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Top 100 : 2011
COVER STORY -- TOP 100 Robert Care, 60 Chair of Arup Group UK, Middle East, Africa Director on the international Arup Group Board, London Civil engineer, University of NSW After leading Arup Australasia for the past seven years, Dr Robert Care is now based in the company s London office, where he is responsible for its activities in the UK, Middle East and Africa. He is also one of the 13 directors of the company s group board. The company has more than 10,000 employees and revenue of some $1.5 billion. In his role he is directly responsible for some 4000 staff. "The markets in the UK and Middle East remain tough, so the main challenge is to maintain the quality of our efforts and achievements in such a market," he said. He sees as one of his main achievements in the past year "the further strengthening of the performance of Arup Australasia, and the successful leadership transition, from succession plan to reality." One of the major projects he is currently involved in is the second high-speed rail line in the UK, which is "intensely interesting and occupying much of mytime." Anotherfocus is on the technology start-up around inductive charging of electric motor vehicles with Halo IPT. One of his leisure activities in his new posting will be "revisiting the places we enjoyed during Kerry and my six month honeymoon around Europe in a VW Kombi van in the mid seventies". Consulting 50 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 Andrew Buckley, 54 Managing Director of Cardno Limited, Brisbane Mechanical engineer, University of Queensland Under Andrew Buckley s leadership Cardno has been growing steadily, mainly through strategic acquisitions, with the most recent ones being focused on environmental consulting work in North America (Cardno ENTRIX, Cardno ERI and Cardno JFNew). The company now has more than 4000 staff in 159 offices across 70 countries. Earlier this year it posted a record half-year profit of $31.7 million, nearly double that of the previous period. Turnover in 2009/10 was nearly $480 million. One of the company s major projects has been its involvement on the design team for the $1.5 billion Legacy Way underground toll road which will link Brisbane s western and inner-northern suburbs. Buckley said the company has also demonstrated its "world leading environmental capability through our significant role in mitigating the impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill". "We ve also achieved significant wins in our development assistance business for USAID and AusAID funded projects in Serbia, China, Africa, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia," he said. He sees the outlook for Cardno over the next five years as "very positive. Several major projects secured by the company in the 2011 financial year will deliver $200 million in gross revenue." As an influential position he holds outside the company, he lists being the father of two teenage boys. Among his leisure activities are sail boarding, dinghy sailing, tennis and boating.