Leaders of the Profession: Sydney

An introduction to the 2020 Sydney Division Committee

The role of the Sydney 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. 

Jessica Qiu, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)


Co-Deputy President
Don Moloney, MIEAust


Co-Deputy President
Julia Ratnayake, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)


Bruce Howard
Immediate Past President
Bruce Howard, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)


Tom C
Tom Crow, FIEAust CPEng(Ret) EngExec
Tom is a chartered Fellow and EngExec with 60 years EA membership and project management experience. He has a doctorate in infrastructure strategic planning and a belief that team culture is the prime driver of outstanding project outcomes.


Varuni Fernado
Varuni Fernando, MIEAust
Product Owner, Connected Health Innovation at ResMed.  Varuni is a systems engineer with a passion for using medical devices and digital health interventions to improve the lives of those with chronic illnesses. She is also a strong advocate for increasing the representation of females in the engineering profession and promoting careers in STEM to students.



Parissa Ghanem, MIEAust



Tom Laslett
Tom Laslett, MIEAust, CPEng NER
Tom has 13 years’ experience working in the Building, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas sectors, with firsthand experience in the formation and delivery of projects in the Construction industry. He is Chartered through Engineers Australia in Civil, Leadership & Management & Project Management and is the Vice Chair of the College of Leadership and Management (CLM) Committee in Sydney. His current experience is working as a Project Manager in the infrastructure division of John Holland delivering work for Transport for New South Wales.


Max U
Max Underhill,
MEng (Thesis), Grad Dip Mgt Stud; MIE Aust CPEng(Ret),  CP of AHRI
Managing Director - Maxumise Group.  Max is a dual professional with organisational/HR credentials in addition to his engineering accreditation.  This expertise enables Max to apply a broad-spectrum approach to engineering - “resource management”.  Creator of a unique methodology, driven by research and development based on engineering principles, that provides a quantifiable approach to the management of an organisations total resources, especially the organisational and people resources. Max is a member of EA Civil College and EHS group.  He is an elected member of the Australian ICOMOS/TICCIH National Scientific Committee on Industrial Heritage.


Andrew Wheeler
Andrew Wheeler, FIEAust CPEng NER 

Principal consultant and director for ABES Australia. Andrew has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years as a consultant, researcher and senior project manager in the delivery of construction projects. He has a strong understanding  product and process certification and has implemented/audited numerous quality systems in testing and product development. With this divers background, he works with various partners, researching construction issues to develop alternative methods and procedures that generates a more effective construction industry. Andrew is a member of the EA structural college, involved with the EA Western Sydney Regional Group and the AEES.



Brendyn Williams, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)



Mai Yeung
Mai Yeung, BSc (Hon.), CPEng, FIEAust, FHKIE, FCIBSE, FSLL, NER, APEC Engineer, IntPE(Aust)

Mai has over 35 years professional engineering experience in large and complex transport infrastructure projects. Her skills include team development, business development, project delivery, design management, design, construction and multi-disciplinary coordination of systems infrastructure in major international projects. Currently Mai is the Interface Manager of Western Sydney Airport, the most significant infrastructure project in Australia.