Speakers

David Bryant, Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
David is the Corporate Services Manager at MPAQ, having managed the Workplace Relations department for over two years. David has been a HR manager for more than 26 years and has a wealth of experience from the trades, not for profit, government, aviation, transport and corporate sectors.

David has completed three Masters’ level qualifications in HR and workplace psychology, and has presented at HR conferences and events throughout Australia.

Peter Cheers, Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB)
Peter Cheers has been with the Australian Building Codes Board since 2005 and has participated in all aspects of building and plumbing regulatory code development during that time. Prior to the ABCB he spent more than 25 years in the private sector developing broad-ranging experience in building and construction management through a variety of roles around Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the Solomon Islands.

Since 2011 Peter has been the Director responsible for the Plumbing Code of Australia, having overseen its introduction into the National Construction Code, he now manages its ongoing development and maintenance.

Phil Denman, Queensland Building and Construction Commission
Phil has represented Queensland as a member of Standards Australia working committees for AS3500, AS1546 and various other working groups relating to the plumbing industry including Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Plumbing Codes Committee.

Phil has worked in both the regulatory and compliance areas of local and State governments for the past 10 years and has been actively involved the plumbing industry for over 30 years.

Dr Greg Jackson, Queensland Department of Health
Dr Jackson is the Director of the Water Unit in the Health Protection Branch in the Queensland Department of Health. He is responsible for health policy, regulation, technical guidance and major incident response for drinking water, recycled water, recreational waters, swimming pools and spas statewide. He also manages the Queensland Water Fluoridation Program and is leading the Queensland Government’s response to risks from Legionella in the water systems of hospitals and residential aged care.

 

Peter McLennan, Brencliff Pty Ltd
Peter McLennan is the Managing Director and CEO of Brencliff Pty Ltd., an international management company partnering with a diverse range of global companies strategically focused on the flow control and water industry.

He has an MBA in International Business and Cultural Change a Graduate Certificate in Management and a Diploma in Marketing.

With over 30 years experience in and around flow control products and the water industry, he has seen how technology has allowed major improvements to be implemented effectively and inexpensively.

Geoff Ringer, The Drug Detection Agency
Before joining TDDA, Geoff served 32 years in the NZ Police, the last 14 as a Detective Sergeant in homicide investigation.

Having first-hand experience in drug investigation Geoff is very aware of the wider effects of drug abuse in the community and the workforce.

Geoff manages of TDDA’s Gold Coast Region providing a professional, quality service to companies and businesses in drug and alcohol policy design, education, and subsequent follow up testing.

Geoff enjoys working closely with clients and aims to assist in providing more productive and safer workplaces. He believes this role will ultimately benefit the community in general.

Kelvin Slade,  Slade Bros Plumbing
Kelvin has been a member of MPAQ for 23 years. He joined the Council in 2011 and is the current President of MPAQ.

A qualified & licensed plumber, drainer and Gasfitter. Holding endorsements in Backflow Prevention, Thermostatic Mixing Valves & Solar – Heat Pump Hot water Systems. Kelvin and his wife Mandy are the owners of Slade Bros Plumbing.

He completed his Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment in 2008 and has since  facilitated many courses for the Master Plumbers Association Queensland since 2010. Kelvin has worked in various sectors of the plumbing industry and held varying roles including, project management on CBD projects, was a senior  estimator for many years and was also a site manager on a civil project in the Sydney CBD for the Walker Group of Companies.

Chris Tritton, The Association of Hydraulic Services Consultants Australia Queensland Chapter
Chris has been a practising hydraulic consultant for nearly 40 years working on many high profile projects around Australia and overseas.

He has served as National President of the Association of Hydraulic Consultants of Australia (AHSCA) and, since 2011, has been President of the Queensland Chapter of AHSCA having served as a committee member for 20 years.  He was recently recognised for his service to the AHSCA and upgraded to a Fellow Member.  He currently sits on the National Technical Council representing the interests of Hydraulic Consultants in Queensland and throughout Australia.

He is currently an Associate at Cushway, Blackford & Associates, a multi-discipline building services consultancy, managing their Hydraulic division.

Michael Wilson, Central Queensland Institute Of TAFE
Michael Wilson started his plumbing career in the mid-70s in his home town of Rockhampton and pursued a teaching career in the mid-80s training apprentices and post trade courses at Yeronga TAFE and Mackay TAFE. Michael holds a Diploma of Teaching and A Degree in Education through QUT and has managed plumbing training throughout Central Queensland for the last 20 plus years, in his current roll of Qualification Coordinator Michael manages the training of Plumbing, Cabinet Making, Logistics, Agriculture and Horticulture for Central Queensland University Australia.

 

Darrel Vecchio, Queensland Gas Association
GradDipMgtL  DipVET,DipTDD, Dip TAA,  FAIM, JP (Qual)

Darrel is the Managing Director of Bizmatrix, a registered training organisation, specialising in gas and electrical, offering a variety of programs including Type A and B Gas training, Restricted Electrical and CPR/LVR – First Aid.

Darrel is a Technical Specialist in gas and electrical, more specifically in technical advisory services for Type A and B gas appliances, Electrical Safety Audits, and compliance and safety. Darrel is a licenced Gas Fitter, Electrical and Electronic Special Class Type A, Approval Authority, Electrical Contractor and Type B Authorisation.

He has been a member of the Queensland Gas Association for 10 years, holding the position of President for the past 5 years. Darrel holds a Certifiers Licence, carrying out Gas Approvals on Type A and B Appliances.

With over 30 years’ experience in the gas and electrical industry, Darrel has worked amongst various sectors and held a variety of roles including, Managing Director of Dalvec and Jondal Industries Pty Ltd.

Russell Bergman, Queensland Building and Construction Commission
Russell Bergman is nearing 40 years continuous experience in public sector building with over 30 years of experience in regulation. He commenced as a trade apprentice and has building qualifications at technician, degree and post-graduate levels. His experience extends to some of Queensland’s largest building projects in city, regional and remote settings working for the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works.

Russell has held roles in construction, maintenance, procurement and project management, contract administration, regulatory compliance and building policy. He strongly believes that nothing of significance is ever achieved in the building industry without a close co-operation between trades, professions, regulators, owners and facility managers.

Jude Phoon, Rehau
Jude graduated from the University of New South Wales with a degree in Mechanical Engineering B.Eng (Hons).

Jude’s first job was with ITT Water and Wastewater as a Contracts and Projects Engineer, he then moved to Geberit as a product manager / project manager before moving to REHAU where he currently works as a mechanical engineer.

 

Logan Timms, Department of Housing and Public Works
Logan Timms is the Executive Director for the Building Industry and Policy, Department of Housing and Public Works.

He supports the Assistant Director-General to ensure Government objectives are delivered and that the work of the Division supports the strategic direction of the Queensland Government.  He is responsible for managing significant building and plumbing related policy reform agenda including leading the national policy reform on non-conforming building products, facilitating the review of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 and establishing the Service Trades Council.

Prior to his current role, Logan headed the Strategic Policy and Intergovernmental Relations team at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) and was responsible for building strategic government relations, both State and Federal.  During this time, he facilitated the development of the Partners in Government Agreement between State Government and LGAQ on behalf of Queensland’s 77 local governments.  Logan was also responsible for securing and establishing funding to help local governments manage asbestos in contaminated sites.

Logan was previously the Director of Special Projects within the Department of Local Government. In this role, he delivered various Government priorities including heading the Office of the Queensland Boundaries Commission which managed proposals for council de-amalgamations in 2012 and policy and legislative reforms relevant to Local Government Act.

He is a passionate advocate for the development of effective public policy and considers the provision of options to Government to enable effective decision making, a privilege.

Robert Sobyra, Construction Skills Queensland
Robert Sobyra is Director, Evidence and Data with Construction Skills Queensland. Responsible for driving CSQ’s research agenda, Robert is a leading thinker at the intersection of construction and skills. Specialising in strategy, risk and analytics, Robert has tackled some of the country’s most challenging policy issues for both state and federal governments.

 

 

Bruce Hargreaves, AW Geotechnical PL
Bruce is a geotechnical engineer with over 40 years experience, mainly specialising in the domestic market on the East Coast of Australia, where the scope of his expertise ranges from AS2870-2011 Site Classifications to Landslide Risk Management type work.

He is the managing director of AW Geotechnical who cover the East Coast of Australia from Cairns to Melbourne, but the majority of their work is in both SE-QLD and Greater Sydney.

He is the current Chairperson of HEDRA (House, Engineering, Design and Research Association), and currently is a member of the Standards Australia BD-25 committee which oversees AS2870-2011.

In 2015, he was on a joint AS2870/AS3500 committee, which was charged with making both codes compatible with each other.

Bruce has written several papers on geotechnical/housing issues, which have been widely accepted by his peers.

Bruce also gives time to present at industry conferences and seminars where his expertise is sought. These presentations have taken him not only Australian wide, but to New Zealand and the USA.

Jon Mailer, PROTRADE United
Jon Mailer is CEO of PROTRADE United, Australia’s leading provider of business serviced to trade and related industries. Jon is an engaging speaker, with a wealth of experience in many facets of growing and managing a business. He will challenge you to think differently about your business, and share with you simple steps to maximise your profit margins, generate long-term business success, and develop your overall potential.