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27 AUG 2019

My Way: Gavin Steele MRICS

For Gavin Steele MRICS, his career in surveying has been a passport to a world of exciting projects and diverse cultures. His career has taken him from working with clients in the United Kingdom, to iconic designs in the middle east, and finally to leading large-scale infrastructure projects across Southeast Asia.

The beginning

My career in surveying began with Currie & Brown, where they supported my studies through an apprenticeship scheme. This enabled me to study one day each week in a subject related to my area of work. I graduated seven years later from Kingston University, London, having had the opportunity to work on some fantastic UK-based projects along the way with clients such as Gatwick Airport, Transport for London and the BBC.

The breakthrough

After Currie & Brown, I moved on to Davis Langdon in January 2007. I immediately joined the team working on the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Building, a truly iconic design. This was my first exciting exposure to the international opportunities surveying can offer.

Following a move out to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), I was given the opportunity to grow my aviation and infrastructure experience away from Abu Dhabi. I soon found myself leading a team in Dubai delivering cost management services at Dubai Airport, as well as supporting Davis Langdon's global aviation business.

All this work and international exposure led to my real breakthrough. I became the aviation cost management lead for AECOM in the Middle East, following a promotion to director in 2016. This gave me the opportunity to grow my team, offering each of them wider experiences to large, complex and exciting projects.

The present

I was lucky enough to experience work in Southeast Asia when I was based in Dubai. When an opportunity presented itself to move there and lead Turner & Townsend's infrastructure cost management team across the region, I took it.

Gavin Steele MRICS
Gavin Steele MRICS


  • 1999 Joins Currie & Brown, UK
  • 2006 Graduates from Kingston University, UK
  • 2007 Joins Davis Langdon, UK, and attains MRICS
  • 2010 Senior project manager, Davis Langdon, an AECOM company, UAE
  • 2013 Associate, AECOM, UAE
  • 2016 Director, AECOM, UAE
  • 2019 Director of infrastructure in Asia, Turner & Townsend, Singapore

In 2007, I joined the team working on the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Building, a truly iconic design. This was my first exciting exposure to the international opportunities surveying can offer.

My current role is based out of Singapore; it gives me the opportunity to work with our teams and clients across the region. I am motivated by the quality of services we deliver to some of the world's biggest clients and, from a personal perspective, the opportunity to meet new people from different cultures. This is something I found highly rewarding during my time working in the middle east and now in Asia.

The future

The team I joined at Turner & Townsend, Singapore, had already achieved success in major airport development projects in Asia; I am excited by the challenge of building from this base and delivering great outcomes to new infrastructure clients — the potential in the region is unparalleled.

I place a large emphasis on knowledge sharing and try to leverage my personal global experience to pass on learning and insights to colleagues, other industry professionals and clients.

I'm also a big supporter of integrating digital technology into our work and have had experience working on major projects globally implementing BIM-led cost management processes. I look forward to sharing these experiences in the region to encourage the use of similar innovations that will bring greater efficiencies to the work we do.

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