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Top 100 : 2011
60 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 Jim Hallion, 56 Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australian Government, Adelaide Civil engineer, University of Adelaide Jim Hallion was appointed chief executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet last month. As the principal government agency in South Australia, the department delivers specialist policy advice to the premier and ministers, and provides direction and leadership to the South Australian Public Service. The department leads the implementation of South Australia s Strategic Plan, and has overarching responsibility for federal- state relations and main government initiatives. Hallion was previously the chief executive of the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, which is responsible for delivering major infrastructure projects and investments in schools, housing, road safety, frontline services, outback and regional roads, land services, transit-oriented development and smart infrastructure. He is a member of the Infrastructure Australia Council, COAG Senior Officials Group, COAG Infrastructure Working Group and several other boards and committees. Hallion also holds a graduate diploma in applied finance and investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Menno Henneveld, 65 Managing Director, Main Roads Western Australia, Western Australian Government, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia Menno Henneveld is managing director of Main Roads Western Australia. Covering some 2.5 million square kilometres, it is one of the largest road agencies in the world by geographical area. One of the recent highlights has been the opening of the New Perth- Bunbury Highway, Western Australia s largest road project. He said it has also been pleasing to see the implementation of the next generation of long- term Integrated Service Arrangements with the private sector to maintain and operate the road network. Last year, Henneveld was named chair of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Project Board, responsible for administering the consolidated national heavy vehicle laws covering the operation of vehicles over 4.5t. Henneveld is chair of the Austroads International Committee, Australia s first delegate to the World Road Association and member of its Executive Council. Stephen Gumley, 54 Chief Executive of the Defence Materiel Organisation, Canberra Mechanical/electrical engineer, University of Tasmania The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) manages over 190 major acquisition projects. Its 2011/12 budget is over $11 billion. It has 5647 employees, excluding military personnel. "We regularly witness the perse- verance and determination of our committed project staff and industry suppliers in delivering a number of extremely complex and leading-edge projects that had previously been under a dark cloud," Dr Stephen Gumley said. He said that recent highlights have included the initial acceptance of four advanced Wedgetail aircraft, the first operational deployment of an upgraded guided missile frigate and the incremental delivery of the High Frequency Modernisation and Vigilare Command and Control networks for the Air Force. In 2011/12 the DMO plans to maintain the number of graduate engineers it recruits, double its an- nual sponsorship of technical and logistics trainees, and initiate an intensive development program for acquisition and sustainment logistics specialists. Last December, Gumley was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from the University of Tasmania. PHOTO: LEIGH ATKINSON/AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MAGAZINE