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Top 100 : 2010
51 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY Andrew Buckley, 53 Managing Director of Cardno Limited, Brisbane Mechanical engineer, University of Queensland Under Andrew Buck- ley s leadership, professional services company Cardno has continued to pursue its growth strategy in the past year despite facing di cult market condi- tions. Its latest mergers this year were with ITC Group, an Australian based building services consulting engineering rm with around 100 sta , and Australian Underground Services. e July to December 2009 half-year result of nearly $230 mil- lion revenue was down on the previous corresponding six months re ecting the di cult market conditions. However, Buckley noted that "conditions are now improving across most market sectors and this should result in stronger performance going forward. "Projects such as the Interstate I-4 Connector Project in Florida, the Logan Water Alliance in Queensland and an additional In- donesian school reconstruction project are adding to our second half workload," he said. At present the rm has around 3000 sta in some 60 countries. Among his main leadership challenges ahead are "waiting for the recovery to become sustainable, especially in private develop- ment in the US, and getting all the right people in place for the next stage of Cardno s growth". In his leisure he enjoys sail boarding, dinghy sailing, tennis and boating. Robert Care, 59 Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Arup Australasia, Director on the international Arup Group Board, Sydney Civil engineer, University of NSW Dr Robert Care is the leader of Arup Australasia, which is one of the Arup Group s ve geograph employing over 1500 sta . He is also a director on the international Arup Group Board. e global has more than 10,000 sta and revenue of about A$1.5 billion. Care continues to champion diversity and professional development of sta , as well as sustainabili levels of the business. He sees as one of his main leadership tasks the "positioning of the profession and Arup Australasia for the sustainability challenge that is around us, and more importantly ahead of us". Among his leadership achievements he counts "playing a supportive role in the spectacular success of Arup Australasia in the past ve years, closely followed by surviving and learning through my career so that I was ready and enabled to play that role, speci cally developing skills in listening, translating and sense making". Among Arup s largest projects at present in Australia are the Airport Link in Brisbane and the state-wide program management of the Building the Education Revolution in Victoria. Outside Arup, Care is the chairman of RedR Australia, deputy chair of the Australian Construc- tion Industry Forum and an adjunct professor and member of the Industry Advisory Committee at the University of NSW s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was recently appointed to the Dean s Industry Steering Committee of the University of NSW s Faculty of Engineering. In his leisure, he enjoys "entertaining my Bernese mountain dog and driving my 1968 restored MGB". Paul Dougas, 59 Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Sinclair Knight Merz, Melbourne Chemical engineer, University of Melbourne Paul Dougas was appointed chief executive of Sinclair Knight Merz in 1996. Under his leadership the company has grown from a small consulting rm with a focus on Australia to a global multidisciplinary busi- ness operating out of 42 major offices across Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia. e company now has some 6500 people and fee income greater than $1 billion per annum. Among the major projects the company is involved in at pres- ent are an iron ore joint venture between BHP Billiton and Fluor in Western Australia, the Peninsula Link road in Melbourne and a geothermal plant in Kenya. Dougas sees the development of future leaders as one of his leadership challenges. " at is why I remain so passionate about Engineers Australia s Centre for Engineering Leadership and Man- agement." While the company had to make some sta adjustments in response to the economic downturn, Dougas said the company is already experiencing skills shortages again in some areas. " is is particularly acute in the project management space." In 2009 he was appointed an independent director of Connect- East, the owner and operator of Melbourne s EastLink tollway. In his leisure he spends time with family and friends. He enjoys cooking, eating and wine, and keeps t by running and cycling. ic regions s ll company ty at all ty t ll