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1991, he took over its chairmanship last November. He is also a member of the Boards of BHP Billiton and Qantas. Schubert is a chemical engineer from Melbourne University. As an engineer he brings “a systematic and logical approach to problem solving” to his current position. His career has spanned the petroleum, mining and building materials industries. He said one of the most significant achievements in his career was the reduction of losttime injuries to zero at Esso Australia during his time as managing director of the company. Among his other activities is his chairman- ship of the Great Barrier Reef Research Foundation. In his spare time he enjoys his family, reading, surfing, swimming and travelling. Campbell Newman, 41 Lord Mayor of Brisbane Campbell Newman was elected lord mayor of Brisbane in March 2004. Brisbane City Council is the largest local council in Australia and at the centre of the fastest growing region in Australia. A civil engineer from the University of New South Wales – part of a course undertaken at the Royal Military College in Canberra – and an MBA from the University of Queensland, Newman spent 13 years in the Australian Army and retired with the rank of major. He then joined Grainco Australia and ran his own consulting firm specialising in bulk commodity logistics. Newman said his previous career and ex- perience were, in hindsight, excellent preparation for his current position. “The army taught me about leadership and people skills, as well as large public sector organisations and dealing with bureaucracy.” In business he gained financial management skills, and as a civil engineer he understands the technical basis of many of the issues and challenges facing Brisbane. His major concern as lord mayor has been to deal with Brisbane’s traffic and transport issues. The little spare time he has he spends with his family. His favourite weekend activity is “getting on a train with the family and head- ing to Brisbane’s bayside suburbs for fresh seafood and a picnic”. Neville Sawyer, 67 President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Newcastle Neville Sawyer was reelected as president of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry earlier this year. In the next 12 months the ACCI will be focusing particularly on workplace relations reform and skills development and training. “The thrill of being ACCI president is that we can achieve things nationally, rather than at a state level, as most of Australia’s workplace legislation comes out of Canberra,” he said. Sawyer is a director of Australian Made Campaign Limited and a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. He is a cofounder and nonexecutive direc- tor of Newcastle-based electrical and electronics products manufacturer Ampcontrol. Sawyer has an electrical engineering cer- tificate (honours grade) from Newcastle Technical College, but he soon focused on management and leadership issues. He collects art – sculpture, pottery, glass- ware – and likes to travel. He has just returned from a tour along the Silk Road. Paul Tyrrell, 60 Chief Executive of the Department of the Chief Minister and Secretary to Cabinet in the Northern Territory, Darwin. Paul Tyrrell has been the chief executive of the Department of the Chief Minister and secretary to Cabinet in the Northern Territory since June 1999. His position entails a combination of the most senior public servant in the Territory, the senior public service adviser to the chief minister, and provision of strategic leadership in major project development in the territory. Tyrrell said his engineering career had been in infrastructure and transport projects and his appointment to his current position was because of this background, as the then chief minister wanted to take a more strategic approach to the Territory’s development including getting the Alice-Darwin railway finally built. Tyrrell recently led the negotiations with a private sector consortium for the Darwin City Waterfront Redevelopment, including a Convention and Exhibition Centre. Following financial close of the $1.1 billion project, construction work started last month. Tyrrell enjoys playing golf, jogging and fishing, but doesn’t spend as much time as he’d like on his power boat. Elizabeth Taylor, 50 Chair of the Board of Professional Engineers in Queensland, Dean of the James Goldston Faculty of Engineering & Physical Systems at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton Professor Elizabeth Taylor has been chairing the Queensland Board of Professional Engineers for more than a year. She is the first woman to hold that position. The seven-mem- ber board, which meets once a month, registers all practising professional engineers in the state. It also assesses complaints against engineers and has the power to initiate investigations and prosecute through the Commercial and Consumer Tribunal and the court system. If a complaint is upheld, it can order sanctions including deregistration and recovery of costs. “We have the necessary legislative backing to monitor the professional behaviour of the state’s registered engineers. I see Queensland possibly as a forerunner of similar national legislation which would have the potential to give schemes such as the National Professional Engineers Register disciplinary powers they currently don’t have,” Taylor said. A civil engineer from the University of New South Wales, Taylor also has a degree in law. She is dean of the James Goldston Faculty of Engineering and Physical Systems at Central Queensland University of Rockhampton. Apart from her job and her parenting role she likes playing cards with friends and tennis. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 55 53-55 g - other 55 6/2/05, 8:53 PM other