South Australia Division

Serving our members and the engineering profession in South Australia.

About Engineers Australia South Australia

Engineers Australia has over 6,000 members in South Australia. The South Australian division is pledged to undertake a variety of important roles to facilitate the advancement of our members' careers and promotion of the engineering profession.

The people of Engineers Australia's South Australia Division



Niki Robinson FIEAust


Niki Robinson is an environmental engineer with a chemical science qualification. She has over 17 years’ experience in the water industry, working as a senior project engineer and project manager for both private and public sectors and is currently the Manager of Water and Sewerage Infrastructure Regulation at the Department of State Development.

Within Engineers Australia, Niki is a past Chair of Women in Engineering South Australia, and a representative on the National Women in Engineering Committee and National Chemical College Board. She is also heavily involved in the water industry, sitting on the Australian Water Association State Branch Committee and previously on the WaterAid South Australia Fundraising Committee. Niki is happily married with two young children and in her spare time enjoys sharing great food and wine with family and friends. She loves being an engineer and immerses herself in engineering and the water industry at every opportunity.

Lachlan Kinnear MIEAust CPEng NER

Deputy President and National Congress Representative 2017 & 2018

Lachlan Kinnear is a civil engineer with health science qualifications working in the state government Olympic Dam Task Force, for the facilitation of the proposed BHP Billiton mining expansion, and the Nyrstar Pt Pirie Smelter redevelopment. His experience has spanned water, commercial construction, health infrastructure, clinical health services in projects, procurement, services and organisational development in the private and government sectors both in Canada and Australia.

Lachlan's professional interests include developing engineers’ capability in the transition from undergraduate education into the work environment.

Dr Cristian Birzer MIEAust CPEng NER

Immediate Past President

Dr Cristian (Cris) Birzer is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide. His teaching and research interests are in fields of sustainable and renewable energy, humanitarian technology, fluid mechanics and combustion.

Over the last 16 years Cris has been actively involved in Engineers Australia with roles on Congress and a number of South Australian Committees including Young Engineers Australia and the Mechanical College, as well as the 2012 Engineering Leadership Conference Organising Committee. He has also served in the Australia Army Reserves with deployments to East Timor and the Solomon Islands, and RedR with deployment to Nepal.

Nicola Page MIEAust CPEng NER

Elected Member 2016 & 2017

Nicki Page is a chartered principal civil engineer with AECOM and has been working in the Adelaide market for the past 12 years, following her graduation from the University of Adelaide with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering. She has been involved in multi-disciplined engineering projects both as engineer and project manager, which has allowed her to understand the importance of variety to encourage open discussion, diverse ideas and to reach a better end solution.

Nicki is also interested in the promotion of the chartered engineering status and the need to encourage all engineers to seek and attain chartered status. She has acted as an official mentor within the AECOM Adelaide office and as an unofficial mentor for many within other organisations. She has been the AECOM Adelaide graduate program coordinator for the previous seven years.

Professor John Beynon FIEAust

Appointed Member 2017

Professor John Beynon was appointed as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders University as of July 1 2016. Previously he was the Executive Dean of the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and Dean at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. Manx by birth, he spent much of his career at Sheffield University, where he held professorial positions in metallurgy and mechanical engineering, including a spell as Head of Mechanical Engineering. 

His research spans materials science and applied mechanics, mostly applied to manufacturing and structural integrity, solving industry’s problems. He has been President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans and is Immediate Past Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in the United Kingdom.

Steve Ludlam FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER

Appointed Member 2017

In June 2016 Steve Ludlam was appointed as the new Chair of South Australia’s Automotive Transformation Taskforce. He is a current member of the Defence SA Advisory Board and has also been appointed as the Chair of the Northern Economic and Social Implementation Board, a key advisory body under the Northern Economic Plan.

Steve Ludlam is a global submarine expert who was Chief Executive of naval shipbuilding company ASC Pty Ltd from 2010 to 2014. Before moving to Adelaide to take up this role, he was President of Submarines at Rolls-Royce plc in the United Kingdom, where he led the successful modernisation of the country’s nuclear-powered submarine program. His career began with Rolls-Royce as a development engineer working on nuclear submarine programs. He became General Manager of the Submarine Nuclear Reactor Test Establishment and then President of Submarines, a senior executive position.  

Steve holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers in 2010. In four of the past six years he has been voted one of Engineer Australia’s 100 most influential engineers. He is also Chairman of SA Rugby Union Ltd.

Michael Scott MIEAust CPEng NER

Elected Member 2016 & 2017

Michael Scott is responsible for management of GHD’s Water, Planning and Environment business within South Australia and is member of the South Australian leadership team. Michael has over 17 years’ experience with a background in structural engineering, although his career has spanned diverse elements of the engineering profession from a technical, geographical and leadership perspective.  Some of his career highlights include responsibility for delivery of the landuse and infrastructure master plans for the Palm Islands in Dubai, the restoration of Lake Condah, a wetland of national cultural and environmental significance located in Western Victoria and management of GHD’s Mount Gambier office.

Michael is the coordinator of GHD’s Professional Development Program (PDP), focused on raising the profile of Chartered Engineers, and as part of this role has responsibility for mentoring staff through the accreditation process.

Honourable Trish White FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer

Elected Member 2016 & 2017

Trish White is an executive director of professional services and business advisory consultancy, Slingsby Taylor. Formerly, she was a senior executive of an ASX50 engineering services firm, a cabinet minister in the South Australian government and non-executive board director of several multi-billion dollar companies. Her earlier career was with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, and prior to that she ran national infrastructure projects in Canberra and Queensland, where she began her career as a telecommunications engineer.

Trish holds an electrical engineering degree, is a Fellow of Engineers Australia in the Information, Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering College, a member of the College of Leadership and Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She serves as a board director of Engineers Australia.

Michael Poynter FIEAust CPEng

Elected Member 2017 & 2018

Mike Poynter is a chartered professional engineer, and has more than 35 years’ experience in construction, offshore oil exploration and defence. Mike graduated from the University of Adelaide and has held a variety of positions in field engineering, quality, contracting, project and engineering management. Presently the ASC Chief Engineer, Mike has also held roles as ASC’s Engineering Manager Submarines and General Manager ASC WA.

Mike recognises that engineering is at the heart of most aspects of life, community and environment, and is keen to explore ways to increase awareness of what engineers do, and to create an environment where engineers are recognised as key contributors and influencers in society. He is particularly interested in promoting good leadership, encouraging engineers into leadership positions and for all engineers advocating the importance of risk management and safety in engineering corresponding to legislative responsibilities.

Rebecca Tennant MIEAust CPEng NER

Elected Member 2017 & 2018

Rebecca Tennant graduated from the University of Adelaide as a civil and environmental engineer, and has worked as a water engineer with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff for over eight years. She is involved with various projects for the SA Water Modelling panel as well as the SA Water Metro Panel, including managing the SA Water design for the Torrens to Torrens project. Rebecca has also been involved in large award winning projects such as SA Water’s North-South Interconnection System Project and the Jacinth-Ambrosia Alliance for Iluka Resources.

Actively involved in contributing to the local engineering community, Rebecca has been a member of the Women in Engineering South Australia Committee since 2011 and represented South Australia on the Women in Engineering National Committee from 2014-2015. A guest lecturer for two years with the SA Water Engineering 2A class at the University of Adelaide, Rebecca enjoys being able to give back to students and meeting her passion about raising the awareness of engineering as a career in the community - in particular increasing diversity within the profession.

Ben Turner MIEAust CPEng NER

Elected Member 2017 & 2018

Ben Turner is an Adelaide-based Chartered professional engineer currently leading Santos’ surface and production team working on the PNG LNG project. Ben graduated from the University of Adelaide (BEng (Hons) Mechatronics) and worked as a mechanical design and field support engineer in countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan, Kazakhstan and Iran before joining Santos. He also has a Masters in Project Management which led to international work on various oil and gas projects including a 30 month assignment working in Papua New Guinea followed by a further 18 months in Vietnam.

Prior to deployment overseas Ben was an active member of Engineers Australia, serving five years as a committee member for Young Engineers Australia South Australia, and serving four years at National level as the South Australian representative on the Young Engineers Australia National Committee. Ben is passionate about mentoring young engineers and promoting the benefits engineering provides to society. He is keen to see engineering and engineers represented in public policy debate at all levels of government.

June Sim MIEAust CPEng NER

Appointed Member 2017

June Sim is a chartered civil engineer and has been part of the Jacobs team since graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2010 with a BEng (Hons) in Civil and Environmental Engineering. June works predominantly in the water industry, undertaking design and project management roles on multi-disciplinary projects for local and interstate water authorities.

June is the Immediate Past Chair of Young Engineers Australia, where she started her involvement with Engineers Australia 6 years ago. Within Jacobs, June has also held various roles in their young professional development programs including ANZ representative to the Jacobs Future Global Oversight Team and is currently the Adelaide representative for the Jacobs Next Network. These demonstrate the importance she places on networking, personal and professional development and professional accreditation as well as her support of other young engineers seeking the same opportunities.

National Congress Representative Lachlan Kinnear MIEAust CPEng NER (2017 & 2018)

Renae Leverenz - General Manager

Greg Parker - Member Engagement Manager

Claire Faulkner - Member Engagement Officer (Part time Mon, Thurs, Fri)

Eliza Paul - Member Engagement Officer (Part time Tues, Wed, Thurs)

Lucie Briscoe - Business Development Manager

Jason Thornhill - Client Manager SA (Part time Tues, Wed, Thurs)

Ashlea Klingberg - Conference and Events Coordinator

Ewan Hazeldine FIEAust CPEng - National Assessor (Part time)

Eric Hobson FIEAust CPEng - National Manager Articulation (Part time)

Kimberly Chase - Specialist Assessment Officer

Ilise Somerford - Member Services Officer



GHD is an international network of professional and technical consultants.

Established in 1928, GHD employs more than 6000 people across five continents and serves clients in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.

Wholly-owned by its staff, GHD is focused exclusively on client success. Our network of forward-thinking engineers, architects, planners, scientists, project managers and economists collaborate to solve client and community challenges. They embrace the core values of Teamwork, Respect and Integrity to create enduring relationships that deliver exceptional results.

With a history of adapting to the ever-changing needs of its clients, GHD is recognised for its commitment to innovation, safety and sustainable development. We care for the wellbeing of our people, communities and the environments in which we operate.

Today, GHD is ranked as one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and consultancy firms.

A member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, GHD operates under a Practice Quality Management System that is certified by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance to international standard ISO 9001:2008 and our Environmental Management System is certified to international standard ISO 14001 by NATA Certification Services International.


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Tonkin Consulting

Tonkin Consulting is a fully Australian owned company of professional engineers, scientists and technicians, providing multi-disciplinary consulting, advisory and design services to the Water, Transport, Environment, Urban Development, Energy, Local & State Government industries.

The company was established in Adelaide in 1955, and in recent years has experienced strong growth through the enthusiastic service focus and excellent technical skills of our experienced and dedicated team. Tonkin Consulting’s head office is located in Adelaide, and has regional offices located in Mt Gambier, Berri, Darwin and the Sunshine Coast.

Tonkin Consulting excels at understanding our client’s requirements and delivering innovative solutions. Our vision is to continue to build upon the traditions established by providing consulting services of excellence. We are a company that is known for:

  • Developing solutions appropriate to our clients' needs – both proven solutions and state-of-the-art technology have a place in the engineering world of today.
  • Placing a strong emphasis on quality in all we do – especially in exceeding our clients' expectations for the quality and timeliness of our services.
  • Assembling the very best engineers, scientists, other professionals and technical and administrative personnel – by providing opportunities for these people to work on stimulating projects and creating a work environment that responds to their needs, we can enable this group of highly motivated personnel to realise their full potential through their projects and the advancement of the company; conducting our business in a totally ethical manner in all situations.

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    South Australia Awards

    The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) South Australia 2016 program seeks to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement in the practice of engineering and service to the profession.

    The AEEA South Australia Awards 2016 is the premier event for the profession. The night promotes industry excellence across engineering projects and engineering professionals.

    For information on the AEEA South Australia Awards 2016 and to make your submission visit

    Engineers Australia's Individual Awards confer recognition for outstanding engineering achievements to recognise and promote those engineers who show innovation and resourcefulness in their work.

    For more information and to register click here

    2015 South Australian Individual Awards

    The 2015 Young Professional Engineer of the Year was awarded to Joanne Chong MIEAust CPEng. Joanne graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Structural with honours.

    Joanne joined WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2007, attaining Chartered Status in 2010 and has worked on a diverse range of engineering projects including transport infrastructure, mining infrastructure and geothermal power plants, taking on a variety of roles from design/lead engineer to project manager.

    Previously involved with FutureNet, a young professional initiative developed by Consult Australia, Joanne was nominated as the Chair in 2012. She currently manages and mentors the Professional Development Program (PDP) group at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.

    The 2015 Professional Engineer of the Year was conferred to Andrew Skinner FIEAust CPEng, Engineering Director of Measurement Engineering Australia (MEA).

    With an engineering career spanning 40 years, Andrew has worked in remote areas of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada before returning to Adelaide to found MEA in 1984 and carry out the three-year SA Wind Energy Survey. While running the company full-time, Andrew completed a Master’s Degree and PhD in environmental measurements.

    Andrew was one of the pioneers of the renewable energy industry and MEA has built more than 2,500 systems for wind and solar monitoring, irrigated agriculture and remote weather station networks.

    MEA has also developed a web-enabled radio measurement system for Australian farmers, novel soil moisture displays for African farmers, salinity sensors for farmers in Bangladesh and a new-to-world sensor for getting living plants to talk to irrigators about their state of water stress.

    The 2015 Engineering Technologist of the Year was awarded to Christine Haydon TMIEAust, a Senior Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator within the School of Electronics and Computer Systems Engineering at TAFE SA.

    Christine has been an active volunteer of Engineers Australia over the last 15 years and actively promotes women in engineering. She also promotes the use of technological changes and innovation for the advent of green energy and renewable energy solutions.

    Christine was the first female senior official for the International bi-annual event: the World Solar Challenge and one of the 12 foundation members of Team TREV (Two Seater Renewable Energy Vehicle) for the round-the-world Zero Emissions race in 2011.

    Since then she has employed innovative design and construction practices in the refitting of the University of South Australia’s electric vehicle TREV with new lithium polymer batteries and electrical systems to be able to travel long distances.

    The 2015 Engineering Associate of the Year was conferred to Peter Newman AFIEAust, who has over 6 years’ hands-on experience on the new Air Warfare Destroyers with the AWD Alliance.

    Peter has over 30 years’ experience, initially as a Marine Radio Surveyor, then moving into designing, installing, commissioning and maintaining Industrial and Maritime electronic and control systems. Peter has worked in government and private industry and has strong engineering, project management and contract administration expertise.

    Peter’s work on the world class optic fibre project brings together a range of commercially available components, processes and test equipment into the harsh naval military environment. This is a major innovation which had to overcome the embedded “legacy” designs and has resulted in an optic fibre glass fusion welded together and enclosed in the protective sleeve of the connector with nil waste material.

    Craig Gilbert Leadership Award

    About Craig Gilbert

    He joined Australian Construction Services, where he spent the first two years of his professional career undertaking a variety of projects, including work on airfields at Woomera and Tindal.

    In 1988, he joined BC Tonkin and Associates (now Tonkin Consulting) and played a key role in developing major South Australian projects.

    Of note was Craig’s contribution to the duplication of Robe Terrace and the design of the Port River Expressway. While this was happening, he also led the team selected to undertake a project of national significance, the rehabilitation of a major part of the water supply in Western Victoria. In 1993, just five years after arriving at the firm and at the age of 28, Craig became a director.

    In 1997 he was appointed Deputy Managing Director and in December 2001 at the age of 36, Craig became the third Managing Director in the 48-year history of Tonkin Consulting.

    During Craig’s career he displayed the most outstanding self-discipline, practical engineering ability, interpersonal skills and leadership qualities. These qualities were admired, even as a student, by his peers and served him well in his professional career. Craig passed away on 27 July 2003 at the age of 38, after a short illness.

    The award

    The award has been created as a perpetual tribute to the memory of Craig Gilbert, former Managing Director of Tonkin Consulting. It is presented by the peak body of the engineering profession, Engineers Australia.

    The Craig Gilbert Leadership Award is presented annually to the South Australian Engineering student who, having completed the penultimate year of their degree, has demonstrated the most outstanding self-discipline, practical engineering ability, interpersonal skills, and leadership potential amongst their peers.

    Benefits of the award

    The Award signifies professional recognition of the leadership qualities of the recipient and finalists, a valuable addition to the curriculum vitae of all finalists.

    Employers expect good academic results from graduates. However, demonstrated leadership in graduates is more difficult to determine. The Craig Gilbert Leadership Award identifies young leaders prior to graduation and will be a valuable indicator for employers when selecting prospective employees.

    Combined with good academic results, this Award will give finalists the best chance of employment with prestigious engineering practices.

    The winner of the award will receive the following:

    • Trophy and certificate
    • Name included on an honour board displayed in the Engineers Australia premises
    • $1,500 cash prize.
    • In addition, finalists will receive a certificate recognising that they have been selected as a leader amongst their peers.

    The process

    The award will be introduced to students early in the academic year. Universities will invite academic staff and student peers to nominate a student who they believe has exhibited outstanding leadership qualities throughout the year. There will be two students from each university nominated each year.

    Following the end of year exams, nominees will be asked to submit a 500 word essay addressing leadership. In mid-December nominees will make a short presentation to the judging panel. The panel will consist of:

    • Division President of Engineers Australia
    • Representative of Engineers Australia
    • Leader of local business
    • Representative from the Gilbert family.

    The winner will be presented with the Craig Gilbert Leadership Award at the Engineers Australia Sir Eric Neal Address in February the following year.

    If you have any questions, please email

    Campus Coordinator Program

    Campus Coordinators are a point of contact on campus between engineering students, Engineers Australia (particularly the Young Engineers Australia – South Australia group), lecturers, Deans and industry. Campus Coordinators endeavour to assist students at their university through:

    • providing ongoing student feedback to Engineers Australia
    • providing contact points or an answer for student queries
    • assistance with planning Division and combined YEA SA events to provide the maximum interest and benefit
    • promoting the activities and role of Engineers Australia in accreditation, networking and Professional Development.

    If you are in your second to third year of an engineering degree and want to expand your professional networks, showcase your innovative flair and enthusiasm for the engineering profession, then Engineers Australia’s Campus Coordinator Program is for you!

    The Campus Coordinator Program is an initiative devised by Engineers Australia (EA) and the Young Engineers (YEA) committee to establish a permanent network of on-campus student engineers, supported and guided by EA. The aim is to contribute to the professional and personal development of engineering students.

    • Expand your professional network!
    • Be privy to a ‘money can’t buy experience’
    • Develop relationships with engineering professionals and EA staff
    • Develop your leadership capabilities.
    • Actively engage fellow engineering students with EA activities and ensure that there is a strong EA presence on-campus.
    • Promote EA activities, events and initiatives among academic staff, undergraduate and post graduate students via posters, social media and other marketing materials.
    • Support the EA and University partnership Roadmap
    • Be present at key events including O Week and Careers Fairs
    • Be the go-to person on campus as a representative of EA.

    *Please note that this is a full year commitment.

    Contact us

    Office Location and Address

    Level 11
    108 King William Street
    Adelaide SA 5000

    Member Services Call Centre

    (Toll Free): 1300 653 113
    Phone: +61 8 8202 7100
    Fax: +61 8 8211 7702

    Email us

    Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

    Staff contacts

    For contact information associated with our staff, view their entries in the Division staff section above.


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