The National Board of Management is comprised of our members and is elected by and from the National Assembly.

The National Board comprises the National President, National Senior Vice-President, National Secretary, National Treasurer and three National Vice-Presidents.

Your Association’s National Board

Andrew Russack
Andrew is a Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng), Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), Chartered Engineer (CEng), Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the National President of Professionals Australia.
Andrew’s ‘day’ job is that of Head of Engineering- Electrical at Metro Trains Melbourne, being responsible for the standards and technical safety governance of the various electrical networks that provide power for the Melbourne Metro system.
Andrew joined Metro in May 2015, moving from South Australia where he was Manager, Electrical Engineering for Public Transport Services. In Adelaide, he established the electrical engineering and operating function and oversaw the electrical commissioning of the Seaford rail line as an electric railway.
Prior to joining the rail industry, Andrew worked in the electricity supply industry for over twenty years.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Adelaide University.
Andrew was elected to the role of National President of Professionals Australia in March 2017.
Maria Fuchs
Senior Vice President

Maria has been a member of your association for more than 15 years. During her involvement with us she has served as the President of the QLD Branch, where she has worked tirelessly to represent members in individual matters and to achieve wins for fairness in enterprise negotiations.

Maria brings extensive experience as a project engineer and manager in the electricity industry to her role as National Vice President.

Maria holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from University of Southern Queensland.

Robyn Porter
National Secretary
Robyn Porter has been re-elected as National Secretary for a fourth term in 2012, after having been a National Assembly member of the Association since 1998. She was President of the ACT Branch from 2001 – 2011 and a member of the Women’s Reference Group since its inauguration.

Robyn is a procurement officer for the ACT Government and a strategic management consultant, facilitating large-scale R&D applications for Commonwealth and State grants. She has previously been a bench scientist, patent examiner and has administered a Commonwealth R&D grant.

Robyn holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry) and a Graduate Diploma in Technology Management.

Olaf Reinhold
National Treasurer
Olaf Reinhold comes to the role of National Treasurer, after serving as the Australian Government Division National Assembly representative. Olaf has been in honorary office of Professionals Australia since 1992, most recently as SA Branch Treasurer, and AGD Committee Treasurer.

Olaf’s career in the Department of Defence has been with the Defence Science Technology Organisation.

Olaf holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic Eng) from Uni SA, and a Graduate Certificate in Scientific Leadership from University of Melbourne.

Dr. Wen Chen
Vice President
Dr. Wen Chen was elected to the National Board in 2016, after serving as President of Professional Engineers Subdivision in WA. Wen currently works in Main Roads, State Government of Western Australia, responsible for managing design reviews of major and regional infrastructure projects. Wen is a keen advocate for registration of professional engineers.

Wen has developed design methodologies which were then adopted by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Standard Organisation (ISO) as international design guidelines in 2014. This significantly reduced the geotechnical risk of large infrastructure projects including offshore oil and gas projects worldwide.

Wen holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering from The University of Western Australia, a Diploma of Project Management, a Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering, and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering.

Col Hackney
Vice President
Col Hackney comes to the role of Vice president with a history of many years of service in various Committee, Executive, Federal Council/National Assembly positions as a NSW and ACT Branch representative and more recently the NSW PE sub-division. He currently holds the positions of President of the Professional Engineers NSW sub-division and the NSW Regional Committee as well as being the President of the NSW State registered Union.
Col’s professional career was spent in the distribution sector of the electricity supply industry, having commenced as a Cadet Engineer with the then ACT Electricity Authority before moving to the NSW electricity supply industry in the Monaro County Council in Cooma. His career experience has included a wide range of technical, management and industry forum activities. He has recently retired from the position of Subtransmission Planning Manager with Essential Energy in which he was responsible for the provision of distribution network services to some 90% of the area of NSW.
As a National Vice President, Col sees his role as being to make a positive contribution to an effective and committed National Board which is focussed on maintaining PA as a viable business which develop and deliver the member services needed to enhance “the lot” of all professional employees in accordance with its annual planning and programs targets.

Stephen Long
Vice President
Stephen Long was a founding member of the Professional Officers Association (Victoria) in 1997 and in 2002 Stephen joined the committee of the POA(V). In 2007 he was part of the transitional committee for the Australian Government Division that was formed when POA(V) amalgamated with APESMA. In 2008 he was elected as President of the Australian Government Division (later reformed as the Australian Government Group), a position he has held for the past 9 years. He was also elected to National Assembly in 2008 as a representative of the AGD.
Stephen was elected as inaugural Vice-President of the Science Division in 2013 and is currently serving a second term in that position.
As the newest member of the National Board, Stephen hopes to continue this two-pronged approach of member-focus and public advocacy.