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Media Release

Published: 28 May 2020

AMCA welcomes new Executive Director in QLD and NSW

The AMCA is pleased to announce that Adrian Shackleton started work this week as Executive Director of both AMCA Queensland and AMCA New South Wales.  

Adrian joins the AMCA after five years with Services Trades College Australia, where he was General Manager and Company Secretary.  

Starting his career as a plumber, Adrian has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. 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.  

President of AMCA Queensland, Ashley Robinson, said Adrian 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.”  

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

Adrian’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,” Mr Robinson said. 

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

Having accepted the role of Executive Director of Queensland in 2001, Graham later added NSW to his portfolio; however, his positive influence extended across the country.  

Throughout his time, Graham 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.  

Executive Director of AMCA Australia, Mr 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.”  

“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 Graham’s final National Council meeting earlier this month, National President, Michael Anthony, thanked Graham on behalf of the entire AMCA community.  

“You have been a great support to so many members right across the country, including all of us at National Council. We hope you won’t be a stranger.” 

Citing Graham’s famed role as the Master of Ceremonies at the AMCA National Conference over many years, Mr Anthony said, “We remain hopeful of a guest appearance!” 

Upon commencing retirement formally next month, Graham looks forward to some travel with his wife, Jannie, and spending more time with their grandchildren. 



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