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VER ST UENTIAL ENGINEERS ASSOCIATIONS Dario Tomat, 57 National President, Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia, Hobart Mechanical engineer, University of Tasmania D ario Tomat is the national president of the Association of Professional Engi- neers, Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA) which has 25,000 members. Th is year, Tomat will be involved with APESMA’s preparation of a new national strategic plan. “We are working closely with our member groups in reinforcing the values of the profession and looking to develop strategic partnerships with our members’ employers,” he said. Th e organisation is also continuing to build on national and international relationships. APESMA has developed an enhanced scholarship system for members wanting to enrol in its management education program through Chifl ey Business School. Tomat said a key achievement in the past Peter Taylor, 65 Chief Executive, Engineers Australia, Canberra Civil engineer, University of Queensland 88,670 professional engineers, technologists, associates and students. A current focus for the organisation is P producing a new strategic plan for the next fi ve years. According to Taylor, one of the Institution’s recent challenges has been trying to keep up with the volatility of employment, skills shortages and engineering activity following the economic downturn. “Fortunately, just as Australia is in a strong position relative to many other developed economies, so is engineering relative to other professions,” he said. For his last holiday, he went to Malua Bay on the NSW south coast and Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. In his spare time, Taylor is a keen pho- tographer. “I started with 35mm fi lm, then went to advanced photo system (APS) fi lm, full-frame compact cameras and fi lm SLRs. I now shoot using a digital SLR camera. “Never one to dabble in chemical dark- rooms, I enjoy the challenges and the facility off ered by the latest digital ‘darkroom’ soft - ware,” he said. eter Taylor is the chief executive of Engineers Australia, the representative body for year was the successful transition from John Vines to Chris Walton as the organisation’s new CEO. Paul Reed, 56 National President, Association of Consulting Engineers Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia Australia (ACEA). Th e organisation represents the interests of 270 corporate members employing over 45,000 staff . According to Reed, a challenge for the P organisation in the tough market conditions is remaining relevant to its members. Th is year, the ACEA will focus on devel- oping an improved framework for delivering projects with minimum potential for contractual disputes. In the past year, the organisation has con- tributed to changes to proposed legislation, regulations and processes in areas such as occupational health and safety, immigration and education. Th e organisation also facilitated the negotiation and publication of AS 4904 Consultants Agreement – Design and Construct. As for the outlook for the profession, he said: “Th ere is strong evidence to show that engineers are attractive to a wide range of industries and this is related to our ability to identify and solve complex problems, technical and otherwise.” Outside of work, he enjoys gardening, reading, spending time with his familiy and grandchildren and watching sport. 64 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 aul Reed is the national president of the Association of Consulting Engineers Last year, Tomat represented APESMA at a seminar called “Representing professionals” at Harvard Law School. He also presented a paper on biomass as an energy source at the Future Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. To relax away from work, he took a hik- ing trip in New Zealand with a group of friends last year.