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vice levels to clients. “Consulting engineers need to be recognised as providing a level of service equivalent to lawyers or accountants, yet recently published client surveys show this recognition is lagging,” he said. In recent years he has played a significant role in the development of project alliancing, including being the chairman of the acclaimed Port of Brisbane Motorway project. His career with PB spans more than 20 years and includes a decade as PB’s Queensland state manager, during which time the firm grew from 40 to 200 staff. His main interests are global travel and helping his children and grandchildren grow and develop. Des Whybird, 53 Chief Executive Officer of GHD, Brisbane GHD has benefited from the buoyant economic conditions both here and at its overseas offices, experiencing more than 20% growth in the past year. “However, when the demand for services is high, it is most important that longterm clients are supported and we have a strong commitment in this area,” Des Whybird told Engineers Australia. “Our main strength is that GHD is owned by its senior staff and that the firm has a strong culture based on teamwork, respect and integrity.” GHD has more than 50 offices in Austra- lia, the Middle East, Asia, New Zealand and in North and South America. Most of the firm’s growth has taken place in the past decade. While GHD’s head office is in Sydney, it has a devolved management structure and does not require its CEO to be based there. Whybird operates out of the Brisbane office. He is a civil engineering honours graduate from the University of Queensland. Because he travels a lot interstate and overseas he finds running each day keeps him fit and he enjoys the occasional fun run. He is also working on becoming a better golfer. ■ Academia/Research Tim Besley, 78 Chairman of the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Wheat Export Authority, the CRC on Greenhouse Gas Technology and Centec Ltd, based in Sydney Civil engineer Tim Besley, a graduate of the University of New Zealand, has had a long and distinguished career ranging from 17 years on the Snowy Mountains Scheme to chairmanship of the Commonwealth Bank from 1988 until 1999, a period which included its transition to a publicly listed company, and the Leighton Holdings Board (from 1990 to 2001). He also served as Chancellor of Macquarie University from 1994 until 2001. As to his position on the ARC, he believes the council will continue to fund research on a competitive basis. The ARC is responsible for about 10% of publicly funded research expenditure and collaborates closely with other research funding organisations. Outside of work one of his main interests is golf. “It provides me with a challenge, involving both concentration and relaxation,” he said. 48 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 45-48 g - consult academ 48 6/3/05, 3:33 PM Geoff Garrett, 57 Chief Executive Officer of CSIRO, Canberra With a PhD in metallurgy from Cambridge University in the UK, Dr Geoff Garrett had an academic career at universities in South Africa before joining South Africa’s national science agency CSIR. He subsequently became executive vice-president of operations at CSIR, a role which required oversight of research divisions, including aeronautics and manufacturing systems, information technology, trans- port, forestry, food technology and mining. He also managed CSIR’s marketing, business development and commercialisation areas. He came to Australia to head CSIRO in 2001 with a blueprint for change to make the Australian national research organisation more commercially focused. To this end Garrett and his executive developed flagship enterprises, with 15 to 20 year plans, in six areas – preventative health, light metals, food production, energy, water and marine research. Apart from family, his main outside interests are tennis and fishing. Graham Goodwin, 60 Research Director of the Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control; Professor of electrical engineering at Newcastle University. Professor Graham Goodwin is an internationally acclaimed authority on control and signal processing systems. He has written more than 160 international journal papers, more than three dozen plenary addresses, refereed more than 220 conference papers, written more than 100 technical reports to industry and holds five patents to his name. Goodwin is also one of a handful of Aus- tralian engineers on the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) Highly Cited list with between 100 and 150 citations a year for the past decade. In January 2002 he was a recipient of a fed- eral government Federation Fellowship, which has enabled him to devote his energies to his research work. He holds a PhD and a University Medal from the University of NSW. consulting