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in air pollution and atmospheric dispersion modelling, and pollution control technology. Jones enjoys playing golf and stays fit by running every second day. David Singleton, 55 Chairman of Arup Group’s Global Infrastructure Business, Member of the Group Board, London. David Singleton has a degree in civil engineering from Nottingham University in the UK and, apart from a short period following graduation with the Greater London Council, has been with Arup since 1973. He was appointed to his current global role in April 2004, and is now based in London, with responsibilities extending to America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Currently, his favourite projects are the New York 2nd Avenue Subway, where Arup is in a joint venture as the designer of the first New York subway in many decades; the second phase of the Channel Tunnel Railway which is nearing completion; and Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong. Singleton was chairman of Engineers Australia’s Civil College (1995 to 1998), president of the ACEA from 2000 to 2002, and chairman of the National Engineering Registration Board until last year. Currently he is chair of the Building Sector Board for SAI Global. Geoff Peattie, 59 Vice-President Asia Pacific, KBR Government & Infrastructure, Sydney Being an engineer has provided Geoff Peattie “the platform for a great career”. “I doubt I would have had the opportunity to rise to my current position if I were not an engineer,” he said, adding that he started his working life as an engineering cadet in Newcastle in the late 1960s (he is a “If leaders want people to follow them, they need to create a future that staff can see as worthwhile.” graduate in mechanical engineering from Newcastle University). He said KBR has a good engineering team in Australia and has inherited a solid foundation from its Kinhill heritage. He said KBR is now employing record numbers of graduates to meet future needs and it has been able to attract top graduates, two of whom were recently awarded Fulbright and Monash University scholarships for further overseas study. Outside work, Peattie maximises his time with his family and relaxes by fishing and taking an interest in horse racing. Robert Squire, 58 Chief Executive of Connell Wagner, Director of Mott Connell, Hong Kong and Mott MacDonald UK, Melbourne An honours graduate in mechanical engineering from the University of NSW, Robert Squire leads one of the country’s largest consultancies, now numbering 2300 staff. His major current challenge is handling the consultancy’s large volume of work against a background of skill shortage. Another challenge is the growth of the business offshore, which he sees as critical for Connell Wagner’s future. Squire believes engineers need to do more to convince governments and the broader business community of what they can offer in terms of obtaining better project delivery methods and positive outcomes. Although much of his free time is taken up with immediate and extended family, he names bridge, golf and thoroughbred horse breeding among his interests. He also holds a now inactive commercial pilots licence and likes to occasionally ride his Kawasaki motorcycle on the roads outside Melbourne. Roger Olds, 49 Managing Director of Coffey International, Melbourne Roger Olds has been in consulting engineering for his entire career since graduating as a civil engineer with honours from Monash University in 1978. However, since becoming a state manager in 1989 and taking on larger managing roles in the 1990s following the firm’s public listing and becoming managing director in 1996 has meant that in the past decade he has focused more on being an effective manager and engineering leader. He believes that if leaders want people to follow them, they need to create a future that staff can see as worthwhile. “Successful leaders will set the context for what they expect and how they expect to get there. This does not mean the leaders decide what to do and tell everyone to get on with it; rather they ensure that the vision and values of the company are clearly defined and that employees know what sort of behaviour is acceptable.” Mike Wilke, 57 Managing Director and Chairman of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) Australia, Sydney Civil engineer Mike Wilke believes the most important requirements in consulting today are effective leadership, seeking to understand the future needs of the profession and lifting ser- ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 47 45-48 g - consult academ 47 6/2/05, 8:46 PM – Roger Olds consulting