Welcome new A&NZ YP leaders

Congratulations and welcome to Lisa Wynne (Chair) and Mark Bennet (Deputy Chair).

The PIANC A&NZ Board has announced the appointment of two amazing young professionals to lead the region’s YPs over the next two years.  

Introducing New YPCom A&NZ Chair Lisa Wynne

Lisa Wynne is a maritime industry and ports professional with over 10 years’ experience in Western Australia in contaminated sites, environmental impact assessment and approvals for mining, major infrastructure and port projects.  

In her current role at Westport as Project Manager – Environment and Social, Lisa is responsible for project managing the environmental approvals for the development of a new container port. She also manages the $20 million government funded science program in collaboration with the West Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI) through which she has close links with WA universities and the academic community.

In her previous role at Department of Transport, Maritime, she was responsible for the environmental management of WA’s state-owned recreational boat harbours and launching facilities.  She has also held positions at Preston Consulting, Golder and Coffey International. 

Combining a strong network with industry professionals and her experience running events and coordinating TedX, Lisa is the ideal candidate for the role.      

Lisa is a member of the PIANC WA regional chapter, and as new YPCom Chair, she looks forward to inspiring and supporting other PIANC A&NZ committees through YPCom.

‘I love working in the maritime/ports industry’ she says. ‘I am a good motivator and an ideas person, and I believe that I can bring a lot to the position of YPCom Chair.  I’m passionate about building technical and business acumen in young people and particularly in women. The ports and maritime industry can be male dominated, but I believe we are seeing change. I am excited to be part of this change and continuing the momentum by mentoring the next generation.’

Welcome Lisa!

Mark Bennet is the new YPCom A&NZ Deputy Chair

Mark who is a consulting engineer with OMC International in Melbourne has been a PIANC VIC stalwart for several years, and was a crucial member of the local organising committee for PIANC’s successful inaugural APAC2022 Conference held in Melbourne. 

Mark studied ocean engineering at the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania. He received the PIANC Young Authors Award for his paper and presentation at Coasts and Ports Christchurch 2021/22.

Mark is passionate about PIANC. ‘It’s an extremely valuable and collegiate community’, he notes, ‘which does amazing things by working together. In my professional work I collaborate with most of the ports around our A&NZ region so I have an awareness of the key projects and challenges we as a community are tackling. I love being able to contribute to that community through PIANC and I’m excited about our big plans for 2023 and beyond.’

Welcome to Mark!

A huge thank you to outgoing YPCom Chair, Claire Treeby. 

Claire has been YPCom A&NZ Chair for 2.5 years. She can look back with satisfaction at what she has achieved, including several firsts such as YP breakfasts, student-industry careers fairs, and Women in Maritime events.

YP representatives are now established in all Australian states and New Zealand, working well within their respective regional chapters with improved operational processes which should see their continued success.  

Claire, who has taken on the role as Regional Chapters Lead on the PIANC A&NZ Board, says the next phase under the guidance of Lisa and Mark will be to focus on elevating the YP activities in every chapter, and making deeper connections into universities. 

‘I am heartened by the enthusiasm of our YPs to get involved, to learn and grow as professionals, and our senior leaders who continue to volunteer their time to support this.’

Thank you Claire!

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