Zhenya Pavlinova


Senior Structural Engineer

GHD Pty Ltd

Zhenya is a Chartered Structural Engineer with experience across mining, industrial, commercial, residential, and council projects. Zhenya’s key experiences include project management, risk assessment, design, and asset management. Some of the projects Zhenya has been involved with include the Forgan Bridge Replacement and duplication across the Pioneer River in Mackay, development of the Oly Tolgoi copper and gold mine in the Gobi Desert, and asset management support at Dalrymple Bay and Hay Point Coal Terminals near Mackay.

Last year, Zhenya chaired the Women in Engineering Queensland Committee with Engineers Australia. Currently, Zhenya chairs the Queensland Structural College and is the Deputy Chair for Women in Engineering National Committee .

How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been a volunteer with Engineers Australia for more than 6 years. I became involved with my local committee in Mackay and then eventually Brisbane.

Why did you become a volunteer?
I became a volunteer because I wanted to shape the types of events and topics (as well as the frequency) that we had in Mackay. Often feeling frustrated and somewhat left out from everything that was going on in the big smoke, my approach was to actively engage and influence the outcome.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I enjoy the variety of people I meet and work with, and the network that I have built over the years. I also have been fortunate to contribute to policy, review standards, promote engineering to the wider community, and run some awesome events!

What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Being able to run events that engage the audience and promote discussion about increasing gender diversity in the profession and retention of women in engineering.

I also enjoying seeing the quality of submissions for the Gender Diversity Awards and being able to grow the number of nominations for year to year.

How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My career has spanned across mining, commercial, residential, defence, and council projects. This allows me to bring different points of view, communicate across gender, age, and experience, and drive positive outcomes. As members of the technical college, we also can present on the latest projects, technology, and changes to standards and codes.

How do you balance work and volunteering?
Teamwork, great communication, and planning. Volunteering can be a great way to stretch yourself and learn new things, but you achieve more working as a team.

What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Get involved. Volunteers shape the future of Engineers Australia. Plus, it feels great to give back.

Image: courtesy of Zhenya Pavlinova

Image of Zhenya Pavlinova