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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP ACEA as being in a position to coordinate the combined resources of its members to infl uence the direction of Australian consulting engineering. At the moment, he is working on persuading federal and state governments to ensure the education system increases maths and sciences teaching and encourages students to enter the engineering profession. The organisation is also working with legislators and client groups to establish a fair and equitable risk system where consulting engineers share the risks of any project at a level that is appropriate for their role in the project. This includes working with the insurance industry to establish appropriate policy wordings and then providing training opportunities for members so they can keep abreast of latest trends in risk management. Chris Smallbone, 60 President of the International Institute of Welding and Executive Director of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia, Sydney Mechanical engineer, North Staffordshire Polytechnic, UK Chris Smallbone is president of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) which represents 48 member countries from Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa. He is also executive director of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) One of Smallbone’s highlights in the past year was successfully getting all 48 IIW member countries and 26 IIW administrative and technical working units to collaborate in creating a new business plan. The collaboration also produced a white paper – “Improving quality of life through optimum use and innovation of welding and joining technologies”. He describes the outcome of last year’s National Diffusion Networks Project as highly successful. The project aimed to assist industry in sourcing welding technologies for global competitiveness. Smallbone would like to see one WTIA welding technologist in each regional centre in Australia to improve the industry’s access to innovative welding technologies, management and education. Smallbone spent his last holiday in the US, 54 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 visiting 23 national parks in eight states over a period of 30 days by car. Born in Liverpool in the UK, Smallbone enjoys soccer and supports the English Premier League team Everton. Peter Taylor, 63 Chief Executive of Engineers Australia, Canberra Civil engineer, University of Queensland Peter Taylor is the chief executive of Engineers Australia, which represents the interests of more than 83,000 professional engineers, associates and students. One of Taylor’s highlights in the past year has been the In- stitution’s success in improving the planning and funding of infrastructure by the federal and state governments. According to Taylor, tackling the skills shortage continues to be a major challenge. Engineers Australia has had a considerable input into the Australian government’s decision to increase the numbers of places for engineering students at Australian universities. “However, there is still a long way to go to overcome shortcomings in the education system that fails to motivate children to pursue technology-based careers.” To relax outside work, Taylor divides his time between family visits and photography. He last visited Malua Bay on the NSW south coast for a holiday. Dario Tomat, 55 National President of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia, Hobart Mechanical engineer, University of Tasmania Dario Tomat is the national president of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA), after having served as senior vice-president during 2004-06. He also served as national treasurer for three years. The association has 42,000 national members including students and associates. At the moment, Tomat is working on developing the association through the Building APESMA Future program. He is also managing the transition of executive staff following chief executive John Vines’ retirement next year. Tomat is a director of Whetstone, a management consultancy fi rm based in Tasmania. He enjoys the overall perspective this provides on the front lines of projects. It also allows him to mentor engineers into thinking about the solutions they propose. “Ensuring the engineering team is constantly looking for opportunities to innovate and save costs provides me with real satisfaction,” he said. When relaxing away from work, Tomat enjoys reading and walking his dog. John Vines, 57 Chief Executive Offi cer of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA), Melbourne Civil engineer, Swinburne University John Vines is the CEO of APESMA which represents the interests of 42,000 engineers and other professionals in Australia. The association recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. Vines is currently seeking ways to lever- age the strong demand for engineering talent into improved remuneration in the private and public sectors. He is also highlighting the emerging skills shortage and pressing for reduced HECS fees to attract more school leavers to consider engineering as a career. He has served on government and industry committees which have provided insights for his work with APESMA. A major challenge for the association in the past year has been ensuring the salaries and conditions of employment of its members are not undermined by the federal Workchoices legislation. The association is encouraging greater federal support for investment in infrastructure such as broadband to underpin economic competitiveness and urging increased support for research and development activity. He enjoys fi shing and recently visited Coral Bay in Western Australia “to experience the natural beauty of Australia”. ■ 50-54 g - Top 100.indd 54 50-54 g - Top 100.indd 54 7/6/07 11:53:24 AM 7/6/07 11:53:24 AM associations