Date and time

Tuesday, 21 September 2021
1pm to 2:30pm


via Zoom
Melbourne, VIC 3000
This event has already taken place.

Join us as we host our Emerging Leaders Webinar on Tuesday 21 September commencing at 1:00pm (AEST), where we will hear from an expert panel on their experience working on major projects whilst practicing inclusive leadership skills.

The Emerging Leader Session is themed "Inclusive Leadership on Major Projects" and will cover helping emerging leaders to manage older and younger professionals in large project environments. How do you influence and engage millennials/older engineers? Influencing skills, and bridging the generational divide. 

Please note: While our EL target audience is the under 35's and therefore anyone who falls within this age bracket is welcome to attend, it will have the most benefit for those who are just starting out in their careers (0-5 years experience). 

Places are limited so please register your interest early so you don't miss out.

Date: Tuesday 21 September 2021

Time: 1:00pm-2.30pm (AEST)

Where: Your Zoom link will be sent to you on Monday 20 September.


RA Members Free

RA non member $80 (inc GST)

Contact: Daniel Mellow (Booking queries)

Please find our Event and Booking guide here.


This event is proudly sponsored by AECOM


Andrew Arendsen
Group Director - Civil Infrastructure, VIC, SA, TAS, AECOM

Andrew is AECOM’s Group Director – Civil Infrastructure Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, responsible for AECOM’s Transport and Water businesses across the region. He is an Engineers Australia Engineering Executive with 25 years’ experience working on projects across a broad range of sectors including transport (rail, roads, ports, aviation), water, energy, waste, mining, oil and gas, and petrochemical. Starting his career providing environmental services, Andrew is passionate about delivering sustainable legacies and seeking improved project outcomes. Providing project director, project manager, technical environmental and sustainability services, Andrew has held various roles across consulting services and major infrastructure projects including Alliance Management Team and Steering Committee roles, with a current primary focus on project  governance. Andrew has also held numerous team and business leadership roles over the past 12 years across AECOM’s Transport, Water and Environment businesses. He has also held Client Account Director roles on behalf of AECOM, focused on the transport and mining sectors. 

Kake Wong
Technical Director, Team Leader Structures – Civil Infrastructure, AECOM

 Kake Wong is a Technical Director in AECOM, leading the Bridge Structures Team within Civil Infrastructure/ Transport Group in Victoria and South Australia, and has over twenty years of bridge engineering and major infrastructure project delivery experience. Over the years, Kake has been responsible for planning, leading tenders, delivering, and managing delivery, detail design, and construction of several major civil infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas, including Asia, the Middle East, and the USA. She started as an on-site graduate with geotechnical engineers and spent three years working in the public sector. She subsequently moved to the private sector, working as a bridge design engineer ultimately transitioning to her current engineering and leadership roles.

Kake has a bachelor in Civil Engineering with Honours from the University of Canterbury; she is Fellow of Roads Australia 2016-2017 and a Fellow in Engineers Australia. Kake is also a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and Engineering Exec.

Richard Robinson
Engineering Manager – Transport Sector Lead Australia, McConnell Dowell Constructors (Australia)

After graduating from Uni Richard spent 3 years working in Local Government (City of Greater Dandenong) then moved to State Government spending 7 years working for VicRoads. While at VicRoads Richard worked in numerous roles spanning project development, the implementation of the Road Management Act and its supporting legislation, road maintenance and major infrastructure delivery.

Richard moved from the public to the private sector working in Engineering Management roles which has lead me to my current position a McConnell Dowell where I am the Engineering Manager across the Transport Sector for the Australian Business Unit.

 In a snap shot of Richards background he has completed a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from RMIT, completed his Masters of Engineering in Construction Management from Swinburne University, he was a Roads Australia Fellow 2016-2017, then a Fellow Engineers Australia, holds a CPEng and is now an Engineering Executive.

Sarah MacNish 
Project Manager, John Holland Group

Sarah is a skilled Project Manager with more than 19 years' experience working on major infrastructure projects in the construction and water industries. Her expertise is project planning and management of site establishment, construction, utilities and commissioning works on major brownfield projects, including those with significant roadway and rail interfaces, across principal contractor, managing contractor and client side roles.

Sarah is currently the Project Manager at the Bell to Moreland Level Crossing removal project. Since joining John Holland in 2012, Sarah has held management roles on North West Program Alliance, Metro Tunnel (Early Works and Cross Yarra Partnership) and the Melbourne Water Capital Delivery Program in Melbourne, Network Integration and Ancillary Works in Adelaide and the Hunua 4 Watermain in New Zealand. She is dedicated to the safe and on-time delivery of projects to detailed schedules and has strong communication skills and financial and technical expertise.

Prior to working at John Holland, Sarah spent 10 years working for Water Corporation WA (a government corporation) where she undertook a range of roles including construction, asset management, infrastructure planning and developing water efficiency strategies.

Sarah graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Botany.

Sarah is a Road Australia Fellow 2020/21.


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