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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 37 TOP 100 COVER STORY John Fullerton, 57 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australian Rail Track Corporation Electrical engineer, University of SA On his first day as chief executive officer at Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in February, John Fullerton said: "There is still uncertainty in the market place as to rail s capability to deliver as a transport solution. This must change." Fullerton came to ARTC after six years at the helm of Asia Pacific Transport s Freightlink. "An important priority for me is to convince customers to switch to rail as there are potentially significant cost benefits available for them," he said. Through the next year ARTC will continue to revitalise rail corridors, particularly focusing on the routes between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. ARTC is also currently working on its billion dollar upgrade of coal lines in the Hunter Valley to ensure that the rail link between the coal basins and the Port of Newcastle stays ahead of increasing market demand. It is also working on $840 million of capacity improvement works north of Sydney that "will be sufficient to cope with the demands over the next decade," Fullerton said. "However, beyond that we need to be looking at s eparation of freight and passenger services wherever possible between Sydney and Newcastle." Peter Goode, 53 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Transfield Services, Sydney Petroleum engineer, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland Keen to take full advan- tage of what he sees are abundant opportunities in the expanding re- sources sector, manag- ing director and chief executive officer Peter Goode explained that Transfield Services is an Australian-based service company with a signifi- cant presence in the oil and gas market. Goode said that with the acquisition of Queensland drilling company Easternwell in December 2010 the company continues to execute its strategic objective to be more involved at the front end of major resource projects. "We are now Australia s leading oil and gas service provider and are pursuing higher margin, higher value-add contracts in this key growth sector," he said. The company now has more than 28,500 employees spread across Australia, New Zealand, the US, the United Arab Emir- ates, Qatar, New Caledonia, Southeast Asia, India, Chile and Canada. The company provides operations, maintenance, and asset and project management services across diverse industries. Focused on broadening the skills of the company to provide tailored asset services, Goode said: "By taking a smarter, more sophisticated approach, Transfield Services will become a trusted advisor as well as a supplier of labour." James Graham, 63 Group Chief Executive of Gresham Partners, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of Sydney James Graham is co-founder and group chief executive of Gresham Partners, an Australian-owned independent investment house which provides corporate advisory services and manages a range of alterna- tive asset funds focusing on private equity and property investment. In its 25th anniversary year two highlights were its role as adviser to Lend Lease on its acquisition of Valemus from Bilfinger Berger for $1.06 billion, which was finalised in February, and the demerger of Foster s Groups beer and wine businesses. During the year Gresham Partners was also able to attract Graham s son Charles, also an engineering graduate, from being a Goldman Sachs managing director in New York back to Sydney to become a managing director of the Gresham s corporate advisory business. In 2008, Graham was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. Industry