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safer for its participants. He holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Queensland and a masters in engineering science from the University of NSW. He was named 2004 Australian Civil Engineer of the Year by Engineers Australia’s Civil College. His other activities include offshore yacht racing, building up a good Braford cattle stud, and studying the early history of the discovery of Australia and collecting books on that topic. Roger Trundle, 49 Managing Director of Thiess, Brisbane Civil engineer Roger Trundle began his career at Thiess in 1980. He became the company’s managing director in November 2000. At that time the company, a significant component of the Leighton Group, had a turnover of $1.8 billion. Today the company has a turnover of $2.3 billion and employs 8000 people. Trundle and the Thiess management place great store on workplace health and safety, environmental awareness and providing tangible benefits to the communities in which Thiess operates. Trundle is an associate director of Leighton Holdings, a member of the Minerals Council of Australia, and a director of the Australian Constructors Association. Don Voelte, 52 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Woodside, Perth Don Voelte is the first American managing director and chief executive officer of the Woodside Group. Last year the group’s revenue was $2.1 billion at a production of 56.2 million barrels of oil equivalent. Its staff is about 2500. Voelte has nearly 30 years experience in the oil and gas business. He was with Mobil Cor- 44 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 36-44 g - industry 44 6/2/05, 8:44 PM poration for 22 years attaining the position of president of new exploration and producing ventures. He then worked with the Atlantic Richfield Company and Chroma Energy. He sees his main challenges “in leading a domestic Australian energy company into multiple international opportunities; maintaining a sound culture and strong ethics in a rapidly expanding business while providing top quality returns to shareholders.” Voelte holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Nebraska and did postgraduate engineering work at the University of Houston, Texas. His hobbies are skiing, golf, jogging and painting. With his wife Nancy he has a charitable foundation focused on education. They have endowed the “Donald R Voelte and Nancy A Keegan Engineering Chair” and the “Nancy A Keegan and Donald R Voelte Medical Chair” at the University of Nebraska. Peter Tyree, 56 Chairman of the Tyree Group of Industries, Mittagong, NSW The Tyree Group manufactures components used in mains electrical distribution systems, including cables, transformers, magnet wire, and electronics products. Electrical engineer and chairman of the firm Peter Tyree said: “A particular focus of our group is to grow the Australian electricity industry and all that goes with it, including a strong education support. Electricity is so important to Australia. We are among the best in the world in terms of cost and reliability and we need to ensure we maintain our performance by investing wisely in the future. There is, rightly, a major focus on infrastructure in Australia at present, and the electricity or power industry in particular must receive continued action.” Tyree’s turnover is more than $100 million/a. Its total number of employees is about 300. Trevor Worthington, 41 Vice-President for Product Development at Ford Australia, Melbourne Aeronautical en- gineer Trevor Worthington has been vice-president for product development at Ford Australia since 2002. He handles a budget of $170 million and leads a staff of more than 1000. Working in Taiwan and the US were high- lights of his career. He endeavoured to ensure the capabilities of Australian engineers were understood and recognised overseas. One of the most critical qualities needed for his job is understanding the customer, he said. Worthington believes it is essential to establish a close collaboration between all aspects of product development and the rest of the company in order to deliver the optimum outcome for the customer. Ralph Waters, 56 Chief Executive Officer, Fletcher Building, Auckland, New Zealand. Mechanical engineer Ralph Waters has been the CEO of New Zealand-based building materials manufacturer Fletcher Building since 2001. The company has about 14,000 employees. Its current revenue is $5.5 billion. Since 2001 the company’s earnings have grown nearly five times. Waters has fostered an interest in the Australian market. He said the company has a “fair slice” of business in Australia, with 2700 employees and $1 billion turnover. He saw restoring employees’ pride in the company as one of his main achievements. ■ “We are among the best in the world in terms of cost and reliability.” – Peter Tyree industry