Lisa Hansberry

MIEAust

Project Engineer (Civil)

Ardill Payne & Partners

Lisa Hansberry is a Project Engineer with Ardill Payne & Partners in Northern NSW, Australia. Lisa currently works in contract management in civil and road construction. She has been involved in the construction of two roundabouts entering Byron Bay, including the roundabout famous for the Byron Bay ‘Disco Dong’ sculpture, although she can’t claim fame for the artwork. Lisa is currently working on the Byron Bay Bypass.

Lisa held the position of Chair of the Engineers Australia Northern Rivers Group for three years and is currently Immediate Past Chair. During this time, she promoted the coming together of the local community of engineers and professionals working in the local AEC Industry. ‘We are all in this together.’

How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Three years.

Why did you become a volunteer?
It is important to be involved in the industry in which you work to make sure that we are up to date with what is happening, changes in policy, changes in the industry, happenings in the local engineering community etc.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
The interaction you get volunteering with other engineers is very fulfilling. Working with the other committee members to provide events and opportunities for other engineers is most enjoyable.

What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Holding the Chair position of our local committee has been a great achievement.

With the help of the other members we provided many interesting and valuable CPD events for members and non-members, including the successful Harwood Bridge and Grafton Bridge site tours. Being elected and holding position on the Newcastle Division committee, has also been a great achievement.

How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My career in the engineering industry has helped to inform me what topics are important as continuing professional development for civil, structural and environmental engineering professionals.

How do you balance work and volunteering?
I find there is plenty of time outside of work to do other things, and volunteering is just one thing that I find has great purpose.

What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to get to know people who have similar professional interests outside your usual circles. There are many things to learn from others that we would not have access to otherwise.

Image: courtesy of Lisa Hansberry