Leaders of the Profession: Tasmania

An introduction to the 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.



Michael Verrier

Deputy President:
Michael Verrier, TFIEAust CPEngT NER

Michael is Senior Asset Strategy Engineer at TasNetworks with experience in project and asset management, SCADA / EMS / DMS systems, Grid development issues (HV and EHV) including integrating renewables.  Michael is also a member of several industry groups, including EESA and CIGRE.



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.




James Baker

James Baker, MIEAust

Strategy | Project Leadership | Change Leadership

Internationally experienced consultant with expertise in organisational leadership, operations management, project management, business development and business strategy.

Published author in publications by organisations including Consult Australia, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Project Management Institute, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia and the Mercury Newspaper.

I am strongly guided by Christian principles of honesty, integrity and service to society.



Andrew Chan

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



David Fisher

David Fisher, FIEAust CPEng NER

David is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), listed on the National Engineers Register (NER) for civil engineering, structural engineering and project management and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAUST).

David is a practical, innovative, professional engineer with extensive design and project engineering experience.
David's work includes the design of one off engineering solutions for industrial, structural and civil applications. Solutions are in compliance with the relevant Australian Standards to ensure safe and practical end products.

He is a partner and joint owner of Howarth Fisher and Associates Consulting Engineers (www.howarthfisher.com ). David’s roles include lead designer for industrial, civil and structural projects, a shared role in the management of the business, and business development.

David qualified with an Honors degree in Engineering (University of Tas), has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Technology Management.

David was 2017 Professional Engineer of the Year, Engineers Australia (TAS) and currently an Eng Australia Division Committee member.

David was the Managing Director and is currently a Director of Ducane Australia Pty Ltd (www.drainwave.com). David and a team of specialists successfully developed a world first water efficiency enabling product.

David was the East Timor In-Country Manager for Pitt and Sherry working with a team from the US, E. Timor, Philippines, Bangladesh, and Australia. His primary objective was to provide engineering capacity to help with the post war reconstruction of the Country.

To compliment his design skills, David has a solid grounding in practical hands on work, having owned and operated a broad acre farm. He operated dozers, backhoe front end loaders, trucks, tractors and other machinery to produce wool, beef, irrigated Dutch Iris flowers, timber, grain and quarried sand. The works and much of the machinery servicing, building and maintenance were undertaken by David.


Fiona Ling

Fiona Ling, FIEAust CPEng NER
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.

Geoff McDougall, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Katrina McIntosh, FIEAust CPEng NER

Lindsay Notley, GradIEAust