Celebrating our Australian people at the 2023 Wattle Awards

We’d like to congratulate this year’s winners of the Wattle Awards – our annual company awards program that celebrates the achievements and work of our incredibly talented people who make everyday better throughout Australia.
Announced at Wednesday’s 'Huddle', our bi-annual Beca Australia all-hands conference, The Wattle Awards celebrate excellence across seven categories. 

And drum roll.... the winners for 2023 are:

  • Partnership – Walcha Off Creek Project Team: Beca HunterH2O were engaged in the design and construction of off-creek storage to improve water resilience for the regional township of Walcha NSW. This project will leave a legacy of water resilience for Walcha and realises our vision of making everyday better for this regional community.
  • Tenacity – Jarrod Ambrose: Jarrod is a leader and mentor for our people, and consistently looks for ways to help his team shine and advance their own careers. Through his perseverance and commitment to serving both clients and community, he has made a real impact on Beca’s success!
  • Enjoyment – Damian Johnson: Damian’s deep passion for airfield engineering is evident in his enthusiasm, dedication, and leadership roles within the National Airfield Maintenance Program, the Engineers Australia Working Group and Technical Delivery Groups. His fun and positive energy is infectious, making him a trusted and loyal colleague in all Beca offices.
  • Care – Brisbane Airport Teams: In February 2022, a colleague had to leave their Brisbane home due to flooding. In the following days, the Airports team showed up to remove damaged furniture and clean the home. Working in unison to commence the recovery process, they demonstrated an exceptional level of care and support.

  • Early-career – Lloyd Collings: Lloyd has demonstrated his passion and enthusiasm for airfield pavement engineering on all his projects, including championing the use of the innovative Australian Flexible Pavement Association Asphalt performance specification. Lloyd is not afraid to ask the right questions, which leads to better outcomes and has a positive effect on team morale, embracing opportunities and forming relationships very quickly.
  • Mid-career – Nicholas Brown: Nicholas demonstrated his commendable commitment to work when he responded to an urgent client request last year for onsite structural engineering support. He also collaborated with colleagues in Wollongong, as well as our structural and marine teams from Brisbane and Sydney, showcasing Beca’s joined-up expertise. His support made a significant impact on the Minerals and Metals market, contributing greatly to Beca's growth in Australia.
  • Open Awards – Emile Doeleman: Emile has actively developed and nurtured important strategic relationships with partnership clients in Hunter Water, Mid Coast Council and Port Macquarie Council. He’s also passionate about sustainability and has demonstrated this in the delivery of his projects. He also promotes the safety and wellbeing of those around him, by proactively running lessons-learned sessions. 

Whether it’s working together through a demanding project, challenging the status quo with innovative solutions to solve a problem, or stepping up to help make a difference for our communities, each submission has blown the shortlisting and judging panels away.

A shout out to all this year's finalists and judges, as well as everyone who took the time to enter all 70 nominations. Our people do incredible things every day and we look forward to sharing more of these stories throughout the coming year.

Congratulations once again to this year's winners!!

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