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Top 100 : 2011
38 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 Craig Laslett, 50 Managing Director, Leighton Contractors, Sydney Civil engineer, University of South Australia Having started as a graduate engineer with Leighton Contractors in 1983, Craig Laslett is now its managing director, having been appointed in September last year. He leads a diverse company of more than 12,000 employees delivering hundreds of projects across Australia, New Zealand and beyond in the construction, resources, telecommunications, industrial, energy and facilities management sectors. The company currently has over $12.3 billion of work in hand. Last December the company was select- ed to deliver the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a consortium with Hansen Yuncken, Macquarie Capital Group and Spotless. At the time Laslett said: "This project is a great opportunity to demonstrate our skills and capability within the healthcare sector, which is a significant growth area for the company." John Grill, 65 CEO of WorleyParsons, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Sydney WorleyParsons chief executive John Grill has seen the company grow to a global enterprise with 137 offices in 41 countries, employing nearly 33,000 people. In the 2010 financial year the company recorded an aggregated revenue just shy of $5 billion. Grill also cited potential for further growth in areas like Africa, where the company acquired South African company KV3 last year: "The developing world continues to provide most of the major project opportunities we are undertaking." David Saxelby, 58 Managing Director, Thiess, Brisbane Civil engineer, University of Sydney David Saxelby is the managing director of Thiess, one of Australia s major construction, mining and services contractors. The company currently has $22.6 billion of work in hand, more than 17,000 employees and diverse operations in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India and the United Arab Emirates. It achieved $6.8 billion in revenue last financial year, up almost 22% on the previous year. It is currently delivering Brisbane s Airport Link Proj- ect under a public-private-partnership, completing the $3.5 billion Victorian Desalination Project, and constructing the $721 million Royal North Shore Hospital Redevelopment in Sydney. Thiess was a member of the West Gate Freeway Alliance, which collected the 2011 Australian Construction Achievement Award. Industry Craig Laslett and David Saxelby at this year s Australian Construction Awards.