Leaders of the Profession: South Australia

An introduction to the South Australian Division Committee

The role of the South Australian 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. 


Lachlan Kinnear


Lachlan is a Civil Engineer, with health science qualifications, working in the State Government. His experience has spanned water, commercial construction, health infrastructure, clinical health services in projects, procurement, services and organisational development in the private and government sectors both in Canada and Australia.

Lachlan's professional interests include developing engineers’ capability in the transition from undergraduate education into the work environment and the accreditation of engineers to ensure global mobility of professional practice.


Deputy President and National Congress Representative:

Michael Scott

Michael is the South Australian Director of Operations at Jacobs. His career has spanned diverse elements of the engineering profession from a technical, geographical and leadership perspective. Michael’s experience includes operational and regional office management; delivery of major local and international infrastructure projects; environmental and planning approvals; and design of commercial, industrial, community and residential buildings.

Some of his career highlights include responsibility for delivery of the land use and infrastructure master plans for the Palm Islands in Dubai and working with the Gunditjmara community to deliver the restoration of Lake Condah, a wetland of national cultural and environmental significance located in Western Victoria.


Immediate Past President:

Niki Robinson


Niki is an Environmental Engineer with a chemical science qualification. She has over 20 years’ experience in the water industry, working as a senior project engineer and project manager for both private and public sectors and is currently the Market Leader for Water and Environment in GHD’s Adelaide office, and responsible for the South Australia water, environment and planning clients.

Within Engineers Australia, Niki is a past Chair of Women in Engineering South Australia, and has been a representative on the National Women in Engineering Committee and National Chemical College Board. She is also heavily involved in the water industry following previous roles on the Australian Water Association State Branch Committee and WaterAid South Australia Fundraising Committee. Niki is married with two children and in her spare time enjoys sharing great food and wine with family and friends. She loves being an engineer and immerses herself in engineering and the water industry at every opportunity.


Gordan Lesicar


Gordan has over 30 years’ engineering and project management experience working in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and North America. He has managed many multi-disciplinary projects and initiatives within construction, defence and aerospace, manufacturing, mining, oil, gas and water industries. His current role is Head of Development and Manufacture at Maptek Pty Ltd.

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Gordan also holds a Masters in Business Administration, and has attended post graduate courses in strategic leadership, program governance and service excellence. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow member of Engineers Australia, a Practicing Project Director, a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation program, a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Within Engineers Australia Gordan is also the Chair of the Mechanical College Branch South Australia.

Gordan is passionate about education and he mentors Engineers and Project Managers at various levels of experience, guiding them through their current challenges and future career paths.


Andrew Meyer


Andrew is the Operations Manager for Beena Vision Asia Pacific. Beena Vision is headquartered in Atlanta, USA and is a major supplier of machine vision equipment to the railway industry. Andrew has over 14 years’ experience working for rail customers throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. He spent six years living in Chicago, USA working for Trackside Intelligence, an Australian company producing acoustic bearing detection systems providing local support for North American customers.

Andrew studied Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide graduating in 2003 with First Class Honours. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation program. Andrew strongly believes that engineers have the skills to create positive, lasting change and is keen to see more engineers step into leadership positions in all areas of society. Outside of business hours, Andrew is Vice President of the Southern Soaring League, an Adelaide based radio-controlled glider club. He is also a keen homebrewer and enjoys the challenge of creating the perfect pint!


Sanu Rajanbabu


Sanu has an Engineering degree in Naval Architecture and Ship Building with a Masters in Project Management. He has over 25 years’ experience (Australia, Singapore and India) in ship building, ship repair and conversion. He currently works as a Platform System Design Acceptance Representative for the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance.

Within Engineers Australia, Sanu is part of interview panels for candidates attaining Chartered membership (CPEng). He is also a registered Professional Engineer with the UK Engineering Council and a Chartered member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Sanu serves the Australian community as a Justice of the Peace.


Michael Poynter


Mike has over 35 years’ experience in construction, offshore oil exploration and defence. He has held a variety of positions in quality, contracting, project, and engineering management. Previously the GM Compliance and Assurance with ASC Pty Ltd, Mike has also held roles as ASC’s Engineering Manager Submarines and General Manager ASC WA. Mike is in his second term as member of Division Committee, is a member of the College of Leadership and Management and is Chair of the Division Committee subcommittee for Diversity and Inclusion.

Mike recognises that engineering is at the heart of most aspects of life, community, and environment, and is keen to explore ways to increase awareness of what engineers do, promote change through awareness of the benefits of diversity and inclusion and to create an environment where engineers are recognised as key contributors and influencers in society. He is particularly interested in promoting good leadership, encouraging engineers into leadership positions and for all engineers advocating the importance of risk management and safety in engineering corresponding to legislative responsibilities.





Adam Greaves


Adam is a multi-disciplined building services engineer with over 15 years’ of industry experience holding formal qualifications in business, sustainability, mechanical and fire engineering. He is a Director of Lucid Consulting Australia, a private employee-owned engineering firm with over 200 technical staff located across 8 offices throughout Australia.

Adam has vast experience in hot, cold and tropical climates having worked on numerous projects throughout Australia in addition to international experience obtained in the United Kingdom. With a keen passion for solutions that deliver real environmental benefit throughout the project life cycle, Adam has a passion for sustainable design encompassing innovative and technologically driven solutions, as well as traditional passive principles where appropriate.


Graham Davies


Graham has over 25 years’ experience in diverse industries including energy, mining, water, manufacturing, transport, defence and medical. He has had senior leadership roles in the corporate sector as well as directorships in not-for profits and small business.

As Managing Director of Resonant Solutions, Graham provides technical, commercial and contractual consulting and advisory services in energy. He was previously Mining and Energy Manager, Engineering Manager and Project Director in the corporate sector. Graham has in depth experience in project management, operations, planning, analysis and design; which has resulted in three commercialised patents, many industry firsts and significant economic benefits. Graham is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has multiple roles on boards and trusts, and is currently on the Essential Services Council of SA (ESCOSA) committee.

His interests include mountaineering, soccer, chess and music. This coupled with experience on three continents has allowed Graham to appreciate the diversity of cultures and thinking in our society.


Dominic Burnet


Dominic is a Systems Engineer at Frazer-Nash Consultancy. He is passionate about education, and creativity within engineering and lectures on critical and creative thinking to undergraduate mechanical engineering students. As a member of the South Australia Division Committee, Dominic provides a connection for the Young Engineers Australia South Australia Committee.

Dominic has a growing interest in strategic decision making for both technical and non-technical problems and is a member of the Mechanical, and Leadership and Management Colleges.


Dr Helen Edmonds


Helen is a Senior Manager in the PwC Australia Capital Projects team. She was previously the Manager Water Assets and Manager Strategic Asset Management with SA Water, Strategic Asset Management Manager with SA Power Networks and Water Planning Manager for Watercare Services Limited in Auckland.

Helen has also worked as a consultant in the water, oil and gas industries in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. With a degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Fluid Mechanics, she is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, and both a Chartered Professional Engineer and an Engineering Executive.


Katharine Ward


Katharine is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia. Well regarded as a leader and specialist in the South Australian water and environment sector who is passionate about integrated water management, Katharine is currently the Manager Water Projects in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region for the Department for Environment and Water.

Katharine is also a committee member for the South Australian Branch Committee of the Australian Water Association and a board member of the Stormwater Management Authority. She has a Bachelor of Engineering in civil and environmental with honours and has completed post-graduate studies in Public Administration. She has also gained a certificate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Katharine brings skills and experience in public administration, strategy and governance, engineering, project management and water and environment to all of the roles that she takes on.


Dr Neil Mackenzie


Neil has over 25 years’ experience as a consulting engineer, leading Engineering Science teams across Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. He has worked on a range of complex building and infrastructure projects globally, including Adelaide Oval Re-development, Dubai Creek Harbour Tower, Sydney Metro, and the Hong Kong New Airport Terminal. In 2018 Neil was recognised as one of Engineers Australia Top 30 Most Innovative Engineers.

Neil brings an innovative yet practical approach to design across a broad range of specialisations including audio-visual, acoustics, wind, vibration, air quality, and thermal. He has a passion for smart infrastructure solutions and the adoption of smart technology for engineering advisory work.

Neil is a strong supporter of emerging engineers and an advocate for diversity and inclusion. He has volunteered his time to technical committees for a range of engineering societies, and shared his work at both national and international conferences.