Management Team

Malcolm Richards, Chief Executive Officer

Malcolm Richards was appointed CEO in July 2006 after spending six years with the Queensland Electrical Safety Office where his role included developing new electrical safety legislation.

Malcolm has extensive experience in the electrical industry through 17 years working for Ergon Energy and previously NORQEB based in Townsville.

He is a qualified electrical fitter/mechanic/linesperson and has completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).


Carol Caton, Chief Financial Officer

Carol is a CPA, also holding a Governance Institute of Australia Certificate in governance studies. Her extensive background in finance was grounded in external, internal, and information systems audit, later using that experience in roles in both the For Profit and Not for Profit sectors.

With approximately 20 years of executive management experience in a range of industries across metropolitan, remote and international locations, Carol focuses on applying her skills to establishing a controlled environment employing best practice procedures, incorporating flexibility and responsiveness.

Carol’s experience includes Company Secretarial roles, including serving for six years as a non-executive director on the Board of a Not for Profit organisation.


Sharon McClelland, General Manager Membership

Sharon has a true passion for member centricity; placing the member at the centre of the business model and developing strategies, marketing, communication and engagement plans that deliver business results through meeting member needs. She has worked in senior roles for the past 15 years across the mutual, retail/trade and education sectors, most recently as the Member Value Proposition Manager for RACQ.

Sharon is a people person whom enjoys collaborating with stakeholders to build the business strategy and tactical activity to ensure delivery of business objectives. She has tertiary qualifications (Canberra University), is a Certified Marketing Manager (B.O.M.A) and is experienced in Design Thinking (ECHOS).


Jason O’Dwyer, Manager Advocacy and Policy

Jason has been part of MEA since 2012 and has almost 30 years’ experience in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations from a wide cross section of industries including electrical, mining, health, community services and not for profit sectors.

Jason leads the Technical and Workplace Relations teams to assist members and completing in excess of 15,000 calls a year. Recently Jason has taken on larger responsibilities in developing and responding to various National and State based policy issues and strongly advocating on behalf of members to achieve outcomes for members.


Colin Gibson, HSE Manager

Colin joined MEA in 2016 as a part of the safety and technical team before moving into his current HSEQ Manager role.

With nearly 40 years experience across a number of industries he is well placed to support the Field Support Advisor (FSA) team to assist members with practical solutions to safety issues.

Colin is also responsible for MEA’s triple certification HSEQ program which partners with members to obtain and manage full JAS-ANZ triple certification in Quality, Environment and Safety.