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Lily Zhang

Company Secretary

Lily was appointed Company Secretary in November 2018. She is a corporate transactional/advisory lawyer (primarily in equity capital markets) with over six years’ legal experience working at top-tier law firms in Auckland, London and Sydney and is a qualified solicitor in both New South Wales and New Zealand. She works as a lawyer at Gilbert +Tobin and is currently on secondment at an ASX-listed company.

Lily is excited to be part of EWB and wants to use her skills and experience to support and accelerate EWB’s pursuits and endeavours.

Lily holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Property conjoint degree from the University of Auckland.

Lily Zhang



The Board of Directors manages the business of Engineers Without Borders Australia and is responsible for the organisation's overarching strategic direction while ensuring that appropriate governance, risk management and compliance systems are in place. The Board monitors and safeguards the company so that EWB continues to achieve its mission, aims and objectives.

Our Board is made up of a group of individuals with diverse skill sets that allow them to oversee EWB’s fiduciary responsibilities while supporting the key strategic objectives of the organisation. The expertise, experience and relationships Directors bring to the organisation enhance the Boards ability to perform their role and also assist in the achievement of EWB's strategic aims. 

The Directors are all volunteers and receive no payment for their involvement in these positions. Our Directors are both passionate supporters of EWB and  volunteers beyond their attendance at Board meetings, generally in the form of Board subcommittees.

Find out more on the Board’s role and governance requirements.

Meet EWB's Board

Gavin Blakey OAM

Gavin brings to EWB his experience as a Board member for seven years for an international not-for-profit organisation representing 200,000 members in 100 countries. Gavin’s experience includes the role of International President of Toastmasters International and speaking to audiences in 17 countries.

Gavin has an honours degree in engineering and an MBA in Technology Management. He has a wealth of experience in local government and private enterprise and has held a range of roles from asset management to geotechnical engineering to business marketing to industrial relations.

Gavin is passionate about people and the important work of achieving lasting impact through EWB’s holistic approach to humanitarian engineering. He has volunteered in Cambodia for EWB and seen firsthand the high caliber of EWB staff and volunteers and the marvellous work they do!

Gavin Blakey OAM


Kelsie Clarke 

Kelsie is a System Engineer with an Australian Energy Company, based in the Pilbara region Australia, and has been an active Engineers Without Borders chapter member for seven years. Until recently, Kelsie was the EWB WA President.

Kelsie’s EWB journey started in 2011 when her team became NSW State Finalists in the EWB Challenge, which led to her being awarded the EWB Challenge scholarship. Kelsie has held numerous roles with EWB, including as a member of the Newcastle WASH team and the WA Corporate Galvanizer. She is intimate with EWB’s activities, having had the opportunity to participate in many programs such as Dialogues on Development Cambodia and as a facilitator of Leadership Rewired.

Kelsie is an advocate for EWB chapter members and is excited about the pathway that humanitarian engineering offers in attracting a diverse range of people to engineering. She is actively involved with many diversity initiatives, including as a mentor in women in engineering programs and holding a Strategy and Planning role with her company’s gender diversity group. Kelsie won the Emerging Talent category of the Australia Subsea Business Awards in 2016 and was accepted on Homeward Bound 2019, a global leadership program for women in STEM.

Kelsie brings a dual outlook from the corporate sector combined with being a long term EWB volunteer. Kelsie gained her Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Newcastle in 2014. She enjoys karaoke, photography, 4WDing and camping.

Kelsie Clarke




Margarita is a data enthusiast and active Engineers Without Borders chapter member. What started out in 2013 as a fun run dressed as a toilet (calling out EWB’s WASH projects) has turned into a passion for finding even more creative ways members can have fun while raising the organisation’s profile and influence within the wider community. Since then, she’s held various leadership and supporting roles as part of sydney chapter through fundraising, a speaker series connecting EWB’s extensive Alumni network and Challenge scholars, and event partnerships.

She currently works in digital analytics, coaching others on new ways to visualise data to make faster, better, more customer-centred decisions. Her love of numbers and communication began with Bachelor degrees in Engineering (Industrial Chemistry) and Arts (English Literature) and continues with a postgraduate degree in Applied Statistics. Having worked in marketing and financial services, she brings to the table her unique perspective around EWB’s impact in bringing about positive social change.

Working with EWB’s staff and members is a constant source of inspiration and motivation for her and she looks forward to further contributing to their great work through humanitarian engineering

Margarita Moya



Shane kennelly

Shane Kennelly, Managing Director of Kennelly Constructions and First People Recruitment Solutions, is a proud Bundjalung man with over 15 years of experience in senior executive positions leading and building sustainable growth for businesses across the Defence, Telecommunications, Construction, Resources and Energy sectors.

Shane is passionate about providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with longterm sustainable employment opportunities, and helping their businesses grow. He also wants to increase the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, to ensure that they are not further marginalised due to technological advances. Shane sits on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference group for the Queensland Government and the RAP Advisory Committee for GHD.

Shane has a Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Sydney University and a Masters of Business from the University of Western Sydney.

Shane Kennelly



Peter McArdle

Peter brings to the table 9 years of water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) experience in conflict, emergency and development settings. His experience has accumulated between NGOs and international organisations, taking him to Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan (conflict and complex emergency), Nepal (earthquake), Sierra Leone (Ebola), as well as the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu (water resilience).

Peter is a long-time EWB member, from the early rumblings of the Newcastle Chapter in 2006, to the Chapter’s President in 2008-2010, supporting the EWB challenge at the Newcastle Uni, and remaining an active professional member since. In 2010, he took on a volunteer EWB placement alongside the Lama Lama Lands Council (LLLC) and the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) in Cape York – a profoundly formative influence for his work and life - in particular a much-increased appreciation for listening and learning in community with others. This ethos more than anything keeps him coming back to EWB as it goes about its bold, innovative, yet humble approach to its work.

Prior to the humanitarian sector, Peter worked in public water for 4 years at Hunter Water Australia in having gained his B Eng (Civil). He’s since completed a M Peace & Conflict Studies (Sydney) and is delving into a PhD on experiences of water conflict in divided communities (Sydney; UEA).

He is currently Deputy Water and Habitat Coordinator for Iraq with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Peter McArdle



Mike McCreadie

Mike is a Senior Managing Director with FTI Consulting specialising in financial turnarounds, interim management and mergers and acquisitions.  He is an experienced senior financial professional with over 25 years’ experience in finance, turnaround, restructuring and M&A.  He has had extensive experience in both advising boards of small and large, private and public companies as well as sitting on not for profit and for profit boards both here in Australia and in Asia.

Having lived and worked extensively across Asia, Australia, Europe and America he has held senior financial and management roles in many organisations across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, automotive, airlines, healthcare, financial services, retail, real estate and construction. Mike is qualified  Chartered Accountant, a Certified Turnaround Practitioner, Certified Valuation Analyst and is Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mike McCreadie



Corinne wallis

Corinne joined the EWB board in 2015 after spending six months as an International Field Volunteer in Timor-Leste managing EWB's Professional Skills Development Project. Her passion is strategy, building effective teams and encouraging everyone to become a humanitarian.

An electrical engineer and electrician by trade, she brings with her over ten years experience in the electrical industry, including steel manufacturing, renewable energy production (offshore wind farms) and mining. She has also taught Electrical Engineering at TAFE NSW, tutored refugees, mentored young women in heavy industry and travelled extensively.

Her MBA and five years project management experience creates a customer focused management style, which she currently uses as a management consultant for PwC in Canberra.

Corinne Wallis



dr scott daniel

Dr Scott Daniel is a STEM education and international development specialist. A former high school mathematics and science teacher, he recently completed a PhD, and is now working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Engineering Education at Swinburne University of Technology. He has worked in 9 countries on 5 continents, and as a consultant and facilitator with UNESCO, Australian Volunteers International, Scope Global, World Vision, and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. He has also had a regular radio segment as “Dr Scott” on ABC Gippsland, and now on ABC Central Victoria, answering listeners’ questions about science.

He has been working with Engineers without Borders for 4 years, as part of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Humanitarian Engineering, and more recently as a facilitator on six Design Summits. He is also on the Board of the Bendigo Discovery Science & Technology Centre. He brings a dual perspective to the Board both from having worked overseas as a long-term professional volunteer, and from his background in STEM education and research.
Scott Daniel