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Top 100 : 2010
55 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY Geoff Brown, 52 Deputy Chief, Royal Australian Air Force, Canberra Mechanical engineer, Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (now University of Southern Queensland) Air Vice-Marshal Geo Brown has a broad range of responsibilities in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), including managing nances and resources, future workforce structure and design, international engagement, and liaison with ministers and parliament. He said there are 670 people in the RAAF headquarters report- ing chain. In total, there are around 14,500 permanent personnel in the air force. His recent highlights include progress in the Air Force Improvement Program, the introduction of the Super Hornet aircra and the beginning of Heron Unmanned Aerial System operations in Afghanistan. Brown joined the RAAF as a pilot soon a er graduating. He has own more than 5000 hours on a variety of types, from Chinooks and Macchis to F/A-18 Hornets and F-111s. "While I have not been a practising engi- neer in the RAAF, the engineering quali cation was excellent preparation for a wide range of command and operational appointments," he said. "In the little free time I have, I still enjoy gliding and regularly compete in the Australian national championships." Robert Leece, 63 Infrastructure Coordinator-General, NSW Government, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Sydney As infrastructure coordinator-general, Leece chairs the NSW Nation Building and Jobs Plan Taskforce, which is responsible for planning and overseeing the education and social housing programs in the state and coordinating economic stimulus plan projects. e total value of projects exceeds $7 billion. Leece said that since the taskforce was established last year works valued at $800 million have been delivered with another $4.2 billion of projects under construction and $1.8 billion approved. As chairman of the Health Infrastructure Board, he oversees NSW Department of Health s capital works program. Leece is chairman of waste management company EWT, min- ing exploration company Goldsearch and the building committee of the Sydney Opera House Trust. In the lead-up to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Leece was deputy director-general of the Olympic Coordination Authority. He has also served as chair of the international procurement expert panel that assessed Sydney s North West Metro project, director of the Transport Infrastructure Development Corpora- tion and Sydney Olympic Park Authority. In addition, he chaired emergency recovery taskforces set up to repair damage caused by hailstorms in Sydney in 2008 and 1999. In addition to his bachelor degree, Leece holds a master of engineering science from the University of NSW and an MBA from Macquarie University. Colin Jensen, 45 Coordinator-General and Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, Queensland Government, Brisbane Civil engineer, Queensland University of Technology Colin Jensen manages major developments, infrastructure planning, urban growth and land use in Queensland. As coordinator-general, he is currently assessing 38 projects worth nearly $120 billion. As director-general, he is overseeing the state s $124 billion infrastructure program, including the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program 2009-2031. Jensen has also been involved in the implementation of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. He is the government champion for the indigenous community of Aurukun 900km northwest of Cairns. His job is to overcome administrative barriers to e ective government services for the community s 1200 residents.