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Top 100 : 2012
Guy Templeton, 49 President and COO, Asia, Australia-Pacific and Southern Africa Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sydney Electrical Engineer, University of NSW WHEN GUY Templeton joined Parsons Brinckerhoff early in 2012, he was particularly im- pressed with the work carried out by the company s 5000 staff, which ranges from transport and mining-related work in Australia; from power stations in southern Africa to geothermal innovation in New Zealand; from master planning new cities in China to super high-rise buildings in Korea. "In Australia, the completion of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade in Queensland is a specific example of a great achievement in the past year. This was a particularly challenging project due to ground instability caused by old mine shafts, the 2011 flood and a very constrained corridor, yet we delivered the project almost six months ahead of schedule." Templeton said influential engineers "are good at delivering practical solutions to intractable problems. They take responsibility for making things happen -- for turning vision into real- ity -- and they get the best out of their people. In my experience, it does not matter how good your technical solution is if you can t convince others to adopt it. That takes people skills". John Grill, 66 CEO and Managing Director of WorleyParsons, Sydney Civil Engineer, University of Sydney IN THE past year WorleyParsons has enjoyed good growth, increasing geographical footprint and adding 5000 personnel. Total staff now stands at nearly 38,000 operating in 148 offices across 44 countries with revenues of approximately $7 billion. This performance is being fu- elled by strong growth in the hydrocarbon, minerals, metals, chemicals and nuclear sectors. Grill said that it is pleasing to see increasing diversity in the business with more women and an increasing number of local personnel, particularly in developing countries. This is in line with the introduction of new local/global organisational model. Grill believes that the key factors behind influential engineers are integrity plus abilities to listen, clearly communicate and select people. Consulting 41 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 TOP 100 COVER STORY Peter Bailey, 51 Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Arup Australasia Arup Group Director Structural Engineer, University of Sydney AS CEO of Arup Australasia Peter Bailey directs some 1700 staff with a revenue of approximately $330 million. As a director globally he also has responsibilities for over 10,000 staff and more than $1.6 billion in revenue. Arup recently won the BRW Client Choice Award for Best Engineering Firm with revenue over $200 million were named an Employer of Choice for Women by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency. Growth was maintained through premium commercial property projects (such as 1 Bligh St, Sydney) and other ma- jor projects such as the Olympic Dam environmental impact statement and the Pacific Highway duplication in NSW. There was also significant overseas growth, particularly in Singapore. Bailey believes that the influence of engineers arises from their practical and creative intellect. Engineers need to have a strong vision and not be afraid of voicing an opinion -- "speak up, inspire and take risks". He said influential engineers draw on the collective wisdom of those around them but are strong enough to make a call. They are well grounded in real world challenges and understand that problems don t come in dis- ciplines. Bailey believes strongly in servant-based leadership, helping others succeed and harness personal commitment through relationships. Lastly, influential engineers are humble -- true to their values, self-aware and have good listening skills. John Douglas, 50 Managing Director and CEO of Coffey International Limited, Sydney Civil Engineer, University of Adelaide IN THE past few years, John Douglas has lead Coffey through significant organisational and managerial change including a major portfolio review and a significant recapitalisation. Cof- fey s Geosciences revenues have continued to grow at double digit rates and last financial year had revenue of $681 million with 3600 staff. Last year, Coffey received two gold awards at the Consult Australia Awards for its work on the Gateway Upgrade Project and for its work on a Basic Education Devel- opment Program (BEDP) funded by AusAID. Douglas said staff turnover is dropping and employee morale is improving. Douglas believes engineers are a disproportionally influential group in management circles. He said this is because engineers have all been trained to tackle large and complex problems in a disciplined way. Many engineers, particularly civil engineers get a very early introduction to management. He said: "To stand out as influential in a group who are themselves influential is difficult. It is not a simply matter of intellect. Being influential means working through people and it means taking a large number of people on a journey with you. This requires real communication skills; understanding and sharing the challenges in front of the organisation."