Judge Profile

Sooren Chinnappa MCIOB MA
Director of Engineering
Ground Construction Ltd

Sooren has worked extensively for the past 25 years in Southern Africa and in the UK on various prestigious projects notably the Excel Exhibition Centre, Lords Cricket Ground and Croydon Tramlink.


Key to his development is his past involvement in various disciplines that included lecturing in civil engineering and land surveying at one of the largest black polytechnics in South Africa. The breadth of his experience lists design of Rural Gravity Outfall reticulation systems that delivered potable water to impoverished communities in South Africa. He had also served a scholarship from the World Bank to study “Adaptations in Technology for Rural Development”.


He broadened his horizons by working in the UK for various Main contractors and thereafter  for GCL, his current employer for the past 17 years. His focus has been mainly on developing the company, innovation, modernizing systems and striving to improve standards. This culminated in being integral to the company being recognized as an Investors in People Gold standard and then winning the Peers Award for Development and Talent.


He completed a Master’s Degree whilst simultaneously being instrumental in leading a pilot programme in work based learning with Middlesex University. With having a desire to always develop, he has now embarked on doing a Doctorate that will potentially have a ground-breaking impact on engineers working within the industry. 


He has a drive to effecting change in the industry, making it more attractive to the next generation, developing and shaping young people within the industry.