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Top 100 : 2007
Consulting Peter Busbridge, 58 CEO of SMEC Holdings Ltd and SMEC Operations Pty Ltd, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Melbourne Peter Busbridge is chief executive officer and a director of SMEC Holdings Limited, as well as chief executive officer of SMEC Operations. It is his responsibility to manage the total operation of SMEC, which includes the Australian and international consulting businesses, as well as the company’s development arm that looks at private investment. SMEC and its subsidiary groups now have about 2500 staff in 80 countries, generating about $200 million in annual turnover. Over the past 10 years, Busbridge has worked to make SMEC “a recognised group within the international footprint of our business”. The company is focusing on four major areas – Australia, China, India and the Middle East. It has also made progress in power generation developments in Papua New Guinea, India, Malaysia and Nepal. Busbridge sees power generation as a “very signifi cant potential element in SMEC’s future”. In his spare time, he enjoys the “beautiful beaches of Sydney” and following the AFL. Andrew Buckley, 50 Managing Director of Cardno group, Brisbane Mechanical engineer, University of Queensland As managing director of the Cardno Group, Andrew Buckley has responsibility for all group activities, including operations, client relations, quality, technical development, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, fi- nancial performance, and investor relations. Under his leadership, the group has grown from an annual turnover of less than $14 million in 1997 to an estimated turnover in excess of $220 million in the 2006/2007 fi nancial year. Buckley’s leadership has seen the group expand and diversify into global markets and broader professional skills, including both physical and social infrastructure projects and program delivery. Cardno’s international expansion has included major contracts with AusAID, USAID, the Department for International Development (UK), the European Commission, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the United Nations. Locally, the group is involved with major projects such as the Gateway Bridge duplication in Brisbane and the Gold Coast Desalination Plant. Buckley has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Queensland. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with this family, as well as sailboarding, boating and playing squash. John Grill, 61 CEO of WorleyParsons, Sydney Civil engineer, Sydney University With its share price hovering around $30, the growth of WorleyParsons has made chief executive John Grill one of Australia’s wealthiest engineers. He was recently named one of the billionaires in BRW magazine’s Rich 200 list. The company’s 2006 revenue was $2.4 billion, an increase of 78% from the previous year. After the recent acquisition of Canadian company Colt, the company employs 20,000 staff in over 90 offi ces globally. Of his achievements, Grill is proud of his role in nurturing the growth of the company by selecting staff who are able to fi t into its work culture of autonomy and individual responsibility. “Finding the best people to work with is almost the hardest skill to develop and the one that takes a lot of learning. But I 100 TOP consider it a fundamental skill for a leader,” he said. In his spare time, Grill spends as much time as possible with his family and maintains a daily exercise routine. His physical activities include walking, cycling, swimming and skiing. His favourite ski report is Kitzbühel in Austria. Paul Dougas, 56 Chief Executive and Managing Director of Sinclair Knight Merz, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of Melbourne Paul Dougas has responsibility for managing and charting the future direction of Sinclair Knight Merz’s growing business, with current annual revenues in excess of $800 million and now employing close to 6000 staff across the globe. Eleven years ago, SKM operated solely in the Australasia and Asian regions, with around 600 people. Today, under Dougas’ leadership, it has expanded to include signifi cant operations, particularly in Europe, the Middle East and South America. Dougas was the inaugural chairman of Engineers Australia’s Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management (CELM), and is now championing causes such as workplace safety, employment for indigenous people, diversity of the workforce, and the Beacon Foundation initiatives in support of youth employment. He is working to “provide careers for motivated professionals in a range of directions, including leadership and management” and “inspire others to achieve beyond their wildest dreams”. Dougas is a chemical/process engineering graduate of the University of Melbourne and has a master from the University of NSW. He was elected an honorary fellow of Engineers Australia last year. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and keeping fi t by running, cycling and walking. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 47 47-49 g - Top 100.indd 47 47-49 g - Top 100.indd 47 7/6/07 11:51:34 AM 7/6/07 11:51:34 AM consulting