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Associate Technical Director / Digital Lead
William has more than 38 years of experience in engineering for major infrastructure projects globally. William is a Fellow and Chartered Engineering Technologist of Engineers Australia.
William is an Associate Technical Director / Digital Lead for Arcadis WA. William is an active member of Engineers Australia, having spent four years on the Structural College Board and is the current Vice-Chair of the Structures Panel for WA. William is also on the National Committee for Engineering Associates and Technologists (NCEAT) and on several Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital-related committees.
His experience includes Design Management and has vast Design and Construct and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) experience, having managed multi-discipline teams of designers across global workshare locations.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been volunteering with Engineers Australia for seven years in various capacities, having joined EA in 2000 after transferring from IStructE UK, where I was an associate member.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I feel it’s important to contribute to the profession, share knowledge, and assist in providing quality CPD for members. Also, to engage and promote the organisation to other potential members.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
It’s certainly meeting with likeminded people who give their time willingly to better the profession. I have been very fortunate to engage with people who provide a different perspective on issues and challenges the profession might face, and work together with them to come up with strategies in overcoming such issues.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
It would have been achieving the status of Chartered and being recognised as a Fellow of the institute, something I am very proud and privileged to have achieved.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
I think as your career develops your contribution as a volunteer develops also. You look at things differently and come up with strategies in volunteering based on your experience in the industry.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
It can be difficult at times, but I have been fortunate enough to work for an organisation who understands and shares the belief that volunteering of employees to an institution such as EA will ultimately result in a better profession for all concerned.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
I would encourage them to get involved and try it. You would be amazed at the people you meet and what you learn from the entire experience. All the volunteers in EA have had to take this step and the profession needs people to get involved and contribute.
Image Source: Courtesy of William Drummy