Australian Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) has appointed Adrian Shackleton to the role of executive director for Queensland and New South Wales.

Shackleton has joined AMCA after five years with Services Trades College Australia, where he was general manager and company secretary. 

He has been in the construction industry for 20 years and began his career as a plumber.

He has a Master of Engineering Science and brings a wealth of experience that includes corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, training and development, project management and operations. 

AMCA Queensland president, Ashley Robinson, said Shackleton has the right mix of experience and industry knowledge needed to support members and guide the AMCA through the COVID-19 recovery. 

“Adrian has an excellent reputation— as both a manager and someone who really understands the industry,” Robinson said.

“We are delighted that he has chosen to join the AMCA, especially at such a critical time.”

Shackleton’s appointment follows the retirement of Graham Mackrill after 19 years with the AMCA.  “While it’s exciting to welcome Adrian, it’s with some sadness that we say goodbye to Graham,” Robinson said.

“Typical of his generous and collaborative nature, Graham has assisted the Board throughout the recruitment process and will support Adrian in his early weeks with a thorough handover.”

After accepting the role of Queensland executive director in 2001, Mackrill later added NSW to his portfolio although his influence extended across the country.

Throughout his time, Mackrill has represented the AMCA on various industry advisory boards and committees at both state and national level, and has been a constant presence at the AMCA national council. 

AMCA Australia executive director, Sumit Oberoi, said Graham always had the best interests of members and the industry at heart. 

“Graham could be counted on for an honest opinion and was renowned for his thoughtful and measured approach,” Oberoi said.

“At a personal level, he has been a trusted mentor and friend. He is a huge loss for the AMCA, but we’re very excited to welcome Adrian and look forward to his fresh perspective.”

At Mackrill’s final national council meeting earlier this month, national president, Michael Anthony, thanked Graham on behalf of the entire AMCA community. 


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