PANEL SPEAKERS – PERTH

LEUT LISA McARTHUR-GIBBS, Royal Australian Navy

Lisa McArthur-Gibbs studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) majoring in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Queensland. Upon successful attainment of her degree, Lisa joined the Royal Australian Navy in February 2016 and completed the New Entry Officer’s Course at HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay. The six month course equips new Officers with important leadership and management skills as well as introducing them to military life.

Lisa then posted to the Engineering Officers Training Faculty at HMAS Cerberus for a further six months to supplement the knowledge gained in her degree with Navy specific systems, policy, and procedures. In 2017 Lisa posted to HMAS Ballarat as the Assistant Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer and gained a practical appreciation for Navy Engineering and experience as a Navy Officer.

In April 2018, Lisa was awarded the Weapons Engineering Certificate of Competence marking the transition from trainee to qualified Navy Engineer. Lisa is currently posted to Fleet Support Unit – West at HMAS Stirling where she works as the Weapons Engineering Manager. In this role, she manages a large unit of Electronics Technicians sailors who conduct maintenance and defect rectification work on Naval Ships alongside other Defence Contractors.

SARAH IWANIW

Client Director – Transport, Western Australia, Aurecon

Throughout her 20-year career, Sarah has held a range of roles across New Zealand, London, Melbourne and Perth that focus around people and the co-ordination and management of teams towards a common outcome. With an academic background in property development and finance, she has taken up a range of roles in a design management and project management context, delivering large scale regeneration projects within socially deprived areas – particularly in London and Melbourne.

During Sarah’s seven years at Aurecon, she has performed several roles that have seen her build her connectivity across the global Aurecon business and into the WA market.  Sarah has led the Transport Planning and Aviation team, built an Advisory team offering a range of services to the market, led a new paradigm in change and transformation in the resources industry for Rio Tinto and their sustaining capital program and recently re-joined the infrastructure business to take up responsibility for the Transport client portfolio across WA.  Sarah also held a position on Aurecon’s global leadership team representing the top 50 leaders in the business and has a more permanent seat on the ANZ Infrastructure leadership team.    In 2018, Sarah became a member of the WA Consult Australia committee.

A/PROF. NICOLETA MAYNARD

Associate Professor | WASM – Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, Curtin University

PANEL SPEAKERS – BRISBANE

LYDIA GENTLE

Engineering Manager, BHP
Lydia Gentle is a highly-skilled and experienced senior engineering professional. Lydia has worked across Australia and the UK as well as collaborating internationally, with her career spanning consulting, construction and mining industries.

Lydia is currently the Engineering Manager at BHP where she adopts innovative and collaborative approaches to achieve technical engineering solutions. Lydia holds a Master of Engineering Science, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and is also an Engineering Executive and Fellow of Engineers Australia.

EVELYN STOREY, Regional Director – South East Queensland, Aurecon

Evelyn Storey is Aurecon’s Regional Director for South East Queensland. She has extensive involvement in the delivery of built environment projects, both in Australia and overseas, and her project experience includes transport hubs, commercial, health and laboratory, education, residential and retail.

Evelyn’s diverse engineering roles have included Structural Design Leader for the Deansgate Hilton in Manchester and One Churchill Place in Canary Wharf, London. Evelyn also led multi-disciplinary design teams on the award-winning Advanced Engineering Building at UQ and the Translational Research Institute at the PA Hospital. Evelyn has a passion for architectural structures and strives for an innovative and creative design approach to the challenges of Built Environment projects. She enjoys working closely with like-minded people to achieve an integrated solution.

Evelyn is a current Board Member and Deputy Chair of the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland and a member of the Structural College Board of Engineers Australia.

KATHLEEN BOSELEY, Manager Engineering Services, Australia Pacific, Airbus 

Kathleen Boseley has over two decades experience at five large international aerospace companies in three countries with predominantly engineering lead, quality, technical engineering management, and project management roles spanning all phases of aircraft and avionics lifecycles.

Kathleen has presented papers at various Navigation conferences in the USA and was named one of the 50 leaders to watch by the magazine GPS World in 2008. Recipient of the Outstanding Performance in Engineering and Technology award – Aviation/Aerospace Australia -2014, she has served as Deputy Chief Engineer on the MRH 90 helicopter, currently helping flood victims in North Queensland, and served as the Head of Independent System Monitoring for Airbus on the Rotary Wing platforms.

Kathleen sits on the Women in Aviation Aerospace Australia committee, is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and recently became the Manager of Engineering Services across Airbus in Australia Pacific.

PANEL SPEAKERS – MELBOURNE

FELICITY FUREY, Swinburne University

Felicity Furey is a Civil Engineer who has been delivering Australia’s mega infrastructure projects for over 10 years. This work includes extending the life of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, delivering a life saving upgrade to the most dangerous road in Brisbane, and shaping the city of Melbourne as a design manager on the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Felicity applies the design principles learnt in her professional career to engineer a better society. This involves increasing diversity in the people who design our world – engineers, and creating inclusive workplaces. She works to identify the root cause of societies ‘wicked’ challenges, and creating businesses and initiatives which tackle these directly.

Felicity is backed by some of Australia’s largest companies like Qantas, Boeing, Telstra and Energy Australia who partner with her to help implement her vision.

This work has led her to be awarded one of Engineers Australia’s Innovative Engineers of 2018, AFR BOSS Magazine Young Executive of the Year in 2016 and in the AFR and Westpac’s, 100 Women of Influence. Felicity is the Director, Industry Partnerships in the Engineering Practice Academy at Swinburne University of Technology.

GEORGINA MAHONY

Infrastructure Leader – Victoria & South Australia, Aurecon

Georgina Mahony is Aurecon’s Infrastructure Leader for Victoria and South Australia, leading a team of over 260 people with current projects in the portfolio including Victoria Rail Infrastructure Program Technical Advisor and West Gate Tunnel Project. Georgina has 20 years’ experience in the delivery of major infrastructure projects with her focus being on the management of integrated design teams on large multi-discipline infrastructure projects particularly in the project delivery phase.  Georgina enjoys driving a positive and high performing team culture along with a focus on project governance and connectivity with clients.

NICOLETTE BARNARD

Head of HR, Siemens Australia and New Zealand

Nicolette is the Head of Human Resources for Siemens in the Australia Pacific region and also the Human Resources regional speaker for Siemens in ASEAN-Pacific.

Nicolette began her career in HR in 1994, however joined Siemens in July 2001 in South Africa where she held various Human Resources functions with her last function being the Head of HR for Africa. She then relocated to join Siemens Australia in June 2011.

During her tenure at Siemens she has implemented multiple best practice projects, both local and international, in various disciplines within the HR value chain. Over the last two years, Nicolette has been instrumental in the implementation of Australia’s first Industry 4.0 digital Apprenticeship in collaboration with Swinburne University and Ai Group. This first-of-its-kind apprenticeship has amongst other accolades, has won the National Australian Training Awards.

Nicolette is also leading Siemens’ co-creation of Swinburne University’s Master of Human Resources Management course.

PANEL SPEAKERS – SYDNEY

LOUISE ADAMS

Managing Director – Australia & New Zealand, Aurecon

As Aurecon’s Managing Director – Australia & New Zealand, Louise has the overall responsibility for the leadership and performance of the Aurecon business in Australia and New Zealand – including safety, client engagement, staff engagement, project and financial performance.

Previously, Louise was the Regional Director responsible for Aurecon’s operations across Victoria and South Australia.  She became the first Australian woman on Aurecon’s Global Board in 2013 and is Aurecon’s global spokesperson for Women in Leadership.

Louise has a passion for organisational diversity, including the role that inclusive leadership plays in driving organisational transformation.  In 2016, Louise received a high commendation for Female Champion of Change in Consult Australia’s Excellence Awards and in 2018 she was awarded a Chief Executive Women Scholarship to attend the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia.

Louise has extensive experience as a Project Manager and Chartered Civil Engineer. In previous roles, she has led major civil and multidisciplinary projects in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Iran, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Guyana, North America, Pakistan, Libya, Qatar, and the UAE.

LTCOL LAUREN WRIGHT

Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) Corps 

Lieutenant Colonel Lauren Wright is an Army Officer within the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) Corps. She has over 16 years of experience in a range of Engineering, Leadership and Project Manager roles.
Lieutenant Colonel Wright is a graduate of the Royal Military College – Duntroon and Australian Command and Staff College. She has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), graduating with Honours from UNSW, a Masters of Military Electronic Systems Engineering and a Masters of Military and Defence Studies.

She has worked in a number of communications, integration, counter improvised explosive devices, vehicle, regulatory and architecture framework positions. These roles have been within various research and development, project and sustainment organisations. Lieutenant Colonel Wright has been published on a number of occasions on the detection of land mines using Ground Penetrating Radar mounted on an Unmanned Aerial System.

In 2011-2012, Lieutenant Colonel Wright deployed to Afghanistan where she worked in a Multi-National Headquarters in a logistic planning role, including the establishment and support of remote United States Army bases. She also worked as the team lead in a Female Engagement Team, which involved working with men and women within the local Afghani community on topics such as children’s education and women’s health.

Lieutenant Colonel Wright is currently managing the Joint Counter Improvised Explosive Device program within Army Headquarters in Canberra. This program will deliver a number of capabilities to Army, Navy and Air Force to mitigate or defeat an adversary’s use of improvised explosive devices. She particularly enjoys leveraging her leadership experience and academic research with such an important military project.

Lieutenant Colonel Wright is married to Ashley and together they have a three and a half year old daughter, Grace. She loves all sport, particularly running, soccer and crossfit. Lieutenant Colonel Wright says she is constantly inspired by those around her in leadership and management positions, in both project and engineering disciplines.

PROFESSOR MICHAEL BLUMENSTEIN

Associate Dean (Research Strategy & Management), Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology, 

University of Technology Sydney

Professor Michael Blumenstein is currently the Associate Dean (Research Strategy and Management) in the Faculty of Engineering & IT at UTS where he recently concluded his role as Head of the School of Software.

Previously, Professor Blumenstein worked at Griffith University in Queensland where he has accumulated over a decade of experience in leadership roles including portfolio Dean (Research) of the Sciences Group and Head of the School of ICT.