QLD Technical Event August 2021

QLD Technical Event August 2021
Join the QLD Branch for a Webinar on Diversity, Equity, Culture and Inclusion in the Water Sector


Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is being heard.”
Liz Fosslien

We all recognise the importance of diversity, equity, culture and inclusion in our workplaces. But what does it look like on the ground? What initiatives have worked and what lessons can we learn from across our industry and others. Join us for our August Technical Meeting and hear from a range of professionals in the water, transport and resources sectors about their journeys, their success stories and their challenges. A panel discussion will follow to provide further insight and address questions from the audience.

Due to the ongoing COVID restrictions in SEQ this meeting will be held as a webinar only, so join us online for the presentations and discussion.  Where restrictions permit, you might like to purchase a Boardroom ticket and gather to participate as a group.

We’re all on this journey, so let’s share our experiences and learn from each other.


Chair: Natalie Muir, General Manager, Water and Environment, Cardno
Natalie has been part of the water industry and an AWA member for over 20 years, mostly in Queensland working with many local governments and utilities to deliver projects across the asset lifecycle. Natalie is also Vice Chair of the Sustainability Development Committee for FIDC (international association for consulting engineers), which provides global perspectives into discussions about sustainability, circular economy and net zero.

1. Proudly Inclusive: Unitywater’s approach to building a diverse and inclusive workforce

Presenter: Naomi Lock, People Experience Lead, Unitywater
As People Experience Lead, Naomi is responsible for leading the rollout and sustainment of key people experience programs, wellbeing and diversity and inclusion initiatives as they extend across the lifecycle. With a Bachelor of HR Management, and a PROSCI Certified Change practitioner, Naomi has over 10 years’ experience as an organisational development specialist. Naomi is highly motivated and passionate, bringing a diverse skill set to drive outcomes and achieve business goals. She has an ability to engage and consult with stakeholders and a project management eye for bringing together people, processes and technologies to achieve exceptional, measurable results.

2. Constructionarium - All Female Story Bridge Build

To align with International Women In Engineering Day on 23 June, Constructionarium Australia embarked on an all-female build of a Brisbane icon – The Story Bridge. This presentation will provide an overview on the journey to create this experience and provide a dedicated learning and development experience for our future female leaders within the construction sector and share the observations across this program and the other mixed gender builds that have occurred.

Presenter: Harry Hartman, Executive Director, Constructionarium Australia 
An experienced Infrastructure executive, Harry has developed Business Units and accelerated growth and improved performance for large scale Construction companies providing design, project management, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services. Harry has held senior leadership positions within International Top Tier Construction Companies

3. Inclusion & Diversity: What’s working in the drive for balance

In 2016, BHP announced an aspirational goal to achieve gender balance by 2025. Progress to date has been through a focus on the foundations of embedding flexible working, enabling supply chain partners to support our I&D commitment, uncovering and taking steps to mitigate potential bias, and ensuring our brand and industry are attractive to a diverse range of people. To put this tangibly, sharing key initiatives and required focus at organizational, leader and team level to leverage the power of diversity.

Presenter: Ashley James, Manager, Geoscience Operations, BHP Coal
Ashley has considerable experience in the mining sector having held various leadership, operational, and technical specialist roles. She is currently the Manager of Geoscience Operations for BHP Coal and holds the statutory position of Site Senior Executive non-mining tenure; in this role, Ash leads the planning and safe execution of multifaceted exploration work programs, supporting ten operational mine sites, the development of future projects and the rehabilitation of legacy programs. Throughout this time Ash has been strong advocate for a diverse and inclusive team and has championed several successful initiatives including Indigenous traineeships, kids in STEM, flexible work opportunities and innovative hiring strategies that that continue to uplift team performance and make it great place to work.

Panel Discussion: facilitated by Patrick Lamb, Cardno
Patrick has worked at Cardno for nearly 13 years. He is a chemical engineer who works in their asset management group. He is currently a member of the accessibility working group that looks at improving inclusion for those individuals having a disability and he sits on Cardno's Inclusion Diversity and Equity Council which oversees a wide variety of groups including the accessibility group. Patrick's lived experience with a disability has inspired him to work with Cardno as they look to make the company a better place for all individuals.

Date: Wednesday 18 August 2021

Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Webinar registration fees
Members - $40
Non-members - $60
Students/YWP - $20
'Boardroom' group registration - $150

A recording of the webinar will be available for those who register to view later.

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18/08/2021 5:30 PM - 18/08/2021 7:30 PM

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