Sydney’s committee members for 2022

This year we introduce three new members to Engineers Australia’s Sydney committee along with a new President, Don Moloney. These members will help the committee provide leadership in the direction and governance of Engineers Australia Sydney in 2022.  

Don Moloney

President - Don Moloney MIEAust

Don is a senior manager in the defence sector where he leads innovation and engineering projects leading to a safer and more capable Royal Australian Navy. He has also worked in the transport and across the government and private sectors. He has won a number of awards for his pioneering work and continues to push boundaries. Don believes in the enormous potential of engineers to solve complex problems, and his mission is the safety, security and prosperity of communities.

Olivia Merza

Deputy President - Associate Prof Olivia Mirza FIEAust NER

Olivia is qualified structural engineer for buildings and bridges. She worked as structural engineer for 10 years before pursuing her academic career. Her expertise is in forensic engineering. She acts an independent consultant on rehabilitation and strengthening buildings and bridge failures around the globe. She is currently the Associate Dean Engagement at Western Sydney University and a strong advocate for promoting female and Indigenous participation inSTEM education. 

Tom Laslett

Deputy President - Tom Laslett MIEAust CPEng NER

Tom has 13 years’ experience working in the building, infrastructure, oil and gas sectors. He has first-hand experience in the formation and delivery of projects in the construction industry. Tom is Chartered through Engineers Australia in civil, leadership and management, and project management. He is the Vice Chair of the College of Leadership and Management (CLM) Committee in Sydney. Tom is now working as a Project Manager in the infrastructure division of John Holland.

Jessica Qui

Jessica Qiu FIEAust CPEng NER (Immediate Past President) 

Jessica is an internationally chartered civil and environmental engineer and management professional. She is an engineering management executive that works across the lifecycle of projects. She offers a unique set of expertise across management, technical or program delivery for major infrastructure projects and strategic business operations.
Her passions include driving engineering excellence, professional sustainability, efficient organisational management structure by upgrading dated methods with innovative approaches.

Brendyn Williams

Brendyn Williams FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER

Brendyn is an enthusiastic and passionate leader and 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. He specalises 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.

Varuni Fernando

Varuni Fernando MIEAust

Varuni is an MBA Candidate at London Business School. Previously he was a Product Manager at ResMed. She has worked on future digital health interventions to help patients gain confidence in treating their Sleep Disordered Breathing. She completed her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of New South Wales and a Masters in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Varuni is also on the founding team for All in Tech, an organisation seeking to create opportunities in tech for women and people of colour.


Cynthia Lei MIEAust

Cynthia is a change leader, engineer and educator who is passionate about inclusion and innovation. 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.

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.

Benjamin Hanley

Benjamin Hanley MIEAust CPEng NER

A finance MBA graduate, chartered engineer and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Benjamin brings with him experience and insight from numerous tier one construction, infrastructure and remediation projects. Benjamin's career and passion is focused on unlocking sustainable long-term value for communities, businesses and environments. In his capacity as committee member, Benjamin does not represent his employer.

Dianna Zigora

Diana Zagora MIEAust CPEng

Diana is a skilled transport professional with tertiary qualifications in civil engineering and urban planning. She has over twenty years’ experience in civil engineering, transport infrastructure planning and strategy, stakeholder engagement, urban design, program and project management. Diana joins us from Transport for NSW where she is the Director Civil Engineering Infrastructure in the Asset Management Branch. Diana was a finalist in the 2018 NSW Transport Woman of the Year - Road Freight NSW and is a Chartered Engineer and Roads Australia Fellow.


Robbie Goedecke MIEAust CPEng

Robbie works for Sydney Water as a Strategy Advisor. Previously he was the international projects officer working for the Australian Water Association. Robbie is a Chartered professional engineer with experience in water supply planning, distribution design and operations. He was involved in the development of a 30 year water supply strategy for South East Queensland. Robbie is passionate about enabling sustainable communities, adapting engineering systems to climate change and supporting diversity and inclusion.


Nicole Waterman FIEAust CPEng NER

Nicole is a Technical Leader at Laing O’Rourke and recently was the Project Technical Lead for Central Station Metro working with Sydney Metro. She brings more than 20 years of experience to the committee and has delivered complex multidisciplinary infrastructure engineering projects across Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Her work has spanned many sectors including rail, commercial, cultural and civic, sports, and the water and wastewater industries. Nicole holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Newcastle and a Masters of Business Administration from La Trobe University.

Bruce Howard

Bruce Howard HonFIEAust CPEng NER


Bruce Howard has made an extensive contribution to Engineers Australia and the engineering profession at large through involvement and contributions to Sydney Division (Sydney President on a number of occasions) as well as Engineers Australia National Council / Board and National Congress over many years. He is also currently Chair of the Joint Board incorporating Engineers Australia and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). His professional experience in excess of 40 years is in the electrical power industry with a specialisation in renewable energy. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical - Hons), a Master in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA.