Engineering Sydney Board

David Stewart

David Stewart

David Stewart has an accomplished civil engineering career managing operations in the engineering and construction industry throughout Australia, the Middle East and Asia.

David brings global market knowledge at a time of significant growth in the large infrastructure sector, gained from 35 years of technical and commercial experience delivering major programmes of work across a diverse sectors including civil engineering, mining, building, rail, marine and telecommunications.

David holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering, both from the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Engineers and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Ric Tamba




Ric Tamba

Ric Tamba is the author of over 50 patents for vehicles, boats, and mining equipment which are currently in production, and has a proven track record of developing technology through to production readiness for over 26 years.
Ric began his engineering career with Goninan’s in Newcastle, moving to Rank Arena/General Electric in Sydney, before joining Borg Warner Australia, where he specialised in passenger car Transmission Design for almost 10 years.

Ric went on to establish NTC Powertrain, ultimately employing 35 engineers in the USA, UK and Australia, before he sold the business to AVL in 2011. He now leads Business Development around the world for AVL’s passenger car transmissions.

Ric also works with technology businesses in Australia and the USA to develop their own technology through his new venture, BRT Corporation.

Ric received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1988.


Dr Maree Zammit


Dr Maree Zammit

Dr Maree Zammit has fifteen years’ experience in the electricity industry, working with with some of Australia’s largest energy providers; Prospect, Integral and Endeavour Energy. Dr Zammit is now Group Manager, PMO for Networks NSW, common governance provider to the three state-owned distributors: Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, and Essential Energy. As Group Manager, she is responsible for the Program Management Office overseeing the industry reform program.

An accomplished management consultant with five years’ experience at Booz Allen Hamilton (now Booz & Co) spanning, Dr Zammit also provided management consulting services to a wide range industries including banking, energy, chemicals and mining.

Dr Zammit graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours and the University Medal in electrical engineering. She was subsequently awarded a PhD in engineering economics, also from the University of Sydney.


Bruce Johinke

Bruce Johinke

Bruce Johinke has extensive experience working in and leading major global engineering management consultancies. Throughout his 40 year career, Bruce has successfully delivered diverse projects in Australia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, New York, Jakarta, Singapore and Panama.

Bruce previously worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) as Corporate Director of Global Markets, based in New York. He was responsible for strategic planning, mergers, and acquisitions and marketing for the company worldwide. He was President of PB’s global strategic and management consulting practice, and led numerous engineering consultancies both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from the University of Adelaide, and is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.


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Mark Webb

Mark Webb is the chief executive of the NSW Department of Parliamentary Services, a specialist service department working to support the operation of NSW Parliament by providing logistical support and advice to members, the Departments of the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly and the people of New South Wales.

Mark’s extensive experience includes roles with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, the NSW Public Service Commission, the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, the federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and several private sector technology firms.


James Alexander

James Alexander

James Alexander is the Program Manager and co-founder of INCUBATE, one Australia’s leading student start-up accelerator programs, at the University of Sydney. INCUBATE has assisted over 32 high-potential technology start-ups in the early stages of development by providing grants, co-working space and mentorship from renowned entrepreneurial alumni, and has been developed in conjunction with the University of Sydney Union.

James graduated with Honours in Computer Science and Technology from the Faculty of Engineering and IT and is passionate about his continuing involvement with the University of Sydney, having held a variety of offices including faculty student representative, IT Alumni Council President and past president of the Undergraduate IT Society (SUITS).


Max York




Max York

Max York leads General Electric’s Aviation business in Australia and New Zealand, comprising commercial and military engines, services and systems. Prior to this appointment, Max has lead commercial engines and services sales in Australia, NZ, South East Asia, Hong Kong and India. He was GE Aviation’s sales director in Sydney for two years before leading the six sigma business process improvement team in GE Aviation’s global Sales and Marketing Division in Cincinnati, USA in 2002.

Max joined General Electric in 2000 after 18 years as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, where he reached the rank of Commander. He specialized in FFG-7 combat systems and integrated logistics management, and served in various leadership roles afloat and ashore in Australia, Washington DC and the Persian Gulf.

Max has bachelors and masters degrees in electronics and communications from the University of New South Wales and a graduate diploma in management from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He graduated with distinction from the RAN Staff Course in 1995.


John Gaskell

John Gaskell

John Gaskell is the Director of the Electrical and Information Engineering Foundation at the University of Sydney. Nominated as one of Australia’s most influential engineers in both 2009 and 2010 by Engineers Australia, John has over 45 years’ experience in the electrical power industry and boasts extensive international experience through long term appointments in USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Iran, Iraq, UAE, and the Asia Pacific.

Throughout his career, John has held a variety of management positions across a range of Global Companies, including President of Energy Business at Rolls Royce, Managing Director (G Segment) at ABB Alstom Power, and President and CEO of ABB Australia from 2002-2010.

John holds a Bachelor of Science and is a registered Chartered Engineer (CEng).


Dr Susan Pond

Dr Susan Pond

Dr Susan Pond is Chair of the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels and Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Dr Pond’s work is focused on the transition of the transportation sector to alternative fuels; the market sectors driving demand for advanced biofuels; and the policy to enable development of integrated systems, as well as multiple product and business opportunities.

Susan is Chair of the Australian Government’s Clean Technology Innovation Committee, Vice President of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and Board Member of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Biotron Ltd.