Engineers Australia Thought Leaders Series: Avoiding Digital Disappointment (NSW)

Join us as our panel of industry experts discuss their digital failures and the positive outcomes that can be learnt from them.
Engineers Australia Thought Leaders Series: Avoiding Digital Disappointment (NSW)

All organisations need to innovate in order to provide a quality service or product. But what process do you need to avoid the mistakes, and unearth the successes?
How do you identify the innovations to leave and the ones to adopt, and then turn them into reality with the right return on investment.

Innovation is something that can and should be embraced by everyone in the organisation. Plus innovation is not a digital “thing”…’s a state of mind.

This session is about listening to organisations share their experiences of trying something new, what has worked and what hasn’t.
You will then hear a panel discussion about the process of innovation and we will be answering some of the following questions:

  1. What are the key success factors for a good innovation process?
  2. How do bring the innovation process to life? – Leadership, time, resources, investment
  3. What is the value to the client? They are the reason we’re going through these changes. How do they handle the increased data for example?
  4. Innovation is only valuable if it’s scalable – recognising that it can’t just work in pockets of your organisation, or for one particular client, project or stakeholder
  5. Continuous improvement verses light bulb innovation – how to avoid the firework problem where you have one bright idea and then the impact or enthusiasm fades away

Preliminary Program

1745: Registration for a 6.00pm sharp: event start 
1800 - 1805: Welcome Address
1805 – 1825: Presentations
1825 – 1915: Panel discussion
1915 - 1930: Audience Q&A
1930 - 2015: Networking & Refreshments

Keynote Speaker

Clare Barnes

Clare Gardiner-Barnes
Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation | Infrastructure NSW

Clare Gardiner-Barnes is the Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation at Infrastructure NSW. In her role Clare is responsible for development of state infrastructure strategies and plans, implementation of the NSW Construction Sector 10 Point Action Plan and  provides independent advice to government on strategic infrastructure issues and opportunities.

As a board member of the NSW Telco Authority and Roads Australia, Clare is committed to working with industry and across government to support the adoption of new infrastructure technologies. Before taking on infrastructure leadership roles in NSW and the Northern Territory, Clare worked in in various executive positions in education and was the Chief Executive of the Department of Children and Families in the Northern Territory. Clare is an advocate for women in leadership and workforce flexibility.

Guest Speakers

Nicola Doring

Nicola Dorling
Chief Digital Officer | Cardno Engineering Consulting

Nicola Dorling is the Chief Digital Officer at Cardno Engineering Consulting and is responsible for delivering a Digital Transformation for Cardno. Focusing on driving changes in front office, middle office and back office.

Nicola has held a number of roles that drive strategic change and transformation, from strategy development and execution, where Nicola has lead the development of very successful corporate and operational strategy delivery in the fast moving consumer goods sector including Unilever, BAT and Pacific Brands, through to large scale system integration where Nicola was the Technology Director at Sydney Trains implementing the Enterprise Asset Management SAP system.

Nicola has a strong finance background, as a chartered accountant and has held positions as divisional CFO, for GrainCorp’s trading business, where she supported the strategy work related to the Archer Daniel Midland (ADM) takeover and significantly transformed the trading business into a 24/7 global operation.

Nicola is a former management consultant and has worked with both government and private sector clients to drive strategic change and transformation, including Caltex Australia supporting the company wide transformation and eHealth NSW, supporting the development of the eHealth NSW ICT Strategy, which can be found on the eHealth website.

Nicola holds a Certificate IV, in Training and Assessment and is a Associate Director of FinanceTalking Ltd, a global financial training company, specialising in training non financial people in financial concepts

Nicola is currently the Chairman of the CIO Executive council and is passionate about enabling strategic change with leading edge technology applications.

Nicola holds memberships as a fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants

Matthew Mihatov

Matthew Mihatov 
Digital Asset Manager | Cardno Engineering Consulting

Matthew is an asset management expert with 16 years’ industry experience in rail, water and building infrastructure both nationally and internationally.    He has worked on numerous Federal, State and Local Government projects. 

His experience covers tactical and strategic life cycle planning and he specialises in digital solutions for asset management including condition monitoring applications and innovative data capture technology, degradation modelling, predictive analytics and maintenance optimisation. 

Matthew has a detailed understanding of digital solutions and innovative technologies for asset management.  Specifically, the latest data capture and condition monitoring technologies such as RPAS/UAV, thermography, LiDAR, laser scanning, ultrasonic and IoT devices. Matthew’s passion is to improve people, processes and systems to drive a smarter and more comprehensive approach to asset and business intelligence and assist organisations to develop effective decision-making processes using this intelligence.

He can solve complex problems using an agile approach to innovation and provide solutions that are not only efficient but deliver value while remaining cost effective, iteratively testing ideas as a proof of concept to realise new technologies and enhancing those that are currently available.  The goal is not to innovate for the sake of being innovative but to innovate to benefit and drive greater efficiency for asset owners.   

Mary Ramsay

Mary Ramsay
Head of Partnerships and Innovation | Stone & Chalk

Mary Ramsay has extensive leadership experience in strategy, marketing and digital transformation and is currently Head of Partnerships and Innovation at Stone & Chalk, Australia's largest innovation hub. She is a member of IAG Satellite’ Advisory Panel and on the Board of Waverley College Foundation and President of the Waverley College Parent Association.

At Stone and Chalk Mary is responsible for the delivery of leading-edge innovation programs to major Australian and International corporations such as RBC, HSBC, Hall & Wilcox, QBE, BankWest, DXC, Chartered Accountants, TAL and EY. She works collaboratively with corporate Australia, helping traditional organisations solve real business problems faster and more effectively than they could do themselves by using new and emerging technologies, often powered by start-up business partners.

Since 2016 Mary has also represented Hanley Energy (a global tech innovator in the hyper-scale data centre industry) as Country Manager Australia and is responsible for all business operations, with new and existing customers in the Asia-Pacific market.

Mary’s career background includes past roles in digital strategy and finance in leading organisations such as ASX, American Express, PwC, CBA, BT, AMP, Tourism Australia and Western Sydney University. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University, a Master of Commerce degree from UNSW and is a licensed real estate agent.

In her spare time, Mary is also an active angel investor in startups with a personal interest in real estate tech innovation.

Panel Facilitator

Allen Macourt
General Manager - National Markets | Cardno Engineering Consulting

Allen has over 30 years’ experience in leading Transport Projects here throughout Australia. He was fortunate enough to work in Government at a time when infrastructure planning moved from the “must spend your budget” model, towards embracing multi-modal transport solutions, documented by rigorous business cases.
As a consultant, Allen has led transport studies, route selections, concept designs, environmental assessments, alliances and hard dollar D&C designs. His teams pioneered the first use in Queensland of the independent verifier role on Tugun Bypass and the Ipswich Motorway and he was the design representative on the Hale Street Alliance Leadership Team (the Go Between Bridge).

In his current role, Allen oversees Cardno’s delivery of nation-building infrastructure projects for both the public and private sectors in New South Wales. He utilises his experience and project management skills, providing leadership, advice and support to our clients and business teams.


Canapes and refreshments will be provided.



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15 / 10 / 2019 - 05:45 pm to 08:00 pm
Registration Closes
15 / 10 / 2019 05:00 pm
The Portside Center
Symantec House
Level 5, 207 Kent Street
New South Wales
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