Leaders of the Profession: Tasmania

An introduction to the 2020 Tasmanian Division Committee

The role of the Tasmanian Division Committee is to provide leadership and direction consistent with Engineers Australia’s Strategic Priorities and to communicate, advocate, connect and promote the engineering profession across academia, government, industry and the wider community, and contribute to the best engineering outcomes that the profession can deliver for the benefit of the whole community.


David Finnigan
David Finnigan, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

26 years of experience in delivering great client experiences by matching his skills, insights and expertise to his client's specific challenges, and applying his "can-do" attitude and collaborative mindset to gain trust and give his clients confidence that their challenges will be resolved.  19 years of strategic and operational management responsibility of multidisciplinary consulting engineering teams of professional and semi-professional staff. The role requires collaboration with other Pitt & Sherry business units and strategy groups to provide a common cultural approach to doing business and pursuing the company’s overarching vision and strategy.  3 years as executive director of Pitt & Sherry having successfully transitioned from operational executive to director. David is active in Board groups and in the development of strategy and good governance frameworks. His capabilities include the ability to work at both the strategic and detailed operational levels.  David is actively engaged with developing the engineering profession as current President of Engineer's Australia Tasmanian Division and a current member of the Tasmanian Division Committee of Engineers Australia.


Deputy President - Vacant


Phil Gee
Immediate Past President and National Congress Representative

Phil Gee, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Phil is founding Director of Sugden & Gee and specialises in developing and delivering market development strategies for clients wishing to build market share or develop new markets as well as management, project management and infrastructure asset management services.

Andrew Chan
Prof Andrew Chan,
 FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Professor and Head of Engineering at University of Tasmania


Fiona Ling
Fiona Ling,
Director, WMAwater.  Fiona is a hydrologist with more than 25 years of experience in the areas of floods, hydropower, dams, water supply and irrigation. She has particular interests in flood forecasting and impacts of climate change on water resources. Fiona is also a member and past chair of Engineers Australia’s National Committee on Water Engineering and is passionate about developing the next generation of water engineers.

Kate McIntosh
Katrina McIntosh, FIEAust CPEng NER
Kate is a Pavement Engineer with over 20 years’ experience working in consulting in the fields of civil, geotechnical and pavement engineering. Her project experience spans Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Philippines. Kate has worked and lived in Tasmania for over 20 years since graduating from her undergraduate degree in Melbourne, including a two-year period working in GHD’s Perth office with the Geotechnical and Pavements group. Whilst working fulltime, Kate completed further study after completing her undergraduate degree, and completed a Masters degree in geotechnical and pavement engineering through the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney).  Kate is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and has recently been appointed to the role of Associate with GHD.  Kate is passionate about engineering, and she hopes to be a role model to others, with the aim to better promote careers in engineering, and to encourage diversity in the engineering workforce.


Brad Perera
Brad Perera BEng(Civil) MInfEng&Mgt MIEAust CPEng NER
Brad, City Engineer Devonport City Council, is a chartered Civil engineer with experience in infrastructure projects in local government sector.  He is experienced in various Civil Engineering disciplines and passion about project & Asset management, strategic planning, and development & delivery of infrastructure projects.


Alex Taoum
Dr. Assaad Taoum, MIEAust CPEng NER

Having worked for several years as a consulting engineer and a lecturer both in Australia and overseas, Dr Taoum has developed a wide understanding of our profession and the challenges it faces both in the industry and in education. Dr Taoum advocates for our profession in all domains, particularly in the areas of engineering careers and education and is particularly interested in implementing the latest technologies and emerging industry needs into University educational programs and in assisting students in choosing a suitable engineering career.  Assaad (Alex) has won teaching awards and is currently a lecturer and the coordinator of the Master of Professional Engineering (Specialisation) degree in the School of Engineering at the University of Tasmania.

Kiril Tenekedjiev, FIEAust