Community Conversations: Dan Woodman and Bede Noonan

Episode 3: Dan Woodman in conversation with Bede Noonan

The next episode of our Community Conversations series features Associate Professor Dan Woodman in discussion with the CEO of Acciona Geotech Group Bede Noonan about the value of Humanities and Social Sciences in the contemporary workforce.

Bede graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989. He is now an employer of around 1500 people as CEO of major engineering company Acciona Geotech Group. Dr Woodman is the current President of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and has written extensively on new social conditions impacting young adults.

Dan Woodman
Dan Woodman

About Dan Woodman

Dr Dan Woodman is TR Ashworth Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences and acting Associate Dean (Partnerships) in the Faculty of Arts. He is also the current President of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and President of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

Dan’s primary research area is the sociology of youth, young adulthood, and generations and he uses this focus to contribute to the sociology of work, and to sociological theory. His writing on conceptualising generational change and the new social conditions impacting on young adults is internationally recognised.

Bede Noonan
Bede Noonan

About Bede Noonan

Bede Noonan is the CEO and significant shareholder of Acciona Geotech Group, the Australian arm of Acciona, a Madrid-headquartered global sustainable infrastructure group.

Bede finished his BA at Melbourne in 1989, travelled for a few years and then joined his father's company. In 2000, Bede and his brother bought the family business. From a medium company with 20 employees and $5 million revenue, the Geotech Group grew to 500 employees and $280 million revenue when Acciona took a majority shareholding position in 2017. The Acciona partnership has been highly successful with further profitable growth to over $1 billion and very strong relationships enjoyed with government and private sector clients throughout Australia.

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