Brown was recognised as an influential engineer in the Community category, alongside Elizabeth Taylor (RedR), Bill Lawson (Beacon Foundation), John Grill (John Grill Centre for Project Leadership), Michael Myers (Re-Engineering Australia) and Bill Phippen (TAD Disability Services). The Community category was launched for the first time this year.
Since Brown has been CEO of EWB, a not-for-profit organisation with years experience creating systemic change through humanitarian engineering. In the last months alone EWB has contributed towards building the technical and engineering capacity of over community organisations across seven countries in areas such as water supply and sanitation, renewable energy and engineering education.
Brown now leads a movement of , people and engineering companies working together to improve the quality of life in developing communities through humanitarian engineering.
Brown has overseen substantial improvements to EWB&#;s internal management systems, with a strong focus on preparing the organisation for the next ten years.
“It is an honour it is to be recognised on the list and have the work EWB is doing nationally and internationally acknowledge by Engineers Australia. It is great to see that Engineers Australia has included Community as a category for the first time this year,” said Brown.
Brown joined EWB as a volunteer in Brisbane in , assisting with the foundation of the South East Queensland Chapter. She took on the role of Director of Education in before becoming the Operations Director in . She relocated to Melbourne to take on the role of CEO in May .
Prior to joining EWB, Brown worked as a Design Engineer for over five years in the water sector in Australia and overseas for companies including OMV Porterra and WRM Water and Environment.
In Brown was awarded a Chief Executive Women Leadership Scholarship and a Churchill Fellowship centred on education, training and research programs for sustainable development in the UK and USA.
Brown says leadership inspiration comes from many different places, “I am frequently inspired and motivated by our members who are passionate about creating change through humanitarian engineering and give so much to our work.”