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Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

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 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 24 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 ‘Top Student’. She is also the author of four multi award-winning books.

CEO's Report
March 2020

These are certainly challenging times. No one appears unaffected with their circumstances or plans changed but as is the very nature of our sector, we will adapt and survive; some will thrive. We do at least have some good news amidst the chaos.

After 8.5 years in Albion, we are moving further up Kingsford Smith Drive to Eagle Farm expecting to arrive there 1 May subject to anticipated construction delays. This is a significant move which will allow us to continue to grow the Institute and to develop more products and services to meet the needs of our members and the sector. 

We will have three training rooms which can be merged into one or two larger rooms to accommodate up to 95 people classroom style or up to 200 people for a cocktail function. And we invite our Partners to consider 6 Eagleview Place for their next product launch or announcement.


We will have a number of work stations available for members to utilise on their visits to Brisbane, when are you able to travel once again. There are additionally two boardrooms, two meeting rooms and an executive office which can be booked via our administrator.


And we have a new video studio to record instructional videos eg ADAC, iMPACT and other tools, and promotional videos and testimonials. Adding a video studio was somewhat prophetic given the current environment as it will allow us to record many of our programs for online platforms until normal services resume.


Ahead of our 2020 campaign, ‘every community needs an

engineer’, we would also like to record a series of videos of what it means to be a public works engineer.


For those of you who have visited us in Albion and provided feedback on the lack of amenities and parking, I can assure you that this has been addressed at Eagleview Place. We have 20 allocated carparks plus another 75 carparks in the development and endless street parking. Our new home is just 12 minutes from the airport.


I look forward to your next visit to Brisbane, and whether or not you are visiting to attend a course or workshop, please be sure to stop by for a personal tour. Hopefully, that will be some time in the not too distant future.

Leigh Cunningham

Chief Executive Officer