Master Builders ACT Key Staff
Kirk Coningham, OAM
Kirk Coningham has worked as a journalist, an Army Officer and a senior diplomat. He has also worked with three Cabinet Ministers in the Federal Parliament and held senior roles with the AFP and the AMA. He was previously Chief of Staff to the CEO at Leighton Holdings.
Michael joined MBA ACT in 2015 from MBA Queensland where he was responsible for delivering services and advice to around 1,200 members in the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay regions. Prior to the MBA, Michael's background is a combination of local government and industry experience, most notably leading large scale projects throughout Australia.
Chief Financial Officer
Aaron has recently joined the MBA of the ACT after 15 years experience in professional accounting, most recently as a Director at PWC. Aaron holds degrees in Accounting and Economics and is also a member of the Chartered Accountants.
Director Industrial Relations
Cameron Spence has previously worked for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, The ACT Director of Public Prosecutions, and has also spent several years in private practice as a solicitor in the ACT. Prior to this Cameron worked as a Court Reporter, mainly in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
Work Health and Safety Advisor
Philip Edwards has been the Work Health and Safety Adviser at the Master Builders Association of the ACT for the last 2 years. Philip's role is to deliver and support the objectives from the Getting Home Safely report as well as provide critical member service and support on WH&S. Philip has spent the previous 17 years in Young, NSW at the APA Group; 13 years as Health, Safety and Environment Advisor. Before accepting a full time role in saftey, Philip was an Instrument & Electrical Technician; learning his trade in the Royal Australian Navy.
Communications and Events Manager
Karen joined MBA ACT in March and has a marketing background across many high profile brands including Westfield, Mirvac, QIC, Canberra Milk, Questacon and Capital Chemist. Together with the membership and events team, Karen will continue to deliver the MBA ACT’s event program and supporting member communications.
Technical Services Manager
Industrial Relations Advisor
Hamish is the Industrial Relations Advisor/Lawyer at the MBA. Hamish holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New South Wales and is able to give advice relating to modern awards, right of entry, setting up / terminating an enterprise agreement, unfair dismissal, adverse action, discrimination and leave requirements.
Fidelity Fund Administrator
Marcia is the Fidelity Fund Administrator and has been in this role for the past 2 years. Previous to this Marcia was the Administration Manager at Bombala High School for 16 years where the role dealt with students and the teaching staff as well as administration.
Bethany comes to the Events Coordinator position, having worked the last 5 years with MBA Group Training ACT as the School Based Programs Administrator. Bethany has been involved in several MBA events over her time with Group Training and is eager to start work on the interesting and diverse events that MBA offer. Bethany holds her Certificate IV in Business Administration.
Wendy has worked within a Construction RTO and GTO since 2002, joining MBA Group Training in July 2007. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and recently attained a vocational education qualification, the Diploma of Management. Wendy and the Group Training team strive to deliver a quality training outcome within the Construction industry and provide career pathways opportunities to meet the skills need.
Cathy Deschamps has been working for MBA Group Training for 3 years and has over 14 years’ experience in Group Training and Registered Training Organisations (GTO’s & RTO’s). Cathy’s role includes managing the student management database, apprentice payroll, apprentice employment, training contracts and the overall administration functions within Group Training.
Cathy holds a Diploma of Management and works with a great team of administration staff within the organisation
Don commenced his apprenticeship in 1964 and has worked in the industry since – a total of 51 years. Don manages the apprentice program which includes mentoring, placement, recruitment, monitoring and administration. He has been involved in the apprentice program for 17 years ranging from School based to full time apprentices. Don’s role also involves working with schools, vets in schools, school to industry programs, builders and sub-contractors.