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Other James Graham, 57 Managing Director of Gresham Partners, Sydney James Graham has been managing director of the Gresham Partners Group since its establishment in 1985. Gresham is an Australian owned investment bank focusing on corporate and financial advice to major Australian organisations, private equity investment and property funding. The bank operates across most industry sectors and the total committed funds under its management are more than $750 million. A chemical engineer from the University of Sydney, Graham started his career with Dow Chemicals. Following a master of business administration from the University of NSW he went into merchant banking. Graham believes that “the insights of tech- nical, market and operational risks learnt from chemical engineering have been a material contributor to my approach in business generally, together with an appreciation for the human dynamics, so well experienced on chemical plant operations.” Outside Gresham, he has been chairman of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Neuromuscular Research since 2000. In his spare time he enjoys golf and vet- eran cars. Michael Dureau, 64 Chairman of RedR International and RedR Australia, Sydney Prof Michael Dureau, a chemical engineer from Sydney University, took over the chairmanship of RedR International, based in Brussels, last December for a term of two years. He also continues to lead RedR Australia. RedR stands for Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief. In recent months the organisation has been working hard to help meet the sudden massive demands for assistance following the tsunami last Boxing Day. The first relief workers deployed by RedR Australia were on the ground in Aceh within days of the disaster, and a total of 40 have since been on assignment in the region. An adjunct professor at Sydney University’s Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, Dureau is also its executive director. He retired as managing director from Alstom Power in 2003. His experience and interest in power engineering led him to instigate the establishment of the Australian Power Institute following an Engineers Australia report on the shortage of power engineers. In his leisure time he follows rugby union, reads and walks. Lately he has been enjoying his new grand-daughter. De-Anne Kelly, 51 Federal Minister for Veterans’Affairs, Canberra De-Anne Kelly’s career has been unusual in several respects. She is not only one of the still small number of female engineers in this country, but also a federal minister which is even rarer for female engineers. Born in Rockhampton, Kelly studied elec- trical engineering at the University of Queensland. After graduation she worked as a sales engineer for four years, but then moved into agriculture as a cattle producer and cane farmer. She was first elected to the House of Rep- resentatives for Dawson, Queensland, in 1996. She said her engineering qualification was useful in her preselection as people saw it as evidence of her commitment to study. She has been reelected in each subsequent federal election and was appointed minister for veterans’ affairs last November, after serving as parliamentary secretary to the minister for transport and regional services and the minister for trade. She believes engineers have a role to play outside their profession. “There is a need for engineers to enter public debate and take a leadership role on issues like development and sustainability.” Kelly sees as her greatest achievement her 17-year-old son. She also feels “privileged to be part of the Howard-Anderson government”. David Hawker, 56 Speaker of the House of Representatives, Federal Parliament, Canberra David Hawker is one of the very few Australian federal politicians with an engineering degree. He graduated from Melbourne University in mechanical engineering. The member for the Victorian electorate of Wannon, he was elected speaker of the House of Representatives in the federal Parliament in Canberra last November. While he only made use of his engineering qualifications for a short time at the Altona Refinery, he never lost sight of his passion for the profession during his time on the land (he was a farmer and grazier before entering federal politics) or in the political arena. He is particularly sympathetic to engineering issues including infrastructure and sustainability and served as the shadow minister for land and transport from 1990 to 1993. In an interview with Engineers Australia magazine in 1999, he already supported the Institution’s call for a National Infrastructure Advisory Council and challenged the engineering profession to take a leadership role in sustainability issues. Bill Crews, 60 President of the Returned & Services League of Australia, Canberra Bill Crews is now in his second year as the national president of the RSL, which represents a membership of about 200,000. A major thrust of his work during the past 12 months has been in the area of veterans’ health. He is chairman of the National Vet- ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 53 53-55 g - other 53 6/2/05, 8:52 PM other