Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand

James Phillis has been the Chief Executive Officer of SMEC Australia & New Zealand since 2018 and has been an integral member of SMEC’s executive and leadership team since 2014.  He is responsible for providing leadership, direction, operational management and governance to the ANZ business.


James has undertaken leadership and governance roles on many large, significant infrastructure projects including recently Melbourne’s North East Link, Sydney Metro Northwest, NorthConnex, WestConnex M4 East IC and Snowy Hydro 2.0.


He is a highly qualified professional with more than 35 years’ experience, many in Senior Director and Executive roles establishing, building and leading engineering businesses across a broad range of industries. James has delivered projects and business growth in challenging and highly complex environments in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA and Southeast Asia.


The Board is responsible for formulating SMEC’s strategic direction and maintaining good corporate governance. They are Leaders in their field and use their expertise and knowledge to set the growth agenda for Australia and New Zealand.