Gordon Masterton, OBE, DL, HonDEng, HonDTech, FREng, FRSE


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Forensic Engineering for avoidance of infrastructure failures
Performance Measures for Infrastructure
Forecasting Infrastructure Needs

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Personal profile


Until 2015, Professor Masterton was Vice-President of Jacobs Engineering. He is a past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, past president of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, former chairman of the Construction Industry Council, former Vice Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, and founder and current Chairman of the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame.

Professor Masterton was the UK Government's project representative on the £15bn Crossrail development in London from 2009-13. He chairs the Independent Assurance Panel for the HS2 high-speed rail link.

Professor Masterton brought more than 35 years of industry experience and leadership of major infrastructure design, construction and commissioning to his university post.

He has been instrumental in establishing the Centre for Future Infrastructure at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, and the MSc in Leading Major Programmes. He is a member of the Coordination Node for the UKCRIC network of universities reseearching in infrastructure and cities.  

Education/Academic qualification

Concrete Structures, Postgraduate Diploma, Imperial College London


Award Date: 1 Jul 1982

Concrete Structures, Master of Science, Imperial College London


Award Date: 1 Jun 1982

Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Open University


Award Date: 1 Jul 1980

Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, University of Edinburgh


Award Date: 1 Jul 1976

External positions

Master, Worshipful Company of Engineers

21 Apr 202027 Apr 2021

HS2 Independent Assurance Panel Chair, HS2

1 Mar 2020 → …

Chairman, Royal Society of Edinburgh Foundation

1 Feb 2019 → …

Trustee, The MacRobert Trust

10 Nov 2018 → …

Deacon, Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow

10 Sep 201810 Sep 2019

HS2 Independent Assurance Panel Member, HS2

1 Jun 201528 Feb 2020

Visiting Professor, Glasgow Caledonian University

2011 → …

Chairman, Construction Industry Council


President, Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland


Chairman, Standing Committee on Structural Safety


President, Institution of Civil Engineers


Royal Commissioner and Vice Chairman, RCAHMS


Visiting Professor, University of Paisley



  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Infrastructure Studies
  • Resilience Studies
  • TH Building construction
  • Programme Management
  • Project Management


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