Company: Construc Pty Ltd
Bio: 30 years of experience in the design detailing and inspection of permanent and Temporary works. Chartered Member of Engineer's Australia - MIEAust; CPEng. Member of the National Engineer's Register - NER 248997. Registered Professional Engineer Qld - RPEQ 5288. President Scaffolding Association Australia. Member QMBA Safety Sub Committee. Committee member for QLD Scaffold Code of Practice Review 2018. Committee member for QLD Formwork Code of Practice Review 2016.
Company: Hutchinson Builders
SAA Area of Responsibility: National Market Trends
Tim is the Construction Support Team Leader at Hutchinson Builders where he manages in excess of $120m in plant and assets including the Scaffold Department. With nearly 20 years at Hutchies and over 30 years’ experience in the scaffold and allied construction industries, he brings a wealth of experience to the Association. Tim has been a committee member since 2013 and Vice President since 2016.
Company: Miad Consulting
SAA Area of Responsibility: Membership & Governance
With 30+years of industry specific experience, in Senior/Board Management and Operational roles within Australian and Internationally, there is a focus on Business Transformation/Operational Excellence and making a significant contribution to not only revenue growth but the growth of people for companies across many sectors.
Board Member & Director
Company: Cogent Scaffolding
SAA Area of Responsibility: Scaffolding Safety
Mick has been an SAQ committee member since 2016 and was the Secretary of the SAQ since 2018. Working for Cogent Scaffolding, he has extensive experience in the safety management of the scaffolding industry. Mick has a thorough understanding of relevant OH&S legislation and in developing and implementing formal safety systems. His role at Cogent includes facilitating incident investigations, establishing root cause, and corrective actions, and establishing a competency based training programs as well as all general safety requirements of their sites. Mick has over 16 years of experience in the scaffolding industry.
Company: GIA Scaffold
SAA Area of Responsibility: Small Business Liaison
With near 30 years experience in the scaffold Industry, Phillip Whitbread started at ground level as a yardman all the way Branch manager with some of Queensland's most prominent Scaffold Companies, Now he has started his own scaffold company GIA Scaffold, He has sat on the executive committee of the SAQ for the last 5 years, 3 as treasurer.
Company: Benchmark Scaffolding
SAA Area of Responsibility: Social Media & Market Trends
Simon is the MD of Benchmark Scaffolding and the Founder of ScaffPlan. He has built his career in the scaffolding industry from the ground up (literally). Simon started working as a labourer in the scaffold yard and has worked his way through every position possible inside a scaffolding business. He has run crews of many hundred staff and managed projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Simon is now the Managing Director of Benchmark Scaffolding and the Founder of ScaffPlan. He is passionate about finding simple solutions to solve complex scaffolding projects.
Company: MBP Engineering
SAA Area of Focus: Compliance, Regulatory Bodies & Swing Stages
Miro is an accomplished professional engineer with multi – disciplinary education at PhD level and experience in a range of engineering fields, as well as business and team management. Engineer with years of experience in engineering fields. Miro always ensures the viability of engineering, safety in design and compliance with broad angle and long-terms. Miro has a Doctoral Degree in Engineering and is Chartered Professional Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia (CPEng MIEAust NER). He is also registered in accordance with the requirements of the Professional Engineers Act 2012 in Queensland (RPEQ) and registered as Engineering Practitioner in Victoria State (PE). He was an active member of various Technical Working Groups (TWG) at National and State level and a member of Australian Standards Committee. Selected to lead and represent SafeWork SA in the review and update of National Assessments Instruments (NAI) and Unit of Competency (UoC) for high risk work licences (HRWL).
Company: Scaffolding Association Australia & Cogent Scaffolding
Prior to the launch of the Scaffolding Association Australia (SAA) in 2023, Erryn was the Executive Officer of the Scaffolding Association Queensland (SAQ) for 6 years and managed the transition from the SAQ to the SAA. Erryn is an experienced business and marketing professional with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry, specialising in construction industry marketing and management. Erryn and Aimee manage the day-to-day operations of the SAA as well as its strategy, campaigns, events and communications. Erryn also works for Cogent Scaffolding and has over 13 years’ experience in the scaffolding industry.
Company: Scaffolding Association Australia, ScaffPlan & Benchmark Scaffolding
Aimee has many years of experience in business operations and joined the SAQ in 2022. Aimee was an integral part of the transition from SAQ to SAA. Aimee works as the COO of ScaffPlan as well as Benchmark Scaffolding. Aimee and Erryn manage the day-to-day operations of the SAA as well as its strategy, campaigns, events and communications.
Company : Hutchinson Builders
Damian is the Senior Compliance and Technical Advisor for Hutchinson Builders Scaffold Department
Damian has worked for multiple tier one scaffold companies on the east coast of Australia in a multitude of positions.
He has spent the last five years focused on industry compliance, training and education.
Damian is very proud to be a part of the team at Hutchinson builders who are committed to continued improvement through industry innovation.
Damian hopes to bring the same approach to his role with the SAA.
General Committee Member
Company: Central Scaffolding & Rigging
Michael is the General Manager at Central Scaffolding & Rigging. Michael has worked on projects with many major contractors in the oil and Inspection sector such as BP, Chevron, SSPC, Shell, Petrofac, etc. Working within the Layher team he aims to deliver safe and successful results to all projects. The most important part of this work is that he is always pushing for perfection in all areas of my job role. With this mindset, he is always looking to better himself and those around him.
General Committee Member
7 yrs Supervising Scaffolding in with an additional 6 years on the tools, Rhys has worked and supervised in greenfields and brownfields conditions. Construction on gas plants, refineries, wharves, barges and offshore. He has vast experience in maintenance and shutdowns too.
General Committee Member
Company: Dynaton Sales & Hire
Richard is the Director of Dynaton Sales & Hire, a Formwork and Scaffold production company based in Queensland Australia. All equipment is tested locally and certified to Australian standards. Richard is a hard working person who likes to take on a challenge. He has been working in the construction industry since he finished school in 1998 and has progressed through a number of roles. I love and adore my family and am the proud father of 3.
General Committee Member
Brendan is a HSE Lead in the Power Generation division within UGL.
Brendan has 20 years of experience within the scaffolding industry in almost every sector, residential, commercial, rail, public access and heavy industry including power station, refineries, oil and gas. In this position, with his experience, Brendan can ensure compliance and the ability to assist in finding better ways to achieve great results for everyone involved.
Company: Scaffold Studio
Mark Corkery founded Scaffold Studio in March 2020. “Scaffold Studio takes great pride in tailoring our services to allow companies from small family-owned companies to multinationals access to the same high-quality designs and guidance”
Mark is passionate about safety and compliance and strives to assist the scaffolding industry continue to build on the last decades push for greater regulation and standards. “Education, collaboration and the need to continually raise our standards will be the key to deliver the scaffold industry into an environment where preventable accidents and injuries don't exist.”
Company: Scaffold Safety
With over two decades of experience in a variety of sectors, including process steel manufacturing, open cut and underground mining, oil and gas, plant design and installation, project construction, and residential work, I have developed a strong understanding of risk management and system operations.
This has resulted in a clear and obvious understanding of the craft arts, which I performed on a daily basis to the highest industry standards, as well as the WHS legislation and guidelines that support these.
My goal is to contribute to the growth and development of the Scaffolding Industry in Australia.
There are various areas that require improvement, and I strongly believe that only a national association can effectively deliver the success that our industry deserves.
Company: Base Industries
Jordy Adshead is the National HSEQ Manager at Base Industries and SAA VIC Chair.
In his role at Base Industries he has implemented rigorous HSEQ training and coaching programs building on existing industry leading initiatives and management systems. Within the business we are all leaders in health and safety and we listen to ideas of all our employees, this supports the company vision that every employee is of equal, we all go home healthy and safe.
The passion for Health and Safety is obvious in our business culture which is embraced through living the company values
Paul has been in the scaffolding industry since 1995. He was employed as a contract scaffolder for 9 years as advanced scaffoler leading hand.
Paul then moved into the training field with CFMEU RTO as a high risk trainer and assessor working closely with the all stakeholders to train and issue Worksafe licences for 13 years.
Paul has experience as Operations & Project Management with Vic major scaffold contractor.
He has now been with Layher in his current role for 3 1/2 years and is also an active committee member on the Victorian Scaffold Safety Committee and the Worksafe Vic Industry Standard Committee.
Company: Scaffold Design Australia
Reon Tareha has extensive scaffold design experience across all construction sectors of Australia for over 15 years. He started as a labourer for seven years and his technical eye for detail and computer systems led him into scaffold design. He is passionate about online and software tools that increase the quality of design and estimation.
Reon Tareha founded Scaffold Design Australia in January 2018 and prides its designs on good timing, readability, training, and built-in design safety. Based out of Melbourne, Reon is a valued VIC Committee Member for SAA.
Company: Stilcon Scaffolding
My career in the Scaffolding Industry dates back to 1985, developing from yard labourer to Design Engineer.
After working as a site scaffolder for 15 years, in 2000 I embarked on my study path.
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree (1st Class Hons) in Civil Engineering.
Since graduating from University in 2007 I worked as a Scaffolding Design Engineer in the UK for Lyndon Scaffolding, now LyndonSGB by Brand Safway, I moved over to Australia in 2014 and continued my UK role remotely.
I have extensive knowledge in erecting and designing of scaffold structures predominately in tube and coupler, however I am transitioning into system scaffold in my new role.
I am proficient in FEM analysis of scaffold structures (Finite Element Modelling) and produce structural calculations as required, including wind loading assessments etc, I also produce 3D and 2D drawings.
My aim is to help promote best practice within the Australian Scaffolding Industry and share my knowledge where possible.
Working alongside other industry experts is an exciting opportunity, and I look forward to trying to make a difference.
Company: Grove Scaff
Di is the owner and CEO of Grove Scaff, a proud family owned business providing customised aluminium scaffold solutions for the commercial and industrial sectors. The company was founded in 1983 and has been built on a philosophy of continual improvement and an uncompromising focus on safety.
Di has been running the company as sole director since the death of her husband in 2012. She has faced many challenges in this transition, including operating a business with limited technical knowledge coupled by an absence of state industry support.
This has been the driver for her commitment to changing the perception of the industry, for seeking out training opportunities and for advocating for a united voice for the scaffolding industry.
She is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the SAA and contribute to its mission to represent, enhance, and promote scaffolding as a professional and progressive industry.
Company: Pinnacle Access Group
My name is Dylan Hoare, i am the owner/managing director at Pinnacle Scaffolding SA Pty Ltd, Pinnacle Rope Access, and Adelaide Gantry, jointly known as Pinnacle Access Group. I have 15 years experience in the commercial & industrial sectors, and hold Advanced Scaffolding, Advanced Rigging, and IRATA licenses.
Pinnacle Access Group was established in 2018 with 2 other directors Dwayne Adams & Steven Smith. We have quickly become the go-to for specialised access solutions including scaffolding, mast climbers, swing stages & rope access.
I am a firm believer in quality over quantity, i prefer to see a project completed correctly rather than quickly (or both together is good too!). Since we started our business our goal was to create a team & company that could handle the most technical, high risk jobs, in a reliable, professional, and of course safe manner. I believe we have achieved this, and our portfolio is a testimony to this, however I also preach that you should never stop learning & developing - one of my main reasons for wanting to join the SAA committee.
We are lucky to have a fantastic team of guys working for & with us which make it all possible, i am proud of what we have been able to achieve thus far and looking forward to building on this even further with the SAA committee & members.
With over three decades of experience in the scaffolding industry, Ian has made his mark across England, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
At Stilcon Scaffolding, he plays a pivotal role in continuously pushing boundaries and elevating the standards in delivering seamless end-to-end scaffolding services.
Since immigrating to Australia in 2006, Ian has successfully led the design and delivery of scaffolding solutions on some of Australia’s most iconic infrastructure projects.
Among his many achievements, Ian lead a team in the $300 million West Gate Bridge remodelling project, constructing two of the Southern Hemisphere's tallest freestanding scaffolds. Other major projects include Victoria's Big Build, where he collaborates on major road and rail projects, including the West Gate Tunnel Project, North East Link, Metro Tunnel, Regional Rail Revival, and more than 60 Level Crossing Removals.
Ian's portfolio extends to encompass commercial projects, including the expansion and redevelopment of iconic landmarks like Rod Laver Arena, Chadstone Shopping Centre, and Caulfield Village.
Ian places a strong emphasis on fostering team culture and nurturing relationships. He achieves this by embracing openness in his communication, supporting, and trusting within his team by highlighting the importance of these company core values in his leadership philosophy.
David has been in the scaffolding industry for over 23 years, with experience in many aspects of scaffolding, access and execution both at the operational level and across multiple projects spread across Australasia.
David’s position as Director at AT-PAC is based heavily around innovation, product development, technical services and execution which is a passion and driver for him in the industry.
Matthew is a dynamic manager with site experience on some of the largest oil and gas projects in the APAC region in recent times. With over 20 years experience in the industrial services sector and more than 10 spent across all corners of the Asia-Pacific region.
A true believer that leadership focussed on promoting the primary significance of health and safety is the catalyst for sustainable productivity improvements. My MSc thesis, The Application of Lean Practices in the Industrial Service Industry coupled with my working experiences have formed this belief. It's imperative that we drive organisational sustainability with a consistent focus on the health and safety of all stakeholders, promoting a health and safety culture through personal action, and encouraging optimisation at all levels.
My current role with Scafom-Rux embodies this belief, to manufacture and design high-quality products to the ultimate safety standards and regulatory licensing, to deliver and encourage safe working practices throughout organisations, and improve productivity to meet growing project demands.
Benta Tran is a very passionate Design Engineer specialising predominately in scaffolding projects all across Western Australia from Defence, Industrial to Mining, Iron/Ore and even Marine to name a few. With a university degree in Civil and Structural Engineering and very valuable experience across many major projects in Perth, Benta is surprisingly well known in the WA scaffolding industry despite his age.
Benta has a strong eye for detail and applies innovative, practical & safe advice to solve any solution. AutoCAD is Benta’s expertise with the ability to produce top quality scaffold drawings in both 2D & 3D improve on-site efficiency and reduce misconception.