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Top 100 : 2011
68 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 Associations Dario Tomat, 59 National President, Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia, Hobart Mechanical engineer, University of Tasmania Dario Tomat has served as the national president of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA) since 2007. Under his leadership, APESMA is currently launching its ProjectWise campaign to address the skills shortage in professional engineering and the consequence of project over-expenditure. Another challenge being addressed is the effect a carbon price may have on pro- fessional engineer employment patterns. Tomat said APESMA is also promoting a stronger involvement from local engineers in large scale domestic projects. "We have found that the move to design more work overseas has led to much lower manufacturing and fabrication work for projects occurring in Australia," he said. The association represents over 25,000 members nationwide. Tomat is a partner at engineering and management consultancy firm Whetstone. He was recently elected chairman of the Chifley Business School Board, and serves as deputy chairman of the Brain Injury As- sociation of Tasmania. Merv Lindsay, 61 National President, Engineers Australia, Newcastle Civil engineer, University of Newcastle Since assuming the role of national president of Engineers Australia last year, Merv Lindsay has led the organisation into its Year of Humanitarian Engineering. "I believe that one of my most rewarding achievements since my election to the national presidency has been seeing members embrace the connection between engineering and humanitarian outcomes," he said. The organisation currently has over 93,000 members. As Lindsay commenced his presidency shortly after the retirement of Engineers Australia chief executive Peter Taylor, he has set the appointment of a new chief executive as one of his priorities. "The process towards permanent engagement of a chief executive is without doubt the most important role of any council faced with this obligation, and this council is absolutely focused on that responsibility," he said. Lindsay is a director of the civil, structural and mechanical consultancy Lindsay and Dynan. L-r: Dario Tomat, Merv Lindsay and Jamie Shelton catch up at Sydney airport.