John O’Callaghan

Executive Director, VIC Project Management |Aviation Sector Lead


Meet John


John is based in our Melbourne office.

To contact John, call 03 8662 1111 or send a message below.

Working within Australia’s built environment for over 20 years, John’s experience leading many of the country’s foremost major projects has proven him to be one of the nation’s principal construction experts.

John’s portfolio of knowledge and capability is far reaching across various markets with specialty skills in, aviation, infrastructure, education, retail, commercial and hospitality sectors.

John’s recent roles have included Project Director on Taxiway Zulu, the T4 Carpark and Southern Precinct Roads, and the new Terminal 4 all for Melbourne Airport.

Prior to these roles, John managed some of Melbourne’s major tertiary education projects including the Swanston Academic Building, and The University of Melbourne’s “The Spot” Building. Both buildings delivered exceptional teaching environments, and each achieved a 5-star Green Star Rating, with The Spot achieving the first ever with the GBCA’s Education Rating Tool.

An expert stakeholder manager, John possess great skill in the both planning and commercial negotiations. With a programmed approach and a strategic vision John is highly experienced in the reduction of project risk, driving the identification of potential construction risk and the implementation of mitigation strategies.

John’s skills managing large scale programs of work is augmented by his vast experience in the expert management of project budgets and ongoing costs. His background as a professional Quantity Surveyor, is invaluable in providing risk focused services, assuring clients of exceptional project quality and delivery.

Specific skills
  • Planning and commercial negotiation

  • Program and procurement advice

  • Risk identification and management

  • Leading complex multi-stakeholder projects

John’s Featured Projects


MLS and Associated Works

The design and delivery of the project contained multiple interfaces and complexities to overcome including significate infrastructure upgrades to the HV network.
The project was completed on budget and accommodates a ground transport hub and 3000 car parks. The car park opened to the public October 2015.

New Terminal 4 Project

Donald Cant Watts Corke provided project management services for Terminal 4 at Melbourne Airport. The project comprises a new Terminal Building, Concourse, new pier and aircraft boarding gates, including specialty retail tenancies, food & beverage and baggage handling facilities.

Taxiway Zulu

DCWC is providing Project Management and Contract Administration services for Melbourne Airport, leveraging significant infrastructure experience in this role.

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