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As you’re no doubt aware, the 2012 Engineering Leadership Conference (ELC 2012), hosted by the Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management and Young Engineers Australia, is now only 9 months away.  It will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 30th May to 2nd June next year.

Speaker Update

In our last bulletin, we highlighted two of the conference speakers – The Honourable Tim Fischer AC, former Deputy Prime Minister, and Jillian Kilby, National Young Engineer of the Year 2010.  Joining these noted speakers will be Ian Tyler, CEO of global engineering and infrastructure company Balfour Beatty, the parent company of Parsons Brinckerhoff.  If Ian is unavailable due to his extensive business commitments, Andrew McNaughton, Balfour Beatty’s Chief Operating Officer, will deliver the address.  The subject of their keynote address will be “Leadership Challenges in a Global Engineering and Infrastructure Company”.

Ian Tyler

A graduate of Birmingham University and a chartered accountant, Ian Tyler joined Balfour Beatty in 1996 as Finance Director. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in August 2002 and became Chief Executive Officer in January 2005.

Ian is a Non-Executive Director of Cable and Wireless Communications Plc and is President of CRASH, the charity for homeless people in the UK.

Andrew McNaughton

After spending 12 years with the Kier Group, Andrew McNaughton joined Balfour Beatty in 1997.  He progressed through the positions of Head of Engineering within Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd (BBCEL), Project Director on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Operations Director, Technical Services Director and BBCEL Infrastructure Services Division General Manager before becoming Managing Director of BBCEL in 2004.  In 2007, he was appointed Group Managing Director, responsible for Civil Engineering in the UK and Middle East.

He became Chief Operating Officer in 2009, responsible for directing construction and engineering activities in the UK, the Gulf Region and South-East Asia and for the worldwide rail business outside of the US.

The Organising Committee is keen to promote the discussion of leadership challenges within a large and diverse range of industries in which our profession operates.  As such, we are also pleased to have secured the following speakers who have key leadership roles in the construction industry and tertiary education sector respectively.

Craig Laslett

Craig Laslett, a highly qualified Civil Engineer and Managing Director of Leighton Contractors, heads an organisation of over 12,000 employees delivering hundreds of diverse projects worth almost $12 billion.  He has forged extraordinary relationships and negotiated long term multi-billion dollar contract partnerships. Craig is a passionate and focused leader and will deliver an address which centres on his personal “Transitions in Leadership”.  He will also provide examples of the challenges he has faced in leading a major contracting organisation.

Tanya Monro

Professor Tanya Monro is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Director of the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and the Director of the Centre of Expertise in Photonics (CoEP) within the School of Chemistry & Physics at the University of Adelaide.  She is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a member of the Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council (FMIIC), a member of the SA Premier's Science & Research Council as well as an inaugural Bragg Fellow of the Royal Institution of Australia. Tanya is the recipient of countless professional awards and is South Australia's "Australian of the Year" for 2011.  Her address will focus on the conference subtheme “Pathways to Leadership”, drawing upon her extensive experiences in the tertiary education and research sector.


Call for Abstracts: http://www.elc2012.org/abstract.asp

Our Call for Abstracts, which officially closed on August 26th, has generated 59 submissions.  We have also received many last minute requests to submit abstracts after the closing date.  The high quality and calibre of the abstracts suggest that there are many varied discussion points to be considered which has encouraged us to leave the abstract submission process open for a little longer.

Last minute submissions will be received until 9am eastern standard time on Friday 9 September.  Unfortunately, there can be no further extensions.


Sponsorship Update: http://www.elc2012.org/sponsor.asp

New sponsors continue to demonstrate their support and commitment to ELC 2012.  The organising committee welcomes DORIC as a gold sponsor and KBR as a supporter.


Our sponsorship list now boasts Defence Materiel Organisation and DORIC as gold sponsors, engteam.com.au, ASC and Parsons Brinckerhoff as silver sponsors, with Australian Rail Track Corporation, HDS Australia and KBR as supporters.

A special request to potential conference sponsors.  There will be a number of delegate scholarships and mentoring packages offered later this year.  These packages act as an incentive to assist engineers from regional areas and young engineers throughout Australia to attend this important conference when they would otherwise be unable to attend.  We are looking for more sponsors in this area to maximise the number of scholarships and mentoring packages we are able to offer.

Further sponsorship packages are still available for ELC 2012.  To register your interest, contact the conference administrator at engineeringleadership@icms.com.au or email the Organising Committee Chair, John Olson, at chair@engineeringleadership.org.

We’ll continue to provide further conference updates over the following months and look forward to a robust and meaningful conference agenda.

Diarise these dates now:

30th May to 2nd June 2012, Adelaide Convention Centre



Defence Force Materiel



ASC Pty Ltd


Parsons Brinckerhoff





Please download the Sponsorship and Industry Showcase Prospectus

For further information on sponsorship and industry showcase opportunities please contact the Conference Office on
+61 7 3844 1138 or email


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