Engenium Project Manager and Business Development Manager Paul Young has been appointed to the role of WA Divisional President for Engineers Australia (EA) for 2019.

At a recent Engineers Australia event past President James Westcott handed over the reins of leading the organisation and Executive Committee tasked with serving the engineering community in Western Australia.

Talking about his recent appointment Paul commented:-

“I am honoured to represent such a dedicated and hardworking diverse group of people working in all sectors of Western Australia’s economic and business community.

Everyday thousands of engineering professionals make a massive contribution in terms of human capital to our state, ensuring community safety and the ongoing economic growth of Western Australia.

A key reason for nominating for this role is to support the vast numbers of fantastic engineering people working and striving everyday to deliver great outcomes for this State and by improving the delivery of Engineers Australia member services, we can help them become even better at what they do.

I feel I’m in a unique position to improve the perception of what Engineers Australia can offer members and the community in general and to address some of the broader issues facing our industry particularly the sheer lack of numbers of young people studying the subjects they need to enter engineering courses and choosing engineering as a profession.

I feel privileged to have been selected by my fellow WA Divisional Committee members for this role. I am excited by the task ahead and have an energetic and diverse committee behind me and a determined General Manager in Susan Kreemer Pickford who has moved Engineers Australia WA chapter into the modern age.”

Paul will be working to see the organisation meet its strategic and operational goals for 2019, including:

  • Improving Western Australia’s engineering capability, particularly encouraging younger people into the profession.
  • Continuing to be a voice of the profession within the community and industry so that independent technical advice is heard and valued on important issues such as sustainability, energy, diversity, climate change, digitisation, innovation, infrastructure planning.
  • Delivering improved member services and engagement, including regional members.
  • Providing ongoing professional development.
  • Celebrating Engineers Australia’s 100 year centenary as an organisation.
  • Establishing stronger ties between industry and academia.
  • Continuing to advocate for the registration of engineers and protecting the term ‘Engineer’.
  • Establishing a ‘Chief Engineer’ role within State Government to provide trusted and independent advice.

Paul has had a career spanning almost 30 years, commencing as a Draftsman with Main Roads WA then heading north where he worked as a Project Engineer for BHP. During his time with BHP Paul obtained his Bachelor of Civil Engineering and has since completed a Masters of Project Management and a Masters of Business Administration.

Paul has served Engineers Australia in various volunteer roles such as Chairman of the Port Hedland branch, contributor at EngTalk (a program initiated to encourage students to pursue a career in engineering), as well as serving on the WA Division Committee.