A change of leadership has officially taken place at the helm of Umow Lai. After 27 years as Managing Director, founder Dominic Lai, has moved from the day to day operations to assume the role of Executive Chairman.

Following 5 years as the Victorian State Manager and 10 years as a Director of the business, Andrew Oxley has now officially been appointed as the Managing Director of Umow Lai.

Andrew comes primed for the position, equipped with an astute radar for identifying opportunities and an affinity for nurturing talent. He has been instrumental to the overall growth of the business in particular the Melbourne office.

“I am absolutely thrilled and proud to be heading up the business. We put our clients at the heart of everything we do and continue to play a part in positively shaping the Australian property sector. We have big plans for future growth and I am committed to Umow Lai’s legacy and ensuring we stay true to our founding values.”

Andrew has initiated the company’s involvement in lecturing and mentoring work with top universities, strengthening Umow Lai’s position as thought leaders in the industry and, in turn, has positively contributed to development of the young engineering community.

Andrew describes his plans for the business as staying true to the values instilled by Umow Lai’s founders, Dominic Lai and George Umow, almost 30 years ago.

“We will continue to be at the forefront of design and innovation, investing in global research, study tours and challenging our engineers to push the envelope to produce better performing buildings. Umow Lai remains committed to being Australian owned and operated. We are proud to be an enduring national, engineering consultancy, allowing us to provide personalised service with an agile approach,” he says.

Andrew also genuinely cares about his staff and their career progression.

“I’ve always had a passion for mentoring and developing staff and I get a kick out of seeing the younger engineers growing in their careers. Workplace culture is important to us and we like to see our staff having fun.”

“I encourage our engineers to utilise their talents to problem-solve and provide out-of-the box solutions. This is one of the reasons clients like working with us and this is how we will continue to operate.”

Executive Chairman and founder, Dominic Lai, congratulated Andrew on his appointment.

“On behalf of the board of directors, we congratulate Andrew Oxley on becoming the Managing Director of Umow Lai and look forward to the continued growth and success of the practice.”