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VAC Chair, Sir Eric Neal AC CVO, receives Engineers Australia’s highest award

Monday 23 November, 2015

Source: Engineers Australia

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Australia’s best engineers were celebrated on Thursday 19 November, when peak body Engineers Australia’s top national awards were announced, including the prestigious Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal.

“I am pleased to announced Engineers Australia’s highest award, the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal – Career Achievement Award has been awarded to Sir Eric Neal AC CVO, for his overwhelming contribution to the engineering profession and the Australian community at large,” said National President of Engineers Australia Dr David Cruickshanks-Boyd.


“Sir Eric’s engineering contribution to the community culminated in the 14 years he was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Boral Ltd, and Director of its subsidiaries in Australia, the UK, the USA and Pacific Islands. Sir Eric was Chief Commissioner of the City of Sydney in 1987-88, and served as South Australian Governor for five years.

“Sir Eric helped establish Flinders University as a world class establishment when he was Chancellor from 2002-10, and served on the Senate of the University of England, New South Wales. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Sydney, University of South Australia and Flinders University. Sir Eric is also the Principal Patron of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health at the University of Adelaide and one of only nine Honorary Fellows of the Australian Institute of Building.”

To read the full media release, which includes details of other award recipients on the night click on the link below:

Cream of the crop engineers recognised by peak body Engineers Australia

Sir Eric Neal AC CVO is Chair of the Veterans Advisory Council of South Australia (VAC).

Engineers Australia is the peak representative body for the engineering profession, representing more than 100,000 members around Australia.



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