prefabAUS People

Our Board of Directors deals with the governance and overall direction ofprefabAUS.

They all volunteer their time to the organisation and are passionate about the role that prefabricated building technologies play in the future of our built environment. The Board currently comprises the individuals listed below.

Our CEO is responsible for the day to day control and management ofprefabAUS and reports to the Board.

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Board of Directors

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Damien Crough is our Board Chair and is a founding Director, and sees strong opportunities for the industry to set itself apart by providing low waste, high quality, sustainable and design led alternatives. Now Managing Director of Advanced Offsite Group, he was previously Business Development Manager at Hickory Group, Damien has been involved a range of medium to high density modular housing projects. He also understands the importance of research and development collaborations following the participation of Unitised Building (UB) in a number of projects with the University of Melbourne exploring issues such as advanced manufacturing technologies and embodied energy.

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Gary Caulfield is CEO, XLam Australia and New Zealand. XLam is a manufacturer of CLT (Cross laminated timber) and provides technical, design, manufacturing, project management construction services and maintenance to the Australian market.  Actively involved in prefabrication since 2006, first with The Stanley Group in New Zealand, Gary was on the committee which formed PrefabNZ, after which he sat on the Board as a member, Chairman, and head of the finance committee over a 5-year period. (He is now a Life Member of PrefabNZ.)

 
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Rob Colquhoun is one of our founding Directors.  He is also a Director of two prefabrication companies which operate Australia wide: Prebuilt which provides design-led prefab homes, and Precom which focuses on commercial solutions to corporate clients.  An engineer by training, Rob has extensive experience in development management, manufacturing and corporate governance, in addition to his passion for quality building prefabrication.

 
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Joyce Ferng is an Associate Director at AECOM and currently leading the ANZ modular initiatives within the organisation. She has 20 years of international experience as a chartered structural engineer and has delivered structurally complex and challenging projects in Singapore, UK and Australia. Joyce develop a passion for prefabrication construction, and gained extensive modular construction and management experiences during her role as a modular Senior Design Manager. She is a great prefabrication advocate and believes that systemisation technology is the future of our construction industry. Joyce is also currently involve in various modular research initiatives with the universities.

 
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Nick Hewson is Head of Design at XLam, Australia’s first cross-laminated timber (CLT) manufacturer and mass timber structure solution provider. His responsibilities are very varied and include project design, testing and R&D, and digital construction and he’s a regular speaker on modular construction and timber at industry events. His background as a structural engineer in the UK and Australia has had a particular focus on mass timber structures and his experience in the design and delivery of these buildings has been instrumental in the delivery of several of Australia’s most important timber structures. Nick has a passion for innovation in construction and is his experience across different parts of the construction industry has given him great insight into how best to leverage technology to deliver outstanding projects.

 
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Paul Kremer’s work covers a diverse portfolio of prebuild and panelised construction technology. His work at XLam supported the establishing the first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) plants in Australia and New Zealand. Paul is a General Manager at Australian Aluminium Finishers and holds several academic appointments including, as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Engineering at Deakin University and Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Infrastructure Engineering. Paul’s contribution on several prefabricated construction steering committees culminated in the development of important frameworks for education and training programs, which are significantly transforming and modernising the construction sector. His industry/research interests include, construction law in the emerging technologies sector and prefabricated construction systems/strategy development and integration. 

 
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John Lucchetti is the Hydraulics Section Manager in the Melbourne office of Wood & Grieve Engineers. John has a particular focus on the modular and prefabricated construction field and is always focused on opportunities to improve technology and construction methodology in this area through the continued delivery of numerous projects.  He is also a member of the Modular Construction Codes Board.

 
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Prof Tuan Ngo is the Research Director of the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (CAMPH) at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Director of the Asia Pacific Research Network for Resilient and Affordable Housing. Over the last 20 years, he has carried out significant research collaborations with industry to develop new building materials and systems and perform R&D experiments of prefabricated modular building structures. Prof Ngo has won a number of prestigious scientific awards, including the prestigious Eureka Science Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia in 2013. He has been working as an expert on many projects to protect critical buildings against extreme events (blasts, impacts, fires and earthquakes).

 
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Nick Strongman is the Chief Executive Officer of Sensum, a project management and consulting firm that specialises in offsite construction. Under Nick’s leadership, Sensum has established a successful track record for delivering building projects in Victoria and South Australia. With more than nine years in the industry, Nick has comprehensive knowledge of offsite construction, project delivery and what is required to successfully market and deliver building services for government. Nick specialises in public sector, government and social infrastructure projects. He understands the unique market opportunities for prefabrication in this sector, and he uses modern building solutions to meet the diverse needs of multiple stakeholders, tight delivery timeframes, and/or budgetary constraints.

 
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Jarrod Waring is the Chief Executive Officer of Fleetwood who are the largest manufacturer and end to end supplier of modular accommodation solutions to the Education and Affordable Housing sectors in Australia. Over the past 20 years Jarrod has held a number of senior management roles in both the Public and Private sectors in Australia and overseas with extensive experience in pre-fab manufacturing and market development. Jarrod is also an Executive member of the MBIAA (Modular Building Industry Association Australia) who seek to influence building code and regulation reform and their application to modular buildings.

 

CEO

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Warren McGregor joined prefabAUS as CEO in February 2015. He has a diverse professional background encompassing management consulting in Australia as well as 10 years in South-East Asia, investment banking and new business ventures. With a property focus since 2006, his experience includes research and advice across many property asset classes as well as property development and an ongoing role in development funding with Payton Capital. Warren’s interest in prefabricated construction dates back to 2010 when he first considered modular options for an apartment development, and was reignited in 2014 when he undertook for Thinc Projects (now Turner & Townsend Thinc) a review of the many advances being made in offsite construction. Warren holds Economics (Hons), Accounting, and Applied Finance qualifications.

Warren may be contacted on warren.mcgregor@prefabaus.org.au


National Events Executive

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Brooke Adams joined prefabAUS in May 2017. Brooke brings over 16 years' experience and a Bachelor’s Degree in event management to her role as National Events Executive. Having worked with several high-profile organisations, including Property Council of Australia and The Smith Family, Brooke has experience coordinating a diverse range of national and international events. Brooke passionate about creating a vibrant, engaging events program for prefabAUS members, bringing the prefabrication community together, and helping propel the industry forward. 

Brooke may be contacted on brooke.adams@prefabaus.org.au or mobile +61 (0) 466 247 724.