Kelly is the Vice President and Executive Director of Operations for Jacobs, leading a team of 800 multi-disciplinary engineers, scientists and architects across the Australian Southern region in the delivery of projects like the Melbourne Metro project and Yarra Valley Water (YVW) capital delivery program. Prior to her current role Kelly was the Director of Operations for the water team. Kelly’s technical background is in hydrology and hydraulics with a specific focus on Dam Safety. Kelly joined Jacobs in 2014 after 17 years working in a range of operations, business development and technical roles at URS.
Licia holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Hydrologic Engineering from Melbourne University.
Heath spent the last 19 years in the financial services and asset management sector and worked in firms such as Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse in London and Australia. She helped establish, and is a shareholder of, a $5b AUM Australian-based asset management business, Ironbark Asset Management.
Heath is also known for her involvement with the not-for-profit organisation, Women for Election Australia (WFEA), a non-partisan group committed to increasing the number of women in public office at local, state and federal levels. WFEA recently held their second annual conference “Women in the House” on 17th August 2018 at NSW Parliament House.
Licia Heath is well known across Sydney’s Eastern suburbs and the seat of Wentworth for running a high-profile community campaign agitating all levels of government for a new public high school in the area. Via the CLOSEast (Community for Local Options for Secondary Education, East) campaign, Heath has negotiated with all tiers of government and has worked collaboratively across political parties to achieve outcomes on this issue. She has worked tirelessly, meeting with State MPs, Councils, Mayors, and planning teams, as well as presenting at local P&Cs, holding community forums, and uniting numerous stakeholders in the interest of local families and residents.
Heath believes it’s critically important for women to have an increased voice in Australian politics, and hence has personally committed herself to political participation by nominating as an independent in the upcoming Wentworth by-election. Women’s involvement in government has substantive positive effects for communities and for democracy more broadly, such as expanding the range of policies discussed, and diversifying the solutions that are proposed. Research demonstrates that women negotiate more effectively across party lines and are more responsive to constituent concerns; advantages which contribute to better governance.