Engineers Australia Governance

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Chief Executive Officer

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Dr Bronwyn Evans is the CEO Engineers Australia, the Chair-Elect for the Building 4.0 CRC, a Director of the Australia-Japan Foundation and was recently the CEO of Standards Australia and a Vice President (Finance) of the International Standards Organisation (ISO). Dr Evans has previously held positions in innovation initiatives, including as Chair of MTPConnect (the Industry Growth Centre for Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals) and was a member of the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum Leadership group.

Dr Evans has over 35 years’ experience in various engineering roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of University of Wollongong, an Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2014 and 2015 she was recognised as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers, in 2019 was recognised in Australia’s 10 Influential Women in Engineering and in 2016 was recognised as an AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence. 
 

Executive Team

Ron%20Watts%20Headshot_0.jpgRon was appointed as Executive General Manager, Professional Standards & Practice in January 2015. He has a strong background in change management and general management. Ron held senior executive appointments at the Australian National University, Deakin University and various government business enterprises prior to joining Engineers Australia. He also ran his own consulting practice in strategic HR management.

Ron has extensive experience in the running of professional membership associations. He held various office bearer roles in the respected Australian Institute of Human Resources (AHRI). He was President of AHRI in Victoria and the ACT, a Director of the AHRI Board and a member of various national committees, including the National Accreditation Committee. Ron is presently a Director of the Board of Professions Australia.

An active supporter of ongoing education he has a Bachelor of Business (Curtin), Master of Commerce (Melbourne), Graduate Diploma in Management (Monash), and a Graduate Certificate in HR Management (AQC). He has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Diploma.

Ron is a Companion member of EA, a Fellow of AHRI and Graduate member of AICD.

Jane%20Hanks.jpgJane has significant experience in the services sector with roles including Director of Marketing at Novotel Brisbane (Accor), Deputy Director and Manager, Marketing Strategy for Griffith University, Director, Marketing at Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Chief Marketing Officer at Dentons, Australia.  Prior to her services marketing roles she occupied Managerial roles at Citibank (in corporate and consumer banking) and was a Corporate Solicitor for the Elders Finance Group Ltd.

Jane has been a Board Member of the Australian Professional Services Marketing Association (now ICON) and is a member of the Australian Marketing Institute and Finsia. Jane is a graduate of the University of Sydney in Economics and Law.  Her post-graduate qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from Finsia and a Masters in Management, majoring in services marketing, from Cornell University, NY, U.S.A.

Jeff%20Hughes%20Headshot.jpgJeff was appointed as EGM Member Services in March 2018. Jeff’s most recent roles were at CPA Australia over a 14-year period. He started as Chief Financial Officer and held various corporate services and membership roles. He was then appointed as Chief Operating Officer Member Services where he led a number of departments spanning multiple countries. Prior to working at CPA, Jeff was the CFO of Energy Resources of Australia Ltd – a listed company within the Rio Tinto Group.

Jeff has had significant international management experience having also spent two years working in Canada at the Iron Ore Company of Canada. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business from RMIT.

Jon-Lau-%20headshot_0.jpgJohn is the Executive General Manager responsible for the support services and governance functions at Engineers Australia. He is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions. He has led teams in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas. His commercial experience has been gained in a wide range of sectors, including engineering, professional services, finance, publishing, marketing and the fashion industry. Having worked in large multinational and smaller Australian corporations, his focus in recent years has been in Australian organisations that deliver a positive social impact – organisations that delivered services to the indigenous and disabled communities. John‘s broad experience helps to ensure that Engineers Australia’s support and governance functions will continue to capably support the delivery of the group’s strategic objectives.