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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Chris Champion, 54 President of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Technology Sydney Chris Champion is president of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering (IFME) until 2009 and works fulltime as national chief executive offi cer of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA). IFME is a federation of municipal engineering associations. Its members come from countries including the UK, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Italy, San Marino, Israel, South Africa, Canada and Australia. Champion’s role is to foster international exchange of technical information, skills and experience between municipal and public works engineers.He said a recent highlight in IPWEA was receiving an invitation to Washington from the US Federal Highways Administration and US Environmental Protection Authority to advise on setting up a national approach to infrastructure asset management based on work completed in Australia. To relax, he enjoys a good glass of red wine after work and watching his kids play soccer on the weekend. Bill Crews, 62 National President of RSL Australia, Canberra Civil engineer, Sydney University Major General Bill Crews was elected to the position of national president of the Returned & Services League of Australia in 2003. He previously served as chair of the national membership committee. The RSL is Australia’s largest veterans’ welfare and ex-service organisation with around 195,000 members nationwide. Crews’ current role includes the leadership of the league, relationships with government and external stakeholders, and public representation. In the past year, he worked closely with the federal government to provide an extra $1.1 billion to health care and compensation support to veterans. Crews’ military career began at the Royal Military College Duntroon. He then attended Sydney University where he completed an honours degree in civil engineering. He retired in 1999 as a major-general after serving as director of the Defence Intelligence Organisation. He was deputy chief executive of Engineers Australia and is an honorary fellow of the Institution. In addition to his engineering degree, Crews has an economics degree from Queensland University. His interests, in addition to his voluntary work, include cycling, walking, social golf, wine and cooking. Robert Dahan, 45 National President of the Civil Contractors Federation, Sydney Civil engineer, University of NSW Robert Dahan is the national president of the Civil Contractors Federation, a national organisation representing the interests of civil contractors and suppliers in Australia. As an organisation, its main goals are to allow members an opportunity to deliver a product at best-practice levels for a fair price. It has over 2000 corporate members and associates, employing over 40,000 people in the industry with turnover in excess of $10 billion per annum. The organisation has admitted over 100 new members and associates in the past year and seeks to continue growth. Following on from constitutional changes, the organisation is increasing its contact with local government. Dahan is working on forging alliances with other groups of the industry such as the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia and the Demolition Contractors Association. Dahan is the managing director of civil contractor Mainland Civil in Sydney. For his last holidays he went skiing in Colorado. Rolfe Hartley, 55 National President of Engineers Australia, Canberra Civil engineer, University of NSW As only the third president based in Canberra in the history of Engineers Australia, Rolfe Hartley looks after the interests of its 83,000 members nationwide. Before retiring in March, Hartley was the facilities services manager with KBR, based in Canberra. One of the challenges facing engineering, according to Hartley, is remaining relevant to members in a changing, multidisciplinary, global profession. In response to this, he has set up a Task Force for the Future. The Task Force will provide the Council of Engineers Australia with advice on strategies critical to the future of the Institution. It has subgroups examining issues such as engineering practice of the future and future requirements for continuing professional development, strategic communications with stakeholders and defi ning the value of membership. It will report back to the Council at the end of this year with strategies for implementation. Hartley spent his last holiday in France where he has a property. He is a keen golfer and counts two holes-in-one as among his most memorable experiences in the sport. Dennis Sheehan, 57 National President of the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia, Queensland Civil engineer, University of Queensland Dennis Sheehan is the national president of Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA), an organisation with 250 corporate members employing 29,000 staff. He is the managing director of Qantec Mc- William, a consulting engineering fi rm based in Queensland with offi ces in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Sheehan describes his satisfaction with ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 53 50-54 g - Top 100.indd 53 50-54 g - Top 100.indd 53 7/6/07 11:53:10 AM 7/6/07 11:53:10 AM associations