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  • About This Community

    The Humanitarian Engineering Community of Practice (HECoP) is being run by the College of Leadership and Management (CLM), supported and facilitated by Engineers Australia (EA). EA is an institution with over 100,000 members with the mission to "advance the science and practice of engineering". The Community is open to the public and online participation is free. The cost for participation in planned webinars will be advised as they are publicised.

    In the early stages of development, parts of HECoP will be missing or rudimentary. The aim is to fill in the gaps over time as we source materials or organise speakers to create a more complete body of knowledge, and engage more members in discussions about current issues and challenges.

    The initial agenda and activities of the Community is guided by a group of self-selecting core members (the Steering Committee) of the community. This core group is open to anyone who is passionate about the potential of the Community.


    The HECoP steering committee is a group of professionals active in various aspects of humanitarian work, who have volunteered their time to construct, govern, update and maintain the quality of the HECoP IT platform, including its discussion forums and body of knowledge.

    They also run the calendar of webinars and events for the community.

    The steering committee will guide the Community through 2020,  meets regularly via teleconference, and welcomes input and involvement from the broader community of practitioners. If you would like to contribute to HECoP, you can contact EA’s Community of Practice Coordinator at [email protected] , or simply sign up to the Community from its home page and provide your input via the discussion forums, status updates, etc.


    Key Steering Committee Personnel and Roles

    Chair  - Robert Care AM

    Represent the CoP as its figurehead. Provide governance and leadership.

    Secretary – Jeremy Smith

    Record CoP Steering Committee minutes, organise calendars and arrange meetings.  To receive and direct correspondence.

    Operations Manager - Rob Mitchell

    General oversight of CoP infrastructure, activities and operations.

    Supporting process owners by facilitating the productive operation and interaction of key processes aimed at achieving the CoP’s strategic and operational goals, and stated purpose.

    CoP Convener – Jeremy Smith

    Identify stakeholder groups, and key players within those groups. Engage with stakeholders to encourage CoP participation/affiliation. Provide feedback to stakeholders relevant to their particular interests. Convey to CoP Steering Committee stakeholder expectations.

    Domain Leader – Nick Brown

    Focus on the definition of the Humanitarian Engineering domain, the competencies necessary for practice in this field, and the education which should underpin those competencies

    BOK Manager – Rob Mitchell, supported by Susan Engel(Engagement Paradigms), Cris Birzer (Leadership and Management), and Eleanor Loudon (Disciplines and Technologies).

    Determine the various avenues through which knowledge (and information and data) can be acquired for the BOK. Establish and maintain disciplines for useful interpretation of acquired knowledge, and its easily accessible storage. Develop channels for the deployment of knowledge thus acquired and interpreted.

    Liaison Officer – Neil Greet

    Clear definition of the formal relationship with EA, and relationships with other relevant institutions. Work necessary to satisfy the obligations involved in those relationships.


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