2019 Board Directors
The Board is Engineers Australia's governing body. It appoints and monitors the performance of the Chief Executive Officer, sets regulations, policies and strategic directions, and monitors the organisation's financial sustainability and performance.
The Board has a number of sub-committees such as the Audit & Risk Committee and the Professional Standards Committee. The Board also forms short-term working groups to oversee key strategic issues, as needs arise.
Hon Trish White BE(Elec) BA FIEAust CPEng EngExec APEC Engineer IntPE (Aus) FAICD
Trish is the Engineers Australia National President and Chair of the Board. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia in the Information, Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering College and has been an Engineers Australia Board Director for two years. Trish holds electrical engineering and arts degrees from University of Queensland, and is a Fellow of the College of Leadership and Management.
She is an executive director of professional services and business advisory firm, Slingsby Taylor, and provides advisory services to boards and executives of both commercial and not-for-profit organisations.
Formerly, Trish was Executive Strategic Advisor for WorleyParsons Ltd, working in the global resources and energy industries. That followed a career as a cabinet minister in the South Australian government, where she served in the infrastructure, development, transport, science and education portfolios.
Previously, her career had been in applied research with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. Prior to that, she managed national infrastructure projects in Canberra. Trish is an experienced professional company director, having served on the boards of several large Australian companies. She is a Fellow of the AICD.
Dr Nick Fleming BE(Hons) PhD FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) GAICD
Nick brings 25 years professional experience working with the private and public sectors. He has consulted across infrastructure, natural resources, water, mining, energy and defence sectors in Australia, New Zealand, south-east Asia, the UK and Americas. During this time Nick has held local, international and industry leadership roles and received almost 20 awards for technical excellence, leadership and innovation. In particular, Nick brings a proven capability for strategy, innovation, complex problem solving and leadership of change. He has a strong social ethos and commitment to excellence and positive impact.
Nick has an honours degree in civil and environmental engineering and a doctorate in sustainable infrastructure systems from the University of Adelaide, training in strategic foresight from Mt Eliza Business School, and an international corporate governance qualification from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Prior to establishing his own advisory firm, Nick was the Director of Business Innovation at Jacobs Group (Australia). He previously held global roles at SKM including Chief Sustainability Officer and Technology and Innovation Manager, also sitting on Board committees leading strategy and corporate social responsibility. Within industry, Nick contributed as a Director of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and Chair of the Sustainability Taskforce for Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA). Today Nick works locally and abroad providing business advisory, strategy and innovation services across multiple sectors, while also lecturing at the University of Melbourne on the integrated design of infrastructure.
Ms Michelle Kennedy BE(Hons) MBA FIEAust CPEng EngExec APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) MAICD
Michelle is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Chartered Professional Engineer and Engineering Executive who has a diverse background spanning a number of industries in both the public and private sectors. Michelle is a proud engineer, who loves that what she does is directly linked with delivering benefit to our society.
Michelle started her career in the manufacturing industry, transitioning into the water industry shortly thereafter where she firstly worked as an engineer and then took on more senior roles managing projects and teams. After around 8 years in water, she decided to make a change and worked as a management consultant, predominantly consulting to the infrastructure and government sectors in relation to strategy, business planning, team development, risk and governance. In 2013 she made the move back to the public sector, taking on a senior leadership role in local government, and she has continued to enjoy working in local government ever since.
Michelle has been actively involved with Engineers Australia for a number of years - with roles on a number of College Boards, National and State Committees, and as a judge for the Engineering Excellence Awards at both state and national level.
Ms Lucia Cade BE(Civil), BEc, MEngSc, MBA FIEAust FAICD
Lucia is a non-executive director and advisor with a professional engineering and business background. Her executive roles span the construction, utilities and engineering professional services industries, working in both private sector and government owned enterprises including AECOM, Evans & Peck (now Advisian), Victorian water utilities and Comdain Infrastructure (privately owned). She has worked across Australia and New Zealand and collaborated internationally.
Mr Chris Champion BE(Hons) MEngSc FIEAust CPEng NER FIPWEA(Emeritus) GAICD
Chris was Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA), a Technical Society of Engineers Australia, for 15 years to 2015. Prior to this, he had 30 years in local government engineering with 12 years as Director Engineering/City Engineer.
Chris led IPWEA from small beginnings to become internationally recognised as leaders in public works and infrastructure asset management. He has now taken on an international role with IPWEA to grow their international business which has included establishing a successful training arm in Canada. Chris brings experience and insights in association management and international activities to the Board of Engineers Australia. He is a regularly invited speaker at national and international association management & engineering conferences.
Chris is an Emeritus Fellow of IPWEA and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia. He has been a regular inclusion in Engineers Australia’s list of Top 100 Most Influential Engineers since its inception in 2004. He is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In 2015, Chris was appointed Secretary General of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering and is a Past President (2006
Hurol is a digital transformation consultant and currently occupies multiple roles including the chief executive of the Australasian business of a leading global digital agency, and a university advisory board membership on the future of workforce.
Hurol has completed a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in Turkey and a master’s of science degree in England. During his over 25 years of professional experience in Australia, he has worked across industries including retail, insurance, financial services, travel and government. During this time, he has also gained overseas experience in the USA and South Korea.
In earlier parts of his career, Hurol worked for two major consultancies, Accenture and Deloitte, and then founded a specialist digital marketing and technology consulting business called Bienalto which was acquired by WPP’s Wunderman in 2012. Since the acquisition, he has held executive management roles in Wunderman.
Dr Raj Aseervatham B.Eng (Aust), MEngSt (Aust), PhD (Aust), MBA (Aust)
Raj has over 30 years’ professional experience, mainly in the mining, oil/gas and energy sectors. He completed Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland; then some years later a PhD in environmental engineering followed by an MBA and, in his later career, a Harvard Executive program.
Raj has worked with engineers across 20 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. He has held roles in government, mining (BHP, Rio Tinto) and energy (Origin), and as a consultant. Initially a design engineer and project manager on large mining developments, he later focused on building companies’ social licences. In the last decade he has held senior ASX 20 roles in policy, non-financial risk, governance and reputation.
Since 2004, he has been a Board member of mining, consulting and nanotechnology enterprises, and been a joint-venture Board advisor for several large energy projects in a number of countries. He currently advises the Boards and senior executives of several mining, oil/gas and energy companies in Australia, the US, the UK and China; as well as the Federal government on energy security initiatives.
Raj built and ran a 70-person consultancy in Australia, South Africa, HK and the UK, and published a book on successful advisory services with Taylor & Francis publishing, New York (2015). He is a firm believer in business ethics and governance; in late 2017, his decade of work on child labour in mineral supply chains was featured at the UN in Geneva.