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Tony Arnold – Chair

Having grown up in the electrical Industry, Tony Arnold has seen firsthand the everyday issues which impact electrical contracting businesses. It is this experience that has led Tony to his position on the MEA Board and MEAQ council. Tony’s second generation family business, Arnold Electrical & Data Installations, has grown consistently with the many and varied ups and downs of the past decades. Tony has a desire to  give back to the industry by being an active participant and dealing with the issues facing electrical and communications contractors.


John Horan

John has more than 20 years’ experience in the Electrical industry, holds an MBA, and founded North Queensland based Electrical Company Horan and Bird in 2004.
Horan and Bird, winner of the Australian Service Business of the year in 2012, employs nearly 100 people and is currently one of the largest Solar installers in Australia. In 2011 they were proud to build the first Renewable Energy Centre in Queensland for research and development innovation in Australian energy solutions.


Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan has a long history in the electrical industry, building his career as a licensed electrician and having been Managing Director of his own successful electrical engineering and contracting company for nearly 30 years. Richard has a passion for training, and has taken on over 300 apprentices in the course of his career. His dedication is reflected in his position on the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Board, and he was publicly recognised when the new Electrotechnology building at the TAFE was named in his honour in 2012.His devotion to the industry has led to him being elected to the role of President at the Electrical Contractors Association and Chair of the Master Electricians Australia Board. Richard is also a member or chair of several other key boards and associations, including the Queensland Electrical Safety Board, the Joint Industry Training Company, the Contracting Industry Redundancy Trust and the Energy Super Board.


Rowan Diamond

Rowan Diamond is the Managing Director of 1st Call Electrical Services in Victoria.Rowan has been providing customer-focused electrical solutions to his client base for 17 years across two different continents. Rowan believes that with assistance, smaller operators can be highly professional and provide safe, quality outcomes for their clients while being profitable and enjoying a good quality of life.


Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is General Manager Asia Pacific with CMI Electrical Products. His employment history includes senior positions with HPM Legrand, Pierlite and MMEM.His extensive knowledge and experience drives him to continue to improve the overall professionalism of the electrical industry.


Troy Smith

Troy Smith is the Manager Director of Electric Results in South Australia. He is an experienced and successful strategic leader, possessing well developed marketing, sales and people management skills gained both at the coal face and in senior executive roles within commercial and industrial electrical environments.


Ray Sherriff

Ray is the director of Laser Electrical Granville in Sydney NSW. Originally formed in 1998, it has grown from a sole operator to employing 15 full time people, operating mostly in the commercial & industrial fields.
As a member of the Sydney AAC, Ray has a keen interest in ensuring that small contractors’ voices are heard & that our concerns are not lost to those who regulate & run our industry.
He is passionate about ensuring MEA members get the full benefit of their membership to improve the industry for us all in the long term.


Erik Scholz