USC to stage Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture

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USC to stage Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture


USC will begin an annual lecture series in honour of Geoff Shadforth

3 March 2014

The University of the Sunshine Coast will stage an annual Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture to honour the prominent Sunshine Coast businessman who died tragically a year ago.

Geoff Shadforth was co-director of Shadforths Civil Contractors at Forest Glen when he died, aged 35, preparing for a charity motorcycle ride in Cambodia on 4 March 2013.

His father, Peter Shadforth, said he was pleased the annual lecture at USC for those involved in the region’s construction industry would continue his son’s work.

“Geoff was really interested in innovation around road stabilisation,” he said. “He was building a great relationship with the University and we are proud to keep that going, firstly through this lecture and later on through some research,” he said.

The keynote speaker for the inaugural lecture at USC on Thursday 15 May will be high-profile former CEO of Leighton Holdings Wal King.

Mr King, who was responsible for enormous growth during his time at Leighton Holdings, retired from the company in 2010. He is currently Deputy Chairman of Ausdrill Limited, a Director of Coca‐Cola Amatil Limited, Kimberley Foundation Australia Limited and Garvan Research Foundation Limited, and a Senior Adviser to CITIC Pacific Limited.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Institute of Building and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

“I am honoured to have been invited to speak at the inaugural Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture and look forward to meeting those working in and leading the construction industry on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr King said.

USC’s Development Office Director Russell Ousley said the lecture would be a fitting way to pay tribute to Geoff’s passion for construction and to the strong links between USC and his family’s company.

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with the Shadforth family through their financial contributions to USC, projects delivered by Shadforths Civil, and relationships built through the long-term involvement of Geoff’s uncle, John Shadforth, on the USC Foundation Board,” he said.

“A year ago, the University shared in the shock of the tragic passing of Geoff Shadforth who was an active supporter of the growth of the University, increasing his interest and involvement since the introduction of the USC Engineering program.”

Mr Ousley thanked the Shadforth family for donating funds to stage the first lecture. It will be a ticketed event aimed at raising funds to enable future lectures and to promote the sharing of knowledge to assist the construction industry’s growth on the Sunshine Coast.

For more information on the inaugural lecture, contact USC’s Development Office on 5430 1104 or

— Terry Walsh

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