July 31, 2018


In this issue:

  1. Chair Report

  2. Map-a-thon Event


Great News – we have a new ROM!  Megan Lavender has recently joined our team and we would like to welcome her on board.  Megan is a graduate from Macquarie University and Trinity College, London; and she comes with a wealth of experience.  She serves as a volunteer on a number of boards and she has been in some very senior roles.  Her experience comes highly regarded - Megan is one of a very small group who have received a full Fellowship by the Australasian Society of Association Executives!  She has hit the ground running with a successful delivery of the ‘Map-a-thon’ event shortly after she started.  A very warm welcome to Megan.  Also, thanks to Kei Nakakoji who is helping Megan out with the hand-over.  We appreciate her continued commitment.

New SSSI NSW Regional Operations Manager Megan Lavender

Professional association member and stakeholder engagement specialist Megan Lavender is the new SSSI-NSW Regional Operations Manager.

An experienced public company director and government board member, Megan has held senior executive roles in the corporate, government and third sectors, including as:

  • chief executive officer of the three Australasian professional bodies and industry associations in the fields of clinical biochemistry, dental and oral health, and Australian law and justice;

  • chief financial officer for the Australian operations of the world’s leading sports management and player management companies, international interests and marketing organisations; and

  • national head of corporate affairs for the Australian operations of a China based global group of companies with interests in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, mining and mineral resources, and property investment,

as well as operating her own management and strategic consultancy business.

Megan has also served as an elected city councillor on the City of Canada Bay Council and ministerial advisor to the Australian Minister for Sport, Minister for Tourism and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games.

She is peer recognised as one of the Asia Pacific’s best third sector chief executives and among a select few people to be conferred with a full Fellowship by the Australasian Society of Association Executives – the professional industry association where she previously served as NSW chairman.

Megan presently serves as a federal government appointed board member of the Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service and a state government appointed board member of the NSW Ministry of Health Centre for Health Record Linkage and has been commissioned by the NSW Minister for Lands as deputy chairman of the Gosford Showground Crown Lands Trust.

In addition to these three government board appointments, she also currently serves on a further thirteen boards, including the University of Sydney Union Finance Committee (chairman), Sport For All and Boots For All (chairman), Royal Automobile Club of Australia (treasurer), Special Olympics Australia, Road Sense Australia, Children’s Book Council of Australia, Mainly Music International, Australian Ice Racing, Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Swimming NSW Aquatic Management, Friends of First Government House Site and the Bankstown Harness Racing Club.

She has served as an independent board member of the NSW Government appointed racing industry controlling body and as a director of multiple public and private companies, associations and charities, including Comtax Credit Union, Co-Op Bookshop, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Pathology Awareness Australia, Sport NSW, Women Sport Australia, Independent Living Centre NSW, Five Dock Leisure Centre, Macquarie University Union, Cancer Council Relay for Life, Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and the Australia Indonesia Association.

Megan is an arts, education, speech and drama graduate of Macquarie University and Trinity College, London.

Map-a-thon Event

Now about the recent ‘Map-a-thon’ event:

The first of many of our ‘Map-a-thon’ events are run in support of ‘Missing Maps’ and the purpose is to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world, in order that international and local NGOs and individuals can use the maps and data to better respond to crises affecting the areas.  The Maps are open source ensuring that they will be available for use by those that need them.  Our first event, sponsored by BEES UNSW and Whereabouts Consulting, turned out a great success.  The team made 1,998 total edits; and GuyBaumber was declared the super editor with more than 500 new building edits.  It is also great for us to see that people did not stop there and the number of edits from our team is climbing!  That is what it is all about – a service to our community!  Great work everyone.  You can view the summary and leader board here.  Thanks to Alex and Roshni for the great work you have done to make it possible.  See their summary of the event below.

Kind regards,
Gaby van Wyk
Chair, SSSI NSW 
President, SSSI

map-a-thon event summary

Email to attendees from Roshni Sharma and Alex Pescud - SSSI NSW Young Professionals | Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)

Thank you very much for making the time to attend the SSSI NSW Young Professionals ‘Heart’ themed ‘Map-a-thon’ event last Monday 23 July. We really enjoyed ourselves, and hope that you did too!

The leaderboard for the night can be found here ( Together, we made 1,998 total edits, and a huge congratulations to GuyBaumber for coming first! Well done team!

Our sincere thanks go out to A/Prof Shawn Laffan of BEES UNSW for organising the venue for us, and to Whereabouts Spatial for providing the pizza, beer, soft drinks and dessert, and most of all to all of you for coming, creating a great atmosphere, enjoying yourselves and making the event a success.

We thought it was such a great night, that we’re already planning the next mapathon, and are also looking forward to organising an event for GovHack on the weekend of Friday 7th September — Sunday 9th September, 2018. If you’re interested in networking, we also have the SSSI National Young Professionals Mentoring Program 2018 NSW/ACT launch event coming up this Friday 3 August at UNSW (see here for details

For students who attended, please consider joining SSSI as a student member – it’s free for full time and part time students for the length of your undergrad or postgrad degree, and all you need is to take a photo of your student ID card and send it to us with this form. Becoming a SSSI student member opens the door to many networking and professional development opportunities such as events and mentoring, and has helped many people to get a foot in the door and land a job in the industry at a company they want to work for.


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