Carmel Coate, Chair
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.
I’m committed to individual and industry skills development opportunities, with practical business outcomes, to working towards an environment which supports ethical businesses, with as little red tape as possible, while having checks and balances to ensure good trade practices and contracting which delivers safety and confidence to the community.
Ken Gardner, Deputy Chairman
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.
As well as being a key provider and developer of world’s best plumbing and fire protection training, PICAC acts as a kind of glue for the plumbing industry; or a vehicle for information flow between industry and training, governments and training providers, between Australia and the world. The benefits of a facility and organisation like PICAC were never more evident than in the design and delivery of the new Certificate III in Plumbing, which began in February of 2015. This is training designed by the industry, which will meet the future needs of industry, to be delivered by industry in an industry owned and operated first
class training centre. This is exactly the role envisaged for PICAC when it opened its doors 5 years ago.
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.
In my role as Secretary of the PTEU and as Chair of PCIAC, I am on occasion privileged to travel and meet industry leaders from around the globe. Whenever I do, I am reminded that although we are facing the same kinds of issues around climate change and water scarcity and an evolving and changing plumbing industry as a result, we are the only ones who have developed a whole of industry response. Nowhere else is there a first class training facility in which the training, research and plumbing industry development activities are directed towards ensuring industry professionals of tomorrow are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to allow the benefits of new technologies and innovations to be realised. As an industry, we should be very proud of the success of PICAC, and the innovation and cooperation that underpins it..
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.
Developments and innovations in plumbing and water management are happening round the world all the time. Product designers are continually discovering more efficient and effective means of capturing, using, re-using or distributing or treating waste and fresh water. It is vitally important that plumbing training, in world terms, keeps pace with that rate of change and innovation. As new techniques and products are pioneered, the know-how to use and maintain those systems and products needs to be shared and disseminated across the world plumbing fraternity. It is with that objective in mind that IAPMO is proud to partner with PICAC. This led to the establishment of The IAPMO Centre for Research Development at PICAC in Narre Warren, a world-class research and development centre.
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.
Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city for five consecutive years. You don’t get to be the world’s most liveable city without a strong focus on infrastructure and sustainability. In order to maintain our liveability, we need to be able to respond to the risks posed by climate change and water scarcity. This is why an innovative and world-leading plumbing industry is vital. PICAC cultivates and drives the industry. It is important for the future of Melbourne because it provides the training, support and tools that our plumbers need to retain and improve their skills, which will secure our water future.
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.
One of the great things about PICAC is that it is not just focussed on training young apprentices. PICAC has course options suitable for Plumbers at every stage of their career lifecycle. Popular courses for upskilling, career progression and improving industry knowledge include Type A and Type B Gas Servicing and Asbestos Removal. With the opening of the new Geelong Campus, there will be opportunities for workers from industries that have wound down, like car manufacturing, to upskill in OH&S or welding for example.
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.
A big highlight of 2015 was the great progress made in developing the new PICAC Campus in Geelong. As a region, Geelong has been hard hit in recent years by business closures relating to manufacturing downturns and there are, and will be many more workers, needing to upgrade their skill sets in order to transition to new jobs in different sectors. PICAC can play a key role in that transition, providing tailored and targeted, needs-based training in a region where it is most required. The new facility will be opening in 2016 and I think it will be an important part of the training and economic landscape in that region for many years to come.
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.
The importance to the economy, to sustainability and to the building industry of the air conditioning and mechanical services industry is increasing all the time. Heating and cooling – how effective it is, how efficient it is and how well it is maintained is key to our sustainability as a community. That’s why the first class HVAC training offered by PICAC is so important. We need to make sure our HVAC professionals, and there are more than 10,000 Australia wide working on hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment, are fully trained to work with often complex systems safely and effectively. PICAC training does that.
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.
PICAC is a place where people looking to develop their skills in a whole range of plumbing, Fire Protection or OH&S based courses can do it, whatever their age or career stage. Apprentices can do the full three year course to get qualified at PICAC, and experienced people can train or re-train in a specific skill set that will make them more employable. That’s why the Geelong campus development is so important. It will give workers who might have worked in say the car parts industry for 20 years but who now find their industry shutting down, can train in new skills, sustainable skills, which will help them find new jobs.
Shayne La Combre, Chief Executive Officer
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.
Good quality plumbing training is vitally important to our way of life. The success and health, of cities, economies, societies; all depend on access to a reliable, clean water supply. As the effects of climate change become more pronounced, and water and energy efficiency become increasingly important, the links between plumbing and sustainability are becoming even stronger. Ensuring that our plumbers are trained to meet these challenges is fundamental to our ability to maintain good public health, and to sustain the natural environment.