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John Horan – President

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.

Tony Arnold – Immediate Past President

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 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. He has been witness to the many changes which have occurred within the association and its membership base. In his role on the Council, Tony wishes to give back to the electrical industry which has provided him with invaluable working relationships and friendships.

Chris Lehmann – Senior Vice President

Chris Lehmann owns and operates electrical contracting business Tradesmen on Time , which currently employs four people. Chris has a particular interest in mentoring and training of young people into the trade, and promoting safety and professionalism in the industry through programs like Master Electricians and Safety Connect.

Having previously served on the ECA board for two and a half years from 2010-2012, he is still involved in the Skills Shortage sub-committee.

Vince Whelan – Junior Vice President

Vince Whelan is the owner/operator of Whelan Electrical Services P/L , a medium-sized specialist electrical contracting business on the Sunshine Coast. His business is essentially water and waste water engineering – it designs and constructs municipal pumping stations and switchboards and industrial maintenance. Vince has been in the electrical industry for 36 years.

As Sunshine Coast Branch Coordinator and with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Vince is well qualified to serve the members of Queensland on the Board of ECA.

Tammy Stanton – Treasurer

Tammy is a co-director of Platinum Electrical Morningside which has held ECA membership for over six years. Since Beltec Electrical’s inception in 2003, Tammy sees firsthand the issues and challenges facing the electrical contracting industry.

She holds a Degree in Information Technology with post graduate qualifications in project management and training and assessment. Tammy’s extensive industry experience in addition to being the first female ever elected, allows her to bring a distinct perspective to the ECA Council.

Owen Blamires – Councillor

As an electrical contractor for the past 29 years in the domestic, commercial, and industrial areas, Owen Blamires has always promoted and upheld the high standards of the electrical industry to his staff and the public. Owen has a strong commitment to the electrical industry, especially in the areas of training and safety.

Owen has been an ECA member for the past 19 years and served on the ECA Board for the past nine years. Owen came to ECA with an endeavour to represent grassroots members and further the objectives of ECA and benefits of a modern association to all members.

Sarah Loveday – Councillor

Sarah is Managing Director of Loveday Electrical, a medium sized electrical and air-conditioning contractor specialising in domestic construction and maintenance. With Loveday Electrical established 32 years ago, Sarah is a third-generation electrician.

In addition to her electrical trade Sarah has qualifications in business and is working towards her second trade as a Refrigeration Mechanic. Sarah sits on the MEA Women in Contracting committee and has been the founding member of the MEA North Brisbane Branch. Sarah was a finalist in Women in Contracting of the Year and Master Electrician of the Year in 2017.

Brooke MacGregor – Councillor

Brooke purchased Genergy Australia from her parents 11 years ago. As the Managing Director, she sits at the helm of a 20 year old business that has grown into a significant entity in the SEQ stand-by power sector. She draws on her Bachelor of Business and Masters of Professional Accounting (QUT) to run a successful company that focuses on operational efficiencies and safety while offering great customer service through the use of new field technologies.

Brooke strives to create a safe and happy culture and works to ensure Genergy Australia remains a successful, reputable electrical contractor. She is passionate about the electrical industry and also small business, recognising it as the backbone to the economy.

Brooke has been an active member of Master Electricians Australia since 2012. She had been on the Women in Contracting Committee since it restarted in 2016 and was recently appointed as SEQ and Acting SA Area Manager. Brooke is also the Treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans Mine Clearing Team Cambodia Inc and a mother to two beautiful boys.

Peter Matthews – Councillor

Peter has running his own electrical contracting company for the last 11 years, employing more than 30 staff nationally. He is passionate about the electrical industry and strongly advocates for quality workmanship and products. As a fellow business owner, he represents members in terms of their everyday business struggles. Peter embraces technology, with the emergence of renewable energy, smart homes and cloud-based technology. In addition to running his business Peter is also studying his MBA.

Leo Ward – Councillor

In 1974 Leo began his journey as an electrical apprentice working for a ‘one-man band’ electrical contractor in Brisbane and learnt to be resourceful from the beginning. From there he completed his apprenticeship with a larger national company, where he spent many years operating in a vast array of endeavours from mining to high rise office towers, hospitals to power stations, to becoming a full-time estimator.

Leo has been a member of the ECA/MEA for the past 15 years. During this time, he became involved in the FNQ Branch, took on the role of Branch Coordinator and was recognised earlier this year with Life Membership.

Several directions occupy Leo’s time, including Chairman of FNQ Football, the Advisory Forum with Cairns TAFE, operating a cattle breeding property and importantly, opportunities to catch up with his family in Australia and abroad.