Richard-KellSYDNEY University’s Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering has appointed experienced professional engineer Richard (Dick) Kell as its new chairman.

Warren centre executive director Ashley Brinson was pleased with the appointment of Mr Kell, who has over 50 years of industry experience in Australia and overseas.

“We are delighted to have someone with the calibre of global experience as Richard to lead our board through this exciting time of renewal,” he said.

“Dick is a deeply respected engineering and business leader with a wealth of experience in major infrastructure projects around the world,” Mr Brinson said.

Mr Kell has led major infrastructure expansions in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia and Vietnam and was most recently the managing director and chairman of engineering firm Cardno.

Mr Kell remains as a consultant to the company and was president of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, FIDIC (2003-2005) as well as a past president of the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (1994-1995).

In 1998, Mr Kell was named a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Australia in Engineering, particularly bridge engineering and international affairs.

The Warren Centre brings industry, government and academia together to create thought leadership in engineering, technology, and innovation.