Leaders of the Profession: Sydney

An introduction to the 2021 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 Qui
Jessica Qiu, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Jessica is an internationally chartered civil engineer and management professional. She works as a infrastructure advisor and works across the lifecycle of full projects, offering a unique set of expertise across management, technical/ program delivery for major infrastructure projects and strategic business operations.
Her passions include driving engineering excellence, professional sustainability and achieving efficient organisation management structure, upgrade dated traditional methods with innovative approaches.


Don Moloney
Co-Deputy President
Don Moloney, MIEAust

Don Moloney is a senior manager in the Transport sector, where he leads future mobility initiatives around electrification and automation. Prior to that he worked in the Defence sector for more than ten years across maritime sustainment and innovation. He established the Navy’s Centre for Innovation, and drove developments in operational 3D Printing and rapid prototyping. He was the 2019 Young Mechanical Engineer of the year and is passionate about the potential of engineers to lead change in the world and ensure successful communities.
Don is co-deputy president of Engineers Australia Sydney Division and is a regular speaker at events and conferences.


Olivia Mirza
Co-Deputy President
Associate Prof Olivia Mirza, MIEAust

Olivia is qualified structural engineer in both buildings and bridges. Her expertise is in forensic engineering. She works on rehabilitation and strengthening structural failures around the world. She is currently the Associate Dean Engagement at Western Sydney University. She is also a strong advocate promoting females in the STEM section especially


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
Varuni Fernando is a Product Manager at ResMed’s Digital Health Technology Labs in Dublin, Ireland. She works on digital health interventions envisaged for the future to help patients gain confidence in treating their Sleep Disordered Breathing and help them live their best lives. Prior to moving to Dublin in 2019, Varuni worked on the next generation of devices for the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) as a systems engineer. She completed her bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of New South Wales and a Masters in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Varuni’s passions lie in promoting careers in STEM, particularly for young women and increasing diversity in the tech industry. Most recently, she served as Head of Operations for Girls in Tech Dublin. Varuni also co-founded Experience It! with Annette Au in 2014 as student ambassadors for the Sydney Division, Women in Engineering committee. This event brings together around 200 girls in years 8-10 for a day learning about the different types of engineering through a collaboration between industry, universities and Engineers Australia. From 2014, Varuni spent 5 years on the Women in Engineering committee, serving as the Chair between 2017-2018 and currently serves as the Chair of the Biomedical College, Sydney for Engineers Australia and as an elected committee member to the Engineers Australia Sydney Division Committee.



Parissa Ghanem
Parissa Ghanem, MIEAust

Parissa Ghanem is an experienced Manager of Civil and Environmental Engineering discipline with a demonstrated history of working in Local Government and private consulting. She is skilled in Management, Stormwater Drainage, and Floodplain Management, Water Resource Management, and Asset Management. 



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.


Elena Shulyak
Elena Shulyak, MIEAust CPEng

Elena is a professional aerospace engineer with 16 years of industry experience, including design, manufacturing, maintenance, reliability and asset management. She is a chartered engineer in Aerospace engineering and Asset Management. New technologies, innovative solutions and sustainability are her passion


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

Brendyn is an enthusiastic and passionate leader, a multi-disciplinary professional with a strong conviction for probity, professional practice and organisational sustainability. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Certified Management Consultant with over 30 years’ experience, specialising in management systems, integrated risk management, assurance and improvement associated with providing infrastructure and services to the community. Brendyn enjoys critical thinking and ideation, particularly when applied to problem solving, designing systems to enhance the user experience, developing people, achieving objectives and enabling assurance. Brendyn is currently the Principal Consultant for Pentagon Management (since 2001), the Systems and Assurance Advisor for Cardno, and a Casual Lecturer in Quality Management for the School of Built Environment at Western Sydney University


Cynthia Lei
Cynthia Lei, MIEAust

Cynthia is a change leader, engineer and educator who is passionate about inclusion and innovation. In all areas of her life, she is driven by three key questions: Why is it essential for the engineering workforce to truly represent the people and communities it ultimately serves? What can we do to foster understanding in both ‘hearts’ and ‘minds’ that everyone has something to gain from diversity and inclusion? How can we design safe yet exciting environments where learning, creativity and innovation are enabled? As a consultant, Cynthia works to build organisational cultures where client experience, customer experience and employee experience are aligned to deliver great project outcomes and sustainable growth. As an educator, Cynthia is interested in how whole-school approaches to gifted education can lead to system-wide improvements more broadly, and works for the inclusion of children who are gifted or gifted-with-a-disability in mainstream school settings.