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Top 100 : 2010
COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Robin Batterham, 69 President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Melbourne Chemical engineer, University of Melbourne. Dr Robin Batterham presides over ATSE, which has around 800 fellows. He said recent highlights for ATSE included an international workshop on future electricity networks in March and the Rising to the Challenge of Climate Change symposium last November. e organisation launched several reports and secured federal government funding to implement its Science and Technology Education Leveraging Rel- evance program in around 200 schools to encourage students to study science and mathematics, he said. Batterham was formerly chief scientist of Australia and president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers UK. Outside of engineering, he is an organist at the Scots Church in Melbourne. Paul Reed, 57 National President, Consult Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia Paul Reed is the national president of Consult Australia, formerly known as the Association of Con- sulting Engineers Australia. e organisation represents the interests of 270 corporate members employing over 45,000 sta . Reed said the change of name and branding better align the organisation with its constitution. He has worked with the organisation s national team to develop a strategic plan for it. Under his leadership, the organisation has begun producing public papers to present its views on major issues facing governments and the community. He is also an inaugural board member of Built Environmental Legal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Consult Australia that delivers legal advice to its member companies. Outside his roles at Consult Australia, Reed is regional director of Parsons Brinckerho in Western Australia. Peter Taylor, 66 Chief Executive, Engineers Australia, Canberra Civil engineer, University of Queensland Peter Taylor has been the chief executive of Engineers Australia since 2004. During that time he has seen a signi cant increase in member- ship, which currently stands at 92,000. Under his watch the organisation this year launched the Make it So campaign to raise awareness of engineering in the wider community. Engineers Australia is also emphasising the contributions of engineers to the running of companies, organisations and communities through its Year of Engineering Leadership. Another major initiative has been the new online recruitment service engteam.com.au, which Taylor o cially launched last month. e Institu- tion is also working on a new Code of Ethics. In his spare time Taylor is a keen photographer. 60 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 Chris Champion, 57 Chief Executive, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Technology Sydney Chris Champion has been the chief executive of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia since 2000. For the past three years he was also president of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering. He stepped down from that position recently. In addition, Champion has been appointed to the steering committee to establish a new executive leadership program at the Australian and New Zealand School of Government. His paper "Global issues in public works and municipal engineering" has earned him the James Hill Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK. e IPWEA has over 2000 members and a wider network of 10,000 professionals from local governments around Australia.