Chief Executive Officer
Central Coast Industry Connect
Frank Sammut is a Mechanical Engineer with a career and EA membership that spans over 40 years, predominantly in the Food Manufacturing sector. After graduating from Swinburne College of Technology in 1977, Frank commenced his career as a production engineer with government and then in a small family food business. Ten years into his career he took his first corporate role as a plant engineer and from there progressed to hold a number of senior operations management roles in the food industry, expanding his responsibility into Warehousing and Logistics, Planning, Procurement, Agronomy and New Product Development as well as multisite manufacturing facilities.
He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Central Coast Industry Connect – a not-for-profit organisation representing Central Coast manufacturing. Having lived on the NSW Central Coast for over 25 years he has a passion that extends into making the region a better place.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I started volunteering in 2008 as a member of the Central Coast Group and became vice chair in 2013 and chair in 2014, a role I currently still hold. In 2018 I took on an appointed position on the Newcastle Division Committee and was reappointed for the 2020 term.
Why did you become a volunteer?
Becoming a volunteer with EA is a way of giving back to the profession I have worked in for such a long time and it is an opportunity for me to share my experience in different ways with my fellow engineers. I also wanted to have the opportunity to encourage young people into the profession.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I enjoy interacting with our local engineers, providing them leadership and support in what we do as a group. At a divisional level I enjoy the opportunity to influence policy and promote what we do in the Central Coast region.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
As chair I am pleased that we have been able to grow interest in our local group and a 10 strong committee of predominantly young people that are keen, committed and wanting to promote their profession. My succession is in good hands.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My current daytime role is predominantly about networking and this is a great skill to have in my current voluntary capacity at EA. With my broad experience I feel I contribute constructively to discussion at a local or Divisional level.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
I am fortunate that my role allows me a lot of flexibility with my time. But in saying this there is a lot that I am involved in with EA that cuts across areas of my work and other volunteer work that I do. You get good support from Division Office that helps enormously.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Being a volunteer opens up your opportunities for networking, learning and gaining knowledge and personal development. You will not only be giving back to your profession but have an opportunity to impact on its progress!
Image: courtesy of Frank Sammut