celebrating international women in engineering day 2023
Allyson Woodford, General Manager of Engineering & Planning, has achieved extraordinary things since graduating the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) with first class Honours.
An experienced leader and line manager with more than 20 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry, Allyson is also vocal and passionate proponent of diversity, women in STEM, young leaders and innovation. She was an inaugural mentor for the UQ EAIT Meet a Mentor program, set up a Technical Women’s Network, and has regularly been invited to be a panel speaker, moderator, and conference speaker on topics such as risk, women in STEM, first-year engineering and chemical engineering worldwide.
Allyson is accountable for the safe delivery of all engineering support and stay-in-business capital projects to APA's extensive network of natural gas pipelines across Australia. You would be hard pressed to find a greater advocate for safety.
"Safety is seen at APA - it’s about walking the talk. The start of every meeting is a safety share, it is in our language, our DNA, it's something we don't walk past. Caring about safety is one of the most altruistic things you can do - caring about whether someone goes home in the same way or even better than they did when they showed up that day.
"Safety is physical, emotional and psychological. It’s about preventing an adverse outcome regardless the activity. Its about owning up to mistakes and learning from them. Its about learning from the experience of others and showing our people we care."
"As an engineer, safety is intertwined into everything we do, from design or delivery and beyond."