2019 has been a big year for Umow Lai.  As you are all aware by now, I took the reins of the business in January this year and had some big shoes to fill following Dominic Lai’s tenure as Managing Director for over 27 years.

Although it was not a transition that happened overnight, it has been a year of learning, of growing and it has been equally a challenging, humbling and rewarding experience.

My focus for 2019 was to steer the ship to focus on supporting our staff to progress in their careers, ensuring that we truly invest in innovative practices in Australia. We have done this through global study tours throughout the year, as well as partnering with the right businesses to ensure our commitment to ecological design, innovation and engineering excellence remains strong.

Which brings us to another key milestone that occurred this year. Umow Lai proudly joined the Integral Group in July. The decision was not made lightly and was formed based on three key factors – our mutual commitment to innovation, growing client demand for deep green engineering, thought leadership, and most importantly; a close alignment of values and culture.

Becoming a member of Integral Group marks the beginning of a very exciting new chapter for us. Committing to cultivating the same culture we have carefully created over 28 years, we have now the added benefit of full access to the Integral Group expertise and insight from over 800 new colleagues in Australia, Europe and North America. This allows us to tap into a global network of resources and knowledge for solutions for our clients, yet we keep our connections and relationships to our valued industry colleagues and clients strong, with our local presence remaining intact.

As the year draws to a close, I would like to thank our staff for stepping up to the plate with a positive attitude, technical expertise and collaborative mindset. The integration will continue in January 2020, as our Sydney and Brisbane offices will officially become Integral Group. Our business will continue to operate as usual, with the same staff servicing your projects, with the addition of global resources and strong technical expertise behind us. If you would like to find out further details about this, please click here.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank our staff, clients, partners and colleagues for your support throughout 2019. Our successes are not possible without teamwork and we recognise all of our project team members and their contributions to each and every project.

On behalf of Umow Lai and Integral Group, I would like to wish you a very happy holiday season and new year.

We look forward to another tremendous year in 2020.


Andrew Oxley