Professor Jennifer Whyte
Head of the School of Project Management in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney
Professor Jennifer Whyte is Head of the School of Project Management in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney, and Director of the John Grill Institute for Project Leadership. The Institute has the ambition to develop project leadership capability and capacity, and to make the University of Sydney the 'go-to' place for insights on project sponsorship, leadership and governance, through high quality executive education, through operating at the leading edge in the international research community and through giving independent advice to senior project sponsors and leaders, within NSW, across Australia, and internationally.
Jennifer brings substantial experience of leading interdisciplinary research teams to have impact on practice, working across departments, collaborating with industry members and partners, running showcase events with senior industry, policy makers and Ministers, and convening related Executive Education, CPD and MSc Programmes. She retains a position at Imperial College London, where she was Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation, and the Royal Academy of Engineering and Laing O’Rourke Professor of Systems Integration in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2015-2021).
Her research has had significant impact on transforming industry and policy. She is a member of the UK Construction Leadership Council (currently through the Senior Advisory Group (2021-); previously a Board Member(2019-2021)). She sits on the UK’s EPSRC Engineering Strategic Advisory Team; is a Board Member of the ICSF ‘Transforming Construction’ Advisory Board; and previously sat on the MHCLG Building Safely Committee (2018-2019), set up after the Grenfell Disaster. She gave evidence to the UK’s Lord’s Select Committee Inquiry on Offsite Manufacturing for Construction in 2018.