Appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board on 13 October 2021. In September 2019, Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Somerset Regional Council, having previously held the Director Operations and Works Manager roles. As a long-term local government professional, he loves serving the community and building and improving livelihoods. Andrew’s personal vision that gets him out of bed every day is to “Build Bridges to Sustain Communities”. He believes in being a ‘Community Champion’ and promoting a vibrant, cohesive and connected community, providing the foundation for a prosperous lifestyle. His leadership style is to ‘inspire to aspire’, empowering others to bring out their very best, striving for Excellence.
In 2021, Andrew has led Somerset’s new five-year corporate plan and is now responsible for the strategies contained within and operational initiatives identified. Andrew’s emphasis is on accountability and collaboration as he champions growth, leads organisational change and aims to inspire his multi-disciplinary team to achieve objectives. He supports locally responsive and informed decisions focussing on community needs to deliver the highest-quality efficient services and facilities.
Andrew contributes this same focus to his current role on the IPWEAQ Board as Vice President. As a professional engineer, Andrew has a track record ensuring positive outcomes across commercial, financial, and stakeholder-based objectives exceeding community expectations, including those requiring considerable stakeholder engagement. One example is the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail project which won the International IPWEA Project of the Year award in 2019 after winning awards at the IPWEAQ excellence awards in 2018.
Andrew is an RPEQ, IPWEAQ Fellow and has been involved in the sector for over 30 years. He is keen to continue contributing to the IPWEAQ Board. He possesses the following formal qualifications:
- Masters in civil engineering
- Management and leadership qualifications