Gordon Masterton was born in Charlestown, Fife, close to the site of the Forth Bridges.
He joined Babtie Shaw and Morton in 1976 on graduating from Edinburgh University with first class honours in Civil Engineering. He then studied Concrete Structures at Imperial College, graduating MSc DIC in 1981. The next few years were spent designing bridges, mainly in Scotland, including the River Annan Bridge, the Nith Viaducts and many motorway structures.
In 1993 Gordon became a Director of Babtie Group Ltd and between 1995 and 1997 worked in the Far East establishing an office in Kuala Lumpur. On returning to the UK he headed up the Group's work in bridges and building structures, advising on a number of major PFI building projects.
In August 2004, Babtie Group became part of the Jacobs Group, and Gordon was appointed Vice President Environment with an expanded resource of 750 staff with revenues of £55m. By 2008 this had grown to 1400 staff and £100m.
In 2001 Gordon was elected Vice-President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and became President in November 2005, serving until November 2006, encompassing the bicentenary of the birth of Brunel.
Gordon is a Royal Commissioner on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and the author of over 40 technical papers on buildings, bridges, tunnels and the history of civil engineering. He has appeared regularly on TV and radio, including the emmy-nominated “Life After People” in 2008. In 2008 he was awarded an OBE for services to civil engineering in Scotland.
He is married to Lynda and has two children, Matthew and Natalie. His interests include badminton, opera, genealogy and a misguided passion for Dunfermline Athletic Football Club.
Read the speech given by Gordon Masterton to CIC Council on 10 June 2010