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Top 100 : 2008
CONSULTING Anthony Barry, 54 Managing Director Group Operations, Group Director People, Connell Wagner, Melbourne Civil engineer, University of Sydney A nthony Barry has been the managing director group operations of Connell Wagner since June 2007, following the retirement of Robert Squire. The company is one of Asia Pacifi c’s largest consulting practices providing services in a wide range of areas. It has a staff of 3500 and its current annual revenue is about $500 million. The company has been growing strongly. It now has offi ces in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates. It has established a design centre in India to support the growing demand for skills around the globe. Connell Wagner also has ongoing alliances with Mott MacDonald in Britain and Hatch in Canada through the jointly owned companies Mott Connell operating in Hong Kong and China, and Connell Hatch. Barry was president of the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia between 2005 and 2007 and will complete his term as a director in 2008. He is a councillor of Standards Australia and on the CRC for Construction Innovation’s Task Force for Dispute Avoidance and Resolution. fast pace. The company, which is one of Australia’s few publicly listed engineering consulting fi rms, announced another record profi t for the half year ending 31 December 2007. The company estimates revenue for the current fi nancial year ending this month to be more than $400 million and staff numbers stand at around 2900 worldwide. It has 69 offi ces throughout the world including in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Belgium and the US. Cardno has been growing in recent years mainly through acquisitions, with the latest purchases being UK based water engineering software company Micro Drainage in March and Australian fi rm Bowler Geotechnical in February. Late last year the company raised $65 million through share placement, with these funds being used to maintain its acquisition strategy. Cardno has been working on the Gateway Bridge Duplication in Brisbane and is currently U Andrew Buckley, 51 Managing Director of the Cardno group, Brisbane Mechanical engineer, University of Queensland involved in several international projects such as a US$71million Road Corridor Improvement Project in Tajikistan and the development of Omran, a low-cost accommodation project for 60,000 foreign workers in Dubai. Buckley sees the positive conditions for the infrastructure services areas of the business to continue for some years. He has an honours degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Queensland. Peter Busbridge, 59 CEO of SMEC Holdings and SMEC Operations, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Melbourne P eter Busbridge is the chief executive offi cer and a director of parent company SMEC H and the chief executive offi cer of SMEC Operations. He has been involved in the management, development and operations of many of SMEC’s business units for the past 15 years. SMEC has some 3000 staff with offi ces throughout Australia and in 21 other count the world, generating some $220 million in annual revenue. Around 50% of this is c by the company’s international network of 20 subsidiaries. Busbridge said the company’s current strategic plan targets continued double dig over the next three years, which is expected to come mainly from organic growth and several targeted acquisitions. SMEC has completed projects in more than 80 countries, with the largest one at present being the project management of the new US$30 billion Kuwait University. Other major jobs include sustainable power projects in Nepal, India, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 49 nder Andrew Buckley’s leadership as managing director, the Cardno group keeps growing at a Book 1.indb 49 Book 1.indb 49 4/6/08 15:16:53 4/6/08 15:16:53