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MPAQ Council

President

Kelvin Slade

Kelvin Slade

I have worked in the plumbing industry for over 40 years and run my own business, Slade Brothers Plumbing. We specialise in commercial and domestic maintenance, gas fitting, hot water unit repair/ installation, installation and maintenance of backflow prevention devices/ thermostatic mixing valves, legionella treatment and much more. I have a wonderful wife, Mandy and two now adult sons.

I’ve been a member of MPAQ for over 20 years and have previously been a committee member in the Redcliffe Division. I believe the role and involvement of MPAQ as the voice of our industry and providing support for members is more important than ever given the changes being forced upon us at federal and state levels. My aim is to build upon the good work being done to ensure our concerns and needs are heard and respected throughout industry and all levels of government.

Vice Presidents

Kent Vickers

Kent Vickers

I have been involved in the Queensland gas industry since my apprenticeship with Allgas Energy starting in 1986. I have been a Queensland Plumber, Drainer and Gas Fitter since that time and I am now the sole director of Qld Industrial Gasfitting Services Pty Ltd (QIGS). We specialise in Type B gas installations and have a vast knowledge of the Qld Gas Industry.

I have been happily married to my wife Fiona since 1997 and we have two fantastic young adults, Jess and Ben.

I joined the MPAQ Council in 2011 as a voice for the Queensland Gas Industry. Since that time I have enjoyed playing an active role within the Master Plumbers’ Association and I look forward to developing the gas and plumbing industry well into the future.

Pat Robertson

Patrick Robertson

I am a third generation plumber, with a strong connection to our trade with six family members being plumbers. I have been a member of our Association since 8 February 2006 and am based at Rocklea.

Reliable Plumbing Gas and Solar works across all facets of the plumbing, drainage and gas fitting in maintenance and the construction industry.

Past-President

Bob Kimlin

Bob Kimlin

I commenced my plumbing apprenticeship in 1971. I then worked at JR Wylie & Sons/AE Smith & Son for a total of 23 years, the last 16 of which I was Townsville Branch Manager for AE Smith, before Commencing National Air Qld - Plumbing and Air Conditioning in 1999 until closing the business and retiring financial year ending 2013.

I have a beautiful and supportive wife, Tina, and three sons who have so far have given me three grandchildren, Caiden, 17, Charlotte, 2 and Hunter, 6 mths. My sons are: Terry, who runs his own plumbing and mechanical service in Brisbane called Pipetech Industries; Ryan, who is in electrical with Smoke Alarm Solutions; and Tyson, who is in electrical, communications and security, specialising in mechanical services with AE Smith & Son Brisbane, now owned by Spotless.

I have been active in the Townsville Division as Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman since 1980 and commenced as an MPAQ Councillor in 1994. I was then President from 1996-1998, then again from 2002-2013. It was a great honour to have life membership bestowed upon me in November 2014. I have always wanted to return something to the industry as it has allowed me to achieve success in my work and personal life.

Treasurer

John Salmon

John Salmon

I run Salmon Plumbing with ten plumbers, five apprentices and a team of five in the office. I’ve been in business for myself since 1991 and am married with one son.

I enjoy being on the board of MPAQ and see it as an opportunity to improve the industry which is so important to the community.

Trustees

Bill Watson

Bill Watson

I have been a plumber, drainer and gasfitter for 42 years, serving my apprenticeship with Watson Plumbing (Dave Watson, no relation) from 1967 – 1971. I commenced my plumbing business Connectors “The Plumbing People” Pty Ltd in 1973. My business carries out work for industrial, commercial and domestic premises’ in the Brisbane area, specialising in backflow prevention, solar and heat pumps and TMV. I also have a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and am a Qualified Contract Trainer for the plumbing industry. I am currently delivering courses for MPAQ.

I am the Chairman of the Plumbing Industry Council and a Director of Master Plumbers Australia. I joined MPAQ in 1977 and have been on the Council for 33 years. I was made a Life Member in 1995 and a Trustee in 2011.

I’ve been a Rotarian for 19 years and received a Paul Harris Fellow in 1999. I am happily married to my wife Marie and have 3 children and 9 grandchildren (8 girls and 1 boy).

Don Nunn

Don Nunn

Trading as D G and LM Nunn Plumbers and Drainers we commenced business in December 1988 after moving to Toowoomba from Central Queensland with our 5 children. We joined Master Plumbers in April 1991 so as to take advantage of the many services offered so as to assist us with the structure of our business.

We found the Toowoomba Division members welcomed us into the group and we have enjoyed many years of fellowship within the division which eventually allowed us to join in with the state association and attend conferences and make many more friends throughout the state. Being involved with the division and attending meetings eventually lead to my election to the board of MPAQ in 2011 where I have been privileged to work with other councillors and staff of the Master Plumbers group.

Councillors

Rob Brouwers

Rob Brouwers

I have been the owner/director of Backflow Plumbing Services Pty Ltd since 1990. I have a beautiful wife, Jen and enjoy getting away camping and getting the most this great country has to offer. 

I am passionate about the plumbing industry and backflow prevention, and have a vision of keeping our industry strong, that’s why I became involved with MPAQ. I believe that we have a unique opportunity to network together to assist one another to strive for a better future in this great industry.

Ben Crew

Ben Crew

I followed my older brother into the plumbing industry, commencing my apprenticeship in 2001 in the commercial field. A few years later my younger brother joined us in the trade.

I was given an opportunity in the first year out of my trade to site manage a multi-story apartment development in Roslyn Bay Harbour, Yeppoon. Since then I continued in site management, then moved to sole trading, contracting to my brother in the commercial and domestic field in Central QLD, moving onto Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and then a short stint in the Pilbara WA. I then spent three years in the mining resources sector in the Bowen Basin, allowing me to work with my younger brother in a projects team.

From there I moved onto site & company management for a commercial plumbing company where I received the 2014 Construction Skills Queensland Business professional of the year, the 2015 Qleave Commercial & Industrial Technical Award in the MPAQ plumbing & Gas Industry Awards for ‘SALT’, Yeppoon’s waterfront apartment project, the same award in 2016 for the AHC Woolworths project in Parkhurst Rockhampton along with the SIMPRO Service Excellence Award.

Most recently starting BC Project Industries with my partner Amy. We specialise in D&C projects & cover a range of works from construction, renovations to maintenance.

I believe MPAQ plays an essential role in protecting the industry and providing a secure future for the trade for both licensed plumbers and the community we work in.

Harle Gall

Harle Gall

I have been in the plumbing industry since 2004, completing my apprenticeship in Goondiwindi. In late 2008 my wife and I started our business as H&S Gall Plumbing, doing anything and everything in the industry, as you do in bush. As our business grew, so did our inefficiencies, so we then joined the Laser Group in 2013 for their systems, networking and business support. We currently do a broad spectrum of services within the plumbing industry in the Goondiwindi and surrounding areas.

I have been married to my wife Stacey for 13 years and have four little kids; two boys, Zeb 8 years, Will 7 years, and twin girls, Andie and Stella at 4 years. 

I joined MPAQ in 2009 for the peace of mind of having an industry body with all the range of services that MPAQ provide. I joined the MPAQ Council to give a perspective from a rural background and have a say in polices that affect our awesome industry. 

Sam Hannant

Sam Hannant

I have been working in the plumbing industry since 2006 and am part of the team at Yes Fire, a company that conducts certifications and site audits, installations and upgrades, testing and maintenance of fire systems - in particular, fire hydrants, fire hose reels, fire pumps and fire tanks.  With a passion for the fire industry and for community safety, I am a member of the MPAQ and QBCC fire committees and am also proud to represent Master Plumbers’ Australia on several Australian Standards committees within the fire industry. 

I am happily married to my wife Steph and we live on the Gold Coast with our four beautiful kids, Mieké, Reece, Axel and Milly. 

I joined the MPAQ Council in 2013 and enjoy playing an active role within the association. 

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

After finishing school at Marist College Ashgrove in 1994, I commenced my plumbing apprenticeship in the domestic market with Connell Plumbing. I progressed into the commercial market after being provided the opportunity to work with Beavis & Bartels in 1997. Having worked with Beavis & Bartels since, I have been extremely lucky to have been provided the opportunity to work in all aspects of the business and to be surrounded by an excellent team of men & women who work together to deliver some of the state’s largest hydraulic projects. Beavis & Bartels joined MPAQ in 1960 and have since been a member of the association.

I married Liz in 2008, we have since been very fortunate to have three beautiful children in Charlize, Holly & Harry who provide us with joy & happiness.

As a councillor, I find it an honour to be given the opportunity to “Give Back” to the industry that I am so fortunate to part of.

Dennis Yarrow

Dennis Yarrow

I have been working in the Plumbing Industry for over 34 years, 28 of these years I have worked as an independent contractor. I started my Plumbing apprenticeship in 1979 and established my own business Yarrow Plumbing Services Pty Ltd in 2003.

I have been a member of the MPAQ for just over 20 years now and have been a member on the council for 5 years. The advances in technology within the plumbing industry have been extraordinary and I believe that my membership with the MPAQ has allowed me to keep up to date not only with the technological changes within the plumbing industry but also with the administrative changes.

I enjoy the challenges that are associated with being a Councillor of the MPAQ, together we endeavour to make positive changes within our industry on a day to day basis as it is astonishing how many non-plumbing entities try to dictate how we as an industry should function. It is the job of the MPAQ to advocate on behalf of the whole of the plumbing industry.

I strongly believe that being a member of the MPAQ is a pre-requisite to having a successful plumbing business because without the advocacy of the MPAQ, there would be no Plumbing Industry, certainly not one that we would all be proud to be associated with.

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