Celebrating Cardno’s long-term employees and influencers: Graham Tamblyn


​In his 42 years with the company, Graham Tamblyn, former Cardno Managing Director and Chairman, has seen plenty of change.

“Cardno’s strength has always been its excellent culture, both in how it treats its staff, and how it services its clients,” says Graham. “As we have grown, merger integration and maintenance of that culture has been a consistent focus, and I believe we have managed that very well overall.”

Currently the National Discipline Leader – Urban, Graham began with Cardno & Davies in April 1973 as a Graduate Engineer – Civil Design, working on the design of road and drainage upgrades and sewer networks in developing suburbs in Brisbane. Today, Graham is charged with mentoring staff, leading and advising on key projects and assisting Cardno to grow its urban capabilities.

His journey throughout the company saw him promoted to manager and design engineer, Sunshine Coast in 1975, director of Cardno and Davies and director, Sunshine Coast office in 1987 and then serving as managing director from 1992 to 1997. From then, as a director he worked on Cardno’s growth strategy with the newly-appointed managing director, Andrew Buckley, while also continuing to lead the Sunshine Coast office and being appointed deputy chairman of the 2004-ASX listed Cardno Limited board.

Stepping down from board roles in 2010, Graham continued as a director of Cardno subsidiary companies, including Cardno (Qld) Pty Ltd, until mid-2015.

“I think the day we listed on the ASX as CDD in 2004 was a highlight for the company and its staff (as shareholders), and confirmed the integrity of our business plan and growth strategy in the eyes of our people, peers and investors,” says Graham.

“It lifted the Cardno profile, provided sustainable funding for further growth, and ensured Cardno could provide strong career paths and opportunities for all our staff, in a highly respected business.”

His own career highlights include working on award-winning projects, which have contributed to Cardno’s pre-eminent reputation for design of master planned residential waterway projects and environmental solutions. Two of Graham’s project highlights include the master-planned communities of Kawana Waters and Pelican Waters on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – both Cardno projects for over 35 years.

Graham has also been a long-term member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), believing his growing industry role has played a part in building Cardno’s urban engineering profile. He received a Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contribution in 2003, and was awarded Life Membership of UDIA (Qld) in 2010.

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Graham Tamblyn
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