The MATES in Construction (Aus) Board

The MATES in Construction (Aus) Board is comprised of industry and research directors with the shared motivation of saving lives in the construction, mining and energy industries.

Brian Seidler Chairman (Non-Executive) - Executive Director, Master Builders Association of NSW. Brian joined the Master Builders Association as a trainee industrial relations officer in the early 1980s. In 1991 he took on the role of MBA/NSW Executive Officer, Industrial Relations and Safety and in 1998 moved to the role of deputy Executive Director. In 2000 he was offered the role of Executive Director, a position which he holds today. Throughout his time with the MBA he has represented the industry and Master Builders on numerous committees and boards, including: Director CBUS Superannuation 1994 – 1999; Director Australian Construction Industry Redundancy Fund (ACIRT) June 1996 - Present; Building Workers Assistance Centre (BWAC); Mates in Construction (suicide prevention program); NSW Building and Construction Industry Long Service Payments Committee; and Comet Training; NSW Council for Women, Board Member; Mates in Construction NSW, Board Member; National Labour Consultative Council; NSW Government Construction Industry Advisory Group; TAFE – South Western Sydney Institute Advisory Council; Guest Lecturer, University of NSW, School of the Built Environment. Colin Emmott Director (Non-Executive) - Colin, a Chartered Accountant and Partner of HLB Mann Judd (until June 2018), has been in the profession for over 35 years. He is well regarded by many WA businesses, providing a broad range of business advisory services including succession planning, taxation and compliance, strategic planning consulting and management advice. A Registrar of the Pharmacy Registration Board of WA since its inception in 2010, Colin was also Registrar of both the Chiropractors and the Optometrist Registration Board for over 25 years prior to Notional registration. Colin is also the Independent Chair of ReddiFund and Mates in Construction (WA) Ltd. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Colin holds a Bachelor of and is also a Registered Tax Agent. Michael Harper Director (Non-Executive) - Michael is the State Manager (SA) for McConnell Dowell and Director Michael Harper & Associates. Michael provides consulting services to the civil Engineering and construction sectors providing advice on company structures, business strategy, bid management and construction methodologies. He has delivered numerous large-scale infrastructure projects in a career spanning more than 25 years. Before starting his own business in 2015, Michael was General Manager of Lend Lease’s Engineering business in Victoria and South Australia and prior to this held senior management roles across Australia and worked on a number of major projects overseas. Wally Trohear Director (Non-Executive) - Wally has been a Director of many organisations in the building industry, entering the building industry in 1964 and was the ex-secretary of the QLD CFMEU. 'WIth more than 50 years in the building and construction industry, Wally is a founding director of QLeave (where he played a key role in establishing a portable long service scheme for Queensland workers), a founding director and current Chair of MATES in Construction QLD, director of MATES in Construction Australia and Chair of BUSSQ' (industrymoves.com 2018). Of pivotal importance during his time with BUSSQ and CFMEU, Wally gave evidence to the Royal Commission into the Building Construction Industry, 'that as much as half of death payments made from superannuation schemes could be the result of suicide' (Gullestrup): evidence later reinforced by the AISRAP Report. Frank O'Grady Director (Non-Executive) - Frank O’Grady is a Director of Cbus and a member of the Cbus Audit and Risk Committee. Currently Frank is employed by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) Construction & General Division – Australia’s largest construction union. Prior to 2018, Frank was the Assistant National Secretary and before that, was an organiser and Vice President for the Victorian Branch of the CFMEU Construction & General Division. In 2014, Frank was appointed a Director of MATES in Construction, a community development organisation aimed at reducing suicide and improving mental health and wellbeing within the Australian Construction industry. Chris Lockwood National CEO - Chris has served as a director of Permanent Care and Adoptive Families (Inc.) since 2010, serving as Chair from 2012 to 2018, and as Secretary currently. Chris took on the role of CEO MATES in Construction (Aust.) in 2017, delivering the management and strategic direction for the company nationally. Prior to leading MATES, Chris worked for Cbus for 10 years managing strategic relationships with industry partner organisations (Unions, Employer Associations and other industry stakeholders) across the construction industry nationally. As well as managing the development and implementation of the fund’s member health strategy and initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence of suicide in the construction and allied industries. Chris has a BA (Psychology), BSc. and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Professor Tony LaMontagne Academic Director (Non-Executive) and Chair of MATES Academic Research Reference Group - Professor Tony LaMontagne leads the Determinants of Health research domain in the Institute for Health Transformation at Deakin University. He also holds honorary appointments at the University of Melbourne, the University of Massachusetts (USA), and the Institute for Work & Health (Canada). His broad research interest is in developing the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health, and translating this research into policy and practice to improve workplace and worker health. Specific areas of interest include workplace mental health, improving job quality and psychosocial working conditions, and evaluating government policy interventions. Intervention research studies have included process and effectiveness studies, quantitative and qualitative methods, and study designs ranging from case studies to large-scale cluster randomized controlled trials. His research and 250+ publications have influenced policy & practice in workplace health from the local to the international level.