David Williams
Emergencies Officer
Shelter and Construction Adviser

David joined Plan International Ireland’s Disaster Risk Management Unit in 2014, and is a Chartered Structural Engineer.


David joined Plan International Ireland’s Disaster Risk Management Unit in 2014, after ten years in the construction industry with international consultancy Arup.

David has worked on a wide range of fascinating construction projects both in Ireland and abroad, from the management of secondary school construction in rural Uganda, to the supervision of the construction of the roof and façade structure for Dublin Airport Terminal 2, to lead engineer in Bangladesh as part of a team commissioned to carry out the structural safety assessment of over 750 garment factories following the Rana Plaza collapse. David has also led a number of construction projects in partnership with local and international NGOs in Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.

David’s work with Plan International Ireland involves supporting the management of its emergency programmes and providing technical support for shelter and reconstruction programmes. David travels frequently to provide emergency support to Plan International’s field offices in the event of emergencies around the world. Since joining Plan International, David has worked in the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nepal and Haiti to support Plan International’s work as part of the CAR conflict response, the Nigeria refugee crisis response, the Nepal earthquake reconstruction and recovery phases, and the Hurricane Matthew response, respectively.

David is a chartered structural engineer and has a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. David is fluent in French and English, and gets by in Spanish.

David enjoys making things with his hands, and all things sport.