Staff

Master Builders ACT Key Staff

CEO

Michael Hopkins

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. 

Financial Controller

Ken Crofts

Ken joined MBA ACT in December and has a range of experience in finance, governance, information systems and audit.  Previous roles include Financial & Management Accountant for the Asia Pacific headquarters of a UK listed food manufacturing company, Finance Manager in NSW Public Works & Services and National Finance Manager for a membership based organisation of 3,000. He has also worked full time in academia including teaching Accounting and Information Systems subjects in the Charles Sturt University MBA program.

Commercial Director

Liz Nair

Liz comes to Master Builders with experience in the training sector, business acumen, people and culture. Her previous roles include Manager Business Growth and Development (CIT) and Director Business Tourism and Accounting College (CIT). She hold her Graduate Diploma in Management, Certificate IV in TAE, Advanced Diploma of Adult Vocational Education, and AGILE PM foundation accreditation. 

Legal and Compliance Director

Ashlee Berry

Ashlee joined Master Builders in 2018 from a local Canberra law firm, where she specialised in commercial litigation. In particular, Ashlee acted for many members of the local building and construction industry in relation to contractual disputes and debt recovery. Prior to relocating to the ACT in 2015, Ashlee worked as a solicitor for several years in Central West NSW.

Technical Manager - Work Health & Safety

Mick Kelly

Mick joined MBA in mid-December 2017 in the new role of Technical Manager ‚Äď Work Health & Safety. For the last few years he has worked as a safety manager for medium to large subcontractors in the Canberra construction industry. Previous to that Mick had been preparing and delivering safety courses for various ACT RTOs. Courses included working at heights, confined spaces, HSR, white card, asbestos awareness, tower rescue, pole top rescue and safe manual handing. In Mick's new role he will perform the duties of a safety manager and deliver a number of WHS training courses.

Technical Manager - Residential

David Kyburz

David commenced work with Master Builders in December as the Technical Manager - Residential. He has been involved in the building industry since early 1980s, in 1985 commencing work for ACT Government Building Electrical and Plumbing Control (BEPCON), conducting building approvals and inspections for all classifications of buildings as defined by the Building Code of Australia. David spent several years at ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) conducting compliance monitoring and enforcement functions followed by several years undertaking procurement for ACT Procurement and Capital Works.

MARKETING MANAGER

Karen Freer

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.

MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR

Bethany Mason

Bethany has been in the Events Coordinator position for the past 18 months, having worked the previous 5 years with MBA Group Training ACT as the School Based Programs Administrator. Bethany has a passion for creating exciting and memorable event experiences and enjoys the interesting and diverse events that MBA offer. She will continue to work in the Marketing and Events team, delivering a variety of events and publications. Bethany holds her Certificate IV in Business Administration. 

Apprentice Training Manager

Richard Flint

Richard is a qualified carpenter and joiner and also holds his Residential Building Licence and scaffold licence. Undertaking his trade training in England, Richard has worked on a variety of projects, including the refurbishment of Windsor Castle before migrating to Australia in 2007. Richard started with Master Builders training the Certificate IV in Building, whilst working fulltime as a foreman for a local residential building company. He then transitioned into a fulltime training and assessor role in 2013 before taking on the new role of Apprentice Training Supervisor in late 2017. 

Short Course Training Manager

Trisha Moore

Trisha Moore joined MBA Group Training in February 2017 as an Administrative Assistant (Short Courses). Her role progressed into Short Course Training Manager in November 2017. Trisha, along with her dedicated team provide quality customer service in supporting clients from industry in understanding the many training services available through MBA Group Training.

FIDELITY FUND ADMINISTRATOR

Marcia Douch

Marcia is the Fidelity Fund Administrator and has been in this role for the past 4 years, assisting members with their Home Warranty Insurance requirements. 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.

Manager Field Services

Don Rail

Don commenced his apprenticeship in 1964 and has worked in the industry since ‚Äď 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.

Field Officer

Geoff Wood

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