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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Mike Wilke, 59 President and Chief Operating Offi cer of PB Americas, New York Civil engineer, Qld Institute of Technology (now QUT) Mike Wilke leads PB’s US$0.9 billion, 4500person Americas business (North, Central and South America). He is a member of the fi rm’s global executive committee, responsible for shaping the strategic direction of PB Inc. He is leading a signifi cant change management agenda to position PB Americas for its future success. Wilke’s career with PB spans more than 20 years, including a decade as the company’s Queensland state manager, growing the fi rm fi vefold to become one of the major consultants in the state. He then became managing director and chair of PB in Australia for 2004-2005, during which time he played a leading role in the development of PB’s global strategic plan. Wilke’s professional goals for the future include developing engineers “so they can work in a business environment, and at the same time meet the needs of clients and the community in a socially and environmentally acceptable manner”. In 2006, he received the QUT Outstanding Alumni Award in Built Environment & Engineering. In his spare time, he enjoys “exploring all the opportunities that New York has to offer”. Geoff Peattie, 61 Vice-President Asia Pacifi c of Government & Infrastructure of KBR, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of Newcastle Geoff Peattie is responsible for KBR’s government and infrastructure business in the Asia Pacific region. Major aspects of the business revolve around the water, transport, defence, minerals, maritime and process/industrial sec- tors. He has 1700 staff working for him, in offi ces in every Australian state, generating turnover of around US$200 million. In the last 12 months, the business has grown particularly in the minerals, water and transport sectors, which Peattie fi nds the most rewarding professionally. KBR is part of Alliance projects such as the Horizon road/rail project between Springfi eld and Darra, and the Southern Regional Water Project, both in Queensland. Peattie also takes pride in KBR’s work with offi cial development assistance and AusAID humanitarian projects in Vietnam. He feels it is important for Australia to reach out and help the region. To help train the next generation of engineers, he is involved in KBR’s professional development program. He addresses groups of new engineers employed by the company and is proactive in their training. Peattie has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Newcastle and is a fellow of Engineers Australia. His main relaxation interests are fi shing, cooking, and attending the theatre and opera with his family. Clive Weeks, 58 Chairman of GHD, Melbourne Civil engineer, Monash University As fulltime chairman of GHD, Clive Weeks is responsible for managing professional indemnity insurance and claims, shareholder interests, corporate governance, and leading and reporting on the performance of the board. Weeks has been a director of GHD since 1992. In that time, turnover has increased an order of magnitude – from $60 million to $600 million. Over the past 12 months, GHD has added 700 staff, including recruiting a record number of graduates (197). It now has around 5000 employees worldwide. Regional centres have been opened in areas such as Mount Gambier in SA; Wagga Wagga, Nowra and Wollongong in NSW; and Toowoomba and Springfi eld in Queensland. New offi ces have also been established in Cairo (Egypt), Sharjah (UAE), Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan (Malaysia), Hong Kong (China), York (UK), and Pennsylvania (USA). Weeks’ professional goals include seeing “GHD achieve true recognition as a global consultant, particularly in the area of providing so- lutions to meet the challenges of climate change and sustainability”. He also wants to “continue to enhance GHD as a place where our staff and potential recruits want to work”. Weeks has an MEngSc and BE (Hons) from Monash University, and a Dip CE from Bendigo Technical College. He is a fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Australian Water and Wastewater Association. In his spare time, Weeks likes to spend time with family and friends, walk, play golf, watch sporting events, and “visit our getaway at Metung on the Gippsland lakes”. David Singleton, 57 Chair of Arup’s Global Infrastructure Business, London Civil engineer, Nottingham University, UK David Singleton has been the chair of Arup’s $500 million Global Infrastructure Business, comprising some 2000 staff, since 2004. Under his leadership, the business has grown by 30%, with recent high-profi le project wins including two segments of the California High Speed Rail project, Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport, and a new terminal at the Yunnan Kunming International Airport in southern China. Over the last 12 months, Singleton has also led Arup Cause – an initiative to celebrate the fi rm’s 60th anniversary in which 8000 Arup staff worldwide worked together to understand and help those suffering from extreme poverty, with a focus on access to water and sanitation. Arup Cause includes a global partnership with Water Aid to raise awareness and funds, and to share skills in problem solving, creative thinking and knowledge management, thereby helping Water Aid to build its capacity to assist those in need. Singleton’s goals for the future include developing the capability of the profession for sustainable planning and engineering; creating pathways for young engineers and kindred professionals to achieve their goals; and creating an organisation in which diversity is valued. A civil engineer, Singleton has degrees from Nottingham University and the University of Melbourne. In his spare time, he enjoys music and the theatre, including opera, as well as dining – in or out – with family and friends. ■ ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 49 47-49 g - Top 100.indd 49 47-49 g - Top 100.indd 49 7/6/07 11:51:55 AM 7/6/07 11:51:55 AM consulting