Errol Milevskiy has been in the marine industry for over 37 years working around the world as a marine engineer, marine surveyor, lead auditor and executive in shipping, shipbuilding, oil & gas, power, engineering construction and maintenance.
Errol has volunteered much of his time to mentoring, tutoring and training marine surveyors and managers through his professional institutes over the past 19 years.
Errol has specialised qualifications in engineering, quality, business, risk and law and states leadership is about change, with a stoic persistence, ability to overcome obstacles, being able to build a dedicated team and the capability to effectively communicate with all.
Errol was recognised by Engineer’s Australia as one of the 100 Australian Engineering Leaders in the centenary book “Anything is possible – 100 Australian Engineering Leaders”. He was awarded the “Australian, Queensland and regional Engineering Technologist of the Year” in 2014 and a Manager of the year finalist in 2015.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I first started my volunteering work with the Institute of Engineers in 2000 as a panel member for Chartered interviews. I have volunteered in a number of positions over the past 19 years.
Why did you become a volunteer?
Providing your experience and mentorship to others is so important in our community. Being a volunteer in a professional institute is a privilege, as well as a career building and learning opportunity for yourself. The delight of giving back to others is a strong incentive.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Being able to play a role, be it small at times, in the development and lasting improvement of others and the organisation to ultimately benefit many others, is very satisfying.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Being able to recognise and recommend members to become chartered, in what was the older system.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My career is unique in relation to the majority of the member’s professions. I consider it important to bring different views and experiences into the mix for the institute to make a difference to its members and for the longevity of the institute.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
The enjoyment and feeling of satisfaction you gain from your endeavours greatly assist you in achieving a life balance. You do need to prioritise your time and ensure that family and friends are always at the top of that list.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Being able to contribute as a volunteer to hopefully provide an influence on others will provide great personal satisfaction. As a result, it will significantly improve your professional portfolio and professional attitude to all of your endeavours.
Image: courtesy of Errol Milevskiy