Engineers Australia has appointed a Chief Engineer, who will lead the organisation’s engagement and policy discussion with industry, government and academia.
Jane MacMaster was selected for the newly created role. She has engineering experience in Australia and overseas, having held held senior systems and design engineer roles for BAE Systems Australia for various aerospace and defence programs, including a supersonic ship self-defence system project for NATO.
MacMaster has postgraduate qualifications in International Relations and has worked as a Senior Strategy Advisor for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and as a management consultant in the financial services sector.
Recently she was Founder and Director of Ponder Enterprises, where she used her engineering skillset to address complex societal challenges.
She also has a long association with Engineers Australia, including volunteer positions on the Accreditation Board and the Mechanical Engineering and Women in Engineering committees.
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Engineers Australia CEO Bronwyn Evans said the Chief Engineer will play an important part in delivering the organisation’s strategic vision.
“We are thrilled to have secured someone of Jane’s calibre,” Evans said. “Jane has a strong professional network that spans the industry, higher education and government sectors and I am confident she will make an immediate impact.”
“She will help ensure that Engineers Australia is well-positioned to provide leadership for the profession in Australia in the crucial areas of infrastructure, energy, technology and climate change.”
MacMaster was selected following a national recruitment process and will begin her role on 15 July 2020.