The former chief executive officer of Leighton Holdings Limited, David Stewart, has accepted the role of chair of Engineering Sydney, the University of Sydney's industry-aligned body that collaborates and develops partnerships with business leaders and organisations.


David Stewart a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering, both from the University of Sydney, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mr Stewart said he believes education, innovation and research are keys to the future success of Australian engineering.


"There are many benefits of an educational partnership for industry, through access to top-quality graduates, academic expertise and world leading research. A partnership is a great way to enhance recruitment, training and research endeavours.


"Educational institutions are at the forefront of research and development. Industry should work in collaboration with institutions to progress innovation in a cost-effective and timely manner.


"The creation of the University's two new project management degrees is a great example. Developed in close consultation with industry, these degrees now provide a solution for the growing skills gap in the project management space."