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Evelyn Storey appointed to head Aurecon South East Queensland

Aurecon has appointed structural engineer and design scholar Evelyn Storey as Regional Director for South East Queensland.

Evelyn is a Design Scholar with 32 years’ experience as a structural engineer and has successfully led multi-disciplinary design teams for complex and award-winning built environment projects in Australia and the UK

01 August 2018 – Against the backdrop of a growing pipeline of major infrastructure and built environment projects in the fast growing region of South East Queensland, global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed a new leader, structural engineer and design scholar Evelyn Storey.

In her new role as Regional Director – South East Queensland, Evelyn will drive the strategic direction of Aurecon’s South East Queensland business, be responsible for overall operations including leading a team of 600 staff and progress her team’s unrelenting focus on bringing clients’ ideas to life.

William Cox, Aurecon’s Managing Director – Australia & New Zealand said Evelyn was a natural choice for the role that will oversee significant ventures in the coming months.

“We have seen substantial transformation of our South East Queensland business in recent years. The pipeline of infrastructure and built environment projects is extremely strong and includes Cross River Rail, the region’s biggest infrastructure project in more than a decade.

“Evelyn’s design engineering expertise from across the world will be instrumental in meeting the engineering challenges faced by our clients across the Built Environment, Infrastructure and the Energy & Resources markets.

“Evelyn will also be a valuable addition to our ANZ leadership team and her appointment only reinforces our dedication to increasing the diversity of our leaders at Aurecon,” said Mr Cox.

In Australia, Aurecon has diversity targets focused on leadership. Its target of 30 per cent female representation by 2020 was reached in advance earlier this year. When Aurecon lodged its annual report with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2018, 32 per cent of its Australian workforce was women. The company is now aiming for a 40 per cent diversity target, well beyond the norm in the traditionally male dominated property and construction sectors.

Evelyn is a Design Scholar with 32 years’ experience as a structural engineer and has successfully led multi-disciplinary design teams for complex and award-winning built environment projects in Australia and the UK. She has worked on iconic buildings across the world, including the University of Queensland’s Translational Research Institute and Advanced Engineering Buildings, Brisbane Airport’s award-winning International Terminal Redevelopment, CrossRail in the UK, and Barclays Bank and GlaxoSmithKline HQ buildings in London.

Evelyn is a member of Aurecon’s Design Academy, a programme developed by Aurecon with leading universities, researchers and thought leaders from around the globe. The three year program provides advanced training to the firm’s most talented designers; nurturing their passion for great engineering design in a transdisciplinary environment, and aims for the pinnacle of technical mastery.

“I have long held a passion for inventive design. The rapid growth of South East Queensland together with the growing digitisation of the infrastructure and construction sectors means this is a hugely exciting time to be creating transdisciplinary design solutions that better manage a rapidly increasing population,” said Evelyn.

“I am also passionate about fostering female engineering talent and intend to continue Aurecon’s drive to increase diversity across teams. Stimulating diversity of ideas is the only way to ensure we’re offering our clients true transdisciplinary innovation.

“There is no shortage of dynamic and challenging projects in Queensland as evidenced by the award-winning Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the highly innovative and unique 25 King Street, a high-rise timber premises that Aurecon helped design and will be moving to later in the year.”

Evelyn previously led the Built Environment Unit in South East Queensland from 2011 to 2017. She is Deputy Chair of the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland and a member of the national Structural College Board of Engineers Australia.

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