Congratulations to our four Board Directors elected on Sunday June 17th

Congratulations to Kelsie Clarke and Peter McArdle who have been elected to the Board of Directors for the first time, and Gavin Blakey and Margarita Moya have been reelected for a further term.

Following the elections on Sunday June 17th 2018 held in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Karratha, we are pleased to announce the following four people have been nominated as Directors by our members to serve on the Board of EWB Australia for a two year term:

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.

Gavin Blakey (re-elected)

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 calibre of EWB staff and volunteers and the marvellous work they do!

Margarita Moya (re-elected)

Margarita’s time with Engineers Without Borders Australia started in 2013. Since then, she’s contributed in the NSW local chapter through fundraising, coordinating EWB Challenge Scholars’ Leadership Rewired program, and working closely with City of Sydney during their New Years’ Eve Charity sponsorship of EWB. In 2016, Margarita joined the EWB Board allowing her breadth of experience as an EWB Chapter volunteer to guide her input to the Board.

She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Chemistry) and Bachelor of Arts (English) from University of New South Wales and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course on Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors.

Outside of Engineers Without Borders, Margarita is a Senior Digital Analyst with seven years' experience working across financial services and marketing. In her current role, she empowers business leaders to develop strategy and make informed decisions using data.

She’s constantly inspired by EWB’s strong youth leadership and capacity building approach to creating a world free from poverty and hopes to contribute once again as a Board member for this fantastic organisation.

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).


Thank you to all our members who voted and participated on the day. 

For those of you lucky enough to be heading to National Council there will be a an opportunity to have a Q&A with the Board, start thinking about some questions you want to ask.