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Top 100 : 2011
58 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 COVER STORY -- TOP 100Public Service Geo Garrett (left), Keith Davies (centre) and Phillip Cummins on the Kurilpa Bridge in Brisbane. PHOTO: MIKE GREEN Phillip Cummins, 64 Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry, Brisbane Civil engineer, University of Melbourne Phillip Cummins is the sole engineer appointed to the commission inves- tigating the Queensland floods. An interim report is due in August with the final report in early 2012. Cummins is considered one of Aus- tralia s most influential dam engineers. As a member of technical committees, he has challenged the conventional approach to dam design and helped develop new ways to manage risks. He is a past chairman of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams and chair of the Committee on Opera- tion, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Dams at the International Com- mission on Large Dams. Cummins has been involved in over 300 dam projects in Australia and 20 other countries. He is chief technical principal for dams at SMEC, senior principal for dams at Goulburn-Murray Water and an adviser to the ACT Planning and Land Authority. Keith Davies, 53 Coordinator-General, Queensland Government, Brisbane Electrical engineer, University of Wales, UK Keith Davies was appointed coordinator-general in February. He was previously chief execu- tive of WaterSecure. At present, infrastructure with a capital cost of over $60 billion is being assessed by the coordinator-general s office. Areas such as cumulative social impacts on housing and com- munity wellbeing, skills availability, residential versus mobile workforce and compliance/ enforcement functions now demand investigation, and often coordinator-general conditioning the approval process to ensure that infrastructure is designed, constructed and operated in accordance with triple bottom line principles," Davies said. In 2010, Davies partnered with an executive MBA student from Queensland University of Technology to give them insight into leadership and decision-making. "I m sure I got a lot out of the journey as well by listening to the experiences of my student partner." Geoff Garrett, 63 Chief Scientist, Queensland Government, Brisbane Metallurgist, Cambridge University, UK Dr Geoff Garrett was appointed Queensland s chief scientist in January. He is a former chief executive of the CSIRO. Arriving at the time of the floods, Garrett and his team are helping the Commission of Inquiry with science and engineering matters. He said there has been great input from Engineers Australia members. In 2010 Garrett was a member of an international group reviewing the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, a collaboration of 24 countries with an annual budget of around $200 million. Last September, he was appointed chair of its Australia-New Zealand Consortium, which comprises 14 universities. "I also have stayed involved in leadership and change management coaching for academics and senior public servants, which I very much enjoy," he said.