MEAQ Council Elections 2023

The MEAQ Council performs an important role in the strategic direction of the Association. You now have your chance to choose the team who will lead the Association into the future.

Voting is now open for the 5 positions of Councillor. You should have received an official ballot paper in the mail from the Electoral Commission Queensland. To make your decision easier, below is a brief summary of the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

The ballot closes midday on Tuesday 26th September 2023.

View the candidate profiles below:

Seth Atkinson:

With his vision, leadership, and expertise, Seth Atkinson aims to provide cutting-edge electrical solutions that meet the needs and expectations of his clients and the industry. He is the founder and director of Terawatt, an electrical company that has been at the forefront of technological advancements since 2015. He is also the owner of Keith Atkinson Electrical, his father’s well-established company on the Sunshine Coast, which he acquired in 2018 to preserve his family’s legacy and expand his business ventures.

Seth has over 20 years of experience as a qualified electrician, working across diverse sectors of the industry, such as residential, commercial, industrial, and renewable energy. He has also invested in the professional development of his staff, providing them with training and mentoring opportunities.

Seth is passionate about key areas within the electrical industry, especially safety and technology. He actively advocates for safety measures, ensuring the implementation of best practices to protect both workers and clients. He also demonstrates a profound interest in emerging technologies, particularly in EV’s) and charging infrastructure, recognizing their potential to revolutionize the industry. He has been involved in several EV initiatives, such as installing EV charging stations, promoting EV education and awareness, and participating in EV events and forums.

Seth is a proud member of Master Electricians Australia (MEA), a volunteer MEA branch coordinator, and current Council Member. He has been a regular attendee and contributor to MEA events.

Seth is seeking a board seat at MEA to represent the interests and views of electrical contractors in Queensland, and Australia. He believes that his expertise in electrical contracting, innovation, and EVs can help MEA achieve its strategic goals and vision. He is also eager to learn from other board members and contribute to the governance and oversight of MEA.

Owen Blamires:

I have operated a diverse Qld regional country multi-faceted electrical contracting business as both Director and owner.. This experience has given me extended ability to represent likeminded small electrical contracting business on Qld member based organisations including MEA.

I am currently involved in consultancy and mentoring in the electrical industry and especially passionate in the area of renewable energy including solar and battery storage.

All my time in the electrical industry I have been excited about all that it has to offer and held many volunteer positions including, most recently, being the Electrical industry representative on the Qld Electrical licencing board. I currently hold the regional councillor Board member of MEA position and have done so for many years. Whilst being the regional representative I uphold the vision of all small electrical contractors, to be kept well informed and ensuring the their voices are heard and acted upon.

Along with my enthusiasm for the electrical industry is my compassion for those less fortunate and I have had the honour using my accumulated electrical skills in humanitarian areas of less fortunate communities such as the remote islands of Vanuatu and east Timor. The team worked together to provide sustainable solar and electrical power systems to schools and hospitals. These experiences help me formulate broader and more charitable strategies for MEA to implement and I would like the opportunity to continue my work in this area.

I believe that I have represented the unique perspective of regional members and would like to continue this good work in ensuring all members views are heard and I also believe my long experience on the board ensures the continuity of decision making processes.

Michael Saunders:

Michael’s journey in the electrical industry and his involvement in various roles within his community showcase his dedication and commitment. His experience as a member of the MEAQ (Master Electricians Australia and Queensland) council since 2020 demonstrates his active engagement in shaping the direction of the electrical industry at a larger scale. Serving on the council indicates that he likely participates in discussions, decision-making, and policy formulation that impact the industry as a whole.

Furthermore, his role as the Townsville MEA branch advisor for the past 5 years highlights his leadership within the local community. As an advisor, Michael has provided guidance, support, and insights to other members in the Townsville area. This role indicates that he’s not only contributing on a broader industry level but also making a tangible impact on a regional level by assisting his peers in overcoming challenges and staying informed about industry developments.

Michael’s journey from being self-employed to expanding his business to two locations (Townsville and Mackay) over the span of 14 years showcases his entrepreneurial spirit and ability to adapt to changing business landscapes. The fact that he’s still actively involved in the day-to-day operations of his business, often being “on the tools,” speaks to his hands-on approach and willingness to stay connected to the core aspects of his trade.

His understanding of the challenges faced by small businesses suggests that he’s not only focused on his own success but also empathetic to the struggles that fellow small business owners might encounter. This understanding informs his contributions within the MEAQ council and as a branch advisor.

Michael’s excitement about the future of the electrical industry indicates his optimism and belief in the potential for growth and innovation in the field. With his extensive experience and active involvement in various capacities, he’s positioned well to be a positive influence on the direction the industry takes.

Overall, Michael’s journey showcases a well-rounded individual who is not only successful in his own business but also passionate about the betterment of the electrical industry as a whole. His roles within the MEAQ council and the Townsville MEA branch, along with his hands-on business approach, make him an asset to both the industry and his local community.

Ben Haines:

Ben is a dedicated councillor and long-standing member of Master Electricians Australia.  He has a proven track record of success in the electrical industry and offers a wealth of experience and knowledge, including:

  • Business Acumen: Ben has successfully grown his electrical contracting business to over 100 employees.  He wishes to take what he has learnt to help fellow MEA members.
  • Board Experience: As the managing director of multiple companies and a MEA councillor, he brings a no-nonsense approach which focuses on accountability and achievement of results.
  • Commitment to Excellence: Ben sets high expectations ensuring that his participation leads to high-quality outcomes.
  • Negotiation Skills: Ben focuses on renegotiating contracts for better terms, he aims to win tenders based on non-price criteria.
  • Industry Training: His business hosts training placements for industry partners such as Powerlink and Ergon, in addition to offering 24 full-time apprenticeships.

David Lethbridge:

David Lethbridge is the founder of DGE Electrical Services, a respected company specialising in outsourced engineering and estimation services.

With over 20 years of experience in electrical construction projects, David is a trusted and experienced Senior Electrical Estimator & Electrical Engineer. He has successfully managed medium to large-scale projects with budgets of up to $60 million, demonstrating his expertise in cost management and problem-solving.

David’s attention to detail and unwavering dedication to safety and quality have earned him a stellar reputation in the industry. His strong relationships with developers and electrical contractors, highlight his deep understanding of the market and his ability to foster collaborative partnerships for efficient project delivery.

Recognising the need to improve pricing and project management practices for electrical works in construction projects, David established DGE to support electrical contractors. His goal is to achieve the best outcomes for each project and client by providing valuable insights and solutions to optimise pricing and project management processes.

With his extensive knowledge and unwavering commitment to excellence, David is a deserving candidate for MEA nomination. His ongoing contributions and dedication continue to drive the progress and success of the electrical & communications industry in Australia.

Scott Hines:

  • Manage team of 30 including Account Managers, Service Co-ordinators, Safety Managers and accounts department
  • Develop and execute long-term business strategies that align with organizational goals.
  • Foster a culture of innovation and adaptability to stay ahead in a rapidly changing market.
  • Promote collaboration, effective communication, and a sense of ownership among team members.
  • Empower employees to take initiative and provide opportunities for professional growth.
  • Recruit, train, and mentor high-performing teams across various departments.
  • Streamline processes to enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and improve overall productivity.
  • Ensure compliance with industry regulations, company policies, and ethical standards.
  • Develop and manage budgets, forecasts, and financial plans to optimize resource allocation.
  • Identify opportunities for revenue growth, cost reduction, and profit maximization.
  • Establish strong customer relationships and ensure the delivery of exceptional products/services.
  • Uphold the company’s values and promote a culture of integrity and accountability.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills including liaison will all suppliers and stakeholders
  • Proven experience assessing client needs and preparing quotes/tender documentation

Mathew Hatfield:

Hatfield Electrical has been operating as a local business within the Douglas Shire and surrounds for the past 23 years. As the direct of this company, I pride myself in all the aspects of the electrical trade. Throughout the years in business, I have mentored and trained many apprentices and tradesmen. I am proud to say that these apprentices and tradesmen have developed within the electrical industry and have become successful in their own fields. I believe it is important to support the local community, therefore Hatfield Electrical have made numerous contributions and continue to support and sponsor local charities and sporting groups within the shire.  I have seen the evolving landscape in the electrical industry become more safety orientated and we as a company have progressed and embraced these changes as they are implemented.

Robina Samios:

I would like to present myself as a candidate for the position of Councillor. My journey in the electrical services industry, started in 2008 and now am the Managing Director of R Jay Electrical Services, which has given me invaluable experiences and insights that I am eager to bring to our esteemed association.

Professional Background:

In 2008, we took the leap of faith and acquired R Jay Electrical Services, a thriving company located in the Western Suburbs. Through dedication, hard work, and a commitment to excellence, we successfully nurtured the business and expanded its services over the years.

As my journey continued, I recognized the importance of investing in the future of our industry by taking on Apprentices. Guiding and mentoring these young talents not only instilled the values of our trade but also reinforced my belief in the power of education and fostering a skilled workforce.

As my children grew older and more independent, I eagerly embraced additional responsibilities within the company, transitioning to the role of Finance Manager. This role not only sharpened my financial acumen but also granted me a holistic understanding of the company’s operations.

In 2022, I was proud to be appointed as the Managing Director of R Jay Electrical Services, leading a dedicated team of 57 employees. Under my leadership, we have expanded our services from the Gold Coast to Toowoomba, with a primary focus on providing electrical services for New Residential homes builders.

R Jay Electrical Services are proud to be celebrating 33 years and have achieved Gold Master Electrician status after joining Master Electricians in 1991.

My commitment to our Association is evidenced by my active participation in various industry events. I am a regular attendee at the Master Electricians Conferences and Women In Contracting Events and Branch Meetings which enables me to stay updated with the latest trends and advancements in our field.

Additionally, our commitment to safety is unwavering as we subscribe to Master Electricians Safety guidelines. Moreover, I ensure that our team remains well-informed through monthly Toolbox Meetings presented by Master Electricians Safety personal.

My dedication to our industry was recognized in 2021 when I won the Women in Contractor South Queensland award, followed by the National winner accolade. These achievements reinforce my commitment to advocating for diversity and excellence within our industry.

In seeking your support as a Councillor for the Master Elections Association, I am eager to channel my experiences, leadership, and passion into contributing to the betterment of our organization. Together, let us strive to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and growth within the electrical services industry.

Thank you for considering my nomination, and I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to serve our association and its members.

Chris Power: Withdrawn from Election