National Board Members

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The SENG National Board is made up of representatives from each chapter committee.  The Board meets in person once a year and regularly by videoconference/ teleconference in order to manage and administer the society.  Contact details of the board members are available on the Contact the SENG Board page, and individual Chapter pages.


Graham Davies MIEAust CPEng (Mechanical) - Chair

MD Resonant Solutions

Graham is a Chartered Engineer with 25 years’ experience in design, analysis, operations and project management in the energy, mining, manufacturing and water industries. Graham has had senior roles in the corporate sector, including managing large multi-disciplinary projects, as well as directorships in small businesses. He has also developed IP (including patents) for products that are currently on the market. This career experience along with diverse outdoor interests has lead to his passion in sustainability and the belief that society needs to rethink its values and economic system.


Alice Howe MIEAust PhD (Environmental) - Immediate Past Chair and Newcastle Representative

Lake Macquarie Council

Alice is an environmental engineer with over 19 years’ experience in environmental management. Alice is currently Lake Macquarie City Council’s Sustainability Manager, responsible for delivering an extensive program to improve the environmental performance of both Council and the City.  Alice is also a member of the Engineer's Australia Newcastle Division Committee.

Prior to working in local government, Alice was an academic, teaching and researching in environmental engineering at the University of Newcastle in the fields of water engineering and estuarine wetland rehabilitation. Alice has also worked in the environmental impact assessment field and as an accredited environmental auditor.


Rachael Lindup MEng MSC CEng (Structural) - Deputy Chair and Sydney Representative

Market Development Manager, Green Building Council of Australia

Rachael is a chartered structural engineer with over 10 years experience in the building industry, working on a wide range of building project in Australia and the UK.  Rachael is currently a Market Development Manager at the Green Building Council of Australia. While at the GBCA she developed the rating tool for sustainable buildings, Green Star – Design & As Built and currently works with industry, helping them organisations find the business case for sustainable development. Rachael has a particular interest in construction methods, materials and design practices that reduce the environmental impacts of buildings.  

Rachael holds a Master of Engineering degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University, a Master of Science degree in Technologies for Broadband Communications from University College London, and has recently completed the Centre For Sustainability Leadership’s fellowship program.


Lara Harland FIEAust CPEng (Civil and Environmental) - Queensland Representative

Senior Consultant, EnviroEngineering Solutions

Lara was Chair of the SENG National Board in 2011 and 2012.  She is a Civil Engineer with 20 years experience in the water supply, sewerage and environmental industry.  She has undertaken considerable work relating to Environmental Management Systems developed to ISO14001, including numerous internal, and second party audits and construction management plans.  Other environmental and civil work includes detailed design, strategy/feasibility studies and environmental assessments.  As project manager she has coordinated and managed technical specialists on a large number of projects, along with successful experience in community/stakeholder consultation and environmental impact studies.  Lara has served on the local QLD chapter of SENG in various positions since 2003 and has been involved on the National Board since March 2006.  She is committed to sustainability and strongly believes that we are all responsible for solving the problems of today’s society.  We can do this by walking our talk and actively contributing to solutions where we are capable of doing so.


Sandra Stewart MIEAust - Treasurer and Queensland Representative

Senior Water Infrastructure Engineer, Logan City Council 

Sandy is a civil engineer with a Masters of Environmental Management.  She has a broad range of industry experience primarily in the area of municipal water and wastewater.  After more than 18 years' providing consulting services in civil design and land development, strategic water and wastewater infrastructure planning, systems planning and design, Sandy moved to work for Logan City Council in the Water Infrastructure Branch where she works towards providing sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure solutions to the community.  Logan South is one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland, where according to the SEQ Regional Plan and the Government's Urban Land Development initiative the population is expected to increase more than tenfold in the next 30 years.  With the challenges to provide essential services comes the opportunity to do so while optimising long term sustainability.

Sandy has been an SENG member since 2000, part of the Qld committee since 2003, and a Qld representative on the National Board since 2008.  Sandy has fulfilled the role of National Treasurer since 2010, and is currently the Chair of the Qld Branch committee.


Adrian Piani FIEAust CPEng (Environmental) - Chair, College of Environmental Engineers

Adrian Piani is an environmental engineer with nearly 20 years experience in the environmental and water sectors. Obtaining his Bachelor of Engineering (Natural Resources) from the University of New England, NSW in 1997, Adrian initially worked in the rural water sector with water quality and engineering roles before joining the private sector in 2001 as a consultant advising clients on a range of water resource and environmental issues. Adrian has also worked across energy and resource efficiency, and infrastructure. Adrian has spent the last seven years of his career working predominately with the Australian Government leading multi-disciplinary teams to provide policy and strategic advice. Adrian is currently the manager of AECOM’s Canberra office.

Adrianis the National Chair of the College of Environmental Engineers of Engineers Australia for 2016-2017. He was the Chair of the organising committee for the SENG 2013 National Conference. He is also President of the Act Division of the AWA and Chairs the ACT Executive Committee of Consult Australia.

In between all this, Adrian is trying to improve his golf handicap!


Position Vacant - NT/Overseas Representative


Amber Kirkpatrick BE (Mechatronic) BEc - SA Representative

Energy Efficiency Engineer, Sustainable Savings Pty Ltd

Amber is a mechatronic engineer, with experience in energy. He is currently working as an energy efficiency consultant for Sustainable Savings, modelling the consumption of existing buildings and assessing opportunities for retrofits and strategies to reduce their electricity consumption. Previously, Amber has consulted for Resonant Solutions on an energy-based economic system to quantify and account for externalities in engineering and business practice. He was also awarded the ‘Best Energy Related Project’ prize at the Mech. Engineering Level IV Project Exhibition in 2012. Amber joined the SENG National Board in 2015, following over two years experience as Treasurer and Events Coordinator for the SA division, and membership of the organising committee for the 2015 National SENG Conference. Amber holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic) and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide.


Ryan Signor BE (Civil) PhD (Enviromental)  - ACT Representative

Ryan works to understand the opportunities, risks and trade-offs necessary to create healthy, clean and connected communities. As an academic and then a consultant he has been actively incorporating risk and sustainability-based decision-making into infrastructure planning, management and delivery solutions for over a decade. In particular, he was a project manager of the development of the technical content in the Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia’s “IS” Rating Scheme that was launched in 2012; and is an IS Accredited Professional.  Ryan addresses the challenges associated with delivering services and infrastructure particularly in an uncertain future climate and in the face of a growing population & resource pressures, having worked with governments, catchment & land managers, infrastructure owners & investors and research bodies. Presently Ryan leads AECOM’s Water & Urban Development Advisory Practice across Australia and New Zealand.


Michael Hassett MIEAust CPEng (Ret) (ITEE - Telecommunications) - Victoria Representative 1

Michael joined the Victoria chapter committee of the SENG Society  in early 2012 and was subsequently appointed chair for 2013. He is a retired telecommunications engineer having spent most of his career with the Bureau of Meteorology. Originally trained in electrical engineering, he has worked predominantly in telecommunications, including responsibility for the Australia’s early meteorological satellite earth stations through the seventies and eighties and later, as a senior manager, having responsibility for the Bureau’s national and international communications networks. He spent over a decade actively involved in technical committees and working groups of the World Meteorological Organisation in the field of meteorological data communications. He has a strong interest in energy and environmental policy. Since retirement, he has worked on Standards Australia committees as a consumer advocate, served on the board of a not for profit organisation in the disability sector and is an active advocate for cycle paths and facilities in his local areas.


Fraser Gibson MIEAust CPEng (Mechanical) -  Victoria Representative 2

Fraser joined the Victoria chapter committee of the SENG Society in early 2012 and the National Board in 2013. He has a 40 year career in construction projects in power, mining and processing plants and is currently working for Worley Parsons. Having  participated in environmental organisations and campaigns for 30 years he has focussed on climate change issues in the resources and energy area for over a decade.  Fraser believes deep and rapid cuts to our or emissions and consumption are essential to transition to a sustainable nation and planet. At the same time Engineers need to adapt our energy systems, infrastructure, water, transport, agriculture and industry to address the climate change already locked in build sustainable communities into the future. This can be achieved with massive change to our thinking and behaviour and moderate change to our quality of life.


Shan Sureshan MIIE MIEAust CPEng - Western Australia Representative

I have a Masters Degree in Water & Environmental Engineering and Professional Chartered Engineer.  My experiences include civil and environmental engineering. Presently working as a Senior Project Controller with Ansaldo-STS attached to Roy Hill Project.

I am a Member and CPEng of Engineers Australia and Chair of the Sustainable Engineering Society, WA chapter. I have been involved with SENG for over 9 years and served in different capacities.  In 2007, I was a member of Sustainable Engineering Society committee, organising International Conference on Engineering Sustainability which took place in Perth.


Benjamin Gibbs BE (Mech & Aero) - Young Engineers Representative

ESD Engineer, Aurecon

Ben graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 2011 and currently works at Aurecon in Brisbane as an Environmentally Sustainable Design Engineer in the Building Services department. Having developed a keen interest in sustainability whilst at university, Ben has had the opportunity to increase his knowledge in this area by working on a number of sustainable projects in different locations throughout Australia. Ben has experience in thermal and energy modelling of buildings as well as Green Star submissions having become a Green Star Accredited Professional in 2012.

Ben was appointed the Young Engineers Representative on the SENG National Board in 2012, is a graduate member of Engineers Australia and is currently undertaking his pathway to becoming Chartered.