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Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, Crossrail CEO Distinguished Lecture Event

Andrew Wolstenholme OBE
18:00 - 19:00
17 February 2015
Boldrewood, Building 176, Lecture Theatre 1025

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Event details

An Engineering@Southampton Distinguished Lecture


We are delighted to announce that the first in a new series of Engineering@Southampton Distinguished Lectures will be given by Andrew Wolstenholme OBE and CEO of Crossrail, on Tuesday 17th February 2015. Andrew’s talk will be entitled “Moving the Construction Industry Forward”.

Talk Summary:

Why is engineering a great first degree? Why is the sector at a crossroads? How can you be part of a digital revolution in the world of infrastructure?

Andrew Wolstenholme will speak about the journey from being a Southampton engineering graduate to CEO of Europe's largest construction project - Crossrail. As a client, a contractor and a consultant, he has worked on and led projects across Asia, the USA and UK - from a brewery in Hong Kong, the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow to the £15bn railway being constructed under central London today.

Andrew will share some of his lessons learned and experiences gained from leading teams in the Army and the construction industry.

His full biography can be downloaded below.

The talk will take place in Building 176, Lecture Theatre 1025, Boldrewood Campus 18.00-19.00, with refreshments served beforehand from 17.30.

All University staff and students are welcome, but you must register in advance via Eventbrite: and bring your tickets with you to the event.

“The lecture will be Livestreamed at the following link: and we would be delighted if you could join us online. Tickets for the event are sold out, but you can still register for the waiting list via Eventbrite:”.

Over the next few months, we will be hosting a number of distinguished lectures from figures both within our Engineering Faculties and from senior members of industry. Details will be added to FEE and FPSE Faculty calendars and news pages in due course, alongside e-mail announcements.


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Speaker information

Andrew Wolstenholme,Crossrail,Andrew graduated from the University of Southampton in 1981 with a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering. He served with the British Army for three years as a Queen's Royal Irish Hussar before resigning his commission in 1984 to pursue a career in business and engineering; in 2009, he was awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry. Andrew joined Crossrail in 2011 as its Chief Executive Officer, and in July 2014, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Southampton. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

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