Leaders of the Profession: Western Australia

An introduction to the 2021 Western Australian Division Committee

The role of the Western 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.


Brian Haggerty
Brian Haggerty, FIEAust CPEng NER GAICD APEC Engineer IntPE (Aus)

As WA Division President of Engineers Australia, Brian is passionately interested in ensuring that current and future engineers have the capability and skills to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Previously VP Innovation Capability at Woodside, Brian has had responsibilities for Woodside’s technology programmes, and LNG developments. He has 10 years’ international experience with Royal Dutch Shell on LNG and gas to liquids developments and was based in UK, Europe and Middle East. Brian is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at University of Western Australia. He is also the current Chair of Hydrogen Society of Australia.


Shalini Saldanha
Deputy President
Shalini Saldanha, FIEAust CPEng NER

Shalini, Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) Lead for Iron Ore Projects, Performance and Planning at Rio Tinto. She has extensive experience in the Western Australian resources industry in the areas of engineering, operations, maintenance, deploying asset management processes and systems, optimising asset performance and more recently in Information technology in project delivery and business partnering.  Engineering has provided Shalini a diverse and rewarding career and she is passionate to share and inspire undergraduates, young professionals and members of the local community via Engineers Australia.

Jill Formentin
Past President:
Jillian Formentin CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aust)

Jillian, Director, Formentin Consulting, is driven by a strong desire for people and organisations to achieve peak performance.  She believes that anything is possible when people’s commitment is harnessed in aligned action to fulfil on a shared vision.  After an early career as a Project Leader, Operations Manager and Principal Engineer of gas supply, distribution and storage facilities, Jillian specialised as a consultant in team performance and risk management in heavy industry.  She understands how individuals with very different work styles or personalities can complement each other.  Jillian searches for, designs and facilitates ways people and organisations can use their talents to resolve issues and move closer to achieving goals.  She produces workplace cultures of responsible leaders creating environments that are productive, safe and satisfying.


Paul Young
Paul Young FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aust)
Paul, Project/Study Manager Capital Sustaining Group, Engenium, is a mining advocate for Western Australia, Paul works at Engenium, a specialist project delivery group serving the Mining, Energy and Infrastructure sectors both on-site and off-site. Based in the Perth office as part of our Capital Sustaining and Brownfields project group, he has over 20 years’ experience delivering projects in the Pilbara with a focus on simply getting things done and building long term relationships.  He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), a Master of Business Administration (Finance) and a Masters of Project Management (Leadership).


James Westcott

James Westcott, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aust)
James, General Manager Engineering & Operations, Momentum Engineering Pty Ltd, has been an engineer for 30 years, mostly in the oil and gas Industry, but also in aerospace, fuel cells, electric vehicles and renewable energy. He has worked in Australia, UK, Norway, USA, Canada, Denmark and The Netherlands, primarily in the areas of leadership, project management, business development, subsea operations, mechanical design, and offshore construction.  He is passionate about the engineering profession, particularly about ensuring a strong future for engineers in Western Australia.  His involvement with the WA Division Committee over the past 4 years includes serving as WA President in 2017 and 2018. James holds a First Class degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia, an MBA from INSEAD in France. He is chartered as an engineer in the UK and Australia. 



Francis Norman
Francis Norman, PhD, AFIEAust CEngA EngExec NER IntETn(Aus), MAICD, MICCPM
General Manager Innovation and Strategy, NERA (National Energy Resources Australia).  As a past WA President (2015), Francis continues to be a passionate advocate for the engineering profession. His ongoing roles within the WA division are Chair of the College of Leadership and Management and the WA representative to national congress.  After over 30 years global engineering practice in process intensive resource projects, his current role as General Manager Innovation and Strategy NERA provides him with opportunities to be part of the development and deployment of a number of new and emerging technologies in Australia as well as supporting the identification of future skills requirements across the resources sector.


Amanda Pearce, MIEAust CPEng NER
Amanda is a Senior Structural Engineer with Aurecon. She was a key member of the structural design team for the iconic RAC Arena (Perth Arena) and has spent time in Christchurch working on the rebuilding works following the devastating Canterbury earthquakes. Her current focus is on delivering projects for the Department of Defence through various small, medium and large estate and infrastructure upgrade projects. She has been a Division Committee member since 2017 and champions the divisions diversity and inclusion efforts. Amanda was awarded the Young Professional Engineer of the Year (Western Australia) by Engineers Australia in 2016 and was an award winner at the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Crystal Vision Awards for Excellence, WA Chapter, in 2013. Amanda’s passion within the industry is inspiring and developing the next generation of engineers; especially females and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and she volunteers for the Engineers Australia EngTalk program.

Doug Bruce
Doug Bruce, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE (Aus)
Doug, Manager – Project Management, City of Swan, is a pragmatic engineering professional with over 28 years' experience in both the public and private sectors with a passion for doing things smarter and more efficiently. He has a personal commitment to the concept of lifelong learning and a strong passion for local government and its promotion – it has so much to offer engineers at all stages of their career.  As the Manager - Project Management, at the City of Swan, he leads a team of professional engineers, architects, civil designers and landscape architects, delivering the City's $100M (2019/20) capital works program.


Kassia Ralston
Kassia Ralston, MIEAust
Kassia, Project Manager, METRONET, has had a rewarding early career engineering experience in roles focussed on the delivery of business cases and design for major infrastructure projects including Sydney Metro and METRONET. She sees her role in the project management and planning of major public transport infrastructure projects across Australia as an opportunity to forge more inclusive, sustainable and accessible communities.  Kassia is particularly passionate about making a difference to the attraction and retention of engineering talent in Australia and has recently been appointed to the Engineers Australia Women in Engineering National Committee.


James Brooks
James Brooks, MIEAust CPEng
Manager Transport Planning, RAC, James is a civil engineer and transport planning and policy professional with experience in infrastructure planning for road, rail, aviation and ports across Australia.He currently works in an advocacy role for a member organisation and has nine years’ experience working across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  James has been a regular volunteer for Engineers Australia as part of a technical society over the past five years to help deliver professional development events and advocate on behalf of its members.  In having worked and lived in the Pilbara region he recognises engineers in Western Australia work across an extraordinary range of conditions and locations. He understands the importance of making it easier for more engineers across Western Australia to access the benefits of an Engineers Australia membership.


Sammar Abbas
Sammar Abbas, MEng (Maritime) FIEAust CPEng NER CEng MRINA Marine Engineer Officer Class 1 (AMSA) Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMSA) CAMA CPAM
Life Cycle Engineer – ASC Pty Ltd.  A chartered professional engineer with more than 23 years of engineering experience in almost all facets of Maritime, Power Generation and downstream Oil & Gas industries. Starting his career in Merchant Navy after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Maritime Studies, Sammar realised the limitations involved in a career for a typical sea-going marine engineer and commenced a master’s degree in Petroleum Technology. This led Sammar to a successful career in power generation and then the downstream oil and gas sector.  Having successfully changed careers and having gained invaluable experience at shore, he decided to resume his career in the maritime industry. Sammar’s strong commitment to continuous professional development, challenging experiences and his diversified industry portfolio has provided him several opportunities to learn and implement unique knowledge throughout his career as a professional engineer. 

Jodey Brockhurst
Jodey Brockhurst, MIEAust

Jodey Brockhurst is a Kamilaroi woman passionate about fostering an inclusive and engaged culture through shared values and collaboration. A Strategy Advisor in the offshore energy sector, Jodey holds a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Queensland. She has over 10 years’ experience across project management and engineering both locally and internationally. Career and travel have evolved her interest in the areas of social justice, specifically future of work, globalisation, and inclusion. Motivated to increase opportunities and society engagement with STEM and reconciliation, Jodey volunteers with the Engineers Australia National Committee on Mechatronics (Industry 4.0), with local government on reconciliation action and as a tutor for the Adult Migrant Education Program.