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Top 100 : 2009
COVER STORY – TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS CONSULTING R STORY – TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS CONSULTING Paul Paul Dougas, 58 Chief Executive of SKM, Melbourne Chemical engineer, University of Melbourne P aul Dougas has been leading Sinclair Knig executive since 1996. During this time, the co has grown into one of the world’s largest and most successful engineering consultancies. Its revenue exceeded $1 billion last year and the number of employees stands at some 6700. Overall the company is weathering the economic downturn “reasonably well, with revenue still growing this fi nancial year by more than 10% organically”, Dougas said. Th e buildings, property and industrial sectors have been hardest hit, particularly in the UK. Dougas holds a degree in chemical en- gineering from Melbourne University and a master of engineering Andrew Buckley, 52 Managing Director of Cardno, Brisbane Mechanical engineer, University of Queensland A ndrew Buckley was appointed managing director of Cardno in 1997. Under his leadership the group has grown from $14 million turnover in 1997 to $399 million in the 2007/08 fi nancial year, and from less than 200 employees to about 3100 operating in more than 60 countries. For the fi rst half of the current fi nancial year the company reported further growth in revenue to more than $260 million, which means the full-year revenue is on track to exceed $500 million this year, even though growth has slowed in the past few months. “Cardno is weathering the economic downturn well due to the diversity of the business both geographically and across market sectors,” Buckley said. “International development assistance work is progressing well, as is public sector infrastructure globally. Private sector infrastructure and development markets are tougher, although there are some signs of improvements now coming through.” Its acquisitions this fi nancial year have in- cluded a major international expansion with the purchase of Cardno TBE, a US-based 450-person infrastructure services fi rm. In his leisure Buckley enjoys sail boarding, dinghy sailing, squash and boating. science from the University of NSW. He also completed Harvard University’s Owner/ President Management Program at its Graduate School of Business Administration. In his leisure he spends time with family and friends. He enjoys cooking, eating and wine, and keeps fi t by running and cycling. Robert Care, 58 Chair and Chief Executive Offi cer of Arup Australasia, Sydney Director of the international Arup Group Board Civil engineer, University of NSW D r Robert Care has led Arup Australasia for the past fi ve years, during which time the company’s revenue has quadrupled and the number of employees more than doubled to some 1400. In line with Arup’s international practice the growth has been entirely organic. Care is also one of 11 directors on the Arup Group board running the international organi- sation which now has more than 10,000 staff worldwide and turnover of some $1.5 billion. In Australia, Care has been championing the professional development of staff and greater diversity of gender, ages, culture and social background. He has also introduced the principles of sustainability in all levels of the business. As for the current economic down- turn, he said: “Our numbers are holding up pretty well and the crisis and its consequences have focused our minds and efforts in addressing our clients’ needs and their business challenges. Our view is that out of adversity springs opportunity.” Outside Arup, Care is the chairman of RedR Australia, the deputy chair of the Australian Construction Industry Forum and an adjunct professor and member of the Industry Advisory Committee at the University of New South Wales’ School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In his leisure, Care enjoys “enter- taining my Bernese mountain dog and driving my 1968 restored MGB”. 48 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009