Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

         Leigh Cunningham

   Chief Executive Officer

Leigh Cunningham is a lawyer with a career as a senior executive for a number of public companies in Australia and global companies headquartered in Singapore where she lived for 12 years. Prior to returning to Australia to take up her current position as CEO for the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ), Leigh was the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Association of Independent Authors and previously, Director Finance & Operations, Asia for Worldtrade Management Services (a business unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers). 

Leigh has 22 years’ experience in membership organisations including as the CEO for the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators, Australia and concurrently as the Secretary-General for the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, and as the Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Leigh has three master’s degrees in law, commerce and an MBA where she graduated as ‘Top Student’. She is also the author of four multi award-winning books.


CEO's Report
March 2017

2016 was a busy year and 2017 is shaping up to be much the same. It’s hard to believe we are already into March.

On 10 February we celebrated the valued partnerships we have with those who provide products and services for our sector (IPWEAQ Partners & council Supporters) at the annual President’s Breakfast (see photos on our website). This year’s breakfast was held at The Pavilion, Alan Border Field with a keynote presentation from Andrew Ryan, Director Infrastructure, Sunshine Coast Council and 2015 IPWEAQ Engineer of the Year. 

Andrew, together with Gleb Kolenbet of Redland City Council, was a recipient of the 2016 International Study Tour scholarship to the USA, Spain and the Netherlands. 

Andrew’s presentation was based on his learnings and observations from the Inernational Study Tour. The event was streamed live and is now available for viewing online or together with the PowerPoint presentation in the new IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre. In the year ahead, we will be recording all presentations at all branch conferences with keynote presentations at the state and branch conferences live-streamed for members unable to attend in person. Additionally, a number of courses will be offered as webinars.

A key role of our branch committees is to identify initiatives and services that will add value to our members. A special thank you to Craig Murrell and the CQ Branch committee who submitted the suggestion of an online portal to house our state and branch conference proceedings. As a result, we will soon launch the new IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre which will be an essential resource for anyone involved in public works in Queensland. It is fully searchable by title, speaker/author, subject, keyword, event or date. 

Resources available in the Knowledge Centre include:

  • Podcasts from the 2016 state conference in Brisbane including all eight keynote presentations and all presentations from all 12 streams (accessible only to paid conference delegates and subscribers). Plus all future state conferences including Townsville (24-26 October 2017).
  • Podcasts of branch conferences held in 2017 and later (including Dalby, Yeppoon and Logan)
  • Papers and/or PowerPoint presentations delivered at past branch and state conferences.
  • Articles published in our journal, Engineering for Public Works.
  • Articles published in other states and internationally that have relevance to Queensland practitioners. These will be sourced by our Information Resources Manager.

  • IPWEAQ technical publications including Standard Drawings and Complete Streets (accessible only to subscribers)
  • Media reports on issues affecting our sector.
  • Podcasts of interviews of delegates taken at state and branch conferences with tagging facilities for members to add to their profile.
  • Photos of delegates taken at state and branch conferences with tagging facilities for members to add to their profile.
  • Videos taken at various IPWEAQ events, workshops and courses.

If you were unable to attend the successful 2016 IPWEAQ state conference in Brisbane, you can now subscribe to the podcasts.

Coming up in the next quarter, we have branch conferences in Dalby, Yeppoon and Logan, the launch of the 2017 edition of the Queensland Urban Drainage Manual (QUDM), initiation of the biennial election of the IPWEAQ Board and multiple courses in our revamped Professional Development program including the Western Roads Symposium.

Leigh Cunningham