Our Management Team

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Malcolm Richards

Malcolm Richards, Chief Executive Officer

Malcolm Richards was appointed CEO in July 2006 after spending six years with the Queensland Electrical Safety Office where his role included developing new electrical safety legislation.

Malcolm has extensive experience in the electrical industry through 17 years working for Ergon Energy and previously NORQEB based in Townsville.

He is a qualified electrical fitter/mechanic/linesperson and has completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

Peter Jones

Carol Caton, Chief Financial Officer

Carol is a CPA, also holding a Governance Institute of Australia Certificate in governance studies. Her extensive background in finance was grounded in external, internal, and information systems audit, later using that experience in roles in both the For Profit and Not for Profit sectors. 

With approximately 20 years of executive management experience in a range of industries across metropolitan, remote and international locations, Carol focuses on applying her skills to establishing a controlled environment employing best practice procedures, incorporating flexibility and responsiveness.

Carol’s experience includes Company Secretarial roles, including serving for six years as a non-executive director on the Board of a Not for Profit organisation. 

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David Cross, Chief Operating Officer

David has spent his career promoting, leading and managing organisational and cultural change. He has worked as CEO and/or held directorships across a range of industries including those in the not-for-profit, commercial and government sectors. 

Most recently, he was an Associate at Ranbury Management Group working on business improvement activities with Aurizon Rail. This followed a six year contribution to Ergon Energy as GM Energy Solutions. 

At Ergon Energy David oversaw most of Queensland’s remote power stations, its renewable energy efforts, a key emergency response team, as well as its commercial undertakings including in manufacturing, HV testing, and transformer refurbishment and installation. He is currently a member of the Queensland State Government’s, Mentoring for Growth Panel.

 

Gary Veenstra

Gary Veenstra, State Manager - QLD

Gary is the newest addition to the Master Electricians Australia family. Many would know Gary through his extensive experience in the industry having previously worked for HPM Legrand and Rittal/Phoenix Contact.

Previously a qualified electrician, he has been working closely with Master Electricians Australia and our members for many years.

 

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