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INDUSTRY Guy Templeton, 45 Chief Executive Offi cer of Minter Ellison, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of New South Wales A lthough Guy Templeton decided when he was seven years old that he wanted to be an engineer, his career developed in a different direction as he became more interested in working with and through people. As chief executive officer of law firm Minter Ellison he is now in charge of 2100 staff operating from 15 offi ces in six countries. Before his current role, Templeton spent 15 years in management consulting. There, he found the quantitative analysis skills he developed in engineering to have proved useful. In his current role, he fi nds similarities between the professions of engineering and law. “In working with lawyers, I fi nd some overlap with an en- gineering approach – engineers are guided by a set of design rules while lawyers are governed by precedent and the law. I fi nd engineers and lawyers are willing to embrace a logical approach to situations,” he said. Bill Wild, 61 Chief Operating Offi cer, Leighton Holdings, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Queensland B ill Wild is the chief operating officer of Leighton Holdings. The firm has 30,400 staff. Last fi nancial year its turnover was $11.9 billion and work in hand currently stands at $28.1 billion. A civil engineer from Queensland University, Wild also has a master in engineering science from the University of NSW. He was Engineers Australia’s Civil Engineer of the Year in 2004. He is currently the chair of Engineers Australia’s Taskforce on Construction Safety. Wild joined the Leighton Group of companies in 1975. He was appointed to his current position in January 2006. Prior to that he was CEO and managing director of the John Holland Group. 48 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2008 Don Voelte, 54 Managing Director of Woodside Petroleum, Perth Civil engineer, University of Nebraska, US D on Voelte is the managing di- rector of Woodside Petroleum which is one of the largest oil and gas exploration companies in Australia. The Perth-based company employs 2981 staff with operational interests in five continents including the US. It reported a revenue of $4 billion in 2007. The company operates one of Australia’s largest resources projects, the Northwest Shelf Venture in Western Australia, which produces about 40% of Australia’s oil and gas. A long-term goal for the company is to be a global leader in LNG production by 2015, when it predicts global demand for LNG will outstrip supply. Peter Watson, 51 Managing Director and Chief Executive Offi cer of Transfi eld Services, Sydney Civil engineer, Monash University Chief Executive Officer of Transfield Services in 2002. The company employs 23,000 staff and last year its global sales revenue was $2.4 billion. In March, the company became a top 100 company in the Standard & Poors ASX index. In the Australian market, P the company recently won contracts in the Western Power alliance valued at $100 million in year one of a fi ve year contract, the Linkwater projects valued at $75 million over fi ve years and a new roads maintenance contract in Tasmania worth about $10 million over fi ve years. The company’s North American business has expanded in the past 12 months, with growth in Flint Transfi eld Services in Canada. Watson has a diploma in civil engineering from Caulfi eld Institute of Technology, which is now part of Monash University. eter Watson was appointed Managing Director and Book 1.indb 48 Book 1.indb 48 4/6/08 15:16:48 4/6/08 15:16:48