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For her contributions to engineering, edu- cation and the electricity generating industry, she was appointed a Member in the General Division of the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Her main challenge in her job has been the introduction of new technologies. She said in any industry it is always simpler and safer to follow and use tried and true technology and there will be opposition to the concept of trying something radically new. Shepherd holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Queensland. She also has a graduate diploma in music from the Queensland Conservatorium. Music is one of her main activities outside work. A trained pianist and conductor, she has founded and directed Diversions, a Brisbane community choir, for 19 years. Peter Watson, 48 Managing Director, Transfield Services, Sydney Transfied Services’ annual turnover is approaching $1.6 billion. It has more than 10,900 employees. Civil engineer Pe- ter Watson was appointed managing director of the company in June 2002. “The building blocks for the future of Transfield Services have been established on the foundation of providing value-adding services to our existing clients.”, he said. “Since listing on the Australian Stock Exchange three years ago, we have retained over 92% of existing contracts with many clients extending not only the length of contract but also the scope of works.” Under his leadership the company has in- creased its capitalisation fourfold, moving it into the top 150 listed companies on the Australian stock exchange. His main challenge has been preparing the maintenance arm of a construction company, adding some infrastructure assets to it, moulding this into a company and then listing it on the ASX. Watson sits on the Strategic Advisory Panel for the University of Sydney’s project management graduate program. He is a founding sponsor of the Australian Sustainable Research Committee and a member of the Business Alliance Council for “Save the Children Fund”. Chris Roberts, 51 Chief Executive Officer of Cochlear, Director of ResMed, Chairman of Research Australia, Member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Cochlear’s revenue is about $300 million. It employs 950 people. Dr Chris Roberts’contribution to developing the Australian medical device industry over almost 30 years is one of his most satisfying achievements. His main challenge has been operating in relatively complex technical areas across many countries in Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. He holds an honours degree in chemical engineering and a PhD from the University of NSW, and an MBA from Macquarie University. He would like to see health and medical research become a higher national priority for Australia. John Sullivan, 49 Director, International Operations Synergies, Ford Motor Company – Europe, London John Sullivan attained his present position at Ford after occupying several senior posts within the company. The entire Ford group has a revenue of more than US$150 billion and employs about 300,000 people globally. Sullivan has been involved in designing vehicle architectures from “scratch” with integrated “active and passive” safety systems. He said he has maintained the passion to be an engineer first and a manager second. Sullivan holds a bachelor of engineering degree from the Victoria Institute of Colleges and a master of engineering science from the University of Melbourne. His sees continuous learning as very im- portant– keeping abreast of what’s happening in the technical literature and making the time to understand what the competition is doing. He likes reading about engineering before the computer age – Messerschmitt and Spitfire aircraft, old bridge designs, Saturn V Apollo launch vehicles – “all amazing engineering projects by engineers with slide rules”. Bill Wild, 58 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the John Holland Group, Melbourne Bill Wild has been managing John Holland for the past five years. He has led the group from a position of near bankruptcy to being again one of Australia’s leading general contractors and one of the country’s largest construction contractors. He has driven an acquisition program that included small specialist companies – Loram, Quantum and Lucon – as well as the larger Fletcher Projects. In February 2003, John Holland acquired Transfield Construction. The group now has $1.9 billion in annual revenue and employs 1400 staff. Wild is committed to making his industry Robert Logan is interested in seeing a better engagement by the industry with the communities in which it works, particularly the indigenous communities. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 43 36-44 g - industry 43 6/2/05, 8:43 PM industry