Chief Operating Officer
Gordan Lesicar has gained more than 30 years’ engineering and management experience, working in Australia, Europe, North America and the United Kingdom. He has held senior roles in Defence and Aerospace, Manufacturing, Mining, Oil and Gas and Water industries with corporate responsibility for; project management, engineering management, business improvement and corporate governance. Within these positions, Gordan specialised in managing multi-disciplinary complex programs and initiatives within government and private enterprises.
Currently the Chief Operating Officer at Maptek, Gordan has an MBA, a degree in Mechanical Engineering and several postgraduate qualifications in strategic leadership, program governance and service excellence.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Joining as a young graduate in mid 1980s, I began my involvement with Engineers Australia by attending various functions. This provided me with an opportunity to network and learn from more experienced engineers. However, over the last 10 years I have been closely associated with EA in South Australia through the Mechanical College Committee (current chair) and Divisional Committee.
Why did you become a volunteer?
Over many years, I have been a strong advocate in promoting engineering and its present value. This materialised initially through encouraging students to consider taking on engineering as a career, informing them about the importance and impact of engineering on everyone’s lives. More recently, I have worked with Engineers Australia to deliver a Strategic Plan that ensures local factors are given proper consideration.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Outside the business environment, I contribute to several community groups and diverse professional institutions. Having a passion for education, I also mentor and coach engineers and project managers at various levels of experience, guiding them through their current challenges and future career paths.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
In joining SA’s Mechanical College and Division Committee, I have managed to develop and foster many relationships between Engineers Australia, business community and various education institutions.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
In my early days of my engineering career, interaction with more experienced engineers provided me with guidance and support to broaden my engineering knowledge and skillset. After some 30 years, I am very much involved in project and business management roles at a senior executive level, working across various industries and enterprises locally, nationally and internationally.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
Work-life balance is a 100-year-old question. From a practical perspective, “the more of this we do, the better at it we become”.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Education is a life-long journey, taking our understanding of the natural world and using it to invent, design, build or change things to solve problems and achieve practical goals. Becoming a volunteer makes you a part of that journey.
Image: courtesy of Gordan Lesicar