The head of engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon’s Newcastle office has been named one of six Young Executives of the Year in the 2018 Australian Financial Review (AFR) BOSS awards.
Jane Moran, civil engineer, Olympic medallist and head of the 65-strong office in New South Wales, received the award in recognition of her ability to build high performing teams, strong client relationships and commercial success in her role in the Hunter Valley region.
The award recognise aspiring leaders, with finalists facing a panel of business leaders and required to participate in a ‘CEO for a day’ simulation exercise.
Ms. Moran said she was honoured to receive the award and has always enjoyed a challenge working on transport and infrastructure projects across Australia’s east coast since becoming a civil engineer 12 years ago.
“I am looking forward to continue kicking goals in Newcastle for our operations out of the Hunter. I am excited to build relationships with key clients and partners, develop the capability of our people, and help our team and clients become future ready,” Ms. Moran said.
“I really enjoy collaborating with a diverse cross-section of people to drive business direction and believe the most important attributes of good leaders are empathy, compassion, honesty, firmness, trust and presence.”
Ms. Moran also credits her training in the Olympic pool to her success in the boardroom.
“I was selected to join the Australian Water Polo team to compete at the 2012 London Olympics where we won bronze,” Ms. Moran said. “The lessons I learnt during training, such as the importance of teamwork and the value of real-time feedback are directly transferable to the workplace and I believe have contributed to making me a better leader.
“To achieve my Olympic dream, I also had to balance full-time work at Aurecon with full-time training, touring and competing. I was one of only two members of my team with a career outside sport and while the juggle proved challenging at times, my passion to also excel at business kept me on track and has only benefited my career long-term.”
This is the second year in a row an Aurecon employee has received an AFR BOSS Young Executive of the Year award, with Chief People Officer Liam Hayes winning an award last year.
Ms. Moran is the youngest office leader globally within Aurecon ad is the youngest in the organisation’s history.