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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP and collecting $2.5 billion in revenue for the Victorian government. Liddle’s achievements include managing integration of land form, landscaping and noise walls for the Eastern Freeway extension (Doncaster to Springvale Roads), which won several awards. His interests include bike riding, golf, surfing and walking. Paul Tyrrell, 62 Chief Executive of the Department of the Chief Minister and Secretary to Cabinet in the Northern Territory, Darwin Civil engineer, Gordon Institute of Technology, Geelong Paul Tyrrell has served as chief executive of the Department of the Chief Minister and secretary to cabinet in the Northern Territory since 1999. He is the most senior public servant in the NT and the most senior public service adviser to the chief minister. His work involves strategic leadership in major project development and across the public service, advising the chief minister and cabinet on economic and social policies and working to implement government priorities. He played the leading role in achieving fi nancial close for the $1.1 billion Darwin city waterfront redevelopment and convention centre, with stage one due for completion in 2008, and is now the chairman Darwin Waterfront Corporation. Tyrrell is currently pursuing a strategy to establish Darwin as a major gas manufacturing and export centre, and has fi nalised and is now implementing a plan for the development of Darwin over the next 10-15 years. His other goals include broadening the NT’s economic base; capturing the benefi ts of the current resources boom and ensuring growth in the regions and remote areas of the territory; and gaining national commitment to a Generational Plan to address the signifi cant disadvantage of indigenous Australians. Tyrell has a diploma of engineering (civil) from Geelong Gordon Institute of Technology and a bachelor of economics from the Ken Mathers, 61 CEO of Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority (SEITA), Melbourne Civil engineer, Bendigo Technical College Ken Mathers is leading SEITA in its role of facilitating the development of the EastLink Project in Melbourne, a 39km freeway connecting the Eastern Freeway at Mitcham to the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Frankston. EastLink is being delivered as a public private partnership and is currently Australia’s largest urban road project. SEITA managed the bidding process leadUniversity of Queensland. In his spare time, he enjoys snow skiing, keeping fi t, fi shing and relaxing with friends on his boat on Darwin Harbour, and watching the Geelong football team. Bruce Wilson, 56 Director-General of Queensland Transport, Brisbane Civil engineer, University of Queensland Bruce Wilson is the current longest-serving director-general in the Queensland government. He leads the executive team that manages Queensland Transport and, through it, the development of transport in the state. Queensland Transport has approximately 5000 staff, including over 400 technology professionals. It operates under a $2.5 billion budget and is a major contributor to the state’s $66 billion South-East Queensland Infrastructure Program. During his time as director-general, Wilson has managed record capital infrastructure programs, implemented public transport integration through Translink, and led national agendas in road, rail and maritime transport. In his spare time, he enjoys family activities, cycling and gardening (subject to rain). ing to the appointment of ConnectEast to hold a 39-year concession. The ASX-listed ConnectEast has awarded a $2.5 billion design and construct contract to Thiess John Holland to deliver all aspects of the project, including the fully electronic tolling system. SEITA has an ongoing role to manage the concession and ensure ConnectEast complies with all specifi ed requirements. The EastLink Project received The Best Global Project to Reach Financial Close at the Public Private Awards in London in 2005. SEITA is a small organisation – 32 staff and $10 million turnover – but it has “established a position of being a leading organisation in the development of public private partnership projects, especially toll roads,” Mathers added. Clive Rossiter, 51 Head of the Aerospace Systems Division in the Defence Materiel Organisation, Canberra Electrical engineer, Caulfi eld Institute of Technology Air Vice-Marshall Clive Rossiter is the head of the Defence Materiel Organisation’s Aerospace Systems Division (ASD), which is responsible for acquiring and sustaining aerospace systems for the Australian Defence Force. The division of 1500 people provides support to 11 in-service aircraft types and associated ground systems with an annual support budget of $850 million. It has 30 major capital projects under management with remaining scope valued at $7.5 billion, 24 minor projects under management with annual expenditure of $50 million, and an annual major project expenditure of approximately $1.3 billion. One of Rossiter’s career highlights was leading the team of engineers responsible for implementing the Air Force’s new engineering regulatory system, which decentralised its engineering structure, and collocated logistics and engineering support with the operational customer. He enjoys spending time with his family, bike riding, reading, house renovations and learning to play the guitar. ■ ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 57 56-59 g - Top 100.indd 57 56-59 g - Top 100.indd 57 7/6/07 11:54:59 AM 7/6/07 11:54:59 AM public service