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

Jane MacMaster, Chief Engineer

Jane MacMaster has worked as an aerospace, mechanical and systems engineer in Australia and internationally, focusing primarily on supersonic flight vehicle design, operations research and rapid prototyping in the Defence sector.

She has qualifications in Engineering (Mechanical) and postgraduate qualifications in International Relations. She has previously worked as a senior advisor within the strategy unit of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and as a management consultant in the financial services sector. Most recently she was Founder and Director of Ponder Enterprises, where she used her engineering skillset to address complex societal challenges. She developed a conceptual model and practical techniques for complex problem solving which she taught at universities and to staff from Commonwealth and State and Territory government departments.

Prior to joining EA as Chief Engineer, Jane held several volunteer positions at Engineers Australia, including as a member on the Accreditation Board, Chair of the Canberra Division Mechanical Engineering Committee, and member of the Canberra Division Women in Engineering committee. She is currently a Board Member for the Australian Council of Professions.

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.

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.

Ricky Peña

Ricky joined Engineers Australia in October 2020 as the EGM of People and Transformation. Ricky has held several HR leadership roles and most recently was the Director – Human Resources for the CSIRO, leading a team of more than 100 across Australia. Ricky’s strong business acumen and track record of delivering impact has positioned him to be a valued business partner across many industries including research and development, technology and the public sector. He has a strong focus on driving business outcomes through shaping organisational culture, developing high performing teams and creating exceptional employee experiences.

Ricky is responsible for the People function, Internal Communications and Engineers Australia’s new business Transformation Program focusing on key themes (customer experience, culture, new ways of working and operational excellence) to future proof and respond to the ever changing environment we operate in so that we can achieve our purpose to advance society through great engineering. Ricky is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors and holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with Honours.