Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

28 July 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm


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Hosted by the UQ Women in Engineering Alumni Ambassador Council, this series aims to empower, enlighten, and emphasise the potential of your individuality and progress your career development. Delivered online over three consecutive weeks, hear from experienced industry professionals who will discuss the challenges they have overcome throughout the various stages of their careers and provide practical tips to help you progress yours. 

Join us for the third and final instalment of the series, presented by Louise Dudley, CEO of Urban Utilities; Michelle Tracey, Project Director, MWT Projects and Ellie Hubbard, Operational Risk and Assurance Specialist, SEQ Water.

Workshop details
Creating the change for now and the future as a leader

Women are faced with glass ceilings, broken rungs and sticky floors. Advancement towards a more diverse and inclusive culture cannot be fully attained until these barriers are addressed. What abilities and behaviours do organisations need in their leaders - now and in the future? How can next generation leaders transform the way we live and work?  In this interactive session, you will hear from three real-life STEM professionals busting myths and swapping pathway stories.

Join us for a panel discussion with Louise Dudley, Ellie Hubbard and Michelle Tracy on how they have navigated these challenges on sustaining a more gender-diverse workplace. Learn about how you can help your teams foster a sense of belonging, what it takes to scale inclusion and diversity efforts across multiple communities to drive results, and be better equipped to support and build your talent pipeline. 

About our speakers
Louise Dudley

Louise has been Chief Executive Officer of Urban Utilities since 2012, and prior to this, was the utility’s founding Chief Financial Officer.

Preceding Urban Utilities’ formation, Louise held several senior management roles at Brisbane City Council, including Executive Manager Water Retail, where she helped facilitate Australia’s largest water sector transition that merged five local government water and sewerage businesses into Australia’s fourth largest water retailer (Urban Utilities).

Prior to joining Brisbane City Council, Louise spent 17 years with leading accounting and advisory firm, KPMG.

Louise is the President of the Australian Water Association and a director on the boards of WSAA (Water Services Association of Australia) and WaterStart. As well as being a Chartered Accountant, Louise holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an Engineering Executive.

Ellie Hubbard

Ellie is a Principal at Seqwater who is passionate about helping people make improved decisions where large amounts of uncertainty exists, particularly in asset-intensive organisations. She is focussed on embedding continuous improvement elements into existing operations for efficient and sustainable business outcomes.

Following graduating from QUT in 2011 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and Bachelor of Mathematics, Ellie started her early engineering career with engineering Consultancy Aurecon, and obtained a broad exposure to a variety of projects and challenges through her career achieving Chartered Engineer status in 2017.

As a risk and asset management professional, Ellie is a dynamic and agile leader who is able to adapt her approach to suit the context and the end users’ needs.

Michelle Tracey

Michelle is an experienced Project Director with a process engineering and commercial background. She brings strong leadership in development of safety culture on site and in the home office and is a trained and experienced facilitator of safety and leadership training, alignment sessions, risk management and HAZOP workshops. She has led and developed teams for over 32 years in operations, maintenance and projects, including cross-cultural and geographically remote teams. She is experienced in leading and delivering capital efficient and effective projects in greenfield and brownfield environments, from concept studies through to construction execution and commissioning.

Michelle has a broad range of experience in project delivery and development including substantial time in EPCM and Owner’s project teams and in Operations and Maintenance leadership roles. Michelle has strong understanding and knowledge of project delivery processes and systems through delivery of the Constancia (Peru) and Ridgeway Deeps (Australia) projects and support in the setup of the Kestrel Mine Extension project and delivery and closeout of the Carborough Downs and Hidden Valley projects. Michelle has developed an in depth understanding of project delivery and management on complex yet highly successful projects in multiple countries and cultures.

Continuing Professional Development 

Attending this event will account for 1 hour of CPD