IPWEA NZ has a long-standing history of presenting awards for Asset Management Excellence in Aotearoa, as well as supporting our infrastructure leaders of tomorrow through the young leader award, with the support of AECOM and IMNZ. Earlier this year, we announced three new prestigious scholarships would join the IMNZ | AECOM Young Leader Scholarship! The Emerging Asset Management Professional, Emerging Governance and Senior Asset Management Professional Scholarships have joined the young leader scholarship to create a suite of awards to celebrate asset management professionals contributing to our industry and their communities.
The Senior Professional Scholarship
The recipient of the Senior Professional Scholarship attends an international public works/asset management conference up to the value of $5,000. This annual Scholarship provides the opportunity for an IPWEA NZ member to expand their networks and knowledge of asset management at an international level.
The winner of the IPWEA NZ 2022 Senior Professional Scholarship was Kelly LaValley. This scholarship was awarded earlier in the year to allow Kelly to attend the August 2022 Public Works Expo in Charlotte USA (hosted by the American Public Works Association).
Kelly is a Project Delivery Manager at Waimakiriri District Council and is Chair of the Land Development Engineering Special Interest Group. Unfortunately Kelly is unable to be with us tonight but had this to say in her scholarship application:
“One of the most effective ways of developing new ways of thinking is to interact with, network, and discuss different approaches to similar problems with those that are leaders in this area. The APWA Public Works Expo is the perfect opportunity to do this with some of the best examples of public works engineering on display, with some of the top public works engineering leaders in attendance.”
We will look forward to Kelly’s report back on her experience at the Public Works Expo at next year’s conference in Rotorua.
The Emerging Governance Scholarship
The recipient of the Emerging Governance Scholarship completes the Institute of Directors Company Directors course up to the value of $10,000 to set them up for future governance roles.
This annual Scholarship provides the opportunity for an IPWEA NZ member to develop the skills and expertise necessary to undertake current or future governance roles.
The winner of the 2022 Emerging Governance Scholarship is Kelly Churchill.
Kelly is the National Establishment and Performance Manager for Fulton Hogan and has commenced her governance career, taking on Board Alternate roles for Waka Kotahi NOC contracts, and the Wellington Transport Alliance, as alternate to the Fulton Hogan CEO.
Kelly stated in her application that;
“The opportunity provided by this emerging governance scholarship would directly benefit her continued journey into future governance roles, enabling her bring diversity of thought as a single parent and as a female, into what is still currently a male dominated profession, particularly at governance level.”
The Priyani de Silva-Currie Emerging Asset Management Professional Scholarship
The Priyani de Silva-Currie Emerging Asset Management Professional Scholarship will provide the opportunity to complete the Australasian Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning and Integrating Asset Management Governance courses up to the value of $5,000.
This course will set the winner up for attaining the internationally recognised Certified Professional in Asset Management – or CPAM – certification with the World Partners in Asset Management.
This annual Scholarship provides the opportunity for an IPWEA NZ member to develop the skills and expertise necessary to enhance their asset management capability.
The winner of the 2022 Priyani de Silva-Currie Emerging Asset Management Professional Scholarship is Trisha Morrison. Trisha is the Community Assets Manager at Waikato District Council.
In her scholarship application, Trisha noted that gaining the CPAM designation would make her stand out from the crowd in the asset management arena which currently is dominated by males.
This became evident to her when she recently attended a transport Forum in the Waikato. Out of a room of 30 Asset Management professionals there were only 5 females. She wants to be part of that change, promoting asset management as a viable profession and becoming a mentor for the next generation.
The Young Leader Scholarship with AECOM and IMNZ
The recipient of the Young Leader Scholarship attends IMNZ leadership training up to the value of $8,000 including travel costs. This annual Scholarship sponsored jointly by AECOM and IMNZ provides the opportunity for an IPWEA NZ member to develop the skills and expertise necessary to enhance their senior management capability and potential.
The winner of the 2022 AECOM / IMNZ Young Leader Award is Hinewai Hausman.
Hinewai is Principal Asset Investment Advisor at Waka Kotahi. She is also one of the strongest females in Aotearoa, holds numerous national powerlifting and strongwoman records and has represented Aotearoa.
Hinewai noted that the Young Leaders Award scholarship will enable her to “further her leadership journey by improving her self-awareness and forward-thinking abilities.” She is very aware of the challenges wāhine Māori face in the industry and is very passionate about enabling people like herself to get into this mahi. This scholarship will allow her to be an example for what this industry can and should look like in the future and believes it will encourage Māori to be interested in the wide range of mahi we do within asset management.
Thanks to AECOM and IMNZ.