Client Engagement Manager
Jacobs Australia Pty Ltd
Annie Lane started her career as an Aeronautical Engineer Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, where she completed her Aeronautical Engineering degree at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Annie served various roles in uniform before transferring to Reserves in early 2015. She then provided Reservist engineering support to the Chinook project prior to taking an engineering consulting role with Nova Systems. While working at Nova, Annie consulted on Defence projects in both the Joint and Air domains, and spent a year as an Operations Manager.
Annie is currently a Client Engagement Manager at Jacobs, which involves working with Defence clients to achieve great outcomes. She is looking forward to continuing her career within management in the engineering industry.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I’ve been volunteering with EA since early 2018, as the Chair of the local Women In Engineering (WIE) Committee in Canberra.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I’m passionate about gender equality and diversity in the engineering profession. I see involvement with the WIE Committee and wider EA as a way to contribute to creating an engineering industry that is attractive and supportive to a diverse range of people.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I enjoy the opportunity to engage with the community, as so often the reality of what an engineer does and looks like is not widely known. I also enjoy the strong network that you build by being involved with EA.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I had the opportunity to host a portion of an International Women’s Day event that was co-hosted by EA and a number of other professional bodies in Canberra earlier this year. I really enjoyed the opportunity to question the very experienced and insightful speakers at the event.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My career has spanned both government and private industry, which allows me to bring a diverse perspective to my work as a volunteer. As in most aspects of life, a collaborative approach gets the best outcomes.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
By setting myself realistic expectations of what I can achieve in my volunteer positions with EA, plus some good old time management.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
It’s a great opportunity to get involved in the wider engineering industry and make a positive contribution to the profession.
Image: courtesy of Annie Lane