Ian McRobbie
Senior Principal Project Manager - Maritime

Ian is a Maritime Engineer with over 20 years of project management experience managing large- scale multidisciplinary teams of over 50+ personnel. As WGA Perth’s Principal Project Manager, Ian’s primary focus is the delivery of complex Ports and Marine projects. Varying from strategic advisory advice, economic viability and due diligence, through to management of concept and detailed design, Ian’s extensive experience and track record allows him to maximise client value and reduce overall project risk to deliver outstanding outcomes. Ian has valuable experience in Project Directorships, Project Management, business leadership and general commercial management for global EPC companies. 

Prior to settling in Australia from the UK some 12 years ago, Ian had the influential opportunity to work in Malaysia for a year, as well as visit Panama, Chile, Russia and Nigeria for extended periods of time. He was inspired by the diversity in beliefs, culture and unwavering professionalism of local colleagues whilst engaging on technical aspects of projects. Ian carries this global life lesson of respect, compassion, and a sense of humility in his approach to his work and collaboration with stakeholders.

Ian has a comprehensive project management track record in developing and managing budgets, schedules, resourcing, progress reports, variations and project risk mitigation measures. His passion lies in projects that involve a broad range of technical inputs and diverse teams for clients who don’t typically have run-of-the-mill projects. This epitomises his experience completing the concept design and execution plan for a new underwater observatory that couldn’t be constructed in situ.

Whilst the timeframes to undertake the concept to delivery phase has remained constant, Ian believes the biggest change in the industry is the increasing desire to investigate multiple ways of designing and executing a project. To meet this challenge, Ian champions the critical importance of communication to clients, so that the outcomes of diverse options and the optimum solution are delivered concisely and in a way which is easy to understand.

Ian cites the design and construction of a gas platform in the Caspian Sea, offshore of Turkmenistan, as a milestone project in his career. Not only is it the project that brought him to Australia, but the technical challenge of building a gravity structure that sat on the seabed in an intensely seismic region was particularly rewarding. This complex four-year project also provided fabrication, assembly and installation challenges that required an integrated approach to problem-solving numerous construction aspects.

Ian participates in local PIANC meetings, which principally focus on maritime engineering and is a professional interview examiner for Engineers Australia. Ian is also a member of the Australian Institute of Project Managers and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia, (FIEAust).


Luke’s project experience includes:

  • Onslow Marine Supply Base Australia, Project Superintendent

  • Kimberley Marine Supply Base
  • Ausenco/Quebrada Blanca Phase 2, Chile, Design reviewer
  • Ausenco/Mine De Cobre, Panama, FQML, Study Manager
  • INTECSEA/Sole Subsea FEED, Santos, Project Manager and Client's Engineer
  • MCR-A Steel GBS, Turkmenistan, Petronas, Project Manager
  • Sakhalin Gas Development, Russia, Shell, In-country Verification Lead