VP Innovation Capability
Brian Haggerty graduated as a Structural Engineer in Perth, with a career in resources development. Currently, with responsibilities for capability and sustainable developments in Woodside. Previously Brian has held responsibility for Woodside’s technology and data science programme (VP Technology) and LNG developments (VP LNG Development). He has had 10 years of international experience with Royal Dutch Shell on LNG and gas-to-liquids developments, based in Europe and the Middle East.
Brian is also a Director of Hydrogen Society of Australia, a Programme Committee Member for the international LNG 2022 Conference and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been on panels since the 1980’s, most recently having been on the WA Division Committee since 2017.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I have a passion for getting engineers ready and adaptable for the changes that are now materialising in our working environment. I want to ensure more relevant material is available through Engineers Australia and ensure our universities provide graduates with the best possible capability for the future.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Working with teams of people with a common objective as well as being challenged about my views. Being involved with judging panels for Engineering Excellence awards is an awesome experience.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Producing a Digital Learning series in 2019. But mostly contributing an alternative voice.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
I have had the opportunity to work in areas from design and analysis, project management, business and commercial leadership, technology and the academic world. I have worked in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the US as well as Australia. There is a wide variety of ways of approaching problems.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
Many aspects of the volunteering role are relevant to the day job and hence some synergies occur. However, there is some extra weekend time taken.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding. You come across a wider variety of approaches, attitudes and ways of doing things. In that diversity, you learn a lot.
Image: courtesy of Brian Haggerty