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the first project alliance in Australia and was a resounding success for all parties involved,” he said. As a member of the Core Strategic Group of the Australian Building Codes Board, Care is also a key player in providing the strategic direction for this body for the next decade. Care holds a degree in a civil engineering, a university medal and a PhD from the University of NSW. Paul Dougas, 55 Chief Executive of Sinclair Knight Merz, Melbourne A chemical engineer, Paul Dougas has been leading one of Australia’s largest engineering consulting firms since 1996. This financial year the firm will achieve a turnover of about $500 million and its staff has increased to 4000. The firm has offices across Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Europa and South America. Dougas said a good business leader is “per- ceptive about what clients need and where the market is heading in the medium to long-term future”. “The issues that concern the broader busi- ness community are important to us too. Whatever the accountants and lawyers worry about, we should worry about,” he said. He supports the development of leadership talent, not only within the company but also outside through his chairmanship of the board of Engineers Australia’s Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management. Dougas is a graduate of Melbourne Uni- versity. John Grill, 59 Chief Executive Officer of WorleyParsons, Perth John Grill has been a key figure in the rise of WorleyParsons to become a highly successful Australian publicly-listed engineering and project management services provider in the hydrocarbons, infra- 46 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 45-48 g - consult academ 46 6/2/05, 8:46 PM structure, minerals & metals and power sectors. Previously known as the Worley Group, the company changed the name to WorleyParsons late last year to reflect the valuable energy services business it had acquired from Parsons E&C of the US. In its recent half year report the firm con- firms that in 2004 it increased net profit after tax by 80.5% to $23 million. The Parsons E&C acquisition, worth A$350 million, has also greatly expanded the company’s technical expertise and geographic spread. Grill’s ambitions for WorleyParsons are to “fully integrate the new organisation and to consolidate its position as a global player in the resource and energy markets”. Grill is an honours graduate in civil engi- neering from Sydney University. He also holds a science degree from the same university. To keep fit he maintains regular exercise. His favourite sports are golf and skiing. Harry Poulos, 65 Senior Principal of Coffey Geosciences and Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney Geotechnical engineer Professor Harry Poulos’s international standing was confirmed recently when he was invited to peer review the foundation design of what will be the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai tower in the Persian Gulf. This building is more than 800m tall (about the height of three Melbourne Rialto buildings stacked on top of each other). In another professional area Poulos, as a board member of the International Society of Soil Mechanics, is working with other geotechnical engineers to develop better methods of professional practice. From the mid 1960s he had a distinguished academic career at his alma mater Sydney University. From 1988 until 1992 he split his time be- tween academia and consulting, joining Coffey Partners International. He is still a senior principal of Coffey Geosciences and has maintained his links with Sydney University as an emeritus professor. Outside of his work he is an avid collector of books on many subjects other than engineering; his principal interests are archaeology, ancient history and philosophy. He is also a follower of cricket and soccer. Merv Jones, 58 Managing Director of URS Asia-Pacific, Sydney A chemical engineer from Auckland University, Dr Merv Jones heads up the regional management of San Francisco-based URS Corporation. URS provides planning, design, environmental and construction services to public and private clients worldwide. The firm has about 27,500 employees, of which 1000 are based in the Asia Pacific offices in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China. He has led the firm through the past few years from a predominantly environmental consultancy (based on the predecessor firms of Woodward Clyde and Dames & Moore) into a broader mix of environmental and other engineering services. “This means that URS is now able to com- pete at a regional level with the other large engineering consultancies for major infrastructure projects, as well as maintaining its preeminent position as a provider of environmental services,” he said Jones was appointed to his present posi- tion in 2000 having managed the New Zealand operations of URS since 1996. He is an expert John Grill’s ambitions for WorleyParsons are to “fully integrate the new organisation and to consolidate its position as a global player in the resource and energy markets”. consulting