Stephen Smith

Executive Director of SHEQ (EMEC)


Stephen is an experienced sustainability and occupational health and safety professional who has worked in numerous market sectors in contracting, engineering and consulting. His career to date has seen him work across Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Canada.

After graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Hons), Stephen went on to receive a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Technology Sydney. He began his career in Australia as a consultant specialising in Environmental Science and Occupational Hygiene before joining Multiplex’s Dubai office in 2011. In 2016, he was appointed to the position of Executive Director of SHEQ for the Middle East, and in 2018, he relocated to London as Executive Director of SHEQ for Europe, the Middle East and Canada. In his role, Stephen provides strategic and technical leadership to Multiplex EMEC and regional businesses, driving long-term value creation, business resilience and operational excellence in sustainability, occupational health, safety, quality and worker welfare.  

While based in the UAE, Stephen sat on the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) Board of Directors and was an Executive Member for the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety UAE Branch Committee. He is a member of the UK Green Building Council Leaders Network and a founding member of Building Responsibly– an initiative to promote the rights and welfare of workers in the engineering and construction industry. Stephen is also a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP – EIANZ), an Estidama Pearl Qualified Professional (PQP), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and a Specialist Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (SMIIRSM).


Multiplex has been delivering landmark property and infrastructure assets for over 50 years. They are a leading international contractor with a focus on sustainable growth and a presence in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Australia and India.

Established in 1962, Multiplex’s work to date comprises more than 955 projects with a combined value in excess of US$80 billion. With almost 7,000 employees across the globe, Multiplex has a mobile, collaborative workforce that shares knowledge and applies international best practice across all projects. Their expertise encompasses the residential, health, retail, commercial, tourism, education, engineering and infrastructure sectors, and as a group they have earned more than 700 industry awards.

Multiplex has built a reputation in the marketplace for their collaborative, flexible approach – working in partnership with their clients and maintaining a shared focus on the final goal. They target the projects they believe in and work with partners and clients who share their values. Their current workbook across a diverse range of sectors reflects their strong reputation, which has resulted in a high proportion of repeat business.

Multiplex is backed by the financial stability and global relationships of their parent company, Brookfield, which supports their continued growth.



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