Chief Executive Officer
Engineering Aid Australia welcomes its first Indigenous Australian CEO, Tracey Dennis
Engineering Aid Australia (EAA) has appointed its first fully funded and strategically-focused CEO – Tracey Dennis, a proud Biripi woman.
EAA Chairman Greg Steele explained the appointment comes soon after EAA reviewed its operations and developed its Future Directions Plan.
“EAA aims to empower First Nations young people through education, and it is increasingly important that an Indigenous Australian leads this vision. We are delighted Tracey has accepted the role.”
“Tracey brings to EAA significant experience in influential leadership roles across government, corporate and for-purpose sectors,” Mr Steele said.
Appointed after a thorough recruitment process led by the North Search executive search firm,Ms Dennis starts as CEO on July 18.
For the past 30 years,Ms Dennis has worked in the education, employment, training and economic sectors developing and implementing strategies to assist First Nation peoples in their journey towards prosperity.
Ms Dennis has dedicated the last ten years to working in the corporate sector, including at Honeywell and Lendlease, and in the community sector as a CEO stimulating and supporting economic development and building a pipeline of First Nation talent.
Ms Dennis commented:“I am very excited about joining EAA and working alongside a wonderful Board, our youth, communities and sponsors.
“Education has always been my passion, and I look forward to building on the legacy started over the last 25 years and growing a strong pipeline of very talented First Nation peoples in Engineering and Technology,” Ms Dennis said.
As EAA welcomes Ms Dennis, the not-for-profit acknowledges and thanks John McKillop, who has been our CEO for the past ten years.
“As one of the founding members and as CEO, John McKillop has had a dramatic impact on the lives of many First Nations youth, supporting their educational achievements and sponsoring many successful careers,” Mr Steele said.
“John has opened up and expanded the possibilities for many young Indigenous Australians,keeping EAA Founder Jeff Dobell’s vision alive with dedication and commitment.
“We thank John for his tremendous contribution from the early years to today.”
About Engineering Aid Australia (EAA)
EAA is a not-for-profit organisation igniting the big dreams of First Nations youth through increasing education and career opportunities. EAA runs a week-long program for high school students at Sydney University and Curtin University. Over the past 25 years, EAA has conducted various programs encouraging and assisting Indigenous Australian youth with an aptitude for maths and science to complete Year 12 and gain tertiary qualifications that enable them to pursue a career in Engineering or Technology.
For further details, please contact:
Greg Steele: 0408 166 582