Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Get connected with fellow UQ engineering, architecture and IT alumni living in Perth.

There is a vibrant community of UQ alumni living in WA, including a team of dedicated volunteer ambassadors who are eager to build an alumni network within their community and remain connected to UQ.  There are opportunities to connect with fellow alumni at events hosted by our Alumni Ambassadors and also through social media.

If you are a UQ graduate living in WA, connect with fellow alumni in the area via the Perth UQ Alumni LinkedIn group.

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Meet our Alumni Ambassadors

 

Kristie Young

Kristie Young

Kristie is currently non-executive director with ASX listed company Lithium Australia, sits on the board of the Petroleum Club WA and Wesley College WA and is General Manager WA & NT for the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Australia.

Kristie's varied background includes more than 20 years’ experience across technical engineering, project evaluation, strategy, business development, growth, marketing, commercial, client management, governance and human resources.

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Jodey Brockhurst

Jodey Brockhurst

Jodey Brockhurst GAICD is a Kamilaroi and UQ Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronic) alumna. Having worked locally and internationally in engineering, Jodey is a strategy advisor with a multinational energy corporation.

Passionate about improving social justice and sustainability through implementation of a circular economy, she volunteers with a number of community groups including Engineers Australia and local government.


Vilaiwan Suvanmani

Vilaiwan Suvanmani

Vilaiwan graduated with a Bachelor in Engineering (Chemical) from The University of Queensland in 2017. She was actively involved with the Faculty of Engineering Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) by tutoring first, second and third year chemical engineering courses during her university years as well as becoming one of the EAIT Ambassadors. Vilaiwan also held a position in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Society as an International Officer and International Ambassador for UQ International Office.

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Vilaiwan kick starts her career as a Graduate Process Engineer with Woodside Energy in Perth and is looking forward to working onsite up in Karratha whilst hoping to be able to pursue a Masters Program in Oil and Gas after gaining industrial experience. She had always been passionate about giving back to the community. Vilaiwan career goal is to be a specialist in her field and work as a consultant.

Vilaiwan is keen to work alongside with the other Perth Alumni Ambassadors to unite UQ Alumni in Perth from all graduate classes and keep them closely connected with the University. She is keen to connect the young UQ Alumni with the older Alumni and hope her peers will have a good time working in Perth.


Harold Burnett

Harold Burnett

Harold graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)(Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) in 2014. He also has a Graduate Diploma of Commercial and Resource Law from the University of Western Australia.

After graduating from the University of Queensland, Harold began his career in Western Australia working in Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert Port as a reliability engineer before moving into operations for the Rio Tinto Railways Division.


Previous council members

Harold Burnett

Craig Hook

Craig Hook graduated in 1984 with Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Honours) and embarked on a career of international travel (and work!) including tackling unionism in the Pilbara, -40C temperatures in northern Canada (perhaps that’s why there are so many UG mines) before returning to Brisbane working as a consultant. Next was a move to Melbourne when CRA and RTZ joined to become Rio Tinto in the technical services group. After completing a Master of Business Administration at Melbourne Business School (1997) Craig travelled to California to manage a major operational disruption and improvement project. Four years and two kids later he returned to Australia to be an independent consultant and was head hunted to run the Macraes gold mine in NZ for three years.


Allyson Woodford

Allyson Woodford

Based in Perth, Allyson is the Operations Manager at BP Kwinana Refinery. Allyson is an experienced leader with more than 17 years in the Oil and Gas Industry with BP at Kwinana and Caltex at their Lytton Refinery in Brisbane and Head Office in Sydney.

After starting her working life as a Process Engineer in the refinery she went on to perform roles in engineering, operations, business improvement, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions. Allyson is the current Chair of the Australian Board of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and is also a board member of the IChemE Energy Centre.