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100 TOP contracted personnel. Its role is to provide a secure and integrated information environment to support the Australian Defence Force’s business and military operations. Monaghan said in the past year a highlight in his job was the CIO Group’s “outstanding performance in delivering strategic communications support to the Australian forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Solomon Islands”. The extended communications network not only supports command, control and administrative functions, but also helps personnel stay in touch with their families. A major challenge has been the sourcing of skilled staff, particularly at the program and project management level, he said. Monaghan is an aeronautical engineer from RMIT. In 2000 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to aircraft engineering in the ADF. Ken Michael, 68 Governor of Western Australia, Perth Dr Ken Michael was sworn in as the 30th governor of Western Australia on 18 January this year. He is the second engineer in a row in that position following Lieutenant General John Sanderson, who retired last August. An Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, Michael has had a distinguished career in the Western Australian public service. He graduated in civil engineering from the University of Western Australia and started work as a bridge design engineer with the Main Roads Department. Following his PhD in London he returned to the Main Roads Department and eventually became its commissioner, a position from which he retired in 1997. He then held a number of other senior posi- tions in Western Australia. He was the independent gas pipeline access regulator,the acting rail access regulator and the chancellor of the University of Western Australia. In 2006, he was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia for community service, particularly in road transport systems, engineering, tertiary education, cultural groups and the Greek community. His parents came from Greece. Michael was a vice-president of Engineers Australia and a founding board member of Engineers Australia’s Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management. Frank Sartor, 55 NSW Minister for Planning, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) Frank Sartor is the NSW minister for planning. He moved to this portfolio last August from the Ministry for Energy and Utilities, when the new premier Morris Iemma reshuffled his ministers. In his new ministry, Sartor has been driving planning reform, with one recent highlight being the standardisation of local environmental plans across the state. Sartor was elected to the NSW Parliament in 2003 and has been a minister in the state government ever since. Prior to entering state parliament, he was lord mayor of Sydney for 10 years, a time which included the Olympics. Sartor graduated from Sydney University in chemical engineering. Elizabeth Taylor, 51 Chair of the Board of Professional Engineers of Qld, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health at Central Qld University, Rockhamption Professor Elizabeth Taylor has been the chair of the Queensland Board of Professional Engineers for more than three years. She is the first woman to hold that position. The board admin- isters the Queensland Professional Engineers Act 2002, which provides for the registration of professional engineers to practise in Queensland. Since 2005 she has been a member of the Queensland Manufacturing Leaders Group and at present is its representative on the National Manufacturing Forum. Taylor is executive dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health at Central Queensland University and recently was elected as deputy president of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans. She is deputy chair of the Board of Engineers Media, publisher of Engineers Austra- lia magazine, and a member of the Board and international representative of RedR Australia (Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief). A civil engineer from New South Wales University, Taylor also has a degree in law. Campbell Newman, 42 Lord Mayor of Brisbane The sustainable development of Brisbane has been one of Campbell Newman’s main policies as lord mayor of Brisbane. Only last month he launched a new draft policy that will provide a consistent way of assessing the sustainable performance of new developments. Newman has also been driving the renewal and expansion of the city’s infrastructure, particularly traffic and transport issues. He was elected lord mayor in March 2004. Brisbane City Council is the largest local council in Australia and at the centre of one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Newman graduated in civil engineering from the University of New South Wales and has an MBA from the University of Queensland. He spent 13 years in the Australian Army and some time in industry specialising in bulk materials handling, before entering politics. David Hawker, 57 Speaker of the House of Representatives, Federal Parliament, Canberra David Hawker has been speaker of the House of Representatives since November 2004. A member of the Liberal Party, he represents the Victorian electorate of Wannon. Hawker is one of the very few engineers in federal politics. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Melbourne University, but practiced engineering only briefly at the Altona Refinery. He was a farmer and grazier before entering Parliament in 1983. Hawker still has an interest in engineering issues including infrastructure and sustainability. ■ ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 51 48-51 g - pub service 51 6/1/06, 8:43 PM public service other