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Chris Champion, 52 Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA), Sydney; member of the International Affairs Committee of the American Public Works Association Civil engineer Chris Champion wants to continue building up the institute’s national profile and broaden the organisation’s focus from its traditional local government base to a wider public works focus. He is gratified by the recognition the IPWEA is achieving in the industry and the contribution that it is making to public works and local government engineering. In his present role with a nonprofit mem- bership association, his main challenge has been the resources available to take things forward. Dick Kell, 66 President of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), director of Cardno, nonexecutive director of the Environmental Group Limited, Sydney. Dick Kell’s two-year presidency of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) will conclude later this year. Founded in 1913, FIDIC now represents almost 70 member associations from all parts of the world. It is the international voice for most of the world’s practising consulting engineers. Kell was a founding member of McMillan Britton and Kell, which is now part of the Cardno Group. Kell’s international experience started about 20 years ago, when his firm became involved in engineering consulting work in Southeast Asia. He has a bachelor in civil engineering from the University of Sydney. He is a rugby fanatic and keen on horse racing. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 57 56-57 g - assoc 57 6/2/05, 8:54 PM Warren Roberts, 50 National President of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA), Melbourne. Warren Roberts’ appointment as president of IPWEA started in late 2003. IPWEA now has about 2000 members. Roberts is general manager for infrastructure and environment for the City of Stonnington in Melbourne. He holds a civil engineering degree from Swinburne University in Victoria, and has postgraduate qualifications in municipal engineering and business administration. He believes that with busy work schedules one of the greatest challenges today is balancing work and family life. Roberts likes to spend as much time as he can with his wife and four daughters, so he gravitates towards familycompatible pastimes such as camping, fishing, four-wheel drive expeditions, and assisting with basketball team management. Peter Taylor, 61 Chief Executive of Engineers Australia, Canberra Civil engineer Peter Taylor became Engineers Australia’s chief executive in February 2004. With 75,000 members, the organisation is this country’s premier association representing engineers and associated professionals. Taylor said one of his most recent challenges was introducing major change in a relatively short time and ensuring as many people as possible – staff and volunteers – contribute to and are comfortable with the change. Taylor is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon and holds an honours degree in civil engineering from the University of Queensland. He said photography and listening to music compete for his spare time. John Vines, 55 Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA), Melbourne. John Vines is the long-standing CEO of the 42,000 member APESMA organisation. He is also chair of the federal-government-sponsored Innovation and Business Industry Skills Council. One of his main challenges has been fos- tering public recognition of the importance of engineers to corporate and national prosperity. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the development of engineering and scientific skills and for his contribution on a number of government science and technology bodies. Vines holds a diploma in civil engineering (Swinburne), a bachelor of economics (LaTrobe), and a master of business administration (APESMA/LaTrobe). His main outside interests are politics, sport and fishing. ■ One of Tim Griffin’s main goals has been promoting the equitable delivery and training of professional services to regional and rural areas in Queensland. associations