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Industry leader to head Queensland public works institute

<strong>Industry leader to head Queensland public works institute</strong>

Queensland’s public works engineering sector has a new industry leader with the appointment this month of Brett Wright.

The highly experienced administrator assumes the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Qld-NT (IPWEAQ-NT) after spending more than 21 years leading state and national peak industry bodies in the heavy vehicle and automotive industries.

His most recent leadership position was as CEO of Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia where he oversaw the transformation of a state association to peak national body,

A Fellow of the Australasian Society of Association Executives, he has been a former member of the Queensland Government’s Ministerial Freight Council and a member of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Industry Reference Forum.

He holds qualifications in governance and budgeting and business planning and is a board director of a children’s charity.

Mr Wright said there were strong linkages between the heavy transport industry and public works engineering.

“There’s connection between the two sectors, especially in the essential services space – by providing vital infrastructure and services to communities and individuals. It’s really quite a noble cause,” he said.  “And I was attracted to this position by IPWEAQ-NT’s long history in providing excellent service and representation for the public works engineering sector.”

IPWEAQ-NT has supported the state’s public works professionals for 50 years by sharing knowledge, building networks and capability and advocating for the sector.

Mr Wright said his leadership would prioritise member engagement and services, professional development and sector representation.

He thanked the interim CEO Scott Greensill, who is remaining with the institute as a consultant to finalise select projects.

“Scott oversaw steady operation of the institute during a time of transition; we thank him for that service,” Mr Wright said.

IPWEAQ President Angela Fry said: “We are very pleased to welcome Brett to the IPWEAQ-NT team, and we’re confident he’ll provide great leadership and direction into the future. 

“I would also like to extend my thanks to the interim CEO Scott Greensill, and all of the IPWEAQ-NT staff for their hard work and commitment.”