Our dream team.
Meet the Dream Big Australia leadership team. With a wealth of cross-industry experience, we are established professionals and leaders in our fields – with a shared commitment to differentiate the STEAM experience from industry to the classroom.
MANAGING DIRECTOR & FOUNDER, DREAM BIG
CIVIL ENGINEER, AURECON
Jessica Kahl is the Managing Director of Dream Big Australia and a Civil Engineer at Aurecon. Since entering the industry in 2013, Jessica has combined her creative leadership and engineering capabilities to make a difference to society through master planning, resources and infrastructure. Outside of her day job, she is passionate about increasing engagement and growth in STEAM to empower education, industry and innovation. Jessica works closely with investment and collaborative partners, education institutions and students to guide positive outcomes which integrate STEAM learning and storytelling from industry leaders into engaging Dream Big Events.
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CHAIR, DREAM BIG
GENERAL MANAGER ASSET PORTFOLIO OPTIMISATION, ENERGY QUEENSLAND
Sharyn Scriven is a Director and Chair of Dream Big Australia and is the General Manager Asset Portfolio Optimisation at Energy Queensland. For the past 25 years Sharyn has worked in large engineering based utility businesses that have undergone significant evolutionary change. Sharyn has extensive experience in developing strategy, delivering results and managing risk. In leading and embedding transformational change across large teams to build capability and drive efficiency, Sharyn has delivered exceptional business outcomes. Sharyn is MBA qualified, MCIPs accredited and was awarded Asia Pacific Chief Procurement Officer of the Year 2012.
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DREAM BIG
GLOBAL LEAD, ENVIRONMENT & PLANNING, ADVISORY, AURECON
John Searls is a Director of Dream Big Australia and the global lead of Aurecon’s Environment and Planning Advisory business. With more than 25 years of experience leading transformational change at both the strategic and operations levels, he challenges the status quo, specialising initiatives that design and drive fundamental change across the asset intensive industry. He is passionate about supporting business to achieve financially, socially and environmentally sustainable investment outcomes, not only during the formation stages, but right through an assets lifecycle and eventual transformation or closure. He is also an active leader of inclusion and diversity. “Gender diversity is only one form of diversity, but a very important one for me. I have two daughters that deserve the opportunity to pursue any vocation that matches their strengths, without discrimination. And I have a son who deserves to benefit from a world rich in diversity”.