Though he describes himself as an introvert by nature, UTS alumnus Warren Sharpe has spent a lifetime working with people, helping them to succeed as individuals and building community.
Warren has made a significant contribution to the future of the Local Government sector, and to the career paths of countless operational staff. He created a successful strategy to develop new articulated pathways and practical, nationally-accredited training programs that help staff to succeed as individuals, and in turn make their own contributions to the local and national community.
He sees this as one of the greatest achievements of his career. “There is no better buzz than working with others to see your people get deserved recognition, achieving their own career goals and contributing to better outcomes for our community.”
“There is no better buzz than working with others to see your people get deserved recognition, achieving their own career goals and contributing to better outcomes for our community.”
When Warren took up a role with Eurobodalla Shire Council immediately on finishing the first of his three UTS qualifications, he had planned to stay for two years and then move on. That was before discovering a wealth of interesting engineering roles within Local Government, and he’s now in his thirtieth year with the organisation, rising through the ranks to his current role as Director of Infrastructure Services.
Warren has also contributed thousands of volunteer hours to pursuing better outcomes for his community and industry. He has served as a Local Emergency Management Officer, given time as a coach and organiser to local sport, and helped various community groups with projects including sporting facilities, playgrounds and shared pathways. He has also served on a number of boards and committees, including the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia (NSW), the NSW Roads and Transport Directorate, and the South East Australian Transport Strategy.
While not seeking out accolades, Warren’s long-term contribution has earned him industry and community recognition, including being named both NSW and National Public Works Leader of the Year in 2011. He was also honoured with an Order of Australia Medal on Australia Day this year for services to engineering and to the community, nominated by a diverse group of his peers and members of the community.
“It was an amazing and very humbling feeling to think these wonderful people had got together without my knowledge and nominated me for the OAM,” he says.
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