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The CIBSE Australia and New Zealand Young Engineers Network (YEN) Annual General Meeting on 5 April 2018 marked a change in the network’s leadership team. Sian Willmott, Victorian YEN Chair stepped into the role of ANZ YEN Chair whilst ex chair, Ian Van Eerden moves on to join the leadership team of CIBSE NSW.

Sian has been working within sustainability in the built environment for over 7 years, with AECOM for the past 2.5 years. She is no stranger to CIBSE, a young engineers network member since 2014, Sian has been engaged in both the Victorian chapter and YEN committees since 2016 and has attended the Global YEN conferences in Hong Kong (2015) and Dubai (2017).

Elliot Hewish, Fire Safety and Protection Engineer at Lucid Consulting who heads the YEN in South Australia has accepted the role of Vice Chair whilst continue to pilot YEN events in his chapter.

(from left ANZ YEN Committee members Sian Willmott, Elliot Hewish, Jerrin Pius at the CIBSE YEN Conference in the Middle Eash October 2017)


For the past two years Ian Van Eerden has juggled his duties as Sustainability Manager at Northrop Engineering with the leadership role of CIBSE ANZ YEN Chair. During his time, the number of YEN chapter committees has grown across the region adding Perth, Adelaide and Wellington to the fold, the Young Engineers Awards programme have gone International (covering all of the ANZ Region) and through site tours, networking events and soft skills workshops the YEN has continued to support the development of young engineers in our region. Overall some of the stand outs for Ian have included;

  • Attending the YEN Global Conferences in Hong Kong (2015) and Edinburgh (2016);

  • Having the opportunity to present at the CIBSE Technical Symposium on the NABERS program and the effects of Compulsory Building Disclosure. 

  • Touring the Australia Post HQ in Strawberry Hills – the 2015 Most Sustainable Refurbishment Project at the PCA Innovation Awards

  • Launching the Adelaide YEN with a tour of the new Waymouth Student Accommodation building from BlueSky;

  • Securing Constructive Recruitment as 2018 Technical events partner for YEN events, allowing us to create a greater diversity of events and reducing costs going forward; 

  • Helping shape the direction of our industry as part of the ANZ National committee. 

Ian commented, “Chairing the ANZ YEN Committee has been an incredible opportunity and privilege.” 

CIBSE ANZ Chair, Paul Angus commented “Ian has been instrumental to the development of the Young Engineers Network in the region. CIBSE would like to thank him for service in this role and know he will be a fantastic asset to the NSW Committee. With Sian’s incredible involvement with CIBSE to date I see this to be a smooth transition in YEN leadership and I look forward to supporting her vision for the YEN committee ”

YEN committees in each chapter are critical not only for developing the skills and opportunities for young engineers and others wishing to develop their knowledge in the industry but their participation in University outreach helps to educate students on the pathways to building services careers.  Sian is excited to step into the national role and hopes to continue to build on the good foundations set by Ian.

With Sian moving into the role of ANZ YEN Chair we will be looking to welcome new members to the Victorian committee with enthusiasm and fresh ideas to champion bi-monthly events and opportunities for young engineers within the chapter. If you are interested in getting involved in the Victorian YEN committee, or with YEN in your local chapter, contact Sian, yen@cibse.org.au.

Membership to the CIBSE Young Engineers Network is free and you can register here. Simply create a CIBSE account, if you don't already have one, and then add the Young Engineers Network to your groups.

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