An IPWEAvic Leadership Series Event was held in conjunction with the IPWEAvic Annual Dinner on the evening of 10th October 2013 with guest speaker, Mr David Eltringham, the IPWEAvic Public Works Practitioner of the Year.

David presented an entertaining account of his role as an Engineering Leader in a rural community and shared his journey with us.  David listed the following six points as values of effective leadership:

  • create a shared vision
  • communicate
  • be seen
  • care for those you lead
  • develop two way trust
  • acknowledge achievement

Communication was the key in David’s ability to lead the Wimmera Intergrated Freight Terminal Project through all stages of its life cycle resulting in a facility that will enhance the economic development of the Wimmera regional area.  Relationship management, leadership skills and financial management are the top skills David sees an aspiring local government engineer requires in today’s world.

We were honored and David made a 4 hour round trip to be with us at this event.

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