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Don Fry, 65 Chairman of NQEA, Cairns Don Fry is the chairman and principal shareholder of Cairns-based shipbuilder NQEA. In the past year, the company has completed construction of a SOLAS class ocean going passenger ship and introduced two more low-wash commuter ferries on the Thames River in London. This year, Fry said he will probably reduce his level of activity in NQEA and concentrate on research, including the University of Queensland’s scramjet project. He recently donated a test chamber and Mach 8 nozzle for the project’s hypersonic test facility. He was also appointed as adjunct professor at the university’s School of Engineering. Fry has stepped down as chairman of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness after having his final report published nationally, following consultation around Australia. But he continues with tending the homeless through his involvement on the Salvation Army Advisory Board. Fry is on the federal government commit- tee advising on the establishment of a number of technical colleges to overcome Australia’s skills shortage. This is a strong commitment which he intends to pursue. Other recent achievements include receiving the Distinguished Constructor Award and being inducted into the Queensland University of Technology Hall of Fame. Douglas Campbell, 66 Group Managing Director of Telstra Country Wide; Manager of Telstra Technology, based in Albury, NSW Civil engineer Douglas Campbell is the group managing director of Telstra Country Wide. Between August 2002 and October 2003, he combined this role with management responsibility for the Telstra Technology Unit. 38 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 36-44 g - industry 38 6/2/05, 8:38 PM Last year Telstra Country Wide won the Australia Customer Service Institutes National Outstanding Excellence in Customer Service Award. He also won the Australian Customer Service Institutes – Customer Service CEO of the Year. His goals for the future include providing all Australians in rural, regional, remote and outer-metropolitan Australia with improved telecommunication services; and to ensure that these customers benefit as soon as possible from new technology developments. Originally from Canada, Campbell holds a bachelor of engineering (civil) degree from McGill University in Montreal. Outside work, he enjoys “sailing, sailing and sailing”. David Gray, 57 Managing Director of Boeing Australia, Brisbane Dr David Gray is the managing director of Boeing Australia. The wholly-owned subsidiary of the boeing Company specialises in design, installation and support of defence and commercial systems. It employs 1800 people and has a current revenue of $360 million. Gray was raised in Zimbabwe and studied electrical engineering in Britain at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He worked in power electrical engineering and telecommunications in South Africa before migrating to Brisbane in 1984. He was appointed chief executive of GEC Heavy Engineering and then moved to Sydney in 1989 to become general manager of telecommunications company Exicom. After a short time there he was asked to return to GEC and form GEC Marconi (Australia) following the recent worldwide acquisition of Plessey. He was managing director of that company until August 1995, when he was appointed to his current position at Boeing. Last year Gray was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology in recognition of his push to educate a new generation of aerospace engineers. Boeing’s support of education includes co- sponsoring QUT’s Chair in Aerospace Engineering. The company helps tertiary students by providing financial assistance for those studying for degrees and postgraduate qualifications relevant to the aviation industry. Gray is married with three children and enjoys playing golf, tennis and cycling. Albert Goller, 55 Chairman and Managing Director of Siemens Australia & New Zealand, Melbourne Albert Goller, an electrical engineer from Germany, is the chairman and managing Director of Siemens for Australia and New Zealand, which employs 2790 people and has sales of over $1 billion. “The 2004/2005 financial performance of the company will be the best year Siemens has had in its 133 year history in this region,” he said. Goller has a masters degree in information & telecommunications from the University of Paderborn in Germany. He has worked for Siemens for over 30 years, commencing as a sales engineer in 1973 at the company’s Berlin regional office. Outside of work, he supports the Siemens Science Experience youth education program and enjoys activities such as golf, tennis and running. Tony Hyde, 57 Executive Director of Engineering and Design at Holden, Melbourne Tony Hyde has worked in manufacturing all his working life, most of it in Melbourne and most of it with Holden. Hyde believes suc- cess in motor vehicle manufacturing is mainly dependent on quality product and the need to continually improve processes and discipline at every step in the evolution of a motor car. He said one of his greatest achievements was helping to reintroduce the high performance Holden Monaro car a few years ago. The original Holden Monaro, dated to the late 1960s and early 1970s, won fame at the hotly contested Bathurst 1000 production car races. industry