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INDUSTRY Nino Ficca, 48 Managing Director of SP AusNet, Melbourne Electrical engineer, Deakin University billion with capital expenditure of $420 million. The company has 510,000 customers in the gas industry and operates a 8800km distribution network with 183 gas pipelines. In the electrical industry it operates 6500km of transmission lines and owns the Victorian distribution network serving 580,000 customers. Ficca is a director of SP PowerGrid in Singapore, a member of N the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the National Electricity Market Operations Committee. He previously held senior management positions with SPI/ GPU PowerNet and was responsible for engineering, asset management and operation of fi eld services. He has an honours degree in electrical engineering and a graduate diploma in management, both from Deakin University. ino Ficca has been the managing director of SP AusNet since 2005. The company forecasts its 2008/09 revenue to be $1.1 Jim Gill, 61 CEO of Water Corporation, Perth Civil engineer, University of WA development program, the most signifi cant element of which was delivering last year a $385 million 144ML/d desalination plant to supply about 17% of Perth’s drinking water. This large, complex, alliance project was recently given the 2008 Construction Achievement Award by the Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia. Now he has been charged with delivering a second desalination plant. Both plants are D part of a water security program where all water sources have been optimised against a background in recent decades of a drying climate where catchment streamfl ow into dams has declined by about two thirds. The Water Corporation of WA employs 2400 people, has $12 billion worth of assets and last year generated revenue of $1.6 billion. In 2006 Gill was Engineers Australia’s Civil Engineer of the Year. r Jim Gill has been CEO of the WA Water Corporation since it was corporatised in 1996. Since then he has overseen a continuing major water and wastewater capital Albert Goller, 57 Chairman and Managing Director of Siemens Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne Electronics engineer, Paderborn University, Germany P art of one of the world’s oldest and largest electrical engineering groups, Siemens Australia and New Zealand had a turnover of $1.65 billion in 2006/2007. It has 3400 staff. The company is diverse, spanning water, energy, environment, healthcare, pro- ductivity, mobility, safety and security sectors. Some of its recent projects range from supplying 62 wind turbines for a New Zealand wind farm, and supplying overhead electrifi cation and traction power systems to the Perth to Mandurah railway, to delivering state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosing and treating cardiovascular patients at Brisbane’s Mater Private Hospital. Albert Goller was appointed to his present position in 2002. He started his career as an electronics engineer with Siemens in Germany in 1973. Goller is a keen sportsman and enjoys running, tennis, golf and windsurfi ng. 36 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2008 Book 1.indb 36 Book 1.indb 36 4/6/08 15:16:08 4/6/08 15:16:08