Engineers Australia Queensland Division

Serving our members and the engineering profession in Queensland.

About Engineers Australia Queensland

Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse engineering association in Australia, with over 100,000 members nationally and over 24,000 in Queensland. We undertake a range of vital programs to support the engineering profession.

Our activities maintain engineering standards in Australia by accrediting individual engineering competence to becoming Chartered, and accrediting tertiary engineering qualifications to international standards.

In addition to this, we cultivate lifelong learning by our members, celebrate excellence in engineering outcomes, champion professional and ethical conduct, and encourage primary and secondary students to explore the wonders of a career in the engineering and become the next generation of engineers.

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Committee Members

Dr Peter Ho AM
Queensland President
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Peter aims to promote the activities of the Division and enhance service to our members via the branches, societies, and regional groups. Peter is currently the Manager of Forensic and Integrity with Logicamms Pty Ltd.

Chris Warnock
Immediate Past President

Chris’ aim is to assist the Division Committee and Engineers Australia to enhance the reputation of the engineering profession through engaging with its members, particularly on issues with an infrastructure focus.

Chris’ background provides over 35 years as a professional engineer, predominantly in the rail engineering and infrastructure industries, for both public and private sectors.

Ken Gillard
Queensland Co-Deputy President

Ken is one of Aurecon’s most senior transport engineers. With over 33 years’ experience in multidisciplinary management and project leadership, he is renowned for his involvement in civil infrastructure works for both the public and private sectors. His experience includes design and project management of some of Queensland’s most significant transport projects for TMR, Queensland Transport and QR.

Ken has particular experience with highway and urban arterial design involving all civil engineering aspects including geometric designs, route alignments and constructability. Ken recently spent two years in the Middle East developing Aurecon’s transport capacity and commissioning several major road projects, including Mid Island Parkway and Emirates Road planning and preliminary design.

Chris Nielsen
Queensland Co-Deputy President

Chris is a civil engineer with 25 years’ experience in the infrastructure and resource sectors. He has a First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from James Cook University and a Research Masters Degree from the University of Queensland. He is a Principal Engineer for the engineering consultancy DHI Water and Environment.

Through his contributions to the Division Committee and Engineers Australia, Chris aims to strengthen the profile and reputation of the engineering profession within the broader community.

Suzanne Burow

Suzanne is a passionate advocate for engineering and looks forward to serving Queensland member's interests once again on the Division Committee, and as a member of National Congress.

Along with the division committee, she is keen to continue raising the profile and value of engineering and engineering professionals to governments and within our communities. She is a civil engineer with 20 years of experience in water resources in both the private and public sectors.

Blake Harvey

Blake is an engineering manager in the power industry, with a background in Asset Management, Operations and Planning, and currently working in Alternative Technologies.

Based in Rockhampton his key focus areas are innovation, regional development and leadership.

Andrew Leeson

Andrew has articulated from being a tradesperson, to Engineering Associate, to Engineering Technologist and currently holds a senior engineering position within the Oil & Gas industry.

Andrew's aim is to assist the Division Committee and Engineers Australia to enhance the reputation of the engineering profession through engaging with its members and promoting the roles of Engineering Technologists and Engineering Associates within industry and the wider community.

Mark Lendich

Mark holds an honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology, is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Chartered Professional Engineer. He is also the Chairman of the Queensland Electrical Branch, the Deputy-Chair of the Electrical College Board, and is a member of EA's Electrical Advisory Panel to the Queensland Minister for Energy and Water Supply.

With over 37 years' experience, he has held a wide variety of senior engineering and management roles in the national energy industry having worked in both the electricity and gas sectors. Key areas include strategy, planning, operations, risk management and sustainability.

An avid Broncos and Maroons supporter, he has been a member of Engineers Australia since his student days, and is proud to contribute back into the profession through his committee roles and undergraduate mentoring he undertakes at QUT.

Greg McMahon

Greg has been a Chief Engineer and a Chief Instructor.

His experience started with civil engineering design and construction, and now includes international marketing, research and development, consultancy and regulatory services, industrial relations, corporate support functions (mainly policy and planning) and information services.

Greg has managed change processes in the super-computerisation of professional services, and commercialisation and privatisation of government services. Greg’s professional interests are in the economic impacts of natural disasters.

Greg has been published internationally and nationally on the operational topics of change management, project management, project evaluation and industry investment, and on the human resource management issues of leadership development, organisational bullying and whistleblower protection.

Greg was Chief Presenter for the University of Queensland’s Functional Leadership Development programs for Chief Executives, for Senior and Middle Managers and For Frontline Managers, 1993-2013.

Major McMahon has been a specialist leadership and tactics instructor at four military officer training institutions during 1980-2006, and authored the manuscript, 'Teaching Military Tactics – the Book, The Manual'.

Greg has developed instruments for assessing leadership needs within an organisation, and for assessing the leadership approach of individuals. Greg’s work in his technical specialty, flood estimation, is now recommended practice for his profession.

Colin Mitchell

Simon Orton
FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER

John McIntosh
FIEAust CPEng EngExec IntPE(Au)

John is Engineers Australia's National President and Chairman 2016 following his year as National Deputy President in 2015. John served on the National Engineering Registration Board (NERB) for the past two years, and has seen the installation of the new National Engineering Register (NER) which replaces the separate registers for professional engineers, technologists and associates (NPER, NETR and NEAR, respectively).John is Chair of the Civil Engineering Industry Liaison Committee at RMIT, an Honorary Member of the Friends of Gallipoli Inc. and a Life Member of The Spirit of Australia Foundation.John started his career as a civil engineer working in as an hydrologist and water engineer in Victoria. John served as Engineers Australia's Victorian President for two years and also runs his own engineering and business management coaching consultancy

Ian McEwan

Stacey Rawlings
Queensland Manager

Stacey joined Engineers Australia in October 2016, with a background in finance, event management, accreditation, advocacy and stakeholder management, bringing with her over 12 years’ experience as an association executive from her previous held roles with the Queensland Law Society and Consult Australia.

As Queensland Manager Stacey will continue to engage actively with Queensland members to deliver the strategic objectives of the organisation.

Ana Blake
CPD Events & Group Engagement Manager

T: (07) 3226 3004

Ana has 25 years’ experience in event management, marketing and stakeholder engagement. Since arriving in Queensland in 2006 she has worked with state government departments, Main Roads and Environment.

Ana has a passion for the environment and sustainable business practices. As the CPD Events & Group Engagement Manager, Ana works closely with internal and external clients in line with the EA operational and strategic plans.

Ana provides management and guidance to Group Engagement Officers who consult and provide advice to our regional and Brisbane based groups. Ana ensures that QLD group activities are effectively administered, managed and promoted for the benefit of all.

Kathryn Barwick AffilIEAust
Client Manager Queensland
T: (07) 3226 3008

A critical part of our role is ensuring the standards for engineering practice are world-class and engineering teams across the globe are appropriately qualified and credentialed. We deliver this via partnerships between Engineers Australia and engineering employers committed to the development of their engineering workforce.

As Client Manager Queensland, Kathryn's role is to grow current partnerships with employers of engineers who support a professional culture resulting in the increased uptake of Engineers Australia's products and services including Chartered, membership and Engineering Education Australia training.

Kathryn has a background in marketing and client services. She has worked in the engineering industry for over 15 years and has extensive experience in the delivery of services to members and clients. She brings expertise in client relationship management to the team as well experience in marketing, project management and member services.

Megan Purdy
Client Manager Queensland
T: (07) 3226 3008

Megan is a member of the National Industry Team based in the Queensland Division. The team aims to develop relationships to enhance collaboration with engineering employers focusing on implementing the Professional Development Program (PDP).

The PDP is a structured program helping our members acquire and develop the competencies required to achieve Chartered Status. This is also a gateway to RPEQ.

Megan can assist both engineers and the organisations that employ engineers, understand the benefits of being Chartered and how to achieve that goal.

David Spediacci
Business Development Manager - Membership

Emily Marschke
Business Development Manager -Tertiary Development

Emily is a member of Engineers Australia’s National Tertiary Development team. As Australia’s tertiary institutions are core partners in developing Australia’s future engineers, Engineers Australia seeks to actively collaborate with these institutions to be as effective and valuable as possible in supporting students and graduates.

Emily has over 15 years’ experience as an Engineer / Project Manager working in a variety of fields within government and private industry. Her key experience is in project management and stakeholder engagement having completed a Master’s Degree in Engineering Science (Project Management) in January 2003.

In her current role, Emily is responsible for leading the transformation of Engineers Australia's engagement within the tertiary sector in Queensland, creating effective and rewarding experiences for Australia's future engineers.

Dr Alan Collier FIEAust CPEng
National Assessor (part time)
T: (07) 3226 3019 or (07) 3226 3011

Alan graduated from the Royal Military College and University of NSW with a first class honours degree in electrical engineering in 1976. He spent many years in light current engineering, principally telecommunications. He was involved in starting and managing a consultancy for 12 years from which he learnt many business lessons.

As well as engineering he was involved in hands-on management and management consulting. He went on to obtain an honours law degree from the University of Melbourne in 1991 and practised for many years as a solicitor in technology and intellectual property.

In 2008 he obtained his PhD after researching the commercialisation of university research. He has consulted to many large companies and governments, and has given advice on many innovative developments. He retains an interest in technology startups.

Colin Colquhoun FIEAust CPEng NPER FAICD
National Assessor (part time)
T: (07) 3226 3019 or (07) 3226 3011

Colin graduated as a civil engineer from QUT in 1972, and later as a MEngSc (Project Management) from UNSW. His early career was in the pre-stressed concrete industry, working on freeway and rail bridges as well as some landmark building projects in the Sydney area.

He completed an MBA at Macquarie University in 1982. Colin later undertook training programs in USA at Wharton Business School and Columbia University in business strategy and sustainable competitive advantage. Colin established Colquhoun & Associates in 1992 and has been working with both public and private sector clients to improve their business competitiveness and service delivery.

Jane Copperthwaite MIEAust CPEng
National Assessor (part time)
T: (07) 3226 3019 or (07) 3226 3011

Mike Garrett FIEAust CPEng RPEQ BEng (Civil)
National Assessor (part time)
T: (07) 3226 3019 or (07) 3226 3011

Mike has over 35 years of experience in the transport (mainly rail) and construction industry in the fields of project management, business development, construction, marketing, contract negotiation, financial management, recruitment and team building, and the promotion of a wide range of products and services both domestically and internationally. Mike joined Engineers Australia as a National Assessor in April 2009 and, in conjunction with the other three Queensland-based assessors, is responsible for Stage 2 assessments for Chartered Status, RPEQ applications, and working with PDP companies to assist the graduate engineers in their Career Episode Reports submissions.

Don Muir FIEAust CPEng RPEQ BEng (Civil)
National Assessor (part time)
T: (07) 3226 3019 or (07) 3226 3011

Don Muir has over 40 years of experience with Main Roads Queensland and was Deputy Director-General when he retired in 2004, In addition to his role as a National Assessor (Stage 2), Don also works as a part time consultant.

Don has extensive experience in the areas of program and project management and the planning, design and construction of roads and bridges.


The Department of Transport and Main Roads moves and connects people, places, goods and services safely, efficiently and effectively across Queensland.

We plan, manage and deliver Queensland's integrated transport environment to achieve sustainable transport solutions for road, rail, air and sea.

Our integrated transport planning approach ensures we contribute to:

  • people's quality of life
  • Queensland's economic wellbeing
  • a sustainable environment.

Central to our business is a proven commitment to actively listen and respond to Queenslanders. We then incorporate their views into decisions that may impact on people's lives.

All Queenslanders, irrespective of where they live and work, can expect to have appropriate transport choices and fair access to the transport system.

Brisbane City Council has great career paths for qualified engineers with a desire to make a real contribution for the people of Brisbane.

Council engineers can work on diverse projects such as landmark infrastructure construction to projects that save the tiniest of creatures by designing possum-friendly wildlife ladders on roadways.

Engineers in Council take part in stakeholder relations and facilitate negotiation between elected representatives, commercial developers, environmental groups, the community and industry to get the best possible outcome.

The variety and scope of projects in Council is endless. We need environmental, civil and electrical engineers to deliver projects to and provide foresight on how the city should manage growth.

Council provides world-class engineering solutions to new issues or concerns, so that Brisbane continues to be one of the most liveable cities in the world.

You will enjoy new and exciting challenges, competitive pay and ongoing professional development while making a difference to Brisbane.

For more information please visit our website or phone us on 07 3403 4998.

You can also register your details in Council’s Talent Pool. Simply go to our website and click on ‘Join our Talent Pool’. By joining Council’s Talent Pool, we will keep your resume on file and consider you for any position that may become available in the future.

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with its customers, Bechtel delivers landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, the company has completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents.

Bechtel operates through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals.

The company and its culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity.

Queensland groups

Queensland Division Awards

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) Queensland 2016 program seeks to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement in the practice of engineering and service to the profession.

The AEEA is the premier event for the profession. The night promotes industry excellence across engineering projects and engineering professionals.

For information on the winner of the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards Queensland please visit

Queensland Professional Engineer of the Year

Mr Rod Bligh FIEAust CPEng BE MSc

Queensland Engineering Technologist of the Year

Mr Andrew Leeson TMIEAust CEngT

Queensland Engineering Associate of the Year

Mr Stephen Cullinan AMIEAust

Queensland Young Professional Engineer of the Year

Mr Theerasak (Beer) Opatsuwan MIEAust CPEng NPER RPEQ IntPE(Aus) BEng(Hons) GCertEng

Youth and Science Programs

Targeted to primary school students, EngQuest is an all year round, web based program to provide a hands-on way for students to achieve key learning outcomes in science, mathematics and technology without leaving the class room.

Fun and interactive student projects combined with comprehensive resources and teacher support make EngQuest the perfect package for primary school teachers across Australia.

Registration is free and there are some fantastic prizes on offer. All students will receive a certificate of participation recognising their efforts.

With brand new projects, comprehensive Teacher Packs and fantastic prizes, EngQuest is a program of Engineers Australia. EngQuest is supported by the Australian Government through a Science Connections Program Grant administered by the Department of Education, Science and Training.

We aim to link members of the engineering team to schools to talk to the students. If you would like to volunteer to help out please contact us.

The comprehensive education website with cross-curricular lesson and activity ideas will involve multiple tasks, with three learning levels to choose from.

The site will provide teachers with relevant information and resources to guide student projects with ease. Participants will be able to download teachers' packs complete with lesson plans and student hand-outs.

Go to the EngQuest website to volunteer to visit a school or register your school

Since its inception in 1994 as a three day camp for Year 11 students, the Engineering Link Group has grown to be the exemplar in Queensland and Australia for introducing secondary school students to the discipline of engineering.

For more information, please visit:

Power of Engineering's vision is to inspire young people, particularly females and regional people, to consider a diverse and creative career in engineering. To squash the perception that a career in engineering is all numbers and to prove that engineers have the power to shape the world they live in; and to prove that innovation and creativity is imperative to creating solutions and ultimately changing the world.

Harnessing technology and creativity signals a very bright future for engineering. Through sustainable design, project management, operation and maintenance of whole-of-life programmes, engineers will deliver resilient future-focused communities.

Power of Engineering is committed to:

  • Inspiring young women, regional people and new entrants from diverse backgrounds to consider a career in engineering
  • Shifting the perception of engineering from being about maths and hard hats to being an opportunity to innovate, find solutions and create a positive future
  • Forging connections between communities, schools, universities and industry.

The Power of Engineering Inc. aims to achieve its objectives through four primary 'deliverables':

  • Events for high school students
  • A Power of Engineering website
  • Targeted media (to shift perceptions for example in key industry magazines, local papers, industry conferences, print media and online media)
  • Networking events for the Power of Engineering Community

For more information, please visit:

Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools is designed to create and support ongoing professional partnerships between scientists and mathematicians and teachers in primary and secondary schools across Australia.

A successful, well-established national program, over 3000 professional partnerships between scientists, mathematicians and teachers have been created since July 2007. Currently more than 1175 scientists and mathematicians across Australia are involved in partnerships.

Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools seeks to bring the practice of real world science and mathematics to classrooms and inspire and motivate teachers and students in the teaching and learning of science and mathematics. Additionally it aims to broaden awareness of the variety of careers available and increase scientists’ and mathematicians’ engagement with the broader community.

For more information on the program and to register, please visit the CSIRO website.

Make It So
Engineers Australia's community-focused webpage dedicated to delivering inspirational messages encouraging students to choose engineering as a career choice, and to help the general public understand the great things engineers do!

Exploratorium Structures Around the World
Kids Zone - Teachers! Details for bridges in the classroom

How Car Engines Work
Ready S.E.T. Go! - A symphony of mechanisms getting you from A to B

How Stuff Works
Kids Zone - For young and young at heart! Fascinating...

Contact us

Office Location and address

Engineering House
447 Upper Edward Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Office Hours: Mon - Fri 9.00am - 5.00pm

Level 1: Membership and general enquiries
Level 3: Chartered Assessment Centre

Postal Address

PO Box 864
Spring Hill QLD 4004

Phone Toll Free: 1300 653 113
choose one of the following options:

  1. To renew your membership
  2. Other membership enquiries
  3. eChartered and Professional Development Program enquiries
  4. Migration Skills Assessment
  5. National registers and CPD Audit
  6. All other enquiries, including to speak directly with a Queensland member of staff. Please ask for them by name.

Fax: (07) 3832 2101

Email us

How to get to our offices

There a number of carparks located within a short distance of Engineering House. On-street parking is also available. Parking restrictions generally apply in the Brisbane Central Traffic Area between the hours of 7am and 7pm.

Carpark Name Location/Entry Hours Cost (1 hr parking)
Secure Parking Portman Lane (off Astor Terrace) Mon-Fri
7:00am - 7:00pm
from $19.00
Brisbane City Council Wickham Terrace/Turbot St 24 hours frpm $18.00 (12.00 ph after 4:30pm)
United Service Club Upper Edward Street
approximately 150m from the
Wickham/Upper Edward Street intersection.
Up to 2 hours from $20.00

Brisbane Transport operates bus services throughout the Greater Brisbane area. Express bus services to the City are available every 10-15 minutes from major suburban centres such as Westfield Chermside, Garden City, Westfield Carindale and Westfield Indooroopilly.

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Queensland Rail supplies safe, fast and comfortable passenger rail travel in south-east Queensland via the Citytrain network. The network extends from the centre of Brisbane south to Beenleigh and Robina on the Gold Coast, north to Ferny Grove, Shorncliffe, Caboolture and Gympie, east to Cleveland and west to Ipswich and Rosewood.

Engineering House is located a short walk from Central Station on the Citytrain network. Trains depart for the domestic and international airports every 15 minutes.

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TransLink provides one single public transport network covering south-east Queensland from Gympie North/Noosa to Coolangatta and west to Helidon.

Just one TransLink ticket will take you wherever you want to go on buses, trains and ferries. Zones, fares and concessions are standardised across the system, providing one set of rules for everyone.

A Journey Planner helps you organise travel times and explore alternate trip options by providing users with travel fare information on public transport.

Vist the TRANSLink website


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