09/09/2019 - 12:59 pm

Engineers Australia welcome new CEO

Engineers Australia has appointed Dr Bronwyn Evans HonFIEAust FTSE CPEng as chief executive officer.

Dr Evans is an experienced and respected CEO who brings a wealth of leadership and commercial and policy expertise gained across a career spanning both corporate and not-for-profit roles at the forefront of engineering in Australia and globally. These have included CEO of Standards Australia, senior executive roles at Cochlear Ltd and GE Healthcare, as well as non-executive board experience in the construction, medical technology and digital business sectors.

National president and board chair of Engineers Australia, Trish White, said, “Over the last few years, Engineers Australia has modernised its governance and operations to support the increasingly important role of the profession in Australia’s economic, social and sustainable future, with our advocacy and media engagement also at an all-time high.

“Our board looks forward to Dr Evans advancing this work, growing our organisation through provision of clear member value and furthering the influence of our profession in the ethos of community service embedded in our Royal Charter.”

As an electrical engineer who has led successful corporations across manufacturing, construction, research and standards-setting, Dr Evans was well-placed to lead our organisation into its next chapter as the engineering profession transitions to take advantage of the technological disruptions and innovation of the future.

Dr Evans said she was excited to take on the role. “With the global megatrends shaping our future relying so significantly on engineering insight and leadership it is a fascinating and important time for the profession. I am looking forward to working closely with the Board, the staff and the broader membership to continue to grow and advance our organisation,” said Evans.

Professor Ian Burnett, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and IT at UTS said Dr Evans experience leading organisations through important transitions made her ideally placed to lead the organisation.

“Engineering is facing a similar period of change now and Dr Evans will be key to honing the profession’s response to the changing role of Engineers in Australia moving forwards. As President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans, I look forward to working with Dr Evans on our future Engineering education and the graduates of tomorrow,” said Burnett.

John Grill, chairman of WorleyParsons said, “I strongly endorse the appointment of Dr Bronwyn Evans as the new CEO of Engineers Australia. I was fortunate to get to know Bronwyn well while she was the CEO of Standards Australia and simultaneously the Chair of the MTP Connect Industry Growth Centre. Her industry knowledge, senior management experience, people skills and research background equip her extremely well to lead Engineers Australia in an era during which the importance of engineers and engineering in society is growing rapidly while at the same time the skills that an individual engineer requires are changing by the day.”

“As an EA office bearer I welcome the opportunity to work with Dr Evans,” said Emerita Professor Elizabeth Taylor AO, deputy chair of the International Engineering Alliance. “Her experience balancing quality and agility in the innovation sector situate her well to continue EA’s drive to uphold professional standards and be the trusted voice of the profession in an increasingly complex international environment.”

“Dr Evans is an excellent choice”, said Siemens CEO, Jeff Connolly. “Her reputation in representing Australia internationally will assist Engineers Australia to promote Australian engineering capability and innovation.”

Dr Evans takes up her new role on 3 October 2019.

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