About the Book
HINDSIGHT describes events in Far North Queensland when the author was Chief Engineer and Joint Chief Executive Officer of the Cairns Harbour Board in the early 1970s. It is a case study of a failed working relationship.
It presents the insider's story of how the author managed to survive repeated attempts to have him fired. Situations were repeatedly engineered by the Chairman in order to discredit him. Eventually the Chairman's attempts to have the author dismissed escalated to an obsession that bordered on the irrational.
An obsession that became so bizarre that it led to an unprecedented joint sitting of the Cairns City Council and the Cairns Harbour Board with the sole purpose of publicly humiliating the author and providing grounds for his dismissal.
HINDSIGHT provides a revealing insight into the character of the Chairman from the author's perspective and describes how the conflict between the two polarized personalities played out.
Graduating in civil engineering in the 1960s Dennis’s initial professional experience was in engineering design, construction and critical path planning. Subsequent accountancy studies and qualification as a CPA led to project management roles covering technical, commercial and financial aspects. He was project manager responsible for commissioning a major marine and industrial project on Christmas Island in the 1970s followed by a stint as Joint CEO of a Port Authority in Queensland. Dennis then spent 16 years in the head office of a major mining group in Sydney with direct responsibility for a wide range of technical and commercial activities. In recent years Dennis has been active providing advice and training to business and been responsible for the development of a suite of financial analysis software programs. HINDSIGHT is his first non-technical book.