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erans Mental Health Forum which was set up last year and has met twice so far. It examines current provisions and makes recommendations to government. A civil engineer from Sydney University, Crews had a distinguished career in the Australian Defence Force from which he retired as major general in 2000. Between 2000 and 2003 he was Engineers Australia’s assistant chief executive. For relaxation Crews likes reading and walking. Frank Sartor, 54 NSW Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer), and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts, Sydney A chemical engineer from the University of Sydney, Frank Sartor reconnected with his engineering roots only last year at the annual dinner of the university’s Chemical Engineering Foundation. As the NSW minister for energy and utilities he has since spoken at a number of engineering functions and used his engineering background in discussions about the pressing issues of water and electricity supply in the state. He also holds an honours degree in com- merce. Sartor was elected to the NSW Parliament in 2003, following more than 10 years as Sydney’s lord mayor including his key role in hosting the 2000 Olympics. Peter Miller, 82 Columnist for Engineers Australia magazine on professional liability, Sydney Dr Peter Miller is probably the most widely known commentator on professional liability in engineering in Australia. His first column on the issue was published in the 26 June 1987 issue of Engi- 54 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 53-55 g - other 54 6/2/05, 8:52 PM neers Australia, and he has written his column for every issue of the magazine ever since, no matter whether he was at home or travelling overseas. A civil engineer from Sydney University, Miller was a cofounder of consulting firm Miller Milston & Ferris and was a principal of the firm from 1957 to 1987. He was president of several associations, including the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia and culminating in the presidency of the International Federation of Consulting Engineering Associations (FIDIC) from 1983 to 1985. He said liability had become a serious is- sue in common law countries during his FIDIC presidency, and he became chair of Engineers Australia’s Standing Committee on Legal Liability and Professional Indemnity in 1986. “We succeeded in escalating the issues to the Australian Council of Professions in the mid 1990s and the collective effort has led to the formation of Professional Standards Councils in most states. Apart from his continuing involvement in the liability debate, Miller likes reading, writing, woodworking, french polishing and home maintenance. John Mulcahy, 55 Chief Executive Officer, Suncorp Group, Brisbane Dr John Mulcahy joined Suncorp as chief executive officer and managing director in January 2003. He is seen as one of the most widely experienced management executives in financial services in Australia. Queensland’s biggest company and one of the nation’s 20 largest listed corporations, Suncorp offers banking, insurance and investment services to its 3.8 million customers. Mulcahy joined Suncorp from the Com- monwealth Bank and, prior to that, Lend Lease. Originally from Sydney, Mulcahy gradu- ated in civil engineering at the University of Sydney in 1974 and obtained a PhD in 1981. He said moving from engineering into financial services was “a logical progression” in his career. “It wasn’t necessarily a desire to get out of engineering that motivated me, but rather the chance to become a leader.” He said one of his main achievements as Suncorp CEO has been the $1.4 billion acquisition and integration of GIO. What does he do to relax? “I have a young family, and enjoy playing golf, running and cycling in my spare time.” John Sanderson, 64 Governor of Western Australia, Perth Lieutenant General John Sanderson has served as the 29th Governor of Western Australia since 2000. A civil engineer from the Royal Military College Duntroon and RMIT, Sanderson retired from the Australian Defence Force as Chief of the Australian Army in 1998. His distinguished military career, which started with construction and training appointments, included his secondment to the secretary general of the United Nations in 1991 to complete planning for the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia, and then his leadership of 16,000 troops from 34 countries securing Cambodia in 1992-93. For his service in Cambodia he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia. Sanderson has maintained his connection with engineering. He is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia and has been guest of honour at several engineering functions organised by the Western Australia Division of Engineers Australia He enjoys music, theatre and the visual arts, as well as reading, cycling and golf. John Schubert, 62 Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sydney Dr John Schubert is the latest in a line of engineers who have been chairmen of major Australian banks over the years. A member of the Commonwealth Bank board since other