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Top 100 : 2009
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS – COVER STORY David Stewart, 56 Managing director, John Holland Group, Melbourne Civil engineer, Sydney University D avid Stewart has been the managing direc- tor of the John Holland Group since 2006. The company employs almost 6000 people, primarily in Australia. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the national business by working with the executive teams and general managers in each business unit. Th is month, aft er nine years in John Holland, Stewart will take up a new position in Leighton Holdings as its second chief operating offi cer, based in Sydney. Stewart worked on projects for the fi rst 18 years of his career which he said provided a signifi cant and valuable insight into the industry, the challenges and how to fi nd and implement the solutions to most issues. “My view is that involvement in construction is an educational experience that will serve one well for the future. An understanding of issues from direct experience has been fundamental to being successful in my current role,” he said. To relax aft er work, he enjoys sailing and travel. Ross Taylor, 46 Managing Director and Chief Executive Offi cer, Tenix Group, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Queensland oss Taylor commenced his role as CEO of the Tenix Group in April. Before that, he was chief operating offi cer at Lend Lease. R The group oper- ates the Tenix Alliance which focuses on design construction services; Tenix Solutions which is a traffic, parking and public safety services company; and Tenix LADs which provides contract airborne lidar hydrographic survey services using the laser airborne depth sounder (LADS) airborne bathymetric lidar system. Th e group has just come through a year of change and re-focus aft er the sale of its defence business Tenix Defence to BAE Systems in June 2008. A civil engineer with a fi rst class honours degree, Taylor spent his career in real estate, construction and engineering. An advocate of sustainable business practices, he has had experience running compa- nies in funds management, property development, construction and project management, facilities management and maintenance. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 47 David Stewart, 49 Managing Director, Goulburn-Murray Rural Water Corporation, Tatura Civil engineer, University of Melbourne D avid Stewart has been the managing director of the Goulburn-Murray Rural Water Cor- poration since February 2008. He is in charge of 670 staff and a civil infrastructure base that had a 2007/08 turnover of around $160 million. Based in Tatura in Victoria, the organisation is responsible for about 70% of the state’s water resources, covering an area of about 68,000km2 Stewart is chair of the Australian National . Committee on large Dams and Australia’s representative on the International Commission on Large Dams Committee on Dam Safety. Don Voelte, 55 Managing Director and CEO Woodside Petroleum, Perth Civil engineer, University of Nebraksa, US D on Voelte has been with Woodside since 2004. Last year, the company had its fourth consecutive year of record production with a total revenue of more than $6 billion. Th e company employs more than 30000 staff . Last year, the company saw five of its assets achieve production. These were the North West Shelf ’s Angel platform and fifth train, and three oil projects – one off the coast of Exmouth in northwest Western Australia and two in the Gulf of Mexico.