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Associations Tony Barry, 51 National President of the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA), Director of Connell Wagner and NSW regional manager, Sydney Tony Barry feels a sense of fulfillment in his career. “Our staff across the group are outstanding and I am privileged to be one of their leaders,” he said. Connell Wagner’s turnover for 2004/05 is expected to be about $275 million. Total staff is 2700 in Australia, New Zealand and SE-Asia. The company also has 350 additional staff in partly owned operations in Hong Kong and the UK. Barry has represented the interests of con- sulting engineers for many years and said it was an honour to have been asked to be ACEA national president. He holds both a science and an honours degree in civil engineering and a masters of engineering science from Sydney University. He plays tennis and golf, and loves fishing, renovating and landscaping. He has been involved in the Catholic Church and served on the Catholic Education Commission. Mike Fordyce, 65 President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, UK; principal engineer building structures, Kellogg Brown & Root, Brisbane. Mike Fordyce is president of the Institution of Structural Engineers for the current term 2004/05, which runs until 30 September. The Institution of Structural Engineers is an international organisation headquartered in London. About 33% of its members live outside the UK in 108 countries. 56 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 56-57 g - assoc 56 6/2/05, 8:54 PM Fordyce is the first president of the Insti- tution from outside the UK. “In carrying out this role I am spending 50% of my time away from Brisbane, much of it in the UK, but with significant periods visiting our members around the world in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Romania, Canada and the US,” he said. He holds an honours degree in civil engi- neering from Edinburgh University, a diploma in concrete technology from Leeds University, and a master in soil mechanics and foundation engineering from Glasgow University. Family has always been important to Fordyce. “We have grandchildren (in the UK, Japan and Brisbane) – thus we enjoy travelling.” He enjoys playing lawn bowls and looking after the semibushland where he lives just outside Brisbane. Andrew Downing, 58 President of Engineers Australia, Dean and foundation professor of engineering at Flinders University in Adelaide Professor Andrew Downing presides over the professional body covering all engineering disciplines in Australia, with a membership of 75,000. Following his graduation from Adelaide University in biomedical engineering, Downing worked with the communications branch of ETSA in Adelaide. He then joined the University of Adelaide as a lecturer in 1972. He moved to Flinders in 1992. During 1979-80 he was a visiting research fellow at the University of Southampton in the UK. In 1985 he was visiting professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. Outside his career he is involved in volun- tary community work through his membership on the board of Novita Children’s Services and his association with Seniors-OnLine (SOL), which he cofounded in 1994. Downing and his wife Sue share a love of singing. They are active members of the Tutti Ensemble, a music theatre group with a membership of about 150, half of whom identify with a disability. Tim Griffin, 36 National President of APESMA, manager (planning and infrastructure) for central Queensland, Queensland Department of Transport, Rockhampton Tim Griffin is the first leader of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia to come from a regional area. Based in Rock- hampton, he works at the Queensland Department of Transport as its planning and infrastructure manager for central Queensland. Apart from his advocacy for APESMA’s 42,000 members, he is particulary interested in promoting the social and economic benefits of engineering to the community and students. One of his main goals has been promoting the equitable delivery and training of professional services to regional and rural areas in Queensland. He holds a degree in civil engineering and an MBA, both from Central Queensland University, and a company directors diploma. His other activities include community representation on the Capricornia Advisory Electricity Council and volunteering at his daughter’s Catholic school. He is also president of Rockhampton’s Cressy tennis club. Mike Fordyce is the first president of the Institution of Structural Engineers from outside the UK.