Conference Day One - Wednesday, 16 October

08:15
Registration and welcome coffee

08:50
Opening remarks from the Chair

Rita Henderson
Professor and Deputy Dean (Societal Impact and Translation)
University of New South Wales Engineering

DEVELOPING ESSENTIAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS
09:00
Building a successful long-term career in engineering
  • Analysing the key drivers to set your engineering career off on the right foot
  • Developing a matrix of skills including strong communication, problem-solving and analytical thinking to provide a solid leadership foundation
  • Harnessing your skills as a collaborator and negotiator to build bridges across your organisation and with stakeholders

Nina Kilpinen
Managing Director
Seed Engineering

09:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Building an effective engineering leader’s toolbox
  • How can you help to create a culture of continuous learning and improvement within your organisation?
  • What are the most effective strategies to ensure effective collaboration within teams and between other departments?
  • How can diversity and inclusion be fostered within teams and how can you demonstrate the benefits of a diverse team?
  • What are the best ways to respond to and manage conflicting priorities when leading a team?

Moderator:

Susan Pearce
Chief Executive Officer
Australian General Practice Network

Panellists:

Beatriz Toribio Lopez
Head of Asset Engineering
RES

Tamsyn Parker
Business Manager, Customer Engineering Services NSW/ACT
BOC South Pacific

Eleanor Loudon
Chief Executive Officer
Engineers Without Borders

Margaret Rogacki
General Manager, Australia LNG
ExxonMobil

10:20
Leading through technical expertise: balancing technical proficiency with leadership skills
  • Building effective leadership behaviours to increase the performance and well-being of your team and organisation
  • Inspiring creativity, innovation & technical proficiency
  • Bridging the gap between creating leaders and technical experts

Elizabeth Taylor AO
Chair
SmartCrete Cooperative Research Centre

10:50
Morning tea

11:20
Building confidence and self-esteem to find success in engineering
  • Exploring strategies to develop self-confidence and assertiveness in engineering roles
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome and embracing a growth mindset to fuel professional growth
  • Building resilience and managing setbacks to maintain confidence in the face of challenges

Ashley McCarthy-Griffiths
Business Improvement Principal | President
Stanmore | Power of Engineering

IMPROVING PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONTROLS AND A NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS
11:50
PANEL DISCUSSION: Identifying and elevating the key project management skills all leaders need to master
  • What are the key challenges that engineers commonly face when managing projects, and how can they overcome them?
  • How can engineers effectively prioritise tasks, anticipate potential issues, manage resources, and allocate budgets?
  • What project management methodologies or frameworks are most effective for engineering projects, and how can engineers apply them?
  • How can engineers evaluate project performance, conduct post-project reviews, and apply lessons learned to future projects?

Moderator:

Sarah de Man
Major Maintenance & TAR Manager – Asset Services
Origin

Panellists:

Angela Jeffery
Project Director – Western Sydney Airport
Sydney Metro

Nina Lee
Senior Associate - Structures
BG&E

Emma Ram
Manager, Electrical Programs, Major Works
Sydney Trains

12:40
Networking lunch

13:40
Optimising project controls for success
  • Streamlining project monitoring and reporting processes to maximise value and improve efficiency
  • Leveraging real time data with analytics to drive timely and informed decision-making and project success
  • Breaking down the silos and increasing collaboration among project stakeholders

Maria Koutsimpiris
Project Controls Manager – Southern Program Alliance | Chair - National Committee for Women in Engineering
                 ACCIONA | Engineers Australia

Luz Vasquez-Castro
Project Controls Manager – Eastern Region
ACCIONA

14:10
Mastering risk management for optimal outcomes
  • Identifying and mitigating potential risks through proactive risk assessment and analysis
  • Implementing robust risk mitigation strategies and contingency plans to safeguard project success
  • Enhancing communication among project teams to effectively address and manage risks throughout the engineering lifecycle

Ingrid Fuentes
Manager, Network Safety and Risk
Energy Queensland

14:40
Considering safety culture in projects and operations environments
  • Understanding safety maturity models and how to improve safety culture
  • Analysing the treatment of hazards and risks
  • Examples of risk management for projects and operational risks

Praema Ranga
Engineering Capability Manager
Boeing Defence Australia

15:10
Afternoon tea

PROMOTING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AS CRITICAL FACETS OF A SUCESSFUL ORGANISATION
15:40
Navigating and thriving in a male-dominated environment
  • Leveraging emotional intelligence to enhance communication and relationship-building skills
  • Creating an inclusive workplace by engaging with executives to promote diversity and shift culture
  • Addressing bias, unconscious bias and microaggressions in the workforce

Benita Husband
Engineering Director – Victoria and Tasmania
CPB Contractors

16:10
PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating an inclusive future and a fairer, more functional workplace
  • What challenges or barriers exist when it comes to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce?
  • What steps can we take to address and mitigate any systemic barriers that may exist within the engineering profession?
  • How do you ensure that underrepresented voices are heard and valued in engineering decision-making processes?

Moderator:

Alison Every
Director, Stem Careers
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Panellists:

Vikki Pink
Chief People Officer
Worley

Gunilla Burrowes
Director
SmartCrete CRC | Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre

Madison Page
Senior Indigenous Affairs Advisor
Laing O’Rourke

Margarita Moya
Chair
Engineers Without Borders

Ashley McCarthy-Griffiths
Business Improvement Principal | President
Stanmore | Power of Engineering

17:00
Closing remarks from the Chair
17:05
End of Day ONE
17:05
Networking drinks
18:30
Official Event Dinner
Address: 5 Kensington Street Chippendale (5 mins walk)
Bookings essential.
Dress as you are!