What Makes a Great Leader – 25 Years With Damian Kilburn

A great leader focuses on problem-solving rather than worrying about the details, It’s about manoeuvring through all the noise to see the pathway ahead” – Damian Kilburn.

In the second instalment of 25 Years With Damian Kilburn, Ross and Damian discuss what makes a great leader and break down why technical acumen has just as an important role in an organisation.

Highways are a means of transporting people and goods safely and efficiently, evolving from routes for people and livestock to the modern roads that include technology as a means of meeting the challenge to reduce carbon usage whilst driving economic growth and social equality.

Who is Damian Kilburn?

Over 25 years as a Chartered Civil Engineer, Damian has managed numerous long-term, collaborative highways sector frameworks for Local Authority, Highways England and private-sector clients. He is currently the Highways and Transportation Sector Director for our UK business, responsible for sector-strategy development, work-winning and managing key client accounts including several high-profile framework arrangements.

Leading our Transport Planning Team, Damian is technically skilled across the range of engineering disciplines and has extensive expertise in transport modelling, appraisal and economics. He has driven internal and external change for continuous improvement and establishing collaborative teams, many of which are alliances or partnerships to achieve collective objectives.

As a lead author for the ICE’s Northern Infrastructure Strategy, Damian is an advocate and contributor to the Northern Powerhouse debate. As a registered Supervising Civil Engineer, he mentors graduates and technicians and supports the industry as a Committee Member and a two-time past Chair for ICE Yorkshire and Humber, as well as a recent trustee of the ICE and a Fellow of the Institution.

Damian’s Professional Memberships and Qualifications:

  • Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers;
  • Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation;
  • MSc: Transport Planning & Engineering – University of Leeds;
  • BEng (Hons): Civil Engineering – Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh;
  • Chartered Engineer.

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