Northrop is pleased to announce the appointment of eight new Associates

The Board has appointed Ian Van Eerden, Isabel Duffy, Lachlan Sykes, Marlo Santiago, Nick Boey, Surekha Parajuli, Laura Brest and Stephen Troilo as Northrop Associates. Each play a key part in the success of the business locally and are beginning to make significant contributions across Northrop. 
These appointments recognise their willingness to get involved and make a difference, their growing influence as leaders, their passion and commitment to the success of the business, and how their conduct upholds the Northrop Way of Doing Things.
The Associates Group is tasked with building Northrop of the future, by sharing, discussing, developing and implementing ideas that benefit the company and our people.
Congratulations to Northrop’s latest Associates.
Ian Van Eerden, Group Manager / Senior Sustainability Consultant, Sydney 
Ian joined Northrop as a Senior Sustainability consultant in June 2015 and was promoted to Sydney Group Manager in September 2017. 
He began his professional career providing sustainability advice to householders wanting to reduce electricity costs as part of the Federal Energy Efficient Homes Program.   
After moving into renewable energy consultancy, Ian set up and managed a program of solar panel inspection across the country for the Clean Energy Regulators. This was followed by a role overseeing the Hills Shire Council’s Business Suitability Program and construction of the council’s new offices.  
Ian leads one of the Sydney Sustainability teams in securing sustainable outcomes for both Northrop and our clients. 
He believes that project success depends on a combination of three key elements: economic viability, social acceptability, and environmental sustainability. His current focus is on finding novel solutions to complex sustainability problems to achieve the desired sustainability outcomes. 
Isabel Duffy, Structural Engineer, Sydney 
Isabel is a chartered structural engineer in the Sydney office. She is passionate about Northrop and has worked on and job managed some of our largest projects including Block 11 at Central Park, 118 Mount St and Urbanest Darling Square. 
Her biggest differentiator and major strength is to develop relationships and networks within the industry, which she supports with strong client-side thinking in her day-to-day work. She is a valuable member of the Client Stakeholder and Business Development teams, and initiated the Northrop-hosted young engineers networking events in Sydney in 2014. 
Isabel is an advocate for the engineering profession and has had strong involvement with Engineers Australia, including a term as Chair of the Young Engineers Australia Committee. She also sits on the Property Leaders Sydney committee and contributes to several corporate development committees at Northrop. 
Isabel is an exceptional woman who will continue to make a positive contribution across the whole of Northrop.
Lachlan Sykes, Structural Engineer, Sydney 
A talented and professional engineer with rock-solid technical skills, Lachlan calmly delivers complex projects on a daily basis. As a chartered engineer, he delivers a high level of service to our clients, displaying a maturity way beyond his years.
Lachlan has successfully mentored several young engineers and is one of our best job managers, delivering some of Sydney’s most significant projects including Macquarie Street Liverpool, Inner City High School, Darling Harbour Stage 2 and LEES 1.
Lachlan currently leads our Sydney Project Coordinator group, is a member of our Service Excellence team and is part of the Consult Australia Futurenet Committee.
Marlo Santiago, Civil Designer, Sydney/Parramatta
Marlo was born in the Philippines before moving to Australia. He joined Northrop in 2014 and for the last three years has successfully performed the role of Drafting Group Manager for the Sydney Civil Section.
Marlo is responsible for the career development and management of a team of 15 drafters, spending time in both the Parramatta and Sydney offices. He is also a valued member and contributor to the Sydney Civil Managers group. 
Prior to joining Northrop, Marlo worked as a Civil Designer for 4 years, having been an Apprentice Drafter prior to that. 
Respected and valued amongst his peers, Marlo has a clear desire to contribute and make a difference to Northrop.
Nick Boey, Structural Engineer, Sydney 
Nick joined Northrop as an undergraduate in November 2012 and as a graduate in March 2014. 
He has made a big impact on the structural section by devising tools and processes to streamline the design of industrial buildings. These tools are the backbone of our industrial building design capabilities today. 
Nick has made a large contribution to developing and improving our design capabilities through undertaking research to push our service offerings further e.g. highbay slabs, structural fire engineering, BIM and timber buildings.   
He has been a part of the Sydney IT committee since 2017 and has worked on the development of our new Intranet. 
As well as being a technical go-to guy, Nick is a highly effective job manager.  
Surekha Parajuli, Electrical Discipline Manager, Sydney 
Originally from Nepal, Surekha completed a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in India in 1992. Migrating to New Zealand in 1995, she then made the permanent move to Australia in 2000.  
It’s all about engineering in the Parajuli household, as mum, dad and son are all engineers. The latter two being Civil engineers. 
Joining Northrop in 2014 as a Senior Electrical Engineer, Surekha is coming up to four years with the Sydney Building Services business.  
Surekha was named Electrical Group Manager for the Sydney Building Services business in 2015 and this year promoted to Electrical Discipline Manager, leading the entire electrical team of 19 team members.   
Laura Brest, Business Support Manager, Newcastle 
Laura was originally employed as an office administrator in our Newcastle office in 2014, after having worked with a building company and an environmental engineering firm. 
Her competence, willingness to put her hand up to assist, friendly personality and genuine interest in the people she works with, saw Laura promoted to Business Support Manager in July 2016.
Highly respected within the Newcastle team, Laura has taken on the ‘mum’ role, becoming the go to person for anyone who needs help, with either their professional or personal life.
Her dedication to the business and it’s people is extraordinary, and when the pressure is on, Laura rolls up her sleeves and gets the job done. 
Laura has been key in building a happy and successful business support team in the Newcastle office, as well as developing strong relationships across the company. 
Her wealth of experienced, exceptional people skills and sound industry knowledge has made Laura an indispensable Northrop team member.
Stephen Troilo, Manager People & Culture, Corporate 
Stephen joined Northrop in 2013 as a specialist recruiter. His significant contribution to the business above and beyond his role was recognised in May 2018 when Stephen was elevated to the position of Manager People and Culture. 
In addition to recruitment, this expanded role includes the retention and development of talent within Northrop, and direct management of a very talented team.
With a focus on upskilling our people, Stephen has delivered training courses on people management, recruitment / hiring best practice, interviewing techniques, staff onboarding, utilising LinkedIn and developing a personal brand.
He has been the face of Northrop at university careers fairs for many years and is a great Northrop ambassador in this role.
Stephen holds professional memberships with the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association, and in addition to this, has been selected as a mentor for both bodies.
Stephen’s people skills, experience, enthusiasm and drive continues to add great value to Northrop.

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