Gamuda Australia’s Natalie Carleton selected for the prestigious Roads Australia Fellowship Program
Natalie Carleton, one of our Design Managers on the Sydney Metro West Western Tunnelling Project (WTP), has been selected for the prestigious Roads Australia Fellowship Program, being one of only 40 Fellows selected for its 2024 program.
Natalie joined Gamuda in early 2021, and after making an outstanding contribution as a Senior Design Engineer, Natalie was recently promoted to the role of Design Manager, managing highly complex design packages on WTP.
The Roads Australia (RA) Fellowship Program is a unique mentoring initiative that connects industry “up and comers” and experienced, senior leaders in the field including, current and former chief executives of road agencies and major private sector infrastructure companies as well as senior political leaders, offering a path to personal and professional growth. Designed to empower the next generation, the program provides a wealth of opportunities and support to cultivate leadership skills, build and expand networks, and ensure continuous engagement with the industry. Since its inception in 2015, Fellowship status has become highly coveted.
Natalie was nominated for the program by Gamuda – “We are delighted that Natalie has been invited to participate in the 2024 Roads Australia Fellowship Program. This is a great recognition of her hard work and contribution and we look forward to her sharing her learnings obtained through the Program with others in our business,” said Sianne Bennett, Head of Human Resources, Gamuda. “Natalie is one of our high performers, she is highly technically competent within the civil design space and is a great mentor for young female engineers joining our business. The Roads Australia Fellowship Program will be of huge benefit to Natalie, particularly in areas relating to leadership, resilience, ways of working, negotiating with difficult stakeholders and assertiveness.”
Upon hearing she was accepted into the program, Natalie said, “I am honoured to be nominated by Gamuda for the RA Fellowship 2024 Program. I am excited to engage with the industry, young professionals, past fellows and mentors through this program, and I hope this program will help me develop my confidence to step into further leadership roles.”
As part of the 12 month program, Natalie will be given the opportunity to participate in a number of workshops and webinars with guest speakers on key industry topics, one-on-one mentoring sessions, as well as attend a number of events featuring high profile guest speakers.
Natalie enjoys mentoring and coaching and actively plays this role within the Gamuda business, as well as externally. “Due to her high performance and leadership qualities, Natalie has been chosen to act as a mentor to new joiners to our business as well as external female students studying degrees in civil engineering,” said Sianne.
Natalie explained, “In 2023 I was part of the NAWIC mentoring program as a mentee, mentoring through the Lucy Program at UTS Business School and the Gamuda buddy program mentoring a
recent graduate engineer. I enjoy the guidance and connection I am able to gain and provide through these mentor/mentee relationships. I am excited by the mentoring opportunity the RA Fellowship 2024 program provides through an opportunity to be partnered with a senior leader within the industry.”
Gamuda looks forward to supporting Natalie in this opportunity to build and maintain peer-to-peer relationships across industry sectors and gain greater exposure to different perspectives.