Greg Steele — CEO Arcadis Australia Pacific — On Finding Answers to Big Questions, Designing the Future and Learning to be an Extrovert.
Greg Steele is the CEO of Arcadis Australia Pacific who acquired Hyder Consulting, where Greg was Managing Director for almost five years. Arcadis is a leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, which employs over 27,000 people in over 70 countries around the world and generates over 3.4 billion euros in revenue. Greg is also a Board Member of Roads Australia and Chairman of Engineering Aid Australia (EAA), a charitable organisation whose principal aim is to encourage Indigenous secondary school students to consider a career as a professional engineer. He received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from The University of Queensland (UQ) and achieved a Postgraduate Diploma of Management and Business from Deakin University. He is also a graduate of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) Business Program.
One of two brothers, Greg was born in Innisfail and spent his formative years living in a number of towns across regional Queensland. His father’s position working at a bank meant Greg’s childhood was largely defined by constantly relocating. Changing schools and establishing new friendships every few years shaped a young Greg’s character. Forever being pushed outside his comfort zone, Greg’s early experiences formed his professional aspirations and taught him how “to be an extrovert.” His family eventually moved to the Gold Coast where Greg finished his secondary education at Southport State High School before setting off to live on university campus at UQ.
Attracted to a career in engineering by the possibility of “tangible outcomes, seeing something designed and built and changed to improve the quality of life,” Greg’s early motivations still ring true. He is a values driven leader with a big vision, always willing to embrace diversity and fresh perspectives. Greg is passionate about driving change and consistently delivering the best. When he’s not looking to the future, Greg enjoys down time on Stradbroke Island with his wife and two sons.
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