Hang gliding over South America is typical for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s (WSPPB), Heidi Sick. She’s adventurous, fearless and driven. From soaring across the horizon to kite surfing with her husband on beaches in Egypt, the Dominican Republic and Cocos Island, Heidi’s energy is infectious.
Another passion that sees Heidi on the move is New York-style Salsa dancing. She started dancing in 2015 and in one short year she competed and won the Australian Latin Dance Championships.
In her professional sphere Heidi also powers ahead. She started her career with WSPPB as a chemical engineer in 2009 and since then she’s progressed to the role of Section Executive, with a focus on power generation and renewable energy
Her expertise spans across many industries including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and carbon capture and storage.
When asked about a career milestone she cited her role as Project Manager for the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, The CarbonNet Project, as one she learnt a lot from.
‘This project gave me the opportunity to manage a multidisciplinary team. We worked around the clock to deliver the project on time and on budget for the client, and we were highly commended for the quality of our deliverables. Our final report was actually used as part of the Department’s business case to secure funding for the next stage of development. We were really pleased with the outcome so all the hard work was worth it,’ says Heidi.
With 17 years’ experience Heidi has worked in the United Kingdom, Europe, Central America and Australia. She is passionate about the transition to renewable energy and low emission technologies and is committed to working with clients to work towards a more sustainable way of living. In wrapping up our session with Heidi we asked, what advice she would give to her 20-year old self and were left with these pearls of wisdom…
‘Be open to trying new opportunities in work and life. Have the confidence and self-belief that you can achieve anything you put your mind to,’ says Heidi.