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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

Lacey Filipick

Lacey Filipich

Lacey graduated from Chemical Engineering at UQ in 2003 as Valedictorian of her class and outgoing President of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Student Society (ChESS). Soon after, she moved to Western Australia to take a graduate role at the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter and has been based in the west ever since.

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During her mining focused career, Lacey has worked in several commodities including nickel, base metals, coal and iron ore. She spent six years in operations with BHP Billiton, reaching the level of Superintendent before making the move into management consulting with niche firm Lodestone Partners. Lacey chose consulting because she was able to combine interesting, bottom-line-focused work with extended breaks (known as ‘mini-retirements’ in lifestyle design jargon). Consulting took Lacey all over Australia and to the USA, experiences for which she is very grateful.

Craig Hook

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.

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For the past nine years Craig has settled in Perth, first as a Principal for a boutique management consultancy and more recently is now an independent business adviser and executive coach. Craig's focus is on operational improvement for mining and mining services companies including high performing team development and coaching. He has been a Councillor on the MBS Alumni Council for the past seven years and mentor through the Australian Institute of Management.

Craig is looking forward to connecting with engineering alumni in WA and as a senior mining industry executive will be encouraging alumni to mentor younger professionals and managers through highs and lows of the resources economic cycle.

Kristie Young

Kristie Young

Kristie graduated from The University of Queensland in 1995 with a Bachelor of Mining Engineering (Honours). Kristie also has a Graduate Diploma of Education attained at The University of Western Australia in 2001 and a CertIV in Human Resources.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering, Kristie worked as a mining engineer in both underground and open cut operations before travelling Australia and the globe with her husband’s metallurgical career. Ten relocations in 12 years saw Kristie having to 're-invent' herself and use her skills outside of engineering on a number of occasions.

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Kristie is Co-Founder, Director and Principal Consultant at Diversity Network. She is also an Associate of Curtin University’s WA School of Mines (WASM) and during 2012 & 2013 was the Unit Coordinator and primary Lecturer of Mine Finance & Economics 232 at WASM.

Kristie is on the WA Mining Club (WAMC) Committee and is the WAMC Scholarship Co-Ordinator for the Club. She also sits on the board of Kensington Primary School in Perth. She is is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) and is an official mentor with both AHRI and Women in Mining WA (WIMWA).

Perth has been Kristie's home on a number of occasions throughout her career, and she and her family thoroughly enjoy the lifestyle that Perth provides. Kristie and her fellow Alumni Ambassadors look forward to engaging with Perth based UQ Alums, and look forward to assisting to further strengthen links between the university and industry. Less

Matthew Sollart

Matthew Sollart

Matthew graduated from The University of Queensland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Honours). During Matthew’s time at university he was recognised for his commitment to his own studies, as well as others, which was displayed in his tutoring capability within both the engineering and mathematics fields.

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Having only recently graduated, Mathew chose to pursue a career within the Oil and Gas industry due to its exciting, fast paced environment and challenging work opportunities.

Matthew is currently employed by Woodside Energy as a mechanical engineer, and looks forward to the challenging opportunities this rapidly changing industry has to offer.

Matthew appreciates the opportunity to remain aligned with The University of Queensland and connect with fellow alumni who now hold professional, and well developed career positions. He is excited to represent the university as an ambassador, and looks forward to promoting alumni events and activities among his peers.