Key personnel at Donovan Associates include:
Jocelyn is CEO of Donovan Associates. She progressed from her role as company receptionist back in 1989 to the leadership position she commands today.
Believing real leaders are made not born and driven by an insatiable desire for organisational growth, Jocelyn decided to dedicate the next 16 years to developing and perfecting her strong business acumen and outstanding leadership skills.
With her demonstrated drive and perseverance, she was soon appointed General Manager. Her preparedness to learn, adopt, and instil in others new skills and abilities has enabled the company to integrate economic and environmental opportunities and human resource capabilities to achieve ambitious business goals and objectives.
Her contributions to the team are based on extensive academic and professional training in occupational therapy and vocational functioning that empowers people with physical and intellectual disabilities to develop their skills and capabilities.
Through her unique and heightened sensitivity to the human condition in challenging workplace environments, she created an efficient, productive, and enriched organisational culture based on sound ethical and moral principles.
Her holistic approach to positive organisational behaviour, change, and performance is key to obtaining economies of scale that integrate surveying and engineering disciplines and technologies to deliver competitive value-based services.
Jocelyn’s multidisciplinary expertise and experience are the ideal complement to the industry-leading technical skills, abilities, and aptitudes of the team. She continues to seek sources of technological innovation with the goal to improve organisational capabilities and team performance and remain at the forefront of the highly competitive engineering and surveying business landscape.
Business Director and Principal Structural Engineer
John is Company Director responsible for all structural projects. He is in charge of the structural and civil design of a wide variety of residential developments.
His interest in civil and structural engineering was motivated by the diversity of attractive career options including buildings, roads, and water and soil engineering.
After graduating with Bachelor of Engineering from the University of New South Wales in 1968, John worked at the NSW Department of Public Works in cadetship roles in the Water Supply Design Branch and Manly Vale Hydraulics Laboratory.
Following a stint of structural design and supervision of buildings with a North Sydney Architectural company, John then travelled to the UK and Ireland and worked on various offshore oil and gas projects for the North Sea and the Irish Sea.
In 1984, he began working at Donovan Associates within the engineering division where he could translate his international skills, knowledge and experience to the various disciplines and practices within the company.
As the company director, John is focused on providing a comprehensive level of services to clients in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong including inspection and reporting on the structural adequacy of existing buildings, and structural design and inspection of all types of low-rise residential structures and buildings.
From an early age, Scott marvelled at impressive structures like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and other monuments around the world. He would often wonder how something so vast and beautiful has stood the test of time.
That boyhood fascination eventually grew into something more serious and life changing for him. In 2006, he enrolled in Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Environmental Engineering double degree at the University of Newcastle.
Upon his graduation in 2012, he obtained experience working with two reputable engineering firms to further excel his engineering and environmental sustainability capabilities before joining Donovan Associates in 2013 as a Civil Design Engineer.
Over the next four years, Scott’s superior problem-solving skills saw him being part of every project proving to be a tremendous asset for the company and his colleagues. In time, he advanced to the position of Civil Manager and currently is leading the division with the emphasis on mentoring skills and a result-driven approach.
His other boyhood love included cricket. He had the opportunity to travel and play overseas between the ages of 18 through to 22 years. His other sporting achievements include Newcastle U16 – U19 representative (captain); NSW U21 representative; Big Brother Scholarship for Cricket Sussex County in the UK.
Scott combines his love for engineering and a sporting prowess with superior leadership skills to give Donovan Associates a real edge in the marketplace.
Senior Registered Surveyor
Some are fortunate to discover their life’s true calling. For Malcolm, it happened one sunny morning while he was scanning the employment section in the newspaper.
His personality is ideally suited for situations connecting meticulous problem solving, new challenges, and the variety of indoor and outdoor work. He admits that the job description for the Surveying job he saw that morning sounded like a dream.
Soon he was studying for his Bachelor’s Degree in Surveying at the prestigious University of New South Wales (UNSW) while working as a field assistant, which solidified his career choice and accelerated his post-graduate employment prospect.
Upon graduation in 1992, he worked and collaborated with private survey companies in Southern Sydney and Dubbo on a diverse range of surveying projects before joining Donovan Associates in 1995 and becoming a registered Surveyor in 2001.
Today he works in a job he enjoys getting involved in different types of projects with various complexities keeping his analytical and problem-solving skills razor-sharp.
Over the past 20 years, he has been managing the field teams along with subdivision and strata subdivision work for clients ranging from government departments, project builders, and small developers in and around the greater Sydney area.
Great engineers are known for being thorough and conscientious, and this unique blend of personality traits earned Neil the ‘Institution Prize’ from the NSW Institute of Surveyors before his completion of the Associate Diploma of Surveying in 2006. He always knew he had an engineering streak and now it was official.
Of course, that was expected since Neil had already completed his Associate Degree in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) in 1996. After completing his other engineering degree, a decade later, he decided to pursue surveying as his life’s destiny due to the technical aspect, flexibility, and heavy reliance on maths (Neil excelled in maths and physics at school), and he hasn’t looked back.
Over the years, Neil has worked as a surveyor throughout Australia and New Zealand, completing projects for both public and private clients in diverse industries including Sydney Trains and Australian Government Department of Defence. He has gained valuable knowledge in various facets especially survey drafting.
He joined the team at Donovan Associates in 2013, where he manages the drafting group, with responsibilities including staff liaison, and field and administrative work.
Neil’s strong engineering and advanced mathematics acumen make him an invaluable team member at Donovan Associates.
Survey Manager, All-Rounder
During his high-school years, Ross excelled in technical and perspective drawing demonstrating a high level of accuracy and superb attention to detail and presentation.
It was a rare skill, acknowledged by the school’s careers advisor who pointed Ross in the right direction - a survey draftsperson work experience. The unique blend of office and fieldwork sparked Ross’ passion for engineering, and a dream was born.
He continued to pursue the dream with the local TAFE where he completed the Associate Diploma in Survey Drafting in 1994. Soon he worked as draftsperson drawing Landcom Subdivisions, Solicitor Indents and Topographical Surveys.
In 1996, Ross joined Donovan Associates as a full-time Field Assistant, since there were no vacant drafting positions at that time. Then in 1997, he advanced to the pre-field calculations role becoming highly proficient with the in-house written surveying software and providing ongoing and invaluable support to the IT department.
Of course, drafting was his passion, and soon he got back into drafting. However, as the company reached new heights, it became necessary for Ross to offer again support for the IT department, which he did from 2005 to 2012 rendering survey management, and administration and drafting support.
Ross is the go-to-expert for anything engineering software related, and he is highly respected in the company and the industry. He also sits on the social committee and serves as company Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) representative.
Research & Development Team
Using her creative flair, Bree can see connections where others see thin air. Her award-winning science fiction novel, which she penned during her high school years, fuelled this unique, innovative streak that gives her a real edge to this day.
She completed her degree in Bachelors of Surveying from the esteemed Tehran Polytechnic in 2005. After graduating from the University, she entered to surveying world taking her first steps as a Survey Calculations Technician. While completing her job beyond expectations was her top priority, her real passion lied elsewhere; driving ongoing service improvements and innovations were her goals. She would carefully analyse and gradually improve product delivery and drafting processes through process automation practices. But, the best was yet to come.
In 2013, she immigrated to Australia under Australia’s permanent skilled visa programmes. Donovan Associates soon discovered her, and the rest is history.
From her first role of Data Analyst Assistant, she was soon promoted to Research and Development Team Manager in just about three years. Bree has contributed to over ten innovative R&D and automation projects improving company processes, systems and delivery mechanisms responsible for organisational performance.
The axiom drives her ‘there is no job in the world that only a single person can do, but only one person can do it well... and a good team will do it better!’ In like manner, together with her team, she continues to develop regular innovations and improvements that keep the company on an upward trajectory.
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