Held in a “hybrid” online/face-to-face format, the Annual General Meeting was attended by members around Australia.
Members received updates on achievements, progress and challenges from the CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans and the 2020 National President and Board Chair Chris Champion including:
- Membership growth (up 4% from the previous year to 100,911), record non-student membership (up 5% to 72,748) and record Chartered membership (up 7% to 26,401)
- The passing of legislation for registration of engineers in Victoria and New South Wales
- A rise in the number of engineers accessing our CPD (up 58% to over 146,000 registrations) driven by acceleration in digital progress – webinars and EA OnDemand video platform, which now has over 700 videos
- Meeting a 30% gender target established in 2017 for the volunteer office bearer community (although progress has been uneven, and work remains) and being a founding partner of independent LGBTQI+ industry group InterEngineer
- COVID-19 responses and engagement
- Our 20|20+3 Vision three-year strategy
- A generous bequest by the late William “Bill” Hickson, which will fund engineering scholarships for generations to come
Financial prudence and strength
Chair of Engineers Australia’s Audit & Risk Committee, Lucia Cade, outlined the strong financial position of the Engineers Australia Group, which includes subsidiaries such as Engineering Education Australia (EEA).
The Group delivered a $6.8m surplus on total revenue across diversified income streams of $80m, driven by an extraordinary performance by EEA, a profitable World Engineers Convention, reduced travel costs and investment growth, she said.
“We are in a strong position to continue to invest in implementing our strategic Vision 20|20+3, and further enhance our services to members and the broader community,” she said. Net assets had totalled $59.6m.
In 2019–20, the group’s financial prudence had enabled it to invest in delivering improved services to members, including technological upgrades, online platforms for CPD and new physical facilities in Brisbane and Sydney. Engineers Australia had also made concession fees available to those in financial need.
For further information, please see the 2019-20 Annual Report, which is posted on our website.
Engineers Australia welcomed six new Honorary Fellows, as nominated by Divisional Committees in their regions and as endorsed by the Board.
Bruce Howard FIEAust CPEng NER has made an extensive contribution to Engineers Australia and the engineering profession. His many volunteer roles with Engineers Australia include Sydney Division President on three separate occasions – 2002, 2015 and 2019 – and National Vice President for over a decade.
He is currently the General Manager of two major solar energy development projects in NSW and the Managing Director of Ample Electrical Services, a renewable energy and electric power consultancy that has worked on projects including utility-scale renewable wind projects. Bruce’s 40-year career started with the Electricity Commission of NSW, and also included roles at Pacific Power and TransGrid.
In a 40-year-career, Dr David Cruickshanks-Boyd FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER has made substantial contributions through leadership in infrastructure delivery; board and volunteer positions; and as a champion of diversity.
He is currently WSP’s National Director, Corporate Sustainability, a Member of the SA Minerals and Energy Advisory Council and Chair of the South Australia Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Infrastructure Cluster. During his tenure as National President and Board Chair in 2015, he established a Diversity Committee and Policy within the Engineers Australia management team. He is a past deputy chair of the SA Environment Protection Authority, and former Director of Scope Global.
Professor Robin Batterham AO FIEAust CPEng(RET) has shared his expertise across many spheres – including in business, academia, government and peak bodies. For over 20 years, he was with Rio Tinto, including as Global Head of Innovation. Since 2010, he has been the Kernot Professor in Engineering at the University of Melbourne, with interests in sustainability, mining and mineral processing. He has also served as Australia’s Chief Scientist, President of the Academy of Technology and Engineering and President of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and Chair of the International Energy Agency Expert Group on Science for Energy.
Emeritus Professor David Beanland AO FIEAust CPEng(Ret) has been at the forefront of transformation in microelectronics engineering and the Australian university sectors throughout his 60 years of service to the profession.
As Foundation Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University, David led the institution through a period of transformational change including establishing RMIT’s International University in Vietnam. A key contributor to the entire University sector in the adoption of quality, computing and international education, David is the author of several UNESCO reports on engineering education and microelectronics. He is Director of DGB Concepts, providing consulting services to the university sector.
Neville (Nev) Power FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER has enjoyed a distinguished career that has spanned the gamut. He started on “shop floor” as an apprentice diesel fitter before qualifying as a mechanical engineer and taking on a succession of increasingly senior roles in the resources sector, including as Chief Executive Officer of Fortescue Metals Group between 2011 and 2018, a period in which FMG’s production quadrupled.
He currently Chairs Perth Airport, the Foundation for the WA Museum and the Royal Flying Doctor Service in WA. In addition, Nev was selected by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as Chairman of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission.
Over a 40-year academic career, Professor Mark Randolph FIEAust CPEng(Ret) has become the world’s most-cited geotechnical engineer, with over 17,000 citations. His work has been pivotal to enabling Australia’s major offshore gas and LNG projects.
He was also founding co-Director of consulting company Advanced Geomechanics, later acquired by international company Fugro, where he continues to serve as a Technical Authority. He originally obtained his PhD from Cambridge, where he lectured in Engineering before joining the University of Western Australia and rapidly becoming a professor. He co-authored two books Piling Engineering, and Offshore Geotechnical Engineering, and developed software for practical application. Professor Randolph is pictured above, being presented his certificate by WA Division President Jillian Formentin, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aust).