Earl Setches has been actively involved in the plumbing industry for 30 years. In 2001 Earl was elected State and Federal Secretary of the PTEU, and he has held both roles ever since. Earl is also Chair of the IPSF and is a Board Member of the Victorian Building Authority Plumbing Advisory Council (VBAPAC), the Building Industry Consultative Committee, Incolink, CBus and PJTF.
Ken Gardner has made a significant contribution to the Victorian building and energy sectors since the 1980s. Ken played a central role in gas and electrical policy and regulation before leading Energy Safe Victoria in 2005. In 2009 Ken became the Chief Executive Officer of the MPMSAA. Ken Chairs the VBAPAC and is the Hon Secretary/ Treasurer for the WPC. Ken is also on the Boards of the Industry Skills Council and the PJTF.
Russ Chaney has made, and continues to make, a valuable contribution to improving standards in world plumbing and, by extension, world health. Russ is the CEO of IAPMO, a non-profit membership based organization focussed on the development of codes that govern plumbing quality standards. Russ also serves as a Board Officer for the American National Standards Institute, and is a former Chair of the WPC.
Carmel Coate has been in association management since 1982 and was with the National Fire Industry Association as their National Executive Director for more than 30 years, managing other industry organisations concurrently. Carmel is Chair of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre. Carmel also Chairs Fire Industry Training Pty Ltd and is a Commissioner of the Victorian Building Authority. Carmel is also the Director of Rocarm Pty Ltd and a member of the IAPMO R&T Oceana Oversight Committee.
Carmel is passionate about lifelong learning and works to ensure that as many individuals that wish to can access training that will add to their skills and allow each and every person to grow and develop as much as they wish. From this industry develops, grows and is at the forefront of skills development, which allows our plumbing, fire and pipe trades industries to be world leaders. The collaboration that is PICAC, delivers world class individuals who support and protect their community with real skill, expertise and pride.
On 10th October 2015, Carmel Coate was awarded the inaugural WILLIAM P. HITE LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD which is presented to an industry participant who has excelled in a leadership role in the plumbing, fire protection and pipe trades industry, making a real difference, for the benefit of all.
Robert is the Chairman of Melbourne Health (The Royal Melbourne Hospital). He is also President of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Chairman of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation and a Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance. Robert is also an Ambassador for or member of a range of other health, community and research focussed organisations.
Paddy Mc Crudden is the State Assistant Secretary and Federal President of the PTEU. Paddy completed his plumbing apprenticeship in Ireland in the early 1980’s before immigrating to Australia. Paddy became an elected official of the PTEU in 1999 and has been an advocate for the plumbing industry ever since. He is a Director of the PJTF and the IPSF. Paddy also holds his Australian Financial Services Licence.
Glenn Menzies commenced his career in the plumbing industry when he began working as a mechanical plumber in 1981. Glenn became an Organiser with the PTEU in 2004 and has been a member of the VBAPAC since 2008. Glenn is CEO of CEPUTEC, a Director of FIT, PJTF and is a PTEU-UA Ambassador.
Sumit Oberoi is the Executive Director of the AMCA in Victoria. AMCA is a national trade association serving companies that operate in the commercial/industrial sector of the industry and is the only industry and employer association that is exclusively dedicated to the air conditioning and mechanical services industry. During 2013, Sumit was appointed to the PJTF Board.
Nazzareno Ottobre has been a licensed plumber for 42 years and is now the President of the PTEU. Nazzareno’s particular area of knowledge and interest is Workplace Safety and the training levels and quality necessary to achieve good OH&S outcomes. Nazzareno has been an OHS Representative on major building sites for 25 years and National Councillor of the Communication’s Electrical Plumbing Union Plumbing Division for 12 years and Chair of PJTF.
Shayne La Combre was appointed CEO of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre in December 2012 and has been a Board Member since February 2011, he has been instrumental in the continuous expansion of the training centre. Prior to this Shayne was Director of Plumbing at Victoria’s plumbing industry regulator, the Plumbing Industry Commission (now the Victorian Building Authority), a role he held for 7 years. In 2011 Shayne was elected to the Board of the WPC and is the Deputy Chair for the 2013 – 2016 term.