Level 4 155 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000
David McGuire 

Director Project Services


  • Integrated Team Leadership
  • Disaster/Crisis Response and Recovery Planning
  • Health Strategic Planning
  • Policy Development
  • Acquittals
  • Risk Management
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Training and Exercise Development
  • Community Liaison and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Civil/Military Coordination
  • Program and Project Management
  • Quality, Safety and Environmental Systems Development
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Industrial Relations / Dispute Resolution

Awards & Appointments

  • Property Council of Australia Finalist (Project Innovation – High Care Building Design: A Best Practice Guide – Award TBA in Nov 2021)
  • Bronze Star Medal – US Defense Department
  • Australian Business Awards Project Management Winner (2020)
  • 2018 AIPM National Project of the Year: Community Service
  • 2016 Asia Pacific Federation – Project of the Year
  • 2015 Project Management Awards – QRA NDRRA Acquittal


  • Master of Management
  • Graduate Diploma (Industrial Relations)
  • Graduate Diploma (Engineering Practice)
  • Associate Diploma in Project Management
  • Diploma of Civil Construction & Plant Management
  • Diploma of Training Design and Development
  • United Nations Crisis Operations Planning Course
  • United Nations Disaster Risk Assessment Course (Graduate, Instructor)
  • DFAT Disaster Operations Planning Course (Graduate, Instructor)
  • Defence Civil/Military Cooperation Course (Graduate, Instructor)
  • Certified Project Director – AIPM
  • Graduate – Australian Institute of Company Directors Course
  • Bachelor of Arts

A highly respected, expert lead in project policy, feasibility, recovery, risk and management, David is a supreme process planner and navigator with unrivalled expertise and success delivering multi-industry projects for all client needs. David has 30 years of experience leading the planning and strategic delivery of high profile, complex operations across Australia, and the world.

For 25 years, David planned, led, and directed a series of major operations abroad, often with significant degrees of risk, logistical complexities, and large operational teams. From recovery leadership in the face of Tsunamis, to the role of Director Operations for the Strategic Operations Centre in Baghdad, David has likely seen it all when it comes to complex project design, delivery, management, and implementation.

Previously appointed as a key driver within the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, David was employed as the Emergency Response and recovery Planner and Manager.  He was tasked to plan and lead the disaster response Command Headquarters, responsible for the development and implementation of the Queensland’s Emergency Response Plan.

Working closely with the Premier and CEO, David acted on their behalf to address major issues and dealing significant events such as Cyclone Marcia, where David was appointed ground recovery lead.

David’s leadership skills are evidenced by a string of national and international awards for exceptional project delivery, underpinned by his experience as a high-ranking Officer within the Australian Defence Force. This unique combination of strategic project leadership within the Australian Defence Force and key government agencies, coupled with his extensive multi-industry, private project delivery experience means David can provide comprehensive, deep experience to a large scope of any client need.

At every level, David has lived and breathed broad and complex project delivery, and this means he is able to tackle any project challenge with ease, insight, and a strategic approach regardless of size or scope. This unique approach to high quality project management that has earned him the reputation as the ‘go-to’ for significant and challenging project scopes.

Winner of a Bronze Star for his leadership of major military operations in Iraq, David in one of a very few non-US military personnel to have been awarded this prestigious accolade. He is also a lecturer at QUT for specialist topics of risk analysis, planning and project management. David has also developed and delivered training packages for Defence, State and local Government and leading universities in risk and project management.

Project Experience

Case Study

$6.2Billion Capital Aquital and Organisational Restructure |
The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).

 This project has been described as one of Australia’s biggest Government Acquittal projects and was a project that we immersed ourselves in to achieve optimum outcomes for government and community alike. Working directly with the CEO, CFO and GM of the  Queensland Reconstruction Authority, I lead our team thorough a comprehensive  review the QRA’s structure and developed a robust plan to acquit over $6.2bn of projects over an intense  9-month period. Together, our team worked in close collaboration with the QRA to execute a strategic plan for the restructure of the organisation, closing out over 7,000 projects across the State via the process. We then led the wrap-up process, completing all necessary documentation to acquit the projects with both the Queensland State Government and Federal Treasuries” – David McGuire.

Additional Project Experience

  1. Queensland Treasury COVID Response Plan | Queensland Treasury
  2. Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program | Queensland State Department of Infrastructure and Local Government Planning
  3. Cherbourg Reservoirs’ Replacement Plan | Cherbourg Aboriginal Council
  4. Emergency Response & Recovery Planner & Manager, Queensland Reconstruction Authority | Queensland Reconstruction Authority
  5. Queensland Police Service Counter Terrorist and Community Safety Facility Business Case and Risk management Plan ($52m) | The Queensland Government Department of State Development
  6. Lead, International Civil Military Aid Coordination Centre Sumatra | Australian Federal Government
  7. Strategic Planning and Organisational Establishment of Australian Branch of HDR U.S.A.| HDR Australia
  8. School of Oral Health Re-development ($4.2m) | The University of Queensland and Metro North Hospital and Health Service
  9. JCU Discovery Rise and Clinical Practices Precinct Development and Risk Management ($52m) | James Cook University
  10. Risk Management, Feasibility Study and Business Case Development for the Health Support Battalions Redevelopment | The Australian Federal Government Department of Defence
  11. Foreign Aid and Health Support Tsunami Response team Leader, North Sumatra | Australian Defence Force
  12. Australian Catholic University Library and Allied Health Services Buildings relocation and development | Australian Catholic Services Building