From Aussie rules to iconic skylines

From Aussie rules to iconic skylines

From footy dreams to leadership in the construction sector, RMIT alum Andy Campbell has kicked goals when it comes to showing resilience and determination.

The words 'We have grit’ feature on the lobby wall at the Multiplex office in London, the workplace of RMIT alum Andy Campbell. 

To have grit is one of the leading global construction company’s values, and it’s a trait lived and breathed by Andy, who is one of Mulitplex’s leaders in his role as Regional Director . 

He currently spends his time between London and Scotland, where he’s focused on the delivery of a major project in Glasgow, for client and tenant JP Morgan.

Andy’s career in construction had its foundations set at RMIT, where he completed a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) in 2009 followed by a Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management), now known as the Bachelor of Project Management (Honours), in 2011. 

Finding the silver lining

Andy’s journey from his studies to his leadership role at the UK hub of one of Australia’s premier construction companies has been built on courage, drive and persistence – in other words, grit. 

“Growing up in Victoria in Australia, I spent most of my teenage years focused on a professional career in Australian Rules Football, and was fortunate enough to spend a pre-season training at Junction Oval with the Melbourne Football Club,” he said.

“And when that didn’t work out for one reason or another, I knew I had to change tack. 

“I decided to enrol in RMIT’s diploma program in building and construction, where I studied as hard as I could for two years and then transitioned to the RMIT Bachelor of Applied Science.”


RMIT alum Andy Campbell

Expanding horizons

It was during Andy’s bachelor’s degree when the opportunity to take part in an RMIT study tour to Dubai and Hong Kong caught his eye.

“One of the site visits in Dubai was organised by Multiplex’s Dubai office,” he said.

“Being able to see major projects in person crystallised so much of what we were doing as part of our studies, and we had the opportunity to talk with the Multiplex team while we were there.

“Prior to joining the study tour, I knew that Multiplex was the premier construction company in delivering complex buildings in cities,” Andy said.

“I had always been eager to join the company as well as having the desire to work overseas, and I expressed this interest when I was on the study tour in Dubai.”

On return to Australia, Andy stayed in touch with a member of the Multiplex team in Dubai: “I was really persistent. I'd send him an email every two to three months to ask him how the market was doing and whether any new projects have been secured.”

A few years later, Andy joined a second RMIT study tour to Singapore as well as back to Dubai, where he learnt more about the market and the potential for any opportunities.

Andy’s determination paid off and within six months he was successful in his application for an opening at Multiplex in Dubai, and he made the move from Melbourne to the UAE in 2012.

From one success to another

After several years in various roles in Dubai and a portfolio of award-winning construction projects under his belt, Andy was the recipient of the Multiplex John Roberts AO Scholarship.

Named after the company’s founder, the scholarship supports emerging leaders to increase their knowledge and find better ways of working that they can share with their colleagues.

“It was this opportunity that enabled me to meet people from other regions at Multiplex, including back in Australia, Canada and here in the UK,” Andy said.

“That was in 2016 and I’ve been here ever since.”

A continuous learner

When he’s not onsite in Glasgow or in the office in London, Andy continues to learn and is currently undertaking an Executive MBA at the London Business School.

He’s also active in giving back to the profession as a member of several industry advisory boards and committees, including his role as the Past Chair of the NextGen London Committee for the British Council for Offices, and his current position as Chair of the UK Chapter for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Andy continues to give back to RMIT, and now talks to students on RMIT study tours himself.

“For students looking to have an international career, my advice is to get some exposure to industry early on and while you’re still studying, in whatever role that might be,” he said.

“My very first role was a construction labourer, which enabled me to put something down on my CV and subsequently set me up for a successful cadetship application.

“I would of course always recommend taking up the chance to join a study tour and using it as an opportunity to build your network,” Andy said.

“You can also reach out to people that you might know that have worked overseas. And don’t be afraid to contact them directly to see what opportunities might be on offer.”

RMIT has launched an official UK Alumni Chapter to enable RMIT graduates to connect with each other digitally and in-person, share ideas, offer support, and continue to strengthen RMIT’s global alumni community. Meet more RMIT alumni in the UK like Andy Campbell by joining the Chapter Official LinkedIn Group


Story: Karen Matthews


19 April 2024


19 April 2024


  • RMIT Europe

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