Leaders of the Profession: Tasmania

An introduction to the 2021 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.

Kate McIntosh
Katrina McIntosh 
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.

Alex Taoum
Deputy President
Dr Assaad (Alex) 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 senior lecturer and the coordinator of the Master of Professional Engineering (Specialisation) degree in the School of Engineering at the University of Tasmania.


David Finnigan
Immediate Past President
David Finnigan FIEAust CPEng NER

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. 



Andrew Chan
Prof Andrew Chan 
FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Andrew was trained as a Geotechnical Engineer specialising in the computer modelling of soil and pore fluid interaction. He received his Bachelor and Master degree from Hong Kong and PhD degree from UK. He spent 28 years in UK so he has substantially experience outside Australia before arriving in Australia eight years ago and Tasmania six years ago. He is working towards the deepening of the collaboration between the university and EA. With his international experiences, he would also like to provide an international perspective to the strategic direction and operation of the divisional committee.


Tanya Denison
Tanya Denison FIEAust CPEng EngExec

Tanya’s background is in planning and management roles in mining and civil construction, and more recently in leadership roles in organisations and local government. Tanya holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering with Honours, a Master in Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development, and the credential of EngExec.  In particular, Tanya hopes to contribute towards raising the profile and the status of the engineering profession.


Phil Gee
Phil Gee FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
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 Goldsworthy
Andrew Goldsworthy MIEAust

Andrew is skilled and passionate leader and people manager with 29 years’ experience in military, commercial and public service roles.  His extensive leadership and management experience includes managing teams in technical, sales, policy and regulatory roles, in private industry and government.  Andrew is currently the Director, Technical Regulation at the Department of Justice, where he has developed significant experience in stakeholder engagement and relationship management.


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.


Max Moller
Max Moller FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER

Max is the Managing Director and Principal Hydraulic Engineer at Flüssig Spatial. With over 20 years’ experience as a Hydraulic, Civil and site engineer across a range of projects in Australia and overseas, Max has developed a varied and extensive career in engineering.  His fields of expertise cover Hydraulic and Civil Engineering, Flood and Water Engineering, and water sensitive urban designs, and his two main goals are to mentor young engineers and develop sustainable solutions to our water challenges.


Phoebe Nash MIEAust NER
Phoebe Nash studied Chemical Engineering/Arts at Monash University and currently works for Stornoway, a Tasmanian asset maintenance and engineering firm. For the past 5 years she has worked for both Stornoway and TasWater, the state-wide water authority in Tasmania,  designing, constructing and optimising municipal water and waste water treatment plants around Tasmania. Projects she has worked on have improved the treated effluent and potable water quality for Tasmanian townships. She was been recognised these efforts when she won the Engineers Australia Tasmanian Young Professional Award in 2019.


Kiril Tenekedjiev
Kiril Tenekedjiev FIEAust

Kiril Tenekedjiev (SMIEEE, Fellow Engineers Australia) is a Full Professor in systems engineering with the Australian Maritime College (UTAS), and is based in Launceston. He holds a PhD in statistical pattern recognition from 1994 and a Doctor of Sciences degree from 2004 in decision support and data analysis. His expertise is in intelligent systems, focusing on quantitative decision making, simulation modelling, risk analysis, technical diagnostics and statistical pattern recognition. His expertise was applied to reliability engineering,  economic analyses, energy efficiency, transport management, environmental modelling, and medical science. He was CI in 54 grants in Europe and SEA, serves in 8 editorial boards (incl. IJGS, IJCIS, JACIII, etc.), reviews for 20 journals, serves as expert for Australian Academy of Sciences, reviews proposals for ARC and other schemes (Czech Science Foundation; Fulbright Commission, etc.). He published 245 works (book chapters, journal/conference papers) in five languages, with total impact factor 105.199, with 1030 citations and h-index 15 (Google Scholar). 


Ali Tolooiyan
Dr Ali Tolooiyan FIEAust CPEng NER

Dr Ali Tolooiyan is a senior lecturer in civil engineering at the University of Tasmania. Over the past decade, he has trained and supervised many engineers, including ten PhD students, and has published more than 65 scientific articles in the field of geotechnical engineering. He has several years of successful experience in directing and managing government and industry-funded research projects with a total worth of more than $5M. In addition, he has worked on more than a hundred engineering consulting projects, thereby investing in engineering practice and leadership to minimise the theory-practice gap and ensuring that his knowledge is both relevant to the practice and up to date.