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Top 100 : 2006
100 TOP Consulting Andrew Buckley, 49 Managing Director of Cardno, Brisbane Andrew Buckley join-ed Cardno in July 1997 as managing director. Under his leadership the annual turnover of the Cardno Group has grown from approximately $14 million in 1997 to a current estimated $180 million. The company was publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in May 2004 and now supports a staff of 1300. “A growing proportion of the firm’s busi- ness is coming from delivering physical and social infrastructure services in development assistance projects,” he told Engineers Australia magazine. Before joining Cardno Buckley worked across a range of engineering disciplines in Australia, Africa, USA and Asia. Buckley has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Queensland. Peter Busbridge, 57 CEO of SMEC Holdings and SMEC Operations, Sydney Peter Busbridge has nearly 30 years experience in management of large civil engineering projects. This has included planning, design and construction supervision of major motorway and highway, infrastructure and bridge projects. Over the past 10 years he has been involved in the management, business planning, business development and operations of many of SMEC’s business units. This has included the International Highways and Transportation group, the NSW branch office and the overall Australian operations which involved the establishment of full engineering operational offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. The firm now supports 1700 staff. Busbridge was involved in the negotiations and purchase of SMEC from the federal government in 1993 and has been a major contributor to the direction and development of the SMEC group of companies. He holds an honours degree in civil engi- neering from the University of Melbourne and has completed an advanced management program at Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. Roger Olds, 50 Managing Director of Coffey International, Melbourne Roger Olds is a civil engineering honours graduate from Monash University and has spent his entire career in consulting engineering. Olds recently told the firm’s annual general meeting (Coffey is a public company) that it was increasing its business forecasts from 48% to 53% profit growth. He said the positive forecast was influenced by the takeover last year of project management and environmental risk management firm Farsands. “The Farsands takeover was finalised in September and they have recorded some excellent project wins both locally and internationally, including significant projects such as a major retail fitout in Dubai currently being signed, the Capital Towers project in Abu Dhabi, the Saigon Pearl project in Ho Chi Minh City and Cairns Airport,” he said. Coffey made three acquisitions last year and plans to continue to increase its market share in its chosen specialist markets through a combination of further acquisitions and organic growth. Coffey International employs about 1600 people and is one of Australia’s largest service providers to the Asia Pacific region. In the 2004/2005 financial year the firm’s revenue was $168 million. Paul Dougas, 56 CEO of Sinclair Knight Merz, Sydney Chemical engineer Paul Dougas was appointed chief executive of Sinclair Knight Merz in 1996. The firm now supports 5000 staff. One of his recent initiatives was providing industry leadership on safety issues and triple bottom line reporting where social and community responsibilities are emphasised. In this regard he signed a memorandum of understanding last March with the federal government on creating employment for indigenous people. He was the inaugural chairman of Engi- neers Australia’s Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management. He is also a trustee of CEDA (Committee for the Economic Development of Australia). Prior to taking on the chief executives role, he headed Sinclair Knight Merz’s strategic planning and environmental marketing activities. Dougas is a graduate of Melbourne University. Mike Wilke 58 Chief Operating Officer Americas, Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York Formerly the managing director of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) Australia, Wilke was appointed to his current position in March. He now has re- sponsibility for the firm’s A$1 billion 5000 person Americas business. His appointment reflects the strong performance and contribution of PB’s 1000 staff in Australia to the firm’s global success. The firm has about 9700 professionals and support staff in more than 150 offices worldwide. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 39 39-43 g - consult academ 39 6/1/06, 8:31 PM consulting