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With a bachelor of engineering and mas- ter of engineering science from the University of NSW, King was conferred an honorary doctorate of science by the same university in October 2002 for his distinguished eminence in the field of construction engineering. Grant King, 51 Managing Director of Origin Energy, Sydney Grant King was appointed to his present position in 2000 following the demerger from Boral Limited. Origin Energy has a market capitalisation of over $5 billion and is one of the top 50 companies on the ASX. It has over 3300 employees and supplies natural gas, electricity and LP gas to over 2.6 million business and retail customers in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region. Prior to his current position, King was man- aging director of Boral’s energy group since 1994. A civil engineer from the University of NSW and with a masters in management from Wollongong University, King has extensive experience in the energy industry. He holds a number of directorships includ- ing chair of Contact Energy. He is also chair of Energy Supply Association of Australia Limited (ESAA) and a councillor of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. Richard Leupen, 52 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of United Group, Sydney With a successful year behind him, Leupen continues in striving to build United Group to a significant Australia/Asia service group employing more than 1000 engineers and 10,000 staff. United Group recorded revenue results up 17% to $1.3 billion last financial year. Leupen is also chair of United Group’s ex- ecutive committee and of the company’s operating subsidiaries. He has 30 years experience in engineering and construction and has worked for international and Australian engineering companies including GHD. He has also been president, chief executive officer and executive chair of Kaiser Engineers. A highlight in his career was project managing a 2x24MVA silicon smelter at the age of 33. Leupen said that integrity, dependability and commercial as well as technical skills were all keys to his success. He is a mechanical engineering graduate from Wollongong University. Bob Kirkby, 59 Executive President of BHP Billiton, Melbourne Bob Kirkby is currently an executive president of BHP Billiton. He is also a member of the Office of the Chief Executive of BHP Billiton and chair of its Executive Committee. He has responsibility for the Energy Coal Business Unit which is a significant supplier to the electricity and generation industry. He will retire at the end of this year. Prior to his current position, which he as- sumed two months ago, he was responsible for the Carbon Steel Materials Customer Sector Group. The Carbon Steel Materials Group generated EBIT of $US2.2 billion for the six months to December 2005. Following graduation in civil engineering from James Cook University (Townsville) in 1970 he joined MIM as a project construction engineer. On completion of the construction activities and a period in mining research, he moved into the mining area to be able to obtain his mine manager’s certificate. Bob Johnston, 45 CEO of Construction, Project Management and PFI, Lend Lease Corporation, London An electrical engineer and graduate of James Cook University at Townsville, Bob Johnston has been with Lend Lease since 1987. In 2005 he was ap- pointed CEO of Construction, Project Ma- nagement and PFI businesses and is now based in London, the global headquarters of Bovis Lend Lease. The company employs over 7500 people and operates in 30 countries around the world, with a presence in Europe, the US and Australia. Prior to taking up the global CEO posi- 100 TOP tion, Johnston was CEO of Bovis Lend Lease Asia Pacific. In this role he was responsible for the firm’s project management, design and construction services across the Asia Pacific region. Johnston is married and has three children who keep him busy in his spare time. Annual family ski trips are his favourite hobby along with watching his children’s sporting events on weekends. Greg Lewin, 53 President of Shell Global Solutions International, The Hague, Netherlands Chemical engineer Greg Lewin is the president of Shell Global Solutions International, a division of Royal Dutch Shell that provides business and operational consultancy, catalysts, technical services and research and development expertise to the energy and processing industries worldwide. He was appointed to his current role in 2003. Shell Global Solutions has over 4500 staff, mainly consisting of chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineers. In the past year Lewin said Global Solutions has supported Shell’s business activities in many areas including downstream manufacturing, gas and LNG. Lewin is proud that Shell Global Solutions technology is to be provided in an integrated (coal) gasification combined cycle powerstation with carbon dioxide sequestration in Stanwell, Australia. A graduate from Melbourne University, Lewin took over the presidency of the Institution of Chemical Engineers last month. His aim is to encourage multidisciplinary working between scientists and engineers to find solutions for society’s needs, and to further encourage young people to take up chemical engineering. Lewin is the third Australian leading the UK-based institution following Prof Rolf Prince in 1986 and Dr Robin Batterham in 2004. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 33 30-38 g- industry 33 6/1/06, 8:27 PM industry