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Top 100 : 2009
COVER STORY – TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS INDUSTRY John Grill, 63 CEO of WorleyParsons, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Sydney metals, infrastructure and power. It currently has 30,000 staff and has operations in 37 countries. Th e interim revenue for th W sixth months to December 2008 was $3.2 billion, up 38% on the same period the year before. John Grill told shareholders earlier this year “that despite some projects and sectors being materially aff ected by the global economic crisis the outlook in other sectors remains positive. “We expect the recently announced contract awards, among the largest in the company’s history, will support earnings in the 2010 fi nancial year and beyond. Currently we expect to report good growth for the 2009 fi nancial year.” Grill started his career with Esso in 1968. In 1971 he helped establish the structural engineering consultancy Wholohan Grill and Partners. In 1987, the consultancy purchased Worley Engineering (Australia) and changed its name to Worley. In 2004 Worley acquired the US power and processing plant consultant Parsons E&C Corporation to become WorleyParsons. orleyParsons is a provider of professional services to the energy, resource and complex p dustries and is divided into four divisions for serving customers: namely hydrocarbons, minerals a James Graham, 61 Managing Director of Gresham Partners, Sydney Chemical engineer, Sydney University Engineers Australia. “We have seen a lot of interest in the Australian mining industry “D largely driven by consolidation of businesses to lower costs and increase market access. In addition, the world’s emphasis upon unlocking new sources of energy has continued in transactions such as BG Group’s acquisition of the coal seam gas business Pure Energy Resources, where Gresham advis ed BG Group. “In our in- vestment fund activities in private equity and property mez- zanine fi nance we have seen the impact of economic head winds.” Graham has been the managing director of Gresham Partners since its establishment in 1985. Graham started his career as a chemical engineer with Dow Chemicals before becoming a merchant banker. 38 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 uring the year Gresham has continued to be an active participant in signifi cant Australian corporate transactions,” Graham told Gordon Jardine, 56 CEO of Powerlink Queensland, Brisbane Mining engineer, University of Queensland G ordon Jardine is the CEO of Powerlink Queensland, a governmentowned corporation that owns, develops, operates and maintains Queensland’s high-voltage electricity transmission network. It has a staff base of more than 900 and annual revenue of more than $600 million. Th e utility has the largest capital works program in the electric- ity transmission sector. In 2007/2008 it invested $676 million in its network, part of a $2.9 billion investment program maturing in 2012/2013. Powerlink’s $4.6 billion network serves 1.8 million customers and extends 1700km from north of Cairns to the NSW border. It includes 102 high voltage substations and more than 12,100 circuit kilometres of high voltage transmission lines. Powerlink also has a 41% share in the consortium which owns the South Australian electricity transmission company ElectraNet. Jardine is also the chair- man of Grid Australia, the organisation which represents the owners of Australia’s electricity transmission networks in the National Electricity Market and Western Australia. Before joining Powerlink, he held senior management positions in the US and Australia with one of Australia’s largest computer soft ware companies, Mincom.