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) - Brian Seidler is 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; 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. Brian is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Colin Emmott Director (Non-Executive) - Colin Emmott, 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, family business advice, strategic planning consulting and management advice. A Registrar of the Pharmacy Registration Board of WA since its inception in 2010 to 2018, Colin was also Registrar of both the Chiropractors and the Optometrist Registration Board for over 25 years prior to National registration. Colin is also the Independent Chair of ReddiFund Ltd, Mates in Construction (WA) Ltd and Senses Australia. He is also a Director of Nolan UDA Pty Ltd. Colin holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Michael Harper Director (Non-Executive) - Michael Harper is the Director of 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 30 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 several major projects overseas. Wally Trohear Director (Non-Executive) - Wally Trohear is the ex secretary of the CFMEU QLD Construction Division with almost 30 years service to QLD building workers. He 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 Chairperson of MATES in Construction QLD/NT, a director of MATES in Construction Australia, a director of Life Skills Tool Box and a Chair of the BUSSQ Board. Frank O'Grady Director (Non-Executive) - Frank O’Grady is a Director of Cbus and a member of the Cbus Audit and Risk Committee. Frank represents 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. Chris Lockwood National CEO - Chris Lockwood 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 is a Director on the Board of Suicide Prevention Australia. 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. 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.