“I was absolutely thrilled to be a Victorian Finalist in the 2013 Telstra Business Women’s Awards,” commented Elizabeth Coe, a director of engineering services consultancy Umow Lai, on hearing of her nomination as one of six finalists in the Private & Corporate Sector Award category.
Although she did not win, Elizabeth said she was “delighted to be in such august company” when she attended the Victorian gala dinner Awards Ceremony in Melbourne on 15 October. *The outright winner was chosen from among 22 finalists in six categories.
Elizabeth’s nomination was based on a professional career spanning her 35 years, the past 12 in Umow Lai’s Melbourne office.
She has played a role in advising on engineering services for the construction of some of the country’s most important social infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). These include the $400 million new Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, the $1.9 billion new Royal Adelaide Hospital, $2 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the $630 million New Bendigo Hospital. As well as designing many commercial, banking, educational and heritage facilities, including the Queen’s bedroom at the Governor General’s residence in Yarralumla, Elizabeth has increasingly specialised in health and aged care projects.
An electrical engineer by training, Elizabeth is involved with a range or organisations. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, a Member of the Building Appeals Board in Victoria, a Chartered Engineer and Registered Building Practitioner, a member of the Institute of Hospital Engineers, Australia and was recognised for her voluntary work in the Special Education sector when she won the Caroline Chisholm Award for Voluntary Work in 2007.
Photo attached of Elizabeth Coe receiving her certificate as a Victorian Finalist in the 2013 Telstra Business Women’s Awards from Michelle Loader, 2012 Victorian winner Private & Corporate Sector Award category.
*The winner of 2013 Victorian Telstra Business Women’s Awards was Sadhana Smiles from Harcourts Victoria.