An update from the Gold Coast Regional Committee - December 2020

An update from the Gold Coast Regional Committee.
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Welcome to this last instalment of my updates for the year. In fact, my last instalment as Chair of the committee. The last three years have been a great experience as Chair, but it is now time to step aside and bring in some new faces.

I am happy to announce that the key roles for next year’s committee have been chosen and they are:

Chair: Julia McLeod

Deputy Chair: Malcolm Tilgner

Secretary: Adam Turner

This year has been a strange year for all of us, but we still managed to provide some great CPD events including:

  • Flood Management on the Gold Coast
  • Decarbonising Australia’s Energy Future
  • Geotech Engineering Challenges in Construction
  • SEQ City Deal, Olympic Bid and People Mass Movement Study

These were complemented by the numerous CPD webinars across the country that have been made so much more accessible to everyone.

 

Thank you to the 2020 Committee

I would like to thank this year’s committee for their continued efforts throughout 2020.

Deputy Chair

   

Darren

   

Wren

   

FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Member

 

Foteini

 

Papadimitriou

 

MIEAust

Member

 

Blake

 

Stephens

 

MIEAust CPEng NER

Member

 

Adam

 

Turner

 

MIEAust CPEng NER

Member

 

Nathan

 

Brooking

 

MIEAust

Member

 

Kyle

 

Buis

 

MIEAust CPEng NER

Member

 

Georgie

 

Costin

 

GradIEAust

Member

 

Peter

 

McCarten

 

FIEAust CPEng NER

Member

 

Sara

 

Leach

 

FIEAust CPEng NER

Member

 

Terry

 

Green

 

FIEAust

Member

 

William

 

Service

 

FIEAust CPEng APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Member

 

Jeung-Hwan

 

Doh

 

MIEAust CPEng NER

Member

 

Malcolm

 

Tilgner

 

MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Secretary

 

Julia

 

McLeod

 

GradIEAust

 

Member Spotlight - Interview with Longest Serving Member, (James) Barry Ritchie

We caught up with one of Gold Coast's longest serving members.

(James) Barry Ritchie, FIEAust, has been a member since 1951.

Barry Ritchie joined IEAust as a Student Member in 1951. His career has been in education and industry, the latter primarily in the black coal industry.

In 1951, five years after the second world war, Australia could not absorb its returning servicemen and women. A baby boom generation and a massive inflow of refugee migrants needed education and jobs. Building an industrial economy was one answer; the first Holden motor car emerged in 1949.

Expansion of its previous colonial role in agricultural exports to include global commodity exports such as coal, iron ore and other minerals has been another answer. Australia’s role in global energy security as one of three major exporters of coal replacing poor quality local country coal and unsafe extraction is notable.

In 1951 Australia had a very strong State-based technical education system because of its wartime training needs, but there was a serious shortage of qualified teachers to upgrade its post war needs. Barry was one who received a Technical Studentship to support him through University. A university block exemption system allowed him to gain a University degree by undertaking the final two years after completion of his Diploma. Barry graduated with first Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering in 1953.

He undertook a year of work experience between the two courses. His Diploma qualified him for student membership of the Institution of Engineers. He found the prestige associated with membership, attending meetings and the Annual IEAust Conferences in different states very valuable to support his work experience. He served on the Education Committee of IEAust in the 1970s.

As a condition of the studentship, from 1954 he developed and taught technical education curriculum at Diploma level. In 1962 he joined the University of Melbourne Engineering School and completed his PhD in 1966. Barry was appointed as a Special Lecturer at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology during 1968.

Technical School Diploma Courses were transferred from the State Education departments to new Colleges of Advanced Education in the late 1960s. The courses were upgraded to degree level. Barry was appointed as Principal of the newly gazetted Preston Institute of Technology (PIT), a Victorian Institute of Colleges accredited College. A site for a new campus at Bundoora had been chosen. Commercial research for companies while at the University had led to meeting influential executives in the Preston region who gave him great support.

Barry became Chairman of the Australian Committee of Principals and Directors of Colleges of Advanced Education in 1979 to develop relations with the Australian Vice Chancellors Committee. Some of the College of Advanced Education sector colleges were established as Universities under a Commonwealth initiated restructure of the advanced education sector by the Commonwealth Government in the mid-1970s; the remainder, including Preston, were absorbed into existing universities.

In 1980 Barry joined the NSW Coal Association (also the Australian Coal Association from 1983) as CEO dealing with Industrial Relations for the coal industry and developing coal industry research and environment policy. His role included Vice Chairman of the International Committee for Coal Research from 1988-1990. He was invited to join the ATSE (Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering) in 1993 and received the Centenary Medal of the Australian Government in 2003.

Barry was invited to become Chief Executive of the Australian Management College Mt Eliza in 1990 (the Monash Mt Eliza Business School from 1990-1996). The College, formed in 1954 by the Rotary Club of Sydney, was focused on management training for senior business executives. The Board of PIT sent him there as a student in 1970.

On retirement from Monash Mt Eliza Business School he became a Professor of Management at Southern Cross University until 2004. He then became a Consultant in Advanced Education until retirement in 1998. During that time, he was appointed as Academic Dean of the APEA Chifley Business School from 2003-2009, which conducted a Master of Technology by distance education across Australia and the region.

Barry has been involved in Retiree activities for some years including President of the Gold Coast Branch of the Association of Independent Retirees 2005-2007, and Deputy Chairman of the Association of Independent Retirees 2014.

What do you think is the biggest innovation to have come out of Australian engineering?

Recognition, quality and respect of engineers as a profession of all grades; registration of consulting engineers.

What do you enjoy doing now?

Membership of a sailing club, playing bowls, and assisting with some of our grandchildren.

 

Recognition of New Fellows and Chartered Members

We would like to recognise our newest Fellows and Chartered Members.

Chartered: 

  • Richard Hollingsworth, MIEAust CPEng NER
  • Daniel Partridge, TMIEAust CEngT
  • Jwoo Ming Loh, MIEAust CPEng NER
  • Jarryd Dorman, MIEAust CPEng
  • Angela Tait, MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
  • Stephen Smith, MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
  • Alexander Rowlands, MIEAust CPEng NER
  • Ahmed El Safty, MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
  • Andrew Parker, MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
  • Dion Damon, MIEAust CPEng NER
  • Ben Knust, MIEAust CPEng NER
  • Simon Kealley, AMIEAust CEngA NER
  • Chris Borg, MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Fellows: 

  • Steven Coote, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
  • Christopher Dee, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
  • Teck Kean Chin, FIEAust CPEng NER
  • Mark Jordan, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

 

Local CPD

We recently held our Annual Dinner at Southport Yacht Club on 18 November. Members in our region joined the local committee for an evening of jovial celebration and professional recognition. 

I wanted to thank Lydia Gentle OAM FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)| Engineering Manager, BHP for sharing her insights on how to create diverse teams, breakdown barriers and adaptive leadership through periods of uncertainty.

Check out photos of our night here.

 

If you have a topic to present or want to get more involved in the local engineering professional community, please get in contact with us. The committee meets regularly and always welcomes new members - please email [email protected] and we will be in contact with you.

 

Yours sincerely,

Rod Barry

FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Chair, Gold Coast Regional Group