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Robert Logan, 57 Chief Executive Officer of Roche Mining, Brisbane. Roche Mining’s estimated turnover this financial year is $1.4 billion. The company, which is part of Downer EDI, employs about 3000 people. Logan counts among his main achievements being part of a team that has both expanded and diversified Roche Mining from a primarily metaliferous open pit miner in 1997 – with a turnover of about $250 million and 500 employees – to the multidisciplined organisation it is today. He said when he joined Roche Mining it had been in existence (as Roche Bros) for about 70 years and in order to survive it needed to grow. “The main challenge has been to ensure the growth was managed so it could proceed safely and profitably, while maintaining the focus on each individual customer, old and new,” he said. Logan is also interested in seeing a better engagement by the industry with the communities in which it works, particularly the indigenous communities. Logan holds both bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering from the University of Melbourne. Wayne Osborn, 53 Managing Director of Alcoa World Alumina Australia, Perth An electrical engineer, Wayne Osborn has served all his career with Alcoa, joining the company at its Point Henry smelter near Geelong in 1979. He took over his current position in 2001. An important ele- ment of his leadership is changing traditional workplace culture and encouraging women in the workforce. Last year Osborn was one of two engineers out of 10 business leaders praised for their workplace initiatives by the federal government’s Equal Opportunity for 42 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 36-44 g - industry 42 6/2/05, 8:43 PM Women in the Workplace Agency. He believes that encouraging women and cultural diversity enables “greater diversity in innovation and problem solving. “If our engineers were the only people working on problems, the solutions would lie within a narrow focus and would usually be capital intensive. By engaging all of our people, we could find faster, more efficient outcomes and build better jobs,” he said. Osborn has also guided the firm’s support of the arts through encouraging the use of aluminium as a sculptural medium. Douglas Rathbone, 59 Managing Director and CEO of Nufarm, Melbourne Melbourne-based Nufarm manufactures crop protection and industrial chemicals. It employs more than 2500 people and has an annual turnover of about $1.5 billion. Douglas Rathbone, a chemical engineer, joined Nufarm in 1973 and has been instrumental in transforming the company from a $20 million business in 1982, when he became its managing director, to its current position as a top 10 global leader in its field. Outside his business, Rathbone is presi- dent of the Children’s Cancer Centre Foundation at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, of which Nufarm is a key supporter. He also maintains a strong interest in the family wine business. Peter Tomsett, 47 President and Chief Executive Officer, Placer Dome, Vancouver, Canada Placer Dome is the fifth largest gold mining company in the world and operates a total of 17 mines in seven countries. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The company’s revenue last year was about US$1.9 billion. It has about 13,000 employees. Since his appointment last September, Tomsett has made a number of changes to the corporate leadership structure. The changes are intended to improve decision making and ensure business processes are implemented consistently across the company. The changes also emphasise that decisions on growth and finance need to be more centralised. Tomsett joined the Placer Dome Group in 1986 as a mining engineer. Since he became managing director, in January 2001, Placer Dome Asia Pacific has acquired Orion Gold, which essentially doubled the size of its operation in this region. “We have gone from producing about one million ounces to almost two million ounces of gold a year,” he said. Tomsett said one of his career milestones was establishing the Osborne Mine in Queensland, which won a Minex award from the Minerals Council of Australia for excellence in safety performance. Else Shepherd, 62 Chair of Powerlink Queensland, Executive Director of Mosaic Information Technology, Chief Executive Officer of Microwave & Materials Designs, Nonexecutive Director of National Electricity Market Management Company, Brisbane. Else Shepherd is one of only very few women to chair large Australian corporations. She’s had a successful engineering career in the sugar, telecommunications and electricity industries. She has been chair of Powerlink Queensland since 1994. This government-owned corporation operates and maintains the state’s $3 billion, 1700km high-voltage electricity transmission network. As cofounder and an executive director of Mosaic Information Technology, Shepherd has led the company’s development of innovative telecommunications products using digital signal processing. She also founded and led a new company, Microwave & Materials Designs, which develops new microwave products using high temperature superconducting materials. industry