Leadership breakfast

Shaping Australia’s future: economy, society and place

Engineers Australia recently established its ninth professional College – the College of Leadership and Management – as a home for those engineers whose career has moved into leadership of businesses and key technical disciplines and management of major projects. The College will provide for the professional development of members and recognise competence through the granting of grades of membership.

David Singleton, College Chairman invites all those with an interest in Australia’s urban future to this leadership breakfast, set to be a challenging debate amongst quality panelists.


Panel members and topics


Doug Aberle | Moderator

CLM Western Australia                 

Doug is a transformational leader who has 40 years’ experience in the intensely scrutinised environment of Western Australia’s largest electricity company, culminating in six years as Managing Director. Over this time he has honed and integrated his skills as an engineer, project manager, negotiator and coach. In parallel he has developed a psychotherapy practice over 30 years and is a Master Clinician with the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors and registered by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Through his business, Marple Bridge Pty Ltd, Doug currently provides coaching, mentoring and consultancy services to senior business professionals.

Jenelle Provost | People and place

General Manager of Elizabeth Quay, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

Jenelle Provost is currently the General Manager of Elizabeth Quay at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. She is managing the transition between project delivery and the operational phase of the project, using the MRA’S unique Place Making Model. The Elizabeth Quay precinct is due to open in late 2015. She has had a varied career which has equipped her well for this position. After twenty years in television journalism (7.30 Report, Australian Story, Dateline) she completed a Masters in Leadership and Management from Curtin Graduate School of Business before embarking into public relations, marketing and media management for State Government (Fire and Emergency Services Authority and Department of Housing and Works - DHW). She then was given a number of opportunities to manage large and complex teams in housing and land development (Government Regional Officers Housing and Land and Housing Development with DHW) before working with LandCorp in business development and metropolitan program management. Jenelle’s current role evolved from her previous position as Director of Place Activation for the MRA. Jenelle is a fellow of Leadership WA and has served on a number of boards including Perth Zoo, MosArts (Mosman Park Arts Association), Women’s and Family Health Services and currently the Centre for the Built Environment. and Health.

Andrew Harris | How will we build our future?

Director, Laing O’Rourke

Andrew Harris is a Professorial Fellow in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s engineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group. Laing O'Rourke is Australia's largest private engineering and construction business, and was ranked in the top 10 most innovative businesses in Australia by BRW magazine in 2014. Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust). Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between industry and academia, across the resources, oil and gas, energy, advanced manufacturing, nano and biotechnology sectors.

Jürgen Schneider | Smart Cities

Head of Market Development - Pacific, Siemens Ltd. Australia

Jürgen Schneider is Head of Market Development – Pacific, Head of the Executive Relations Program for key accounts and Executive Sponsor for the Marine Defense portfolio. Until recently he was also Regional General Manager for Siemens in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Jürgen has previously managed a number of divisions within Siemens, holding the positions of Vice President of Industrial Solutions, Industrial Automation, Power Generation, Power Transmission and Distribution, and Transport Solutions. Jürgen has also performed strategic business development roles in the aluminium, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure sectors. Jürgen has extensive multinational business and government relations experience in South Korea, Japan, Canada, the USA, Brazil, Singapore, India, the UK, France, Belgium and the Scandinavian countries. Within Siemens Globally, Jürgen managed the Industrial Automation business division responsible for servicing the needs of a quarter of the German and European industrial markets. Established Siemens in New Zealand.

John Pickhaver | How can we finance it?

Executive Director, Co-Head of Infrastructure, Utilities & Renewables, Australia/NZ, Macquarie Capital

John has 16 years of experience in the infrastructure sector both as a civil engineer and in infrastructure finance. While at Macquarie, John has advised on corporate and project financings, mergers & acquisitions and arranging debt and equity for transactions including power stations, electricity transmission, gas pipelines, wind farms, energy storage, rail, light rail and road infrastructure including PPP transactions. John has also provided strategic financial advice to corporates in relation to capital structure reviews, and governments in relation to energy and transport infrastructure assets and financing.


Corporate Tables

The Leadership Breakfast will provide an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of your organisation! Companies purchasing a Corporate Table will receive additional benefits including logo placement on the table and acknowledgement at the start of the breakfast presentation.

Member table of 10 -  $1,100

Non Member table of 10 - $1,400


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Event Details


Tue 16 Feb 2016 - 7:00 am



Pan Pacific Hotel, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth


Non Members: 


College of Leadership and Management

Key Speaker(s)

Doug Aberle (Moderator), Jenelle Provost, Andrew Harris, Jürgen Schneider, John Pickhaver and David Singleton

Event Contact

Engineers Australia Member Services
1300 653 113