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Top 100 : 2008
CONSULTING Robert Care, 57 Chief Executive Offi cer of Arup Australasia, Director of the international Arup Group Board, Sydney Civil engineer, University of NSW U nder Dr Robert Care’s leadership since 2004, Arup Australasia has trebled its revenue and almost doubled its staff numbers to about 1300 at present. The company’s growth has been entirely organic without mergers or acquisitions. Care is also on the Arup Group Board, which leads the international company with its almost 10,000 staff working in 86 offi ces in 37 countries. Care was instrumental in successfully implementing the company’s Balanced Scorecard, which documents its performance against best practice criteria for sustainable engineering and social responsibility, in line with the company’s value statement. Under his leadership, Arup has continued as a major sponsor of RedR Australia, a humanitarian organisation that supplies engineers to disaster areas, as well as the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School run by the University of NSW. Care is a director of RedR Australia. Care is also a director of the Australian Construction Industry Forum, where he has been focusing on safety productivity indicators to measure industry performance. As adjunct professor at UNSW and a member of the university’s Industry Advisory Committee, he has been involved in improving the depth and quality of the profession through education. Paul Dougas, 57 Chief Executive and Managing Director of Sinclair Knight Merz, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of Melbourne Colin Elliott, 51 Vice-president Asia Pacifi c, Government and Infrastructure, KBR, Brisbane Diploma in electronic engineering, Bendigo Institute of Technology, postgraduate Diploma in process computer systems, Caulfi eld Institute of Technology, Melbourne C olin Elliott is the vice-president for the Asia-Pacifi c region of KBR’s Government and Infrastructure Division. KBR employs almost 2000 people in the Asia Pacifi c region and world’s largest engineering consultancies. Extrapolating the pace of its recent growth, the company will exceed revenues of $1 billion this year. Its staff number currently stands at more than 6700 worldwide. At this rate of growth, the company would achieve its goal P of becoming a global Top-10 design fi rm, as measured by US magazine Engineering News Record, within the next fi ve years, Dougas said. SKM has 47 offi ces across Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia, and it operates in seven broad markets covering building, defence, power, transport, mining, water and international development. Dougas has been championing causes such as environment, safety, diversity of the workforce, youth employment and other social and community issues. He intends to retain the company’s culture, employee-ownership and independence. Dougas has a chemical/process engineering degree from the University of Melbourne and a master from the University of NSW and has studied business at Stanford and Harvard Universities. 50 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2008 aul Dougas has led SKM since 1996. Since then the company, which is wholly owned by staff, has grown into one of the 50,000 globally. The company provides engineering services in areas including transport, water, minerals, maritime, industrial and defence. In the past two years KBR has seen significant growth in civil infrastructure and capitalised on the Australian resources boom to export its minerals infrastructure expertise offshore. Internally Elliott has restructured the business to gain consistency in roles and responsibilities across state and industry sectors, and strengthened technical career paths to match those in project management. Externally Elliott has been leading KBR into alliances on significant infrastructure projects such as the $1.1 billion Southern Regional Water Pipeline, which is a major part of the Queensland government’s drought contingency strategy. The project recently won the Contractor Excellence category in the 2008 National Infrastructure Awards. Outside work Elliott pursues his passion for fi shing. Book 1.indb 50 Book 1.indb 50 4/6/08 15:16:56 4/6/08 15:16:56