Sir Eric received the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal – Career Achievement Award from the profession’s peak body, and was cited for his overwhelming contribution to the engineering profession and the Australian community at large.
“Sir Eric’s engineering contribution to the community culminated in the 14 years he was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Boral Ltd, and Director of its subsidiaries in Australia, the UK, the USA and Pacific Islands. Sir Eric was Chief Commissioner of the City of Sydney in 1987-88, and served as South Australian Governor for five years,” said Dr David Cruickshanks-Boyd, the National President of Engineers Australia .
In addition to serving Flinders as its fifth Chancellor from 2002 to 2010, Sir Eric also served on the Senate of the University of New South Wales. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Flinders, the University of Sydney and the University of South Australia. Sir Eric is also the Principal Patron of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health at the University of Adelaide and one of only nine Honorary Fellows of the Australian Institute of Building.