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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

 

PETER BOWTELL 

Peter is a structural engineer and Principal with over 30 years’ experience in delivering innovative structural solutions to award-winning projects both locally and internationally.  Awarded the Victorian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2011, Peter has led many city-shaping projects including the Marina Bay Sands Development in Singapore, Melbourne Airport Redevelopment, MCG Northern Stand Redevelopment, the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, S$2b Singapore Sports Hub and AAMI Park Stadium in Melbourne.

Peter is a member of the Australasia Regional Board, leads the Arup University Council and is Community Engagement Program Leader for Arup. In addition, he leads Arup’s Digital Innovation team, and sits on the Global BIM Taskforce and Global IT Group. 

Peter has a particular interest in the research and development of tools which enhance digital transformation in the built environment to deliver more sustainable, efficient solutions and has led a number of industry and University collaborations and research endeavors.

Peter Bowtell

 

 

MARGARITA MOYA

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

 

 

LEXI RANDALL LESTRANGE

Lexi is a Projects and Operations Manager at Research Path Pty Ltd, a Melbourne-based health software company. She has broad experience across engineering, social enterprise, public health and online business, with an emphasis on developing new products and services and delivering projects.

Lexi has held leadership positions across EWB's university, state, national and international programs and partnerships. Her journey began with the inaugural EWB Challenge in 2007 where she lead her RMIT Environmental Engineering team to 3rd place. By the end of the year she was Vice President of the RMIT Chapter and hasn’t looked back. She currently sits on the Fundraising & Income Committee and is passionate about the work that EWB does here in Australia, with membership, partnerships, and our Engineering on Country Strategy.

Outside of work and EWB Australia, Lexi enjoys bringing people together to learn and collaborate, previously in her role as Co-founder and Convenor of Melbourne Development Circle and more recently as Convenor of Democracy4Dinner in Castlemaine.
She has spent most of her life on the land of the Kulin Nation. She grew up on the land of the Wurundjeri people, finished highshcool on the land of the Wathaurong people and lives now on the land of the Jaara people of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clan. Her Austrlian-based family live on Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung and Wathaurong country. She travels regularly to Hawaii and mainland USA to visit family and has spent time living in Vietnam and Argentina.

She completed a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons) in 2011 and will complete her MBA (Social Impact) in 2018.

Lexi Randall LEstrange

 

 

dr scott daniel

board member

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

 

 

jeremy chenoweth

 

Jeremy Chenoweth is a partner with Ashurst's dispute resolution group based in Brisbane. He specialises in major construction, project and infrastructure work.

Jeremy works closely with clients in the energy and resources sectors. He has represented and advised owners and major contractors in the development of significant private and public infrastructure projects, power generation plant construction and refurbishments and mining and petroleum lease developments. Described as a 'leading construction disputes lawyer' and 'constantly thinking of ways to protect the client’s position' (Asia Pacific Legal 500), Jeremy is also acknowledged in Best Lawyers in the field of Construction/Infrastructure, Litigation and Oil and Gas Law, and in Doyle's Guide to Leading Construction Lawyers.

Jeremy is a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, Member of the Practice and Procedure Board of the Australian Center for International Commercial Arbitration, and a Member of the Center for International Minerals and Energy Law. Jeremy is Chair of the EWB Australia Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and formerly Advisory Committee member to EWB Connect.
Jeremy Chenoweth

 

 

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