Leaders of the Profession: Queensland

An introduction to the 2020 Queensland Division Committee

The role of the Queensland 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. 

Colin Mitchell
Colin Mitchell, IEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

BMD/ National General Manager – Strategy.  Colin has over 27 years of operational and technical experience across a range of mining, port, defence, road, and rail projects. As National General Manager – Strategy for BMD, Colin leads the company’s strategic planning process with the explicit objective of achieving sustainable growth across the BMD business units through diversification and competitive advantage.

Susan Burrow
Deputy President
Suzanne Burrow, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)


Joseph Tam
Deputy President
Joseph Tam, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER RPEQ MICE MIStructE MHKIE

Seqwater / Principal Supply Engineer.  Joseph has over 35 years of professional experience in civil, structural and water engineering. He is passionate about raising the professional standard of engineers, development of the younger generation and acting as the voice of the profession. Joseph wants to ensure all engineers must be Chartered and Registered.



Mark Lendich
Immediate Past President
Mark Lendich, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Consultant. Mark Is a Chartered Fellow and Engineering Executive with over 40 years of experience in the Queensland Energy Supply Industry and National Markets, working in both regulated and non-regulated electricity and gas businesses. He is an advocate for promoting the engineering profession in the community, recognising engineering excellence, and supporting young engineers in their career journeys through mentoring. 

Ashfaque Chowdhury, MIEAust


Marie Gales
Marie Gales, MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Manager, Transport Planning and Operations, Brisbane City Council


Ken Gillard
Ken Gillard, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Retired.  Ken is a Chartered Fellow with over 40 years involvement as a civil engineer in the planning, design and construction of major transport infrastructure in both SE and regional Queensland.  As a director of a major consulting engineering company, Ken was both key designer, manager and mentor to younger engineers with the company and also established and lead the company transport infrastructure group in Abu Dhabi for 2 years.  Ken is a strong advocate for development of the regions and young engineers.


Elizabeth Harrison
Elizabeth Harrison, MIEAust CPEng


Robert Hoffman
Robert Hoffman, MIEAust CPEng NER


Chris Nielsen
Chris Nielsen, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Director Dam Safety, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.  Chris is a Chartered Fellow and EngExec with 28 years’ experience in the water sector.  Chris advocates for engineers and supports initiatives for greater diversity, sustainability and promotion of STEM.


Ross Percival
Ross Percival, MIEAust CPEng NER (representing Queensland's regions)

Cairns Regional Council / Senior Project Engineer.  Ross is a Civil Engineer and Chartered Professional Engineer, working in the infrastructure sector. Based in Cairns in Far North Queensland, and having lived and worked in both regional centres and remote communities, Ross's role is to provide a voice for regional EA Qld members to the Division committee. If you are an engineer who lives, works or practices within regional Qld, please feel free to contact Ross to have your say.


trang Pham
Trang Pham, MIEAust