Our Managing Director, David McGuire, has been working in the construction industry and as a management consultant for over thirty years in both client-side and contractor roles. Most recently David has been the Project Director on multi-million dollar civil projects for Defence, acted in senior Government roles on secondment and led the project teams of multiple construction projects in the education, retail and health sectors in Australia and internationally.
David has significant strengths in providing strategic and operational-level planning, risk management, feasibility studies, policy and training development and industrial relations advice to both government and private-sector clients related to all aspects of projects and team development. Recently David has worked with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and other State authorities in planning for, responding to and managing recovery operations for major disaster events such as Tropical Cyclone Debbie. David also has extensive experience in working with Fire and Emergency Services in responding to and recovering from major bushfires over a thirty-year period.
David is a qualified training developer and instructor and has lectured at some of Australia’s leading training and management institutions. Further, David was the Project Director for Defence’s largest training continuum review in over forty years, resulting in a new ‘All-Corps Officer Training Continuum (ACOTC)’ for the Australian Army. The model has since been emulated by other services and defence forces around the world. David has also lectured at Bond University at most recently a QUT, where he delivers the ‘Fundamentals of Project Management’ Unit.
David is a graduate of the Australian Company Director’s Course and has served on the Boards of national project management companies, not-for-profit, charitable and professional certification bodies over the last fifteen years.
David established Gripfast in 2014 with Dr Annabel McGuire and they are now in their seventh year of operation.
David shares his time between the Queensland, NSW and ACT offices.