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The new faces of your 2024 CIBSE ANZ Committee

27 Mar 24

The 2024 CIBSE ANZ AGM in Adelaide last month has seen some changes to the committee. Though it was sad to see Phil Senn step down as ANZ Chair, he continues to support Mark Davie, MCIBSE CEng, who has stepped in to fill the role. Mark has been chairing the WA chapter since 2020. As Health Lead for Aurecon in WA, Mark is loves designing better-performing healthcare buildings and is now looking forward to leading the CIBSE region to a healthy future.

(Mark Davie left receiving the CIBSE ANZ Chair medal from Immediate Past Chair, Phil Senn, right.)

"I want to encourage our senior engineers within the industry to give back to the
engineering community through sharing knowledge and experience to help the younger generation of engineers coming through."

"We want to grow our membership in Australia to support building services engineers
and deliver value to our members by sharing more knowledge within the engineering sector across Australia and New Zealand. We are planning to expand educational programs, increasing industry partnerships, and advocating for policy changes related to sustainability."

Mark encourages members to get familiar with the new CPD requirements for professional members in the region. (explained in the recent webinar Are you ready for audit?)

"This step up from CIBSE’s global CPD requirements was necessary for our members to meet professional standards and practices locally.” He goes on to say “the requirement for 150 hours over three years and the prescriptive areas of cpd, raise the professional standard of engineering for the industry as a whole. With the new CPD management tool, and the reflection requirements, our professional members can be more intentional about their continued professional development”.

Mark isn't the only committee member stepping into a new role. There are some new chapter chair representatives joining the committee this year.

The committee welcomed the next New Zealand chapter chair, Ana Taranenko, MCIBSE CEng. Ana moved to New Zealand in 2019, and is passionate about nurturing connections among professionals, sustainability and championing the development of the building services industry. The NZ committee is also now supported by a representative in Wellington, Keith Horsely, with plans to re-introduce in-person events shortly.

In South Australia, David Brown stepped down having served as chapter chair for four years. In a long tradition of SA chairs named David, David Tiller has stepped into the role, bringing valuable insights and expertise. His involvement in significant projects across the South Australian region further solidifies his capability to contribute effectively to the organisation's charter.

Following the 2024 AGM an additional change to the NSW leadership team has seen Jennifer Elias succeed Erik Moore as chair. Having taken on a more demanding job, CIBSE appreciates Erik retaining a more supportive role on the NSW committee  going forward.

Jen is passionate about designing for the net zero carbon economy, and has been part of the advisory team developing the programme for the 2024 ANZ Seminar Series – The Need for Speed, Tools for engineering a net zero future, coming in July.

On balance, the 2024 committee has retained many experienced team members for continuity in leading the objectives of CIBSE in the region. Jen Sinclair will continue as ANZ vice chair and QLD chair, and Matthew Hill will stay on as Victoria chair. Jeff Tsang and Paul Angus will continue in their officer roles as Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer respectively, Steve Hennessy and Peter Kinsella continue to serve as technical advisers whilst Phil Senn continues for another year as immediate past chair.

Mark's message to members as he starts his term is this, "We are here to help you and we want your feedback on what you would like to see from CIBSE. If you would like to get involved and give something back to the engineering community to reach out to your local chapter to get involved in your local committee."

More information about all CIBSE ANZ Committee members here

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