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100 TOP master of engineering science in transport planning at the University of Queensland in 1981. In his spare time, he enjoys keeping fit and road cycling on the weekends. Stephen Gumley, 49 CEO, Defence Materiel Organisation, Canberra Dr Stephen Gumley is the chief executive officer of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), a position he has held since 2004. The organisation has an annual budget of $6 billion in acquisition and sustainment contracts and employs about 6500 staff in over 50 locations worldwide. Currently, the DMO has 210 major and 100 minor projects under way. As CEO, Gumley’s duties involve manag- ing resources and strategic direction. He is also involved in developing the DMO’s Defence Capability Plan which outlines all major acquisition and sustainment projects the organisation is responsible for a 10-year period. Gumley is also involved in introducing greater professional standards to the orga- Other Michael Dureau, 65 Chairman of RedR International and RedR Australia, Sydney The past year has been very successful for RedR, both in Australia and internationally, according to Prof Michael Dureau, who was reelected as chairman of RedR International this year. “In Australia we have had significant growth in our financial support and in the number of names on our register of engineers and others who are prepared to make themselves available at short nisation. Some of these include standardising work processes, concentrating on high priorities and benchmarking the organisation against businesses. Gumley said one of his most significant achievements was implementing the Kinnaird recommendations which addressed the Defence Force’s capability development and acquisition process. He is also pleased with his agency’s efforts in moving the DMO to prescribed agency status last year. Gumley received his bachelor of mechanical and electrical engineering from the University of Tasmania in 1979 and a PhD in fluid mechanics from Oxford in 1982. Paul Tyrrell, 61 Chief Executive of the Department of the Chief Minister and Secretary to Cabinet in the Northern Territory, Darwin Paul Tyrrell has served as chief executive of the Department of the Chief Minister and secretary to cabinet in the Northern Territory since 1999. He is the most senior public servant in the NT and the most senior public service adviser to the chief notice for disaster relief assignments,” he said. Internationally, one of the most significant developments in the past year has been that Malaysia is joining RedR by setting up a local organisation. RedR stands for Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief. An adjunct professor at Sydney University, Dureau is the executive director of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering. He is also chairman of one of the centre’s current major activities – the 10,000 Friends of Greater Sydney – aimed at developing ways of making the city more sustainable. A chemical engineer from Sydney Univer- sity, Dureau retired as managing director of Alstom Power in 2003. Due to the chronic shortage of power engineers, he instigated the establishment of the Australian Power Institute, of which he currently is the chairman. The institute raises money to support universities in providing power engineering courses. Dureau is also a director of several new companies including Ceramic Fuel Cells, SpiritWest Bioenergy and Organic Resource Technologies. minister. His work involves strategic leadership in major project development and across the public service, advising the chief minister and cabinet in economic and social policies and working to implement government priorities. Tyrrell is a civil engineer from Geelong with an economics degree from the University of Queensland. He has been involved in the development of most major infrastructure projects in the NT. He played a key role in leading the governments of NT and South Australia to bring the $1.3 billion Adelaide to Darwin railway to financial close in 2001. The railway became operational in 2004. He also played the leading role in achieving financial close for the $1.1 billion Darwin city waterfront redevelopment and convention centre, with stage one due for completion in 2008. He sees several challenges ahead including broadening the state’s economic base, capturing the benefits of the current resources boom, growing the population and addressing the significant disadvantage of indigenous Australians in the Territory. In his spare time, he enjoys snow skiing, keeping fit, fishing and relaxing with friends on his boat on Darwin Harbour and watching the Geelong football team. ■ Bill Crews, 61 President of the Returned & Services League of Australia, Canberra Bill Crews is now in his third year as the national president of the RSL which represents a membership of about 200,000. During the past year under his leadership the RSL has been successful in achieving greater government recognition of veterans’ health - both physical and mental – as a key issue for returned service people. In the 2006/07 federal budget, announced last month, substantial funding was allocated to veterans’ mental health support. Another area where the RSL has made significant progress in the past year, Crews said, has been in raising awareness of Australia’s military heritage and promoting civic values, particularly among young people. 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