Shireane McKinnie provides consultancy services to government and industry in fields including governance, engineering, project management, independent project review and strategic advice.
As a General Manager in the Defence Materiel Organisation, Shireane led acquisition and sustainment undertakings in Aerospace, Helicopter and Electronic Systems, as well as the Joint Strike Fighter Program. She also led development of Defence’s materiel engineering practices and was the job family sponsor for the engineering workforce.
Previously, Shireane also had responsibility for Land, Maritime, Explosive Ordnance capabilities, and Defence’s sustainment reforms to deliver $5.5 billion in savings.
In 2010 Shireane was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the field of engineering and defence equipment acquisition; in 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been a volunteer with Engineers Australia since 2004 in a number of capacities.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I am passionate about engineering and want to contribute to the development of the profession by helping young engineers to achieve their career ambitions.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Working with people from different backgrounds who are also committed to advancing the engineering profession, collaborating with them to develop strategies to solve problems and sharing experiences.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Receiving the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the field of engineering and defence equipment acquisition and being awarded an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My career leading a large engineering workforce has given me insights into the issues facing engineers.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
I try to ensure that I manage my commitments so that I don’t get overwhelmed.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
I encourage people to become involved with Engineers Australia as a volunteer and highlight the benefits, such as broadening their networks, learning from colleagues and giving back to the profession.
Image: courtesy of Shireane McKinnie