Lawrence Shackman
Lawrence Shackman
Director of major projects
Transport Scotland


With more than 36 years’ engineering experience, Lawrence was recently appointed as Transport Scotland’s director of major projects. Responsible for the £multi Bn roads programme including the £3bn A9 and £3bn A96 Dualling projects he is also director of purchasing.

This follows 4 years as head of rail projects and technical services where Lawrence was responsible for the £multi bn development and delivery of all rail projects in Scotland including the £120m Queen Street station redevelopment, upgrade of the East Kilbride line, reopening of the Levenmouth branch and delivery of the Plan to Decarbonise all passenger services in Scotland by 2035.

Prior to this, Lawrence was Project Manager for the iconic £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing, seeing the project through from inception to completion over an 11 year period, and was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Major Projects Award in 2020 for his role.

Lawrence has extensive experience of project design, maintenance and construction, delivering many projects through management positions in Transport Scotland’s network management and construction divisions. In his early career Lawrence was a project manager with Thorburn Colquhoun, now AECOM, where he worked extensively on the £multi million, 45 mile long A14 M1-A1 link road. Lawrence was chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Scotland in 2017/18, having been chair of Glasgow & West of Scotland branch in 2014/15.

He is a fellow of ICE and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and is also Transport Scotland’s supervising civil engineer responsible for the training of ICE graduates.