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Top 100 : 2006
100 TOP In Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, the firm has enjoyed good growth in revenues, operating profit and sales in the past two years, and staff numbers are now close to 3000. Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, the firm has enjoyed good growth in revenues, operating profit and sales in the past two years, and staff numbers are now close to 3000. Last year Maunsell secured its largest ever project win in the Middle East - the Al Arha beach development in Abu Dhabi. Robinson’s current focus is leading Maunsell’s expansion into new markets while maintaining the company’s strength in more traditional market sectors such as transport. Robinson stays fit by working out regularly at a gymnasium and is also a keen windsurfer. He holds an honours degree in civil engineering from Leeds University and a diploma in economics and sociology from Imperial College of the University of London. David Singleton, 56 Chairman of Arup Group’s Global Infrastructure Business, Director of Arup Group, London Civil engineer David Singleton has degrees from Nottingham University and the University of Melbourne, and apart from a short period in London following graduation, he has spent most of his career with Arup in Australia since 1973. He was appointed to his current global role in April 2004, and is now based in London, with responsibilities for the firm’s infrastructure business in America, Europe, Asia and Australia. This year he is coordinating the firm’s glo- bal partnership with the charity Water Aid as part of the Arup Cause, an activity to celebrate the firm’s 60th anniversary. Current major Arup projects include the Fulton Street Transit Center in New York, infrastructure for the London Olympics 2012 and the Shenzhen Metro Line 4 in China. The firm currently has about 7000 staff worldwide. Singleton was chairman of Engineers Australia’s Civil College (1995-1998) and president of the ACEA from 2000 to 2002. Currently he is chair of the Building Sector Board of Standards Australia and a past chair of the National Engineering Registration Board. ■ Academia/Research Tim Besley, 79 Chairman of the Australian Research Council, Sydney Tim Besley continues to be active in academic and research pursuits. As chair of the National Council for the Science and Engineering Challenge and the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, he is proud of recent achievements in promoting and advancing Australian science and engineering education. In particular, he noted that the Science and Engineering Challenge is now producing results that show a great effect in the take-up of science and technology subjects by senior school students who have come through the Challenge in previous years. In Besley’s role as chair of the ARC, he pre- sides over the formulation of strategic plans the ARC presents to the government for investment toward research infrastructure, priorities, training and careers, public engage- ment and effective organisation. Besley is a graduate of civil engineering from the University of New Zealand. His distinguished career has included 17 years working on the Snowy Mountains Scheme and serving as chairman of both the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Leighton Holdings. He was also secretary of the Common- wealth Department of Business and Consumer Affairs and chancellor of Macquarie University from 1994 until 2001. When time permits Besley enjoys retreat- ing to his property in the Hunter Valley for a game of golf. Jannie van Deventer, 51 Dean of Engineering at the University of Melbourne The University of Melbourne is working through a fundamental shift in the way it delivers higher education and the dean of engineering, Professor Jannie van Deventer, is actively involved. He is devoting a lot of time and energy to two change management processes. The first is the Growing Esteem program, a university wide strategic plan that includes a major change in course development. From 2008, students of the university will study a three-year generalist first degree before proceeding to a professional two-year degree in the case of engineering. The second has been in the engineering faculty which has undergone a major review where significant strategic changes are occurring in research and teaching. Van Deventer envisages that these major changes will shift the engineering faculty, currently ranked 19 in the world, “to another level of acting strategically in research, teaching and knowledge transfer”. The faculty currently has 4240 engineer- ing students enrolled. Van Deventer is still involved in mineral processing and geopolymer research and has now published over 200 journal papers, including 10 journal papers in the past year. He continues to supervise a large number of PhD and postdoctoral students. A chemical engineer, van Deventer holds three doctorates in engineering and commerce from the Universities of Stellenbosch and South Africa. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 41 39-43 g - consult academ 41 6/1/06, 8:33 PM consulting