John Chapman OAM, Presiding Member
John Chapman’s multi-faceted career includes extensive experience at CEO/senior executive level in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
He is an experienced board director and is also a member of the SA Skills Commission as well as an independent member of the Department for Energy and Mining Audit and Risk Committee. He was South Australia’s Small Business Commissioner between 2014 and 2021 following 8 years as CEO of the Motor Trade Association of SA.
He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide and is a Fellow and Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mardi Conduit, Edmund Barton Chambers
Mardi is a commercial barrister at Edmund Barton Chambers. She specialises in Construction, Engineering and Energy Law. Prior to joining the bar, Mardi was a partner at Fenwick Elliott Grace and General Counsel for a Public Company, E&A Limited. Mardi is a current board member of the Construction Industry Training Board, Lincoln College and serves on the Department of Treasury and Finance Procurement Governance Committee. Mardi actively balances the needs of stakeholders and brings strategic insight and foresight informed by industry knowledge and experience.
Maree Wauchope, District Council of Barunga West
Maree Wauchope was appointed to the role of CEO for Barunga West Council in April 2020.
Maree brings to the role extensive public sector leadership expertise gained from working as a senior executive within State Government for a number of years. She also has a strong understanding of local government and has worked closely with councils, advising strategically on infrastructure projects, and tourism and visitor economy initiatives.
Maree lives on the Yorke Peninsula and is a proud member and advocate for the region. She is genuinely interested in ensuring the region is a great place to live, work and play.
Prior to this appointment, Maree co-owned and worked in consultancy firms, providing services in the areas of planning, transport, infrastructure, community development, engagement and advocacy. Maree also worked in the South Australian public sector for around 20 years.
Rebecca Pickering, Civil Contractors Association
Rebecca Pickering has worked in the civil, commercial building and construction industries for over 25 years, and for the last decade she has operated her own consultancy company and held various executive and Board roles in private construction and not-for-profit entities. She is renown predominantly for successfully assessing, modelling and delivering critical strategic business projects through her own consultancy company, and working directly with the construction and infrastructure industry.
Whilst consulting Rebecca was engaged by Civil Contractors Federation SA to complete financial modelling to support the potential establishment of a fully focused Civil Group Training Organisation (GTO). The CCF SA Board committed to the GTO venture, and further engaged Rebecca to establish the independent GTO entity Civil Apprenticeships and Careers Ltd (CACL), on behalf of CCF SA. She was later appointed as Director of CACL by the CCF SA Board.
Mid December 2020 Rebecca successfully took on the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Civil Contractors Federation SA, whilst still leading the Civil Apprenticeships and Careers Ltd (CACL). A dynamic leader, Rebecca is also a Certified Compliance Professional and holds a number of recognised qualifications in the areas of business, risk management, compliance and auditing.
Stephen Knight, Housing Industry Association (HIA)
Stephen’s career in the building industry spans more than 50 years. Commencing with 15 years as a draftsman followed by a long and successful career as a builder.
Starting with home renovations and new homes and progressing in later years to affordable housing projects and apartment buildings for social welfare entities.
For the past 5 years Stephen has been the Executive Director of the Housing Industry Association SA where his role is managing the commercial interests of the association and also, more importantly, advocating for members and more broadly representing the residential housing industry.
Andrew Clarke, Master Plumbers Association of South Australia Inc.
Andrew Clarke is the Executive Officer of the Master Plumbers Association of South Australia Inc. He has held that position since 2007.
Andrew has extensive industry experience, an Advanced plumber with experience across every component of the industry.
Andrew has a vast level of knowledge of the plumbing industry’s technical and practical regulations and has significant knowledge and expertise in the vocational education and training sectors, primarily through Registered Training Organisations and Group Training Organisations that supported the plumbing industry.
He is an active participant of the following committees:
- Water Industry Technical Advisory Committee
- Plumbing & Gas Technical Advisory Committees
- Specialist Contractors Association
- National Plumbing Codes Committee (ABCB)
Andrew was chair of the Construction, Mining and Energy Industry Skills Council whilst being a member of the previous South Australian Skills Commission. Andrew is also a Director of the Master Plumbers Australia New Zealand Pty Ltd.
Cassie Manser, Capture Culture
Growing up in South Australia, Cassie was fortunate to have the influence of the family business to introduce her to construction. She has worked on the National Broadband Network build and with Laing O’Rourke across the Future Submarine Project, Defence strategic pursuits and project establishment across the NSW rail and tunnelling portfolio.
Cassie’s speciality areas of leadership are in WHS, HR, Strategy & Transformation, Wellbeing, Industry Participation and Diversity & Inclusion. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Anatomical Science & Psychology), Master of Business Administration and is Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and she is also a member of the South Australian Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction Committee and Chair the Mentoring Program.
John Adley, CEPU SA
John Adley an electrician by trade who undertook an apprenticeship in the elevator industry. John became an official of the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union South Australian Branch in 2007 and has represented CEPU members across a broad range of industries including the South Australian construction sector.
John was elected Branch Secretary by CEPU SA members in 2015 and 2019 and continues to hold this position today.
John also serves as a board member for:
- PEER a not-for-profit Group Training Scheme and Registered Training Organisation that provides training in the electrical and plumbing trades.
- SA Building Industry Redundancy Scheme Trust (BIRST)
- The Electricity Industry Superannuation Scheme (EISS) trading as Electric Super
Will Frogley, Master Builders Association SA (MBA)
As CEO of the Master Builders Association, Will uses his experience and qualifications in journalism, finance, business and politics to work collaboratively with key stakeholders and deliver results for South Australia’s building and construction industry. Will is a Board member of the Building Industry Redundancy Scheme Trust, Construction Industry Training Board and Master Builders Insurance Brokers.
Gary Henderson, Australian Workers’ Union (AWU)
Gary represents workers’ industrial and workers compensation interests across South Australia in various “blue collar “Industries within the AWU’s coverage including the oil and gas, civil construction, Local Government and cement manufacturing.
He was a member of the CITB Board between 2010 -2019 and is a member of the SA Skills Commission Construction, Mining and Energy Industry Skills Council.
Gary also worked as a carpenter on various multi storey building sites in the metropolitan area before joining Local Government as a Building maintenance employee prior to joining the AWU.