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Top 100 : 2010
39 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY John Gaskell, 63 President and Managing Director, ABB Australia, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of Salford, UK As president and managing director of ABB Australia, John Gaskell is responsible for 1750 sta . According to Gaskell, ABB realised a number of signi cant achievements during 2009 with the inauguration of its new production facility in Malaga, north of Perth in Western Australia. e new plant enhances the company s local transformer manufacturing network and will support the power and distribution needs of utility and industry customers in the region. Another highlight was the opening of the ABB Technology Centre at the University of Sydney which Gaskell said "marks a major step forward in an Australian- rst project to close the gap between academia and industry". e centre integrates many professional functions to facilitate learning, industry training and continuous interaction between students, academia and industry. Gaskell is well-travelled, having worked in the UK, US, Iran, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Switzerland and Iraq. In his spare time hel enjoys sailing, gardening and Australian food and wine. Peter Goode, 52 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transfield Services, Sydney Petroleum engineer, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland Peter Goode was appointed managing director and chief executive o cer of Trans eld Ser- vices in April last year. e company delivers essential services and manages infrastructure globally. Trans eld Services has 29,000 employees working in Australia, New Zealand, the US, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, New Caledonia, Southeast Asia, India, Chile and Canada. Work-in-hand is $11.1 billion and revenue, including joint ventures, is $4.32 billion. Goode said: "As a services company, our priorities are always to improve safety, drive re- sponsibility and accountability, and grow our business by getting closer to our customers, our markets and our communities." Goode has a strong track record of successful leadership in outsourced services globally. He has worked in companies such as international oil services company Vetco and global energy and information services company Schlumberger. While at Schlumberger, he published more than 30 technical papers and was awarded four patents, including for the Modular Dynamics Tester (MDT), which became the highest revenue earning product in Schlumberger s history. e MDT replaced expensive surface testing and uid sampling, which could cost up to 10 times more than the new process. Goode grew up in a farming community in the hills surrounding Adelaide, South Australia. Keith Davies, 52 Chief Executive Officer, WaterSecure, Brisbane Electrical engineer, University of Wales (UK) Since taking the helm at WaterSecure at its inception in 2007, Keith Davies has led the organisation through the construction challenges associated with building two world-class water schemes and into the operations phase of the business. rough the Gold Coast Desalination Plant (the rst large scale desalina- tion plant on Australia s eastern seaboard) and the Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme (the largest puri ed water scheme in the southern hemisphere) WaterSecure is delivering increased water security for southeast Queensland. "We ve now supplied more than 60GL of water to the South East Queensland Water Grid and powerstations; reducing demand on dams, improving the taste and odour of water and ensuring the long-term supply of water for the region," Davies said. "Our assets are an integral part of the grid which provides southeast Queensland residents with climate dependent and climate resilient water sources." Now in operations phase, WaterSecure s focus is on optimising the performance of its assets through remaining up-to-date with advances in technology and materials. "As an organisation, we look forward to assisting in the further implementation of a 50-year water strategy in southeast Queensland, and the engineering challenges and opportunities that will arise with new infrastructure and projects," Davies told Engineers Australia.