Greg Wright

MIEAust

Technical Director

Centra Australia

Greg Wright’s career began in local government. During his career, he’s managed several road design and construction teams and worked for international consultancies such as Aurecon, KBR, WSP and AECOM. Within these roles he developed pavement designs for infrastructure projects such as Sydney’s Lane Cove Tunnel, Brisbane’s Clem7 Motorway, Melbourne’s M1 Motorway and Perth’s Roe and Great Eastern Highway Interchange. In his present role, Greg provides his expert opinion to clients about the design, construction and management of road pavements.

Greg was elected corporate member of the Institution of Engineers Australia three years after graduating and chaired its Civil & Structural committee several times.

How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been volunteering with Engineers Australia for about 9 years altogether, including 4 years in the 1990s and 5 years this decade.

Why did you become a volunteer?
I became a volunteer because EA Newcastle Division Secretary, Sally Chapman, encouraged me to join EA’s Civil & Structural college circa 1989. Sally was exemplary – she attended and minuted all our meetings and helped me secure notable engineers to speak at CPD events that our committee organised.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Apart from getting to work alongside Sally as an EA volunteer, I worked alongside many like-minded engineers, some young and others not so young – all of whom demonstrated their commitment to advancing our profession.

What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Securing Sir Eric Neal as an after dinner speaker. I was aware that he’d been the CEO of Boral, an employee and Director of BHP and the Commissioner of the City of Sydney. His speech inspired me to strive to advance our profession by sharing ideas and experiences through meaningful interactive seminars.

How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
As a volunteer, I’ve met and learned a lot from inspirational engineers willing to share their collective experiences and knowledge.

How do you balance work and volunteering?
By reallocating a fraction of my leisure time to productive pursuits such as volunteering. Many people are volunteers. Topical at present are those that are voluntarily fighting the many bush fires that are afflicting our resilient country. Without volunteers, our awesome country would not be as awesome.

What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Volunteering your time is rewarding. I have and continue to be motivated by the engineers that I’ve met through my volunteering work. Some have achieved much in their long careers and some are nonetheless impressive despite their youth – which just goes to prove you don’t have to be old to be a leader or a volunteer!

Image: courtesy of Greg Wright