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AIM’s Young Manager Advisory Board appoints three new accomplished young professionals.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Two young managers from Queensland and one from Victoria have recently been appointed to AIM’s Young Manager Advisory Board (YMAB).

Established in 2012, the YMAB brings together a dynamic, diverse and passionate group of outstanding next-generation managers from across the country to engage with and enhance the lives of young managers while encouraging them to voice their opinions on the profession and challenges of management.

Macdonnels Law Senior Associate Melissa Sinopoli has said she was thrilled with her new appointment and looks forward to engaging with the AIM membership and working to identify and implement management initiatives for her peers during her two-year tenure. 

“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to join the YMAB and work with them in representing young managers throughout the country, and particularly the challenges facing managers in Queensland,” Ms Sinopoli said. 

Ms Sinopli is the youngest female lawyer in the firm's 131-year history to be promoted to the level of Senior Associate.  

In 2013 Melissa was awarded James Cook University Outstanding Early Career Alumnus and in 2012, won the prestigious Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year Award from the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland as well as being named a national finalist in the Lawyer’s Weekly Women in Law Awards in the “Future Star” category.

Eve Vickerson is a highly skilled senior town planner and project manager with Jensen Bowers Group and holds an honours degree in Regional and Town Planning from the University of Queensland (UQ) and a Diploma of Project Management with the Australian Institute of Management.

Currently completing her Masters of Business Administration at UQ, Ms Vickerson has more than seven years’ experience in all aspects of urban planning in both the public and private sectors as well as a depth of experience across many development projects including large scale residential, commercial, retail and industrial uses. 

“Being a young manager is incredibly challenging so being a member of AIM’s Young Manager Advisory Board will allow me to assist other young managers who may be facing the same problems and challenges that I’ve faced in my career,” Ms Vickerson said.

Michael Sterry is an engineering professional who after graduating from Monash University, worked as a consultant with Beca within infrastructure, utilities, mining and industrials.  

Mr Sterry moved to Norway in 2012 to design and build drillships with Cameron International and after returning to Beca as a Project Manager, is currently providing advisory services to Melbourne Airport while studying his M.B.A. at Melbourne Business School.

“I’m privileged to work with an outstanding group of people in recognising and developing young managers,” Mr Sterry said.

“I also look forward to helping senior managers leverage the perspectives of their younger team members.”

The three incoming YMAB Board Members replace inaugural directors Mike Boyd, Lia Finocchiaro and Stacey Young.

YMAB Deputy Chair Kimberley Britt has thanked the outgoing Board Members for their service to the YMAB and has said she is looking forward to working with the accomplished new appointees.

“The inaugural members of the YMAB established a strong foundation and we are excited to build on this with our talented new members. Our new members bring diverse experience and skills to the YMAB to further improve outcomes and experiences for young and emerging managers across Australia.”