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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Public service Geoffrey Beck, 50 Head of Department of Defence’s Infrastructure Division, Canberra Civil engineer, University of NSW Civil engineer Geoffrey Beck is responsible for the management of the Department of Defence’s property and infrastructure portfolio. The Defence Estate comprises approximately 400 properties and 25,000 assets, with an estimated gross replacement value of $15 billion, embracing both the built and natural environment. The Infrastructure Division comprises 280 Australian public service and Defence Force offi cers. It is responsible for the lifecycle management of the estate, including development, approval and delivery of capital infrastructure works; estate planning; management of environmental and heritage matters; and the disposal of surplus Defence properties. The Division manages about $4 billion of infrastructure projects under development and delivery, through traditional contracting methods and a number of signifi cant public private partnership projects. The expenditure on capital facilities projects in 2006/07 is expected to be in the order of $600 million. Stephen Gumley, 50 CEO of the Defence Materiel Organisation, Canberra Mechanical/electrical engineer, University of Tasmania Dr Stephen Gumley is the chief executive offi cer of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), Australia’s largest project management organisation. The DMO is part of the Department of Defence, and in 2006/2007 will spend $8.7 billion on acquiring and sustaining military equipment and services. 56 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 The organisation employs around 6800 people working in more than 50 locations nationally and internationally. Gumley’s duties involve managing resources and strategic direction. He is also involved in developing the DMO’s Defence Capability Plan, which outlines all major acquisition and sustainment projects the organisation is responsible for. He is driving the introduction of higher professional standards to the organisation. “Both DMO and industry need to lift performance, particularly on schedule, to deliver on the Defence Capability Plan. Only working together, as partners, can we deliver to the Australian warfi ghter and the Australian people,” he explained. Menno Henneveld, 61 Commissioner of Main Roads, Western Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of WA Menno Henneveld was appointed to the position of commissioner of Main Roads, Western Australia, in 2002. The department is responsible for the management and operation of WA’s road network, which includes 17,800km of national highways and state freeways, highways and main roads. Main Roads has 1011 staff, including 360 in country regions throughout the state. It has a current budget of $1.1 billion for all the state’s road programs, including the $0.5 billion Perth Bunbury Highway (WA’s largest road project) and the Mitchell Freeway extension. Henneveld is the chairman of the Australian Road Council (Austroads), the council of all the road agencies in Australia and New Zealand. He is also a non-executive director on the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and has been nominated as Australia’s fi rst delegate at the World Road Congress, hosted by the World Road Association (PIARC) in Paris in September this year. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, travelling and home renovations. Shireane McKinnie, 50 Head of the Electronic and Weapon Systems Division in the Defence Materiel Organisation, Canberra Electrical engineer, University of NSW As head of the Electronic and Weapon Systems Division in the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), Shireane McKinnie is responsible for acquiring and supporting electronic and weapon systems for the whole of the Defence organisation. This includes electronic warfare, radar, surveillance, communications, command support, guided weapons and explosive ordnance. The Division has 1300 staff and an annual budget of approximately $1.3 billion. It has over 100 major capital equipment projects (worth over $20 million) and 50 minor capital equipment projects in the works, as well as 20 major sustainment agreements with Defence. During her six years as head of the division, McKinnie has established innovative programs for improving software acquisition, systems engineering, and project management processes and skills essential to DMO’s core business of providing acquisition and sustainment services to support the Australian Defence Force. Gary Liddle, 54 CEO of VicRoads, Melbourne Civil engineer, University of Melbourne Gary Liddle has over 30 years of service with VicRoads and its predecessors, having joined the Country Roads Board in 1971 as a cadet. He was appointed acting chief executive in September 2006 and confi rmed as chief executive in March 2007. VicRoads manages the 22,000km of arterial roads in Victoria, as well as being responsible for registration and licensing in the state.The authority has a staff of around 2700, working with a $1.6 billion expenditure budget 56-59 g - Top 100.indd 56 56-59 g - Top 100.indd 56 7/6/07 11:54:48 AM 7/6/07 11:54:48 AM