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Young Members’ Group Queensland, ‘YMQ’

We are a committee of graduates and students set up to promote structural engineering and membership of The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) by running a variety of learning and networking events targeted at the young structural engineers of Queensland.

To assist in maintaining a clear direction of the YMQ, the committee has adopted a theme of ‘Eat, Meet and Learn’.Events are advertised via the Facebook page or alternatively contact the committee through email to find out about our upcoming events.

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Committee Members:


Trent Byrne - Chair

Trent is a Structural Design Engineer with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. After three years working in the industry, Trent has gained invaluable experience in designing and inspecting building elements and liaising with key construction parties. Trent is currently working towards achieving chartered status. Career goals include working overseas and being involved in the design of an iconic high rise tower.

Susanna Wills – Secretary

Susanna is a Structural Engineer at MPN Consulting, Brisbane. Susanna joined MPN Consulting in 2015 after completing her studies. Previously in 2014 she had worked for MPN as a student engineer gaining valuable on-the-job experience. Susanna has been involved in a wide range of projects across a number of different industries including retail, commercial, aged care and industrial. By working with multi-disciplinary teams from the concept phase through to the on-site and completion phase she has developed valuable design experience, communication and problem solving skills. Susanna’s short term goal is to become a chartered member of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Liam Sherman - Treasurer

Liam Sherman
Liam is a Structural Engineer at Bligh Tanner. Liam commenced at Bligh Tanner as a work experience student in January 2015 and has moved into a member of the structural team in combination with his ongoing studies. Previous to Bligh Tanner, Liam gained on-site experience with Lend Lease as an undergraduate engineer on the upgrade of the International Terminal at Brisbane Airport. Liam has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of large-scale commercial, residential and special structure projects.


Lauren Best - Communications Officer

Lauren is a Structural Engineer within Jacobs’ Industrial team. With over four years consulting structural design experience, Lauren has delivered projects for industrial, resources and transport infrastructure clients. Many of these projects have involved upgrades to brownfield sites, strength assessments and subsequent remediation of existing structures. Lauren is currently involved in designing surface infrastructure for a gold and copper mine in Mongolia and is working towards achieving chartered status.



Toby Hodsdon

Toby is an engineer with international experience in structural design and construction. He has designed award-winning buildings in the UK, lead site supervision activities in the Middle East, and since 2012 he has worked in Queensland on a variety of projects including those in the health and education sectors. Toby has been involved with Young Members’ Groups and Panel of the Institution since 2002.



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