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Top 100 : 2012
39 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 Paul Hardy, 57 Chief Executive Officer of Aurecon, Melbourne Civil Engineer, Monash University IN THE past year Aurecon has focused on three elements of what it calls a "high performing organisation" -- strategy, business model, and cultural platform. Hardy said the culture of the company s staff of 7400 is one of "empowerment and constructive support to enable the execution of our strategy. We are also extremely happy with our progress in developing our overarching safety culture throughout Aurecon". Delivery of strategic initiatives and pursuit of a global business model, has delivered growth so that the company now has revenue of over US$1billion. On being influential, Hardy said: "As engineers, we all have clients, whether they are ex- ternal to our organisations or internal. Our ability to work with our clients starts with being able to clearly understand our client s needs. It is only once we have this understanding and this relationship of our clients drivers that we can truly influence their outcomes together." Greg Lowe, 52 CEO, Beca Group, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, University of Auckland GREG LOWE moved into the CEO role at Beca in April, after eight years with the consultancy. The employee-owned company now has 2500 staff across Australasia, with annual revenues of $250-300 million. A highlight from the last year was the establishment of a joint venture between Clough, AMEC and Beca to provide asset support services to the hydrocarbons industry. The great- est challenge was responding to the needs of staff, clients and the community in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake. Lowe said that engineers influ- ence stems from two strong characteristics -- collaboration and analysis. He said: "Engineers learn from the outset to work collaboratively on projects, and they have a natural predisposition for method and analy- sis. To collaborate successfully, one must learn to take account of and resolve multiple points of view and this approach combined with a clear, logical approach gets engineers inside a lot of tents. And inside the tent is where influence happens, through effective problem solving." Zimi Meka, 52 CEO and Managing Director of Ausenco, Brisbane Mechanical Engineer, Queensland University of Technology 2011 WAS Ausenco s twentieth year and under Zimi Meka s leadership the company has grown by 20% in the past year, with a strong global diversification strategy. The revenue of the business now stands at more than $550 million with approximately 3300 staff. Meka believes that the key to being influential is innovation. He said: "Being innovative creates opportunities. It creates opportunities by facilitating develop- ment that, in some instances, were previously uneconomic. Innovation allows technology to progress, both of which influences (and sometimes changes) the lives of many. Nigel Robinson, 59 President, Global Geographies, AECOM, Dubai Civil Engineer, University of Leeds, UK WITH APPROXIMATELY 20,000 staff under his command and revenues of $2.6 billion, Nigel Robinson can claim to be influential. Robinson leads AECOM s geographic groups, focusing on the overall growth and performance of AECOM s regional operations outside of the Americas including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He is also a member of AECOM s Enterprise Management Team. Previously, Robinson was the group chief executive of AECOM s Australia, New Zealand, Asia Group and the Middle East Group. Since joining AECOM with the Maunsell merger in 2000, he directed the growth and diversification of the company s operations into the power, minerals, and building sectors. He also led six acquisitions. He holds Australian, British and French nationality, and is currently a resident in Dubai. Ian Shepherd, 56 Chief Executive Officer, GHD, Perth Civil Engineer, Western Australian Institute of Technology (Curtin University) GHD HAS continued to grow in the face of an unset- tling global market, bringing more than 700 people into the company through mergers in the Americas, UK and Australia, along with organic growth. Total staff is now more than 6700 and revenue last financial year was $1.1 billion. A key achievement in the past year was expand- ing its EPCM offering in Australia and building scale into its North American operations, as well as improving the engagement level of its people. Shepherd feels that engineers are influential because "they have an acute understanding of the end result or the value being created, and overall, the environment in which they are working". He said the ability to apply independent think- ing, passion and energy in this context enables engineers to influence people, places and communities. He said: "It is vital for engineers and technically trained people to understand and appreciate the difference we make to people and communities across the world. By reaching that point, our confidence soars, and we can begin to connect with each of the stakeholders we work with and facilitate results with meaning." TOP 100 COVER STORY