| 31 January 2024

Meet Tasmania’s 2024 committee

Engineers Australia would like to welcome Janitha Senavirathna, Samantha Chapman, Jarrod Thomas and Olivia Chambers to the Tasmania Division Committee for 2024. Our division committees provide leadership and direction to our members in Tasmania as well as giving locally informed advice to the Engineers Australia Board.  

Committee members, headed by President Justin O’Connor, will volunteer their expertise and time throughout the year to help set the overall governance and strategic direction of Engineers Australia in Tasmania.   

You committee is already looking ahead to a big 2024. Along with our established calendar of events we will host a reinvigorated series of engineering site and project tours and our inaugural Engineers Australia Tasmanian sustainability forum in May.  

We will continue to add an engineering perspective to Tasmanian public issues through our advocacy and media contributions. We’ll continue to support engineers at all levels work towards a more sustainable, lower carbon emissions and prosperous future for all Tasmanians. 

Each new member will serve the Tasmanian committee for two years. You can find out more about each of the committee members below.  

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Samantha Chapman
New committee member

Samantha Chapman is a civil engineer and Transportation Market Leader – Tasmania for GHD. She’s passionate about bringing her experience and working together with all of industry to deliver projects that are sustainable and achieve community outcomes. Sam is an active part of the Tasmanian engineering community. As the 2022 Tasmanian Young Engineer of the Year and representative for Young Engineers on Engineers Australia’s National Committee and Shadow Board, Sam has a keen interest in how we support skill development to service the needs of our state and provide innovative, sustainable solutions.

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Janitha Senavirathna
New committee member

Janitha, a Chartered civil engineer and a project management professional, serves as a Project Manager at CPB UGL TasWater Alliance. Additionally, he holds the position of Chair for Young Engineers Australia Tasmania. His fervor lies in advocating for engineering advancement and sustainability initiatives.

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Olivia Chambers
New committee member

Olivia is an electrical engineer and project management professional who is passionate about all things power and construction. She is currently seconded as a project engineer to Tasnetworks' North West Transmission Developments for which she was acknowledged by Engineers Australia during the 2023 Emerging Professional Engineer of the Year awards. 

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Jarrod Thomas
New committee member

Jarrod has five years’ experience working for BridgePro Engineering as a project engineer, project manager and design engineer across permanent and temporary works on major Tasmanian bridge and wharf infrastructure projects. Jarrod was Tasmania’s Emerging Professional Engineer of the Year for 2023 and has a great passion for pushing the boundaries of traditional design and construction methods. He enjoys providing innovative and sustainable solutions to complex problems and challenges. As part of the committee, Jarrod hopes to give back to the profession and be a leader for up-and-coming engineers.

We welcome back President Justin O’Connor, Deputy David Ewers, Congress Representative Max Moller, Ali Tolooiyan and Ashley Dyson who are continuing their terms in 2024. 

We would like to thank committee members Jackie Arends and Tanya Denison whose terms ended in 2023 for their exceptional work on the Tasmania Committee.   

The 2024 committee welcomes members ideas on how to best serve the profession in the Tasmanian community. Contact them at [email protected] with suggestions or discussion points.