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Most of us would agree that diversity, whether that be of gender, cultural heritage and many more aspects of life, is a valuable asset and should be celebrated in a society where everyone is given access to equal rights. However, when it comes to females in the workplace, in particular at the upper levels of leadership and in typically male-oriented sectors, this becomes a topical and quite controversial issue.
We have come a long way, with many initiatives in place to increase gender diversity in the workplace. These initiatives have rendered positive results such as increasing the female representation in the engineering sector from 4 to 15% over the last 20 years. But still, would you consider they have been effective enough?
However, one initiative which often receives mixed feedback is the inclusion of quotas in both public and private sectors. WIE Qld and CLM invite you to this interactive dinner to join our distinguished panel in answering the challenging question: Are quotas worth it? Are they fair or are they undermining progress? Are they sustainable? What more should be done?
This will be an evening of open discussion where everyone is welcomed to weigh in on the conversation. There will be drinks, a three course meal, and music to liven the mood while you chat. Sit back, enjoy a great atmosphere at the Queensland Cricketer's Club and have the chance to network with a great and diverse group of people.
BSc BE (Hons) MBA FIEAust CPEng | EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) | FAIE FAICD
CEO, Engineers Australia
Peter McIntyre joined the Male Champions of Change STEM group in 2018. As a Male Champion of Change, Peter uses his individual leadership to elevate gender equality as an issue of national and international social and economic importance. To read more about the Male Champions of Change group, check out their website.
Peter was appointed as CEO of Engineers Australia in July 2017. He has been a Board Director with TasNetworks since November 2016. Peter was previously employed at TransGrid, where he served as its Managing Director for six years. Prior to that he held several executive positions there, with responsibilities including regulatory strategy, revenue reset, customer engagement, asset management, network planning and system operations.
Peter is a past Deputy Chairman of the Energy Networks Association, past Chairman of Grid Australia and past Deputy Chairman of the Australian Power Institute.
Peter holds a BSc in physics and a BE (Hons) in electrical engineering from UNSW and an MBA in technology management from Deakin University. Peter is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and has been an Engineers Australia member for 34 years. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Engineering Executive. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Energy.
Construction Director, Sydney Metro, Bechtel Infrastructure
Linda Miller is a Bechtel leader currently serving as Construction Director on the new Sydney Metro Tunnels & Stations Excavation team. Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project, which, when complete, will deliver 31 Metro Stations and more than 66 km of new tunnels, including tunnels crossing under the iconic Sydney Harbour.
Prior to this, Linda was the Project Manager of London’s Crossrail Farringdon Station and previously the Project Manager for Crossrail’s Connaught Tunnel Project, which inspirationally included bringing a 135-year old disused tunnel back to life. Crossrail is currently Europe’s largest construction project, adding 42km of new East-West tunnels and 10 new Stations under the heart of central London. As a result of this work, Linda has been featured on several recent TV Documentaries on the BBC.
For over 25 years, Linda has worked for Bechtel on significant projects, including a new Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral, Florida, the “Big Dig” highway tunnel under Boston, Massachusetts and many other challenges across the globe.
Linda was born in the USA and began her career as a US Army Officer & Helicopter Pilot. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from West Point Military Academy, New York and a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.
In November 2017, Linda was selected in The Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for her work in promoting diversity that evolved from a personal passion for encouraging girls & women to join the global engineering & construction industry.
CEO, Queensland Urban Utilties
Louise has been Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Urban Utilities since 2012, and prior to this, was the utility’s founding Chief Financial Officer.
Preceding QUU’s formation, Louise held several senior management roles at Brisbane City Council, including Executive Manager Water Retail, where she helped facilitate Australia’s largest water sector transition that merged five local government water and sewerage businesses into Australia’s fourth largest water retailer (QUU).
Prior to joining Brisbane City Council, Louise spent 17 years with leading accounting and advisory firm, KPMG.
Louise currently serves as Chair of the Liveable Communities Committee – a sub-committee of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). She is also a board director of WSAA and AWA (Australian Water Association). As well as being a Chartered Accountant, Louise holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Boeing Australia
Rowan Arndt is the Global Workforce Inclusion Leader for Boeing Australia: Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and part of Boeing Global Diversity and Inclusion team. Rowan’s expertise lies in both the design and delivery of strategy and implementation plans across the multiple dimensions of diversity. Prior to joining Boeing, Rowan was an Inclusion consultant and the founder of 2include Pty limited. He has held roles as the Group Head for D&I for the National Australia Bank Group. Prior to his time in HR and General Manager roles in Banking and Finance where his journey in Inclusive leadership began.
Rowan is currently the President of NSW Equal Employment Opportunity Practitioners' Association (NEEOPA) and an adviser and member to the NSW Council of Pacific Communities.
Chair of Partners, McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Dominic McGann is the Chairman of Partners of McCullough Robertson. McCullough Robertson is a leading Australian law firm located in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle.
Dominic joined McCullough Robertson in 1996. Prior to joining the firm, he held prominent positions with the Queensland Government for seven years and is one of only a few lawyers with a combination of significant senior government experience as well as private practice experience.
Dominic is a mining and resources expert with over 30 years experience. An element of his practice is native title and cultural heritage matters, on which Dominic is an acknowledged authority. Dominic has acted for various coal, base metals and other mining operations, petroleum and gas operators, water entities, electricity entities, ports, State Government agencies, foreign governments, as well as sugar and timber entities and pastoral companies
Dominic is the Chair of the McCullough Robertson Foundation, Chair of the Queensland Music Festival, a director of Flagship Investments Limited, a director of the Australian National Development Index Limited and a Director of the Frazer Family Foundation. He is also a Queensland Male Champion of Change, and is personally and professionally committed to using his influence and position of leadership to achieve change on gender equality issues in organisations and communities.
Australian Journalist, Newsreader and TV Presenter
Jillian is a familiar face on Queensland television – with over 25 years’ experience as a journalist, newsreader and TV presenter with the Seven and Nine networks. She’s also been a regular presenter on local radio and contributor to News Limited papers. Jillian is a partner and director of communication agency Media Potential, a Brisbane based company which specialises in media and presentation skills and TV presenting courses. She is currently a presenter on Channel Seven’s local lifestyle program, The Great Day Out, and a member of the Queensland Women in Media Committee.
- Member Rate: $120.00 ($109.09 excl. GST)
- Society Member Rate: $150.00 ($136.36 excl. GST)
- Student Member Rate: $120.00 ($109.09 excl. GST)
- Non-Member Guest: $150.00 ($136.36 excl. GST)
- Non-Member Rate: $150.00 ($136.36 excl. GST)
- Table of 10: $1100.00 ($1000.00 excl. GST)
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