Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis has been named one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers 2014 by Engineers Australia magazine.
The list, which appears in the June edition of the magazine, highlights the influence of outstanding engineers across a broad range of industry sectors.
As CEO of Seqwater, Mr Dennis is responsible for ensuring a safe, secure and reliable bulk drinking water supply for more than three million people across South East Queensland.
The organisation also supplies water for irrigation to about 1,200 rural customers, provides essential flood mitigation services and manages popular lake recreational areas visited by more than two million people each year.
Mr Dennis said he was fortunate to work in the water industry.
“This is an industry where you can really make a difference in terms of creating productive, liveable cities that enhance the lives of our communities,” Mr Dennis said.
“Seqwater is one of Australia’s largest water businesses, with operations extending from the New South Wales border to the base of the Toowoomba ranges and north to Gympie. This is the most geographically spread and diverse asset base of any capital city water authority.
“Collaboration and having an adaptive approach to dealing with complex problems are key to leading a workforce of more than 600 people who manage $10 billion of water supply assets.”
Mr Dennis said collaborating as part of a team was not only rewarding, but necessary to solving complex problems.
“Engineers are a crucial part of our business across a number of fields,” he said.
“It is great to see enthusiastic young engineers coming into our business and adding value to what we do.
“Seqwater is a great place to grow a career so I encourage engineers to consider the organisation when searching for their next challenge.”
Mr Dennis said it really was a privilege to be named as one of the most influential engineers in Australia.
“The accolade inspires me to continue to support the terrific team I work with to deliver even greater value for the community we serve.”
Mr Dennis is also conjoint Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Newcastle and is a member of the Capital Works Advisory Board of the Mackay Regional Council.