Empowering People to Embrace Change can Boost Workplace Diversity

Torey Rickerby, a Graduate Mechanical Engineer in our Resources team in Perth wants to help create sustainable projects for people and communities to thrive.


He says, “Since starting my career with the firm in January 2019, I have been overawed by the sheer size of projects we have the opportunity to work on here. Working in the resources sector, I can appreciate the amount of time and investment that is paid towards community engagement. With such an emphasis on this in my role, I want to become a voice of the community.”


Recognising the need to build his technical skills early, Torey has enjoyed the level of empowerment and autonomy the firm places on its people.


He adds, “It’s comforting that the company trusts its people to grow in their roles. Even as graduates, we are given plenty of opportunities to pursue our career dreams and for me that is working with clients and communities on big ticket resources projects.”


We need true champions who are willing to walk the walk for whatever cause they support!
Torey Rickerby Graduate Mechanical Engineer


Torey’s love of community stems back to his Great-Grandmother who he has taken great inspiration from. Part of the Indigenous community of Derby in the Kimberleys, Western Australia, Torey’s family has always looked up to her as the matriarch of the family and the epitome of resilience.


Torey says, “I am part of the WSP Reconciliation Action Plan committee where we have many conversations with local leaders about Indigenous design and about growing the numbers of Indigenous engineers.


“Balance in all its forms for me is a matter of progression. It requires a lot of influence from business leaders as well as their commitment to empowering and encouraging their people to embrace change. We need true champions who are willing to walk the walk for whatever cause they support!”


Passionate about creating a better future for young Indigenous Australians, Torey’s efforts extend beyond his regular business hours. He has been an active participant in the Indigenous Australian Engineering School – which WSP is also a proud supporter of – where he is now mentoring younger students.


Having formerly been a student himself, he knows the impact role models can have on children. “Mentors help guide us through the many questions we have in our careers and are to some degree a level of inspiration,” says Torey. “I don’t think there are enough mentors for young Indigenous Australians and so this is my way of giving back.”


Outside of work, Torey is a passionate athlete. Having tried his hand at running the New York City Marathon in 2018 with the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, he now finds it one of his favourite past-times. Using the opportunity to unwind, Torey also loves to travel and play the Didgeridoo.


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