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Top 100 : 2011
TOP 100 COVER STORY ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 49 Darren Watt, 45 Managing Director of Golder Associates in Australia, Melbourne Global Corporate Vice-President of Golder Associates in Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea) Chemical Engineer, University of Melbourne Darren Watt is one of 12 vice-presidents of the international ground engineering and environmental services company Golder Associates. He is also the managing director of Golder in Australia and has held these positions since 2004. Internationally, Golder has over 8000 employees and a turnover of more than $1 billion. In Australasia, it has over 1000 employees and a turnover of more than $200 million. Under Watt s leadership the company has become the most awarded in the history of the BRW Client Choice Awards. Golder s 16 awards include recognition as Best Consulting Engineering Firm (revenue $50 million-$200 million) for the last six consecutive years. Golder s current major jobs include its involvement in the Wheatstone LNG project for Chevron and the Regional Rail Link in Victoria. Watt sees the outlook for the company across the globe as "very strong despite a challenging 2011." In his leadership Watt is passionate about "seeing engineers and scientists given the opportunities to be the innovators and influencers of our society. At our best, engineers can take uncertainty and risk in a project and convert this to innovation and best practice." Jim Mantle, 49 Managing Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff for Asia and Australia-Pacific, Melbourne Civil engineer, Nottingham Trent University, UK Dr Jim Mantle s role within Parsons Brinckerhoff has expanded in the past year with the inclusion of Asia into his area of responsibility. He is now the managing director for Asia and Australia-Pacific with about 4500 employees and revenue of nearly $600 million. One of the company s major projects last month received one of Australia s most prestigious construction awards. The Westgate Bridge upgrade in Melbourne won the 2011 Australian Construction Achievement Award, presented by the Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia. Parsons Brinckerhoff was a partner in the Westgate Freeway Alliance and Mantle was PB s representative on the Alliance Leadership Team. He sees as one of his achievements in the past year "a smooth transition to a new organisational structure while maintaining services to our clients." He is excited about the company s prospects in the Asia-Pacific region, which "in world terms is all about growth." Outside engineering Mantle is involved in charitable activities. He is the chair of Engineering Aid Australia, which supports indigenous students to pursue careers in engineering, and he is about to take his family across to Botswana to help build an orphanage. In his leisure he enjoys cycling and playing golf, "but age is taking its toll." Paul Dougas, 60 Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of SKM, Melbourne Chemical engineer, University of Melbourne Paul Dougas has been the CEO of SKM since 1996 and he will step down from that position in August. During his time at the helm the company has grown from a small engineering consulting firm with a focus on Australia to a global multidisciplinary business which also now operates in Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It has some 6500 employees in more than 40 offices. Its fee income surpassed the $1 billion mark about two years ago. His leadership focus on clients and staff has been demonstrated by a number of awards. Earlier this year the company won three categories of the 2011 BRW Client Choice Awards including overall "Best professional service firm (revenue over $200 million)." The company was also awarded Employer of Choice for Women by the federal government s Equal Opportunities for Women in the Workplace Agency. Dougas said this award was "a significant acknowledgement of our efforts over the past five years to improve diversity within our global business." One of his main achievements in the past year has been "the implementation of an orderly succession plan". A highlight of his time as CEO was to be able to "grow a sustainable business with a great group of people while having fun." At present he is looking forward to cycling around Tuscany this month and then developing the next stage of his career "with hopefully a better balance."