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John Horan – President

John has more than 20 years’ experience in the Electrical industry, holds an MBA, and founded North Queensland based Electrical Company Horan and Bird in 2004.

Horan and Bird, winner of the Australian Service Business of the year in 2012, employs nearly 100 people and is currently one of the largest Solar installers in Australia. In 2011 they were proud to build the first Renewable Energy Centre in Queensland for research and development innovation in Australian energy solutions.

Tony Arnold – Immediate Past President

Having grown up in the electrical industry, Tony Arnold has seen firsthand the everyday issues which impact electrical contracting businesses. It is this experience that has led Tony to his position on the MEAQ Council.

Tony’s second generation family business, Arnold Electrical & Data Installations, has grown consistently with the many and varied ups and downs of the past decades. He has been witness to the many changes which have occurred within the association and its membership base. In his role on the Council, Tony wishes to give back to the electrical industry which has provided him with invaluable working relationships and friendships.

Sarah Loveday – Senior Vice President

Sarah is Managing Director of Loveday Electrical, a medium sized electrical and air-conditioning contractor specialising in domestic construction and maintenance. With Loveday Electrical established 35 years ago, Sarah is a third-generation electrician.

In addition to her electrical trade Sarah has qualifications in business. Sarah Chairs the MEA Women in Contracting committee and has been the founding member of the MEA North Brisbane Branch. Sarah was the South QLD Women in Contracting of the Year and Master Electrician of the Year in 2017.

Peter Matthews – Junior Vice President

Peter has running his own electrical contracting company for the last 11 years, employing more than 30 staff nationally. He is passionate about the electrical industry and strongly advocates for quality workmanship and products. As a fellow business owner, he represents members in terms of their everyday business struggles. Peter embraces technology, with the emergence of renewable energy, smart homes and cloud-based technology. In addition to running his business Peter is also studying his MBA.

Owen Blamires – Councillor

As an electrical contractor for the past 29 years in the domestic, commercial, and industrial areas, Owen Blamires has always promoted and upheld the high standards of the electrical industry to his staff and the public. Owen has a strong commitment to the electrical industry, especially in the areas of training and safety.

Owen has been an ECA member for the past 19 years and served on the ECA Board for the past nine years. Owen came to ECA with an endeavour to represent grassroots members and further the objectives of ECA and benefits of a modern association to all members.

Brooke MacGregor – Councillor

Brooke purchased Genergy Australia from her parents 11 years ago. As the Managing Director, she sits at the helm of a 20 year old business that has grown into a significant entity in the SEQ stand-by power sector. She draws on her Bachelor of Business and Masters of Professional Accounting (QUT) to run a successful company that focuses on operational efficiencies and safety while offering great customer service through the use of new field technologies.

Brooke strives to create a safe and happy culture and works to ensure Genergy Australia remains a successful, reputable electrical contractor. She is passionate about the electrical industry and also small business, recognising it as the backbone to the economy.

Brooke has been an active member of Master Electricians Australia since 2012. She had been on the Women in Contracting Committee since it restarted in 2016 and was recently appointed as SEQ and Acting SA Area Manager. Brooke is also the Treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans Mine Clearing Team Cambodia Inc and a mother to two beautiful boys.

Leo Ward – Councillor

In 1974 Leo began his journey as an electrical apprentice working for a ‘one-man band’ electrical contractor in Brisbane and learnt to be resourceful from the beginning. From there he completed his apprenticeship with a larger national company, where he spent many years operating in a vast array of endeavours from mining to high rise office towers, hospitals to power stations, to becoming a full-time estimator.

Leo has been a member of the ECA/MEA for the past 15 years. During this time, he became involved in the FNQ Branch, took on the role of Branch Coordinator and was recognised earlier this year with Life Membership.

Several directions occupy Leo’s time, including Chairman of FNQ Football, the Advisory Forum with Cairns TAFE, operating a cattle breeding property and importantly, opportunities to catch up with his family in Australia and abroad.

Michael Saunders – Councillor

Michael left Marist Brothers Ashgrove as an enthusiastic 17 year old to start his apprenticeship in the South Burnett. Upon completion of Michaels apprenticeship, he made the move to Townsville where he has called home for the past 21 years. Michael has been the director of NQ Electrical for the past 6 years and he believes that the small electrical contractors are the life blood of the industry.

Michael is currently a MEAQ Councillor, Townsville Master Electrician’s branch coordinator and Club Clipsal Advisory Member. Michael believes devoting his time to these organisations is vital in giving back some of his vast experience that he has gained in his life’s journey to this date.

Michael is well respected in the electrical industry and with his vast experience in both business and social organisations.

Ben Haines – Councillor

Ben is the Managing Director of an electrical contracting business, employing 70 staff, and working predominantly in the Tier 2 construction and commercial service sector.  Ben’s focus is on improving safety culture and worker competence, developing business systems that improve efficiency and reliability, and the adoption of new technology.