GAICD, ME (Civil), FIEAust, CPEng, EngExec, NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus), CAAM
Melissa is a chartered professional civil engineer, Fellow, Engineer Executive, Certified Associate in Asset Management, and Graduate Company Director with more than 30 years’ experience in transportation strategic planning, governance, design, and program/ project management of railway and infrastructure projects including undergoing independent assurance while working collaboratively across States and Commonwealth of Australia governments. Her experience includes high-speed, heavy, and light rail systems identifying risks levels associated with development, delivery, and operations on a wide range of programs within Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.
Since 2009, after an extensive career in the corporate sector, Melissa has worked for the New South Wales government in rail transport strategy, and more recently with Engineers Australia in their internationally recognized Chartered Engineering program. Her work included the application of system engineering to ensure benefit realization and justify integrity and operational consistency within the rail strategy portfolio. She was also responsible for development and implementation of System Thinking/Systems Engineering approach in the early stages of Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) investment lifecycle. In 2017, Melissa was awarded the company honor of Champion of Diversity and Inclusion by TfNSW.
Melissa is also an experienced Non-Executive Director, Chair & Committee member with over twenty years of board and committee level experience across the public, commercial & not-for-profit sectors at state and federal level. Her particular experience in governance includes balancing the interests of stakeholders and ensuring the delivery of strategic objectives within the current economic, political, regulatory, technological and competitive environments. Her systematic approach in strategic development encompasses risk appetite and management capability, towards a big-picture perspective delivering sustainable value in economic, environmental and social terms.
Melissa is an active member and volunteer of Engineers Australia/ Women in Engineering (WIE) since 2002, especially in a mentoring. She is passionate about diversity required for the ethical choices underpinning an organisational culture.