon and the Tsuen Wan Extension. He went on to set up his own company, undertaking in Hong Kong the Tai Po Gas Reforming Works and associated submarine pipelines, the Eastern Harbour Crossing and the Kwun Tong By-pass. In1991 he was appointed to the Hong Kong Airport Authority as Project Director and was wholly responsible for planning, design, procurement and construction of the new Hong Kong International Airport on a man-made island in the South China Sea.

"More recently, he became Director of P&O’s London Gateway Port in 2004 and from December 2005 Executive Chairman of Crossrail Ltd, until his retirement in May 2009. In July 2009 he was appointed Chairman of Laing O’Rourke Construction (Hong Kong) Ltd, charged with establishing the business in Hong Kong and South East Asia.

"In 2003 he was installed as The Institution of Civil Engineers’ 139th President and was awarded the Institution’s prestigious Gold Medal in 2008. He was until December 2010 Chairman of Engineers Against Poverty and in June 2011 was elected as the International President of the Lighthouse Club, the charity supporting the Construction Industry. He was awarded the OBE in 2000 and the CBE in 2010." [1]

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  1. HS2 BOard, organizational web page, accessed November 29, 2013.