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Top 100 : 2006
100 TOP initiatives for raising awareness has been the national Cadet of the Year program, which is now in its third year. Another initiative is a youth program to be launched as part of the RSL’s 90th anniversary celebrations this month. Crews is also working on increasing links with the current Defence Force personnel aimed at offering greater support for them. A civil engineer from Sydney University, Crews had a distinguished career in the ADF from which he retired in 2000 as major general. Between 2000 and 2003 he was Engineers Australia’s assistant chief executive. John Schubert, 63 Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sydney As chairman of the Commonwealth Bank, Dr John Schubert has presided over another bumper year for the bank, with revenue up 15% to $14.4 billion and net profit after tax up 18% for the half year ended December 2005. A chemical engineer from Melbourne Univer- sity, Schubert is the latest in a line of engineers who have been chairmen of the major Australian banks over the years. Schubert’s engineering career spanned the petroleum, mining and building materials industries. He is currently on the boards of BHP Billiton and Qantas Airways, as well as chairman of G2 Therapies. Among his other activities is his chairmanship of the Great Barrier Reef Research Foundation. Don Fry, 66 Chairman of Aimtek, Cairns Mechanical and electrical engineer Don Fry is the chairman and owner of the Cairnsbased engineering firm Aimtek (formerly NQEA). In the past year he closed down the former NQEA’s shipbuilding business and sold its ship repair facility to Viking Industries. However, the staff of 50 continue to pursue research, development and manufacturing opportunities in aerospace and sugar cane mill 50 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 48-51 g - pub service 50 6/1/06, 8:42 PM automation equipment. The company has recently exported a bagasse processing plant to Venezuela and continues its work in naval architecture, designing specialist ships for overseas clients. Fry has been successful in turning engineering concepts into profitable commercial reality for several decades. In recent years he developed a cooperative venture with the University of Queensland developing scramjet engines, including building components for the recent scramjet launch at Woomera. Fry was recently appointed a special trustee for ensuring the allocation of funds under the federal government’s Cyclone Larry assistance package. He has also served as chairman on a federal advisory committee on homelessness and continues related work through his involvement with the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He recently received the Distinguished Con- structor Award and was inducted into the Queensland University of Technology Hall of Fame. James Graham, 58 Managing Director of Gresham Partners, Sydney A chemical engineer from Sydney University, James Graham has been the managing director of the Gresham Partners Group since its establishment in 1985. Gresham Partners is an Australian-owned independent investment bank focusing on financial advisory services, private equity funds and property investment funds. The total committed funds under its management are more than $750 million. Over the past three years, Gresham has advised on a total of 36 announced public equity market transactions, with major clients in the past year being Healthscope, GE Money and Exel Oyj. Graham, who started his career as a chemical engineer with Dow Chemicals before becoming a merchant banker, believes that what he learned about risk management in chemical engineering was very useful in his approach to investment banking. He said in the past 12 months a major challenge has been “to find distinctive value for Australian companies in an increasingly global market”. Outside Gresham, Graham is a director of Wesfarmers and Rabobank Australia. He has also been the chairman of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Neuromuscular Research since 2000. John Mulcahy, 56 Chief Executive Officer, Suncorp Group, Brisbane A civil engineer from Sydney University, Dr John Mulcahy joined Suncorp as chief executive officer and managing director in January 2003. With assets of over $54 billion, 4.3 million cust-omers and over 8700 staff, the company is now Australia’s sixth largest bank and fourth largest general insurance group, with a market value of about $11 billion. It is also one of Australia’s top 25 publicly listed corporations. “Without a doubt the most significant chal- lenge Suncorp has faced in the past year was, and still is, the recovery process for our customers in the wake of Cyclone Larry in north Queensland,” he said. “We have taken a leading role in the longterm rebuilding process in Innisfail and the surrounds. “With the majority of claims assessed we are now in the repair and rebuilding phases. Mulcahy’s career took him from engineering first to project and asset management, and then to running company divisions, culminating in his current position. He is now seen as one of the most widely ex- perienced management executives in financial services in Australia. Earlier this year the federal government appointed Mulcahy to the Board of its Future Fund. He is also personally involved in Suncorp’s fundraising initiatives for the Hear and Say Centre, which is one of the charities the organisation supports. Others include the Queensland Cancer Fund and the Salvation Army. John Monaghan, 51 Chief Information Officer, Department of Defence, Canberra Air Vice-Marshal John Monaghan has been the chief information officer (CIO) for Defence since December 2004. As one of the support executives he is the highest ranking engineer in uniform in the Department of Defence. The CIO Group has a staff of about 1400, consisting of public servants as well as military and public service other