CIBSE hires first full-time staff member for Australia
The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has announced the first full-time staff member for the Australia and New Zealand region in its 30-year history.
Sharon Pestonji has been named business development manager, based in Sydney. CIBSE Australia and New Zealand secretary Paul Angus says engineering institutions are facing some huge challenges, not least with their ageing, male-dominated membership base.
Recently returned to Australia after 12 years in Europe, Pestonji has been given a brief to ‘shake up’ CIBSE’s membership mix, attracting more students and, in particular, more women to the industry. She comes to the role from her most recent position as a marketing executive with CIBSE in London. She holds a bachelor of economics and marketing from Sydney’s Macquarie University.
“Sharon has already hit the ground running, contacting a number of Universities around Australia and New Zealand, and will soon roll out a series of initiatives to encourage the best and brightest to step up,” Angus says.
CIBSE is the peak professional body worldwide for building services engineers with over 20,000 members in 98 countries worldwide. The institute aims to provide a global network of professional support and expertise, working in partnership with other professional bodies as well as construction and engineering firms around the world.
“Building services engineering is great profession, and with the environmental challenges that society now faces, I am really excited to be playing a part in encouraging the next generation to step up,” Pestonji says.
“I appreciate the scale of the challenge, but CIBSE ANZ Region is made up of a great team of volunteers who are passionate about delivering a better future, and their positive attitude is inspirational.”
Sharon will be attending the CIBSE ANZ Seminar Series 2017 – Getting Smart About Metering in Sydney on 23 March.
Image: Sharon Pestonji.