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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 39 TOP 100 COVER STORY Richard Kelleway, 53 President, Tyco Fire Protection Services Asia- Pacific/UAE, Melbourne Civil Engineer, Thames Polytechnic, UK Responsible for some 3500 employees and $750 million worth of fire protection and integrated systems business in the region, Richard Kelleway is the president and managing director of Tyco Fire Protection Services Asia-Pacific/UAE. While spending much of his time liaising with senior management, he continues to be a hands-on operator, able to relate to his technical teams out on the road through his experience working on engineering projects globally. He can often be found visiting proj- ect sites from the heart of Australia s mining industry to the new in- dustrial developments in India and China. Kelleway believes corporations have a responsibility to the community. This year, Kelle- way has encouraged his employees to par- ticipate in the Global Corporate Challenge, alongside himself and his management team. David Higgins, 57 Chief Executive Officer, Network Rail, London, UK Civil engineer, University of Sydney In February, David Higgins took up an ap- pointment as chief executive of Network Rail, having spent the past five years as chief executive of the London 2012 summer Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). The rehabilitation and construction of the new Olympic Park site in London had an £8.1 billion budget. The project involved the design and construction for five venues as well as the associated infrastructure. On his appointment to Network Rail, Higgins said: "It has been a privilege to lead the ODA and I am leaving with the Olympic Park on time, within budget and with the finish line in sight. "Network Rail is one of the most im- portant companies in the UK -- an efficient railway underpins a modern economy -- and therefore a challenge I could not turn down." Network Rail owns and operates Brit- ain s rail infrastructure. The organisation employs 35,000 and is in the middle of a £23 billion program of investment that includes the £5.5 billion Thameslink project. Chris Jenkins, 52 Chief Executive Officer and Country Director, Thales Australia, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of NSW In 2008 Chris Jenkins became chief executive officer for Thales Australia, part of a leading international electronics and systems group serving the defence, aerospace and space, security, and transport markets throughout the world. Thales Australia has 3500 employees spread over 35 sites across the country and the company generates annual revenue of about $1 billion. Last month the company opened a new research and development centre in Melbourne.