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Top 100 : 2010
40 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Grant Every-Burns, 58 Managing Director and CEO, Macquarie Generation, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of NSW Grant Every-Burns was appointed managing director and CEO of Macquarie Generation in 1996 and reappointed for another three-year term in 2008 ending in August 2011. Macquarie Generation is a state-owned corporation with its core business being the production and wholesale of electricity to the national electricity market. It owns and operates the Liddell and Bayswater powerstations in the upper Hunter Valley, NSW. It is responsible for producing about 15% of the electricity for people in eastern Australia, making it Australia s largest electricity generator. It employs about 600 people, most of whom work in its two Hunter Valley powerstations and live locally. Its 12-month revenue for the period ending 30 June 2009 was $1.2 billion, an increase of 5.4% on the previous period. It also achieved a lost time injury record of zero, a rst for the corporation. Gordon Jardine, 57 CEO of Powerlink Queensland, Brisbane Mining engineer, University of Queensland "The resurgence of strong growth in the resources sector, and ongoing population growth are driving a major capital investment program, including Queensland s rst 500kV network, which provides wonderful challenges and opportunities for our engineering and technical people," Gordon Jardine said. He is the CEO of Powerlink Queensland -- a government-owned corporation that owns, develops, operates and maintains Queensland s high-voltage electricity transmission network. e company s $5.2 billion network extends 1700km from north of Cairns to the NSW border and features 13,106 circuit kilometres of transmission lines. It has a sta base of more than 1000 and during last nancial year had annual revenue of $682 million and net pro t a er tax of $121 million. e corporation completed construction of more than 500km of transmission lines last nancial year, as part of its ve-year, $2.9 billion capital program -- the largest in Australia s electricity transmission sector. Over this past year, $1.6 billion in capital projects have been approved and commenced. Powerlink also has a 41% share in the consortium which owns the South Australian electricity transmission company ElectraNet. Jardine is the chair of Grid Australia, the organisation which represents the owners of Australia s electricity transmission networks, and is deputy chair of the South East Queensland Water Grid Manager. James Graham, 62 Managing Director of Gresham Partners, Sydney Chemical engineer, Sydney University James Graham started his career as a chemical engineer with Dow Chemicals before becoming a merchant banker in 1972. He has been the managing director of the Gresham Partners group since its establishment in 1985 and is also a director of Wesfarmers. Gresham Partners is an Australian-owned investment house which provides corporate advisory ser- vices and manages a range of alternative asset funds focusing on private equity and property investment. "During the year, Gresham strengthened its reputation as a leading independent advisor to both Austra- lian and international corporations," Graham told Engineers Australia. "We have been an active participant in a number of signi cant domestic and cross border transactions, especially in the Australian minerals industry where we have been heavily involved in signi cant transactions in the iron ore and coal seam gas sectors. "Our property investment funds business has continued to perform strongly, establishing itself as a leading nancier to property developments around the country. is business is poised for further growth following the successful launch of our fourth fund in June." Last year, Graham retired as chairman of Rabobank Australia. In 2008 he was appointed a member of the Order of Australia.