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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Nigel Robinson, 53 Chief Executive of AECOM operating groups in Australia, New Zealand, Asia (ANZA) and the Middle East, Dubai Civil engineer, Leeds University, UK Since joining AECOM through the Maunsell merger in 2000, Nigel Robinson has directed company growth and diversification across the ANZA region and the Middle East. The regions now have approximately 4000 staff and turnover of close to US$400 million. Under Robinson’s direction, the ANZA business has played a key role in promoting and implementing infrastructure investment in Australia. Currently, Maunsell has lead design roles on two of Queensland’s largest ever transport infrastructure projects, Brisbane’s North-South Bypass Tunnel and the Queensland Rail Trackstar Alliance. Robinson, now based in Dubai, has led seven acquisitions, most recently the AECOM merger with Cansult Limited in the Middle East. Robinson holds a honours degree in civil engineering from Leeds University, and a master in economics and sociology from Imperial College of the University of London. He stays fi t by working out regularly at the gym, and enjoys ocean kayaking and watching movies (usually during one of around 150 international fl ights he takes annually). Geoff Knox, 50 Executive Chairman of Hatch Associates and Global Managing Director of Hatch Infrastructure, Brisbane Civil engineer, University of WA Geoff Knox is one of the seven executive directors of international consulting fi rm Hatch. He is also executive chairman for Hatch Associates, having overall responsibility for the company’s business in Australia and Asia; global managing director of Hatch Infrastructure; chairman of AAMHatch, 48 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 which is Hatch’s aerial surveying and mapping business; chairman of the Connell Hatch Joint Venture, which is Hatch’s industrial infrastructure joint venture with Connell Wagner; and a director of Hatch Mott MacDonald, which is Hatch’s infrastructure company in North America, in partnership with Mott MacDonald. Hatch has around 8000 staff worldwide, with approximately 2500 in the Australia and Asia regions. The global infrastructure business has around 1500 staff worldwide, working on projects in excess of A$30 billion in areas such as Africa, North and South America, Australia, Asia and Russia. During his time with Hatch, Knox has helped to introduce a better safety culture, and sponsored sustainability and improved water practices worldwide. His goals for the future include instilling a passion for the profession in young engineers by providing guidance. Knox has a bachelor of civil engineering from the University of Western Australia and has completed the University of Michigan Business School Executive Program. Even though he is travelling for business about 220 days a year, he tries to fi nd time to have fun with his family, as well as enjoy sailing and fi shing. Merv Jones, 60 Managing Director of URS Asia Pacifi c Pty Ltd, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of Auckland, NZ Dr Merv Jones is the managing director of URS Asia Pacific, which is a division of San Francisco-based publicly listed company URS Corporation. URS Asia Pacifi c has 18 offices with about 1500 staff. It expects revenue of about US$160 million (close to A$200 million) in 2007. Jones is responsible for the division’s staff and activities in the region, which stretches from New Zealand in the southeast to China in the north, through to India in the west. “URS’ strategy in Australia has been to diversify into transport infrastructure, mining and water engineering, in particular,” Jones explained. URS has been recognised as providing high levels of client service, with the attainment of a runner-up position in the BRW-St George Client Choice award. This achievement recognises not only technical expertise, but also service delivery. On a personal basis, Jones was awarded the Fluor Award at Chemeca in September 2006, which “recognises exceptional management and leadership talent that has directly resulted in sustained corporate success over a signifi cant period”. Jones has a BE (1st class hons) and PhD from the University of Auckland, and a Dip BS from Massey University. In his spare time, he enjoys running, golf and wine. Roger Olds, 51 Managing Director of Coffey International, Melbourne Civil engineer, Monash University As managing director, Roger Olds is responsible for the strategic direction of Coffey International’s growth. The company now has about 2400 staff, with a turnover of around $350 million. “We have been growing at about 50% per annum, via a mix of organic growth and acquisitions. Over the last few years, we have had successes in the UK, New Zealand and Africa,” Olds explained. Even though his main role is to lead and oversee the day-to-day operations of the company, Olds still provides some consulting engineering input on alliance projects such as the Inner-Northern Busway and Gateway Bridge duplication in Brisbane, as well as the Hume Highway upgrade between Albury and Canberra. From his experience with alliance projects, Olds would like to continue to help the construction industry improve its collaboration, with the view to achieving more innovation and less disputes. As part of this, he has taken a role on the federal government’s Built Environment Design Professionals Action Agenda, which involves the government and design professionals working together to lift performance on a local and international level. In his spare time, he likes exercising, spending time with his family, playing tennis and gardening. 47-49 g - Top 100.indd 48 47-49 g - Top 100.indd 48 7/6/07 11:51:45 AM 7/6/07 11:51:45 AM consulting