Following a unanimous decision of the Board, Craig Edmunds has been elected as the incoming National President of Master Builders Australia.
The Board paid tribute to outgoing President Simon Butt who will conclude his term after three years as National President and 10 years as a National Board member.
Craig joined the National Board in 2015 and is a former President of Master Builders Tasmania. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the building and construction industry.
Craig is the Chair of Fairbrother, an award-winning construction company with offices across Tasmania and Victoria, after spending 18 years as their CEO. For 50 years, Fairbrother has undertaken various commercial, industrial and joinery projects nationally including the iconic Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
Under Craig’s leadership, Fairbrother is a leader in recruiting and supporting more women in careers into the industry and continues its tradition of providing career paths for young people and training award-winning apprentices.
Craig is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chairman of Degree C, a Tasmanian multi-disciplined building services company, and a former Deputy Chairperson of the Tasmanian Building and Construction Training Board.
“Simon has successfully led Master Builders into a new era of advocacy and positioned the organisation as the pre-eminent national advocate for the building and construction industry.
“A well-respected figure both in Canberra and around the country, Simon has championed best-practice in industry and brought the state and territory associations together as a untied voice.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to build on Simon and the Board’s work to advance the building and construction industry.
“The industry is facing many challenges as we emerge from the pandemic and head into more precarious economic headwinds.
“Master Builders will continue to work constructively with Government to tackle some of the challenges around regulatory backlogs, supply chain disruptions, and the skills pipeline to ensure the industry remains profitable and sustainable while meeting housing and infrastructure demands,” says Mr Edmunds.