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Consulting Peter Busbridge, 56 Chief Executive Officer of SMEC Holdings and SMEC Operations, Cooma, NSW A holder of an honours degree in civil engineering from Melbourne University, Peter Busbridge has three decades experience in managing large civil engineering projects. Busbridge partici- pated in the negotiations when SMEC was purchased by its staff from the prior owner, the federal government. As the CEO of the SMEC group of compa- nies, he is responsible for all SMEC business within the Australian states and internationally in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indo China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. The company has more than 1500 staff. Busbridge is an avid follower of Australian Football and enjoys surfing and the beach. Nigel Robinson, 51 Group Chief Executive of Maunsell, Chief Executive of Aecom Australia New Zealand Asia Middle East Group, Brisbane Last year proved one of the most successful for Maunsell. “2004 was a record year with significant growth in revenues, operating profit and sales,” said Nigel Robinson. “During the year we completed the acquisition of Bassett Consulting Engineers, adding 200 staff with leading edge building service skills, taking Maunsell’s staff to 2300. He said the firm closely follows parent company Aecom’s commitment to social involvement. Robinson completed a three year term on the board of RedR Australia in 2004 and Maunsell remains a sponsor of this charity for the engineering community. He said the staff response to the December 2004 Tsunami was very generous and Aecom matched all individual contributions with a corporate donation. Maunsell has also sent two staff to assess tsunami damage at schools in the Maldive islands. Robinson stays fit by working out at a gym- nasium five times a week. He also takes an annual trip with friends to Hawaii windsurfing. He holds an honours degree in civil engi- neering from Leeds University and a diploma in economics and sociology from Imperial College of the University of London. Andrew Buckley, 48 Managing Director of Cardno, Brisbane Mechanical engineer Andrew Buckley has worked in the management, design and construction of engineering projects in Australia, Africa, USA and Asia. For the past decade, he has worked in executive management roles in the engineering and construction sector. “My favourite project was building a gold mine in Ghana in West Africa,” he said. Cardno’s growth, largely steered by Buckley, has been gained through mergers and acquisitions and through public listing. Since assuming his current position in 1997 he has increased the firm’s annual revenue from $14 million to more than $80 million (estimate for 2004/2005) and has helped grow the firm from a staff of 180 people to more than 650. He said the just announced acquisition of ACIL Australia will increase annual revenue to about $150 million and will add to the acquisition late last year of specialist coastal and ocean engineering consultancy Lawson & Treloar (about $6 million annual revenue). Buckley’s favourite recreational sport is sailboarding. Tristram Carfrae 46 Principal and senior structural engineer with Arup, Sydney A world-leading structural engineer with an MA in mechanical sciences from Cambridge University, British born Tristram Carfrae has been based in Sydney since the early 1990s. His particular ability lies in integrating en- gineering and architecture to provide the best holistic solution by producing buildings which consume less resources while maximising the enjoyment of their occupants. Carfrae has been a key player in designing six iconic structures which have all been acclaimed by the Institute of Structural Engineers (UK). His latest major structure has been the Olympic Swimming Centre under construction in Beijing. He was made an Arup Fellow in 2002, the highest award within the firm for design and technical achievement. In 2001 he was named by Engineers Australia as Professional Engineer of the Year. Robert Care, 54 Chief Executive and Chairman of Arup Australasia, Melbourne For more than 30 years Dr Robert Care has worked as a consulting engineer and project manager in the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Korea, Thailand, the US and Australia. Some of the projects he has led have been high profile, including being the project director and leader of the joint Arup/Transportation Technology Centre team, which examined rail infrastructure in Britain following the fatal Hatfield train crash in 2000. His favourite project was the Wandoo B Full Field Development in 1997, an offshore oil field project in Western Australia. “This experience created a step shift in my career and in my personal outlook. This was ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 45 45-48 g - consult academ 45 6/2/05, 8:45 PM consulting