Roads Australia is delighted to announce that the 2014 John Shaw Medallist is John Holland Advisory Board Chairman, Janet Holmes à Court.
The award was announced at the gala John Shaw Medal Dinner, held at the Sydney Town Hall in May.
Speaking from overseas, Mrs Holmes à Court said it was a great honour to receive such an important award.
“It has been a tremendous privilege and pleasure to have been involved in the engineering and construction industry for over 20 years, and to have been part of teams providing some of Australia's most significant transport infrastructure, such as EastLink in Melbourne, Airport Link in Brisbane, the Urban Superway in Adelaide and the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway, to name just a few projects,” she said.
John Holland Group Managing Director, Glenn Palin, said Mrs Holmes à Court’s contribution spanned not only road construction and design, but also safety, research and the community.
“Janet’s contribution to safety has been recognised within John Holland with the Annual Janet Holmes à Court Safety award,” Mr Palin said.
“She has long championed improvements in the way we plan, design, construct and operate within our built environment. For example, on the EastLink project, Janet ensured the highest standards of urban design in structures and took an active interest in the landscaping solution which provided quality outcomes not previously seen on Victorian roads.”
The John Shaw Medal honours an industry champion who has made a lasting contribution to Australia's roads.
The following conditions and guidelines apply:
The John Shaw Medallist is chosen by a Commitee of past winners. In addition to accepting nominations from industry, the Committee at its discretion may also consider candidates who emerge from its own discussions.
If you are aware of a suitable candidate for the Award in 2014 we would be delighted to receive a nomination addressing each of the selection criteria. Please confirm that the nominee is aware of and is prepared to accept the nomination.
For more information or to discuss, contact Ian Webb.
Amongst the past recipients of this prestigious award are:
John (JAL) Shaw was recruited to the service of the then recently established Main Roads Board of New South Wales soon after graduating in civil engineering at Sydney University in 1925.
In 1928 he was included amongst the first six divisional engineer appointments made by the Board, taking up a posting at Glen Innes. He served in Newcastle and Sydney before enlisting for service with the AIF in 1940.
During his military service, Johh Shaw won the Distinguished Service Order.
He was captured by the Japanese and spent several years in Changi Prisoner of War Camp where he won the respect and affection of his fellow prisoners through his special efforts to improve their lot.
On returning to civilian life after the cessation of hostilities, John Shaw resumed duties with the then Department of Main Roads. He rose to Commissioner, holding that office from 1962 to 1967.
He was Assistant Commissioner and Commissioner during the period of reconstruction which followed the war years, and was involved in many of the exciting works such as the Gladesville Bridge which were undertaken during that time.
After his retirement John Shaw served as a Commissioner of the City of Sydney and was National President of the Australian Road Federation. He is the only Australian ever to have been honoured by the International Road Federation as "Man of the Year".
The John Shaw Award, which was initiated in the Queensland Region of the Australian Road Federation, acknowledges his outstanding contribution to roads.