Tony Arnold – 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 of Councillor, Tony wishes to give back to the electrical industry which has provided him with invaluable working relationships and friendships.
Richard Flanagan – Immediate Past President
Richard Flanagan has a long history in the electrical industry, building his career as a licenced 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. He also spent over 15 years teaching electrical apprentices and electricians at the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE. 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.
John Horan – Senior Vice 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.
Chris Lehmann – Junior 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 2 ½ years from 2010-2012, he is still involved in the Skills Shortage sub-committee.
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.
Vince Whelan – Councillor
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, 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.
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.
Ian Kennedy – Councillor
Ian began his career in the electrical industry with an apprenticeship at SEQEB (now Energex). He worked as an Electrical Superintendent in WA mines then in consulting engineering firms in Townsville and Brisbane. In 2007, Ian took over Whiteford Electrical in his first electrical contractor role and is now Managing Director of kW electric.
Ian has a BEng Electrical, is a Register Professional Engineer Qld and has trade qualifications in Solar and Hazardous Areas.
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.
Sarah Loveday – Councillor
Sarah is General Manager 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.