Benita Husband is CPB Contractors Engineering Director for VIC & TAS, the Australasian construction company of the CIMIC Group and the largest contractor in Australia, which designs and builds major infrastructure across all key sectors including roads, rail, tunnelling, resources, water, and renewables.
In this role Benita is responsible for the engineering, digital and quality outputs of CPB Contractors projects across the project lifecycle, from business development and tendering to completion. Benita also represents CPB Contractors at industry forums and events, championing capacity, capability and diversity to create a skills legacy and a sustainable future for our people, clients and communities.
Benita is passionate about building industry and government partnerships that will accelerate skills and development training and is particularly focused on upskilling and reskilling women interested in a career in transport construction. As part of CPB Contractors’ commitment to creating opportunities for its people, Benita is implementing a professional and leadership development program in collaboration with industry partners, including Engineers Australia.
Benita has 20 years’ experience in the construction and engineering sector as an electrical engineer, project director and technical advisor to clients. She is recognised for her engaging leadership style, client focused outcomes, and guidance on aligning strategy with commercial success.
Having completed her Engineering degree in Tasmania, Benita began her career as an electrical engineer for consulting firm Aurecon in Melbourne, throwing herself into multiple strategic and client focussed roles. Her career then saw her move to Norman Disney & Young as Director of Strategy of Clients, before joining pitt&sherry, a specialist engineering and environmental consultancy as Chief Executive Officer.
Benita’s approach to clients is at the heart of her work, taking a proactive approach to building strong relationships and networks with a diverse range of stakeholders. She focuses on design that is good for people, often leading Clients on a journey to develop better project outcomes for their end users. Notable projects she’s completed have included the MCG Northern Stand, King Hamad General Hospital in Bahrain, and the new Australian Embassy in Jakarta.
Throughout her career Benita has championed for more women to participate in engineering and greater diversity in the construction industry.