Jillian Kilby

Jillian’s initiative to build a company in rural NSW that provides quality project engineering services was driven by her passion for rural communities and dedication to continue her career in engineering – no matter where she chose to live.Jillian Kilby at the Dubbo Water Treatment Plant

"It was important to me to have a great career as an engineer - and enjoy the lifestyle offered on a property in rural NSW"

Jillian was raised on a property north of Coonamble and completed a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with First Class Honours at the University of Sydney. Prior to starting her own company, Jillian worked for Waterway Constructions as a Project Manager of maritime construction on Sydney Harbour. 

"Waterway Constructions taught me the importance of integrity and quality workmanship, the need for innovation and ingenuity and provided my foundations in project management."

The projects were complex and often involved innovation in design and construction, in the office and on site. Water based construction was multi-faceted and a broad range of experience, management skills and leadership ability was required.

Beyond the workplace, Jillian maintains a high level of involvement in her engineering community. She continues her professional development as a Civil Engineer by engaging in training and attending technical seminars provided by Engineers Australia.

In 2009, Jillian served as the Chairman of the Civil and Structural Engineering Panel, Engineers Australia Sydney Division. Here she formed friendships and key mentoring relationships to further enhance her professional development opportunities. She is also maintains membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and involves herself in aspects of corporate governance and risk management.

Jillian’s other professional engineering roles include:

  • Unit Representative of the 2010 Sydney Division Committee,
  • Member of the NSW Infrastructure Report Card Steering Committee released to the NSW State Government in July 2010
  • Delegate to the 2010 Engineering Leadership Conference in Brisbane on behalf of Defence Materiel Organisation for demonstrated leadership in engineering and community involvement.
  • National Structural College Women in Engineering Representative in 2008 and 2009 to encourage greater recognition and involvement of women in structural engineering.
  • Coordinator of the 2008 Great Engineering Challenge during Australian Engineering Week to involve over 200 students in a day of hands-on engineering challenges that aimed to inspire students to consider a career in Engineering.

Jillian’s passion for rural communities is demonstrated by her role in many voluntary organisations including

  • Director of the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation of NSW which aims to encourage educational excellence and foster sustainable rural and regional communities by providing grants and scholarships to support education and skills development in country NSW.
  • Deputy Chair of the Royal Agricultural Society Youth Group which develops initiatives to encourage increased participation of young people in the Sydney Royal Easter Show and at other RAS events.