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Jordan Turner (Class of 2009) is an Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation Ambassador and is finding working on the Metro Tunnel Projects to be rewarding.

I graduated from RMIT University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations). After university, I worked in Government organisations including the Victorian Building Authority, Infrastructure Victoria, and Level Crossing Removal Project in communications, and eventually stakeholder engagement.

In 2019, I began working on the Metro Tunnel Project as a Senior Adviser, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement. Working in a delivery team on such a large project was new for me, and I have loved it. I was responsible for communications and engagement at four of the Metro Tunnel sites – Eastern and Western Portal (tunnel entrances), Arden Station and ANZAC Station.

To put it very simply, my role in the team is to manage relationships. I manage relationships between the Project and the stakeholders around it. This includes residents, councils, businesses, road users and commuters. Working at the ANZAC Station site, stakeholders also included Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne Grammar School and Royal Botanic Gardens.

I also managed and implemented the communications and engagement strategies for large sections of work, including all of the Tunnel Boring Machine tunnelling between the Town Hall Station, and Eastern Portal in South Yarra.

At times, the role can be challenging, as we manage and mitigate major construction impacts on a day-to-day basis. While there mare some difficulties, it has been a very rewarding experience working on such a large project, and I have been lucky enough to see some remarkable project milestones.

In addition to my work in stakeholder engagement, I volunteer my time as an Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation Ambassador. Being a cancer survivor myself, I am fortunate enough to be able to share my story and use my experience to act as an advocate and help raise awareness of the disease, as well as critically needed research funding.