Parkes Shire Council's Director Infrastructure has been honoured by the Australian Water Association (AWA) for his commitment to mentoring Council's water infrastructure staff.
Andrew Francis was awarded the Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award at the Australian Water Association Heads of Water NSW Branch Awards held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney on Friday 10 March 2017.
The award recognises individuals who have displayed outstanding passion and commitment to mentoring water industry professionals in acquiring the skill and resources needed to succeed as a professional.
Parkes Shire Mayor, Councillor Ken Keith OAM said Andrew's dedication to coaching and mentoring underpins his ability to achieve excellent outcomes through people.
“Andrew successfully delivered our Lake Endeavour Dam upgrade project which was "highly commended" for Project Management by Engineers Australia. This is a typical demonstration of Andrews ability to get results though people. Similarly our $70m Parkes Water & Sewage Treatment Plant builders were procured through a series of Early Tenderer Involvement workshops, again showing innovation and ability to get results through people. Andrew also chairs the CENTROC Water Utilities Alliance which has achieved some great regional results. Andrew’s dedication, innovation and regional participation in the Water Industry is to be commended."
Parkes Shire Council's General Manager Kent Boyd said, "Andrew's expertise is a tremendous asset to not only his department, but the entire Council workforce as a respected advisor, mentor, and sounding board".
"As Manager Natural Resources and now the Director of Infrastructure at Parkes Shire Council (PSC) Andrew has been an active role mentor to his staff, as chair of the central west IPWEA and as the chair of the CENTROC Water Utilities Alliance."
"As a competent practitioner in 'LEAN' and the 'Training within Industry' techniques, Andrew implements coaching and mentoring as essential components of his everyday work. Consequently, work teams under his leadership communicate well, are significantly better focused and more productive."
Congratulations is also extended to University of Sydney chemical engineering student, Matthew Schnelle, who worked for Parkes Shire Council throughout 2016, for being named as a finalist in the Undergraduate Water Award.