Who's Who at AWCI QLD

Meet Our Team

Megan Savas
Megan SavasOffice & Marketing Manager and Events Coordinator

Megan Savas has come back on board with the AWCI QLD after taking a break to start a family. Megan worked for the AWCI QLD back in 2005 to 2010, also assisting the National office with some administrative tasks.

Megan keeps very busy with now, 3 young boys she and also runs her own online business.

She is an avid tennis player and also doesn’t mind spending some time out on the bay catching a few fish.

Your Board

Below are our current sitting board members

Perry Richardson - Pro Plaster & A1 Interiors
Perry Richardson - Pro Plaster & A1 InteriorsPresident
I have been in our Industry since 1985 and a member of the AWCI for over 30 years , and have served on the council for more than 20 of that . I have been State President 3 times during that period , as well as National President for 4 years .

I run a contracting business , and also have a Manufacturing and Distribution Business also servicing the plaster Industry , so I feel I understand the frustrations and challenges facing our members . My reason for being involved has always been a simple one . To help our Industry be well represented, and better educated.

Jon Agostinelli - Fast Tracked Constructions
Jon Agostinelli - Fast Tracked ConstructionsVice President
I am applying for the position on the board as I believe I will be an asset to the committee.
I have enough time to come to the meetings due to our systems.
I think in a different direction to most contractors I know.
I have plenty of drive and motivation to make a change in this industry on multiple levels.
As I qualified carpenter/plasterer and builder I understand both how to build on site, how to run that site from the office and the challenges the industry faces on both fronts.
I am very honest and try to do my bit for the community. Currently sponsoring – Beerwah Bulldogs JRL – Dayboro Cowboys JRL – Beerwah Golf Club – Cancer Council – Surf life savers – Glasshouse cricket club seniors and juniors.
I have a keen interest in the technical aspects of the industry and what we as contractors can do to improve it as a whole.
John Kelly - Precision Interior Walls & Ceilings Pty Ltd
John Kelly - Precision Interior Walls & Ceilings Pty LtdTreasurer
John Kelly has been involved in the building industry for over 30 years.

He began as a sell-employed contractor and is now running one of the largest tier one contracting business in Queensland. As General Manager of Precision Group of companies,  John has undertaken some of the largest projects in south-east Queensland.

After establishing the Brisbane-based company, in 2004, it has grown to be a market leader, winning numerous awards for projects. One such achievement includes the recent AWCI 2017 People's Choice excellence in plastering Award for 1 William Street Brisbane

John brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience to the AWCI executive team.

Leigh Ryan - Wallboard Tools
Leigh Ryan - Wallboard ToolsCommittee
My experience started as an apprentice plasterer in Vic 2002 completed in 2006. Spent 6 years as a contractor, 2 years with my own business (high end housing work) & 11 years with manufacturers.

During my time with Knauf I spent time overseas understanding different plastering methods & understanding of how plaster products and manufacturing works. As a Sales person or Technical rep my strong skills set has been relating to contractors and helping educate then on either Tools, Services or Manufacturing literature. I have a passion for connecting with plasterers and helping as it is the core of my working profession. Sitting on the board its important to understand what is possible as a team and how we can help benefit the members and keep our industry healthy for many years to come.

With 19 year’s experience I feel I would be and asset to AWCI’s new board. Having already been a part of the technical committee, it gave me a great understanding into the industry and how fast we need to adapt to change. I think tools play a big part in the industry at marrying materials and application together

Jason White - CSR
Jason White - CSRCommittee
I have been in the construction industry since 2009, working between the UK, America and now Australia. I have worked in multiple sides of the industry, from plastering in my younger years, to now account managment in my later years.
Being an account manager with CSR within the Himmel Brand, sees us bringing growth, exposure to Himmel, but most importantly, value to Brisbane contractors.

Being a part of the AWCI keeps us at the forefront of the industry and keeping market relevant with our industry counterparts. I look forward to being a part of the Association as the CSR representative.

Stefan Bader - Kingspan Insulation
Stefan Bader - Kingspan InsulationCommittee
Stefan Bader has been working in the construction industry for several decades.
Born and educated in Switzerland, he is calling Australia home since 1997.
He has worked in numeral roles as an Architect in Switzerland and Australia working in both residential and commercial construction.
Following 18 years as a business development manager with James Hardie, he is now the Specification Manager for Kingspan Insulation.
Having in depth technical knowledge and being very well connected in the industry, Stefan thinks he can add a lot of value to the AWCI Qld.
Aaron Guild - Siniat
Aaron Guild - SiniatCommittee
Aaron Guild brings to AWCI over 20 years experience in the building and construction industry.

A qualified carpenter by trade, Aaron spent two decades working on the tools, primarily in commercial construction projects around Australia with specialised expertise in lightweight framing solutions, external facades and project management.

Coming off the tools in 2019, Aaron joined Knauf as channel account manager looking after south-east Queensland. In 2022 following the acquisition of Knauf by Siniat, Aaron was appointed to Queensland Commercial Sales Manager for Etex (Siniat) and enjoys working collaboratively with contractors across QLD to find system solutions to their building needs.

Ashley O'Connor - Precision Interior Walls & Ceilings
Ashley O'Connor - Precision Interior Walls & CeilingsCommittee
Ashley O’Connor has been involved in the building industry for over 25 years.
Originally from Melbourne, he started his career as an apprentice for one of biggest ceiling and partitions companies at the time. After relocating to Queensland in 2002, he became a qualified carpenter/plasterer and builder.
He was soon appointed at Precision as a Contracts Administrator based in Brisbane and is now currently the head Construction Manager for Precision Group.
Ashley has helped undertake some of the largest projects in south-east Queensland, many of which have been awarded multiple accolades and received widespread industry recognition.
He is looking forward to working with AWCI QLD, to share his valuable experience and knowledge of the industry.
Glen Pring - Flexitraxx Advanced Building Technologies
Glen Pring - Flexitraxx Advanced Building TechnologiesCommittee
I have worked with-in the construction sector for the past 34yrs. I am a Licensed Carpenter and Builder and previous Building Inspector and currently a building products manufacturer.
I have a good understanding of the National Construction Code and the relevant AS/NZS Standards when it comes to walls and ceilings. The reason I have joined the AWCI committee is to try and help others with-in the construction industry to be better educated when it comes to the requirement of the NCC and AS/NZS Standards. It would be great to have as many members as possible with the required knowledge when it comes to the mandatory minimum requirements, so the industry can benefit for years to come.
Ashleigh Marshall - Platinum Interior Linings Pty Ltd
Ashleigh Marshall - Platinum Interior Linings Pty LtdCommittee
Hi, my name is Ashleigh Marshall & I would like to thank you for electing me as part of the executive committee for 2022-2024. I was previously part of the executive committee until 2020 so I know firsthand how much we need to get through as an industry body in the next 2 years.
I started in the industry at the tender age of 16 although it has been in my family for many decades, having had a father, grandfather, grandmother and an uncle whom all have played a part in this wonderful industry of ours. Initially when I started it was to be a steppingstone to head to university or TAFE to go on to have a career in anything other than construction however I realised quite quickly I had found my passion.
Starting off working in fibrous manufacturing, special order work for high end jobs gave me a good insight into how the industry was changing and evolving. I then went into the contracting side of things learning how to estimate and take off residential and commercial jobs that progressively evolved into Project management as these things normally do when working in a small business.
At the age of 21, I met my now husband, James on a night out with a friend we quickly became engaged and married, at the time he was working mostly in commercial plastering but started to dip his toe into the residential side of things and quickly found what he enjoyed and started sub contract setting to some of the biggest names in the plastering industry.
In 2016 we decided to take the leap into business for ourselves, with a 3-year-old, a newborn baby & half renovated house I can assure there was no smooth sailing! Shortly after starting our own business, I was elected to the board of the AWCI QLD and I really can’t be more thankful for that period as I was mentored by some of the best and was so glad to be able to pick up the phone and chat with some of the best in the industry. Whether it was to run past them some contract conditions, industry changes, new products or just have a chat about the difficulties we face in the day to day running of small business I can honestly say we wouldn’t still be here today if it wasn’t for that support in the early days.
This year marks my 18th year in the industry. I think one of the things that has most inspired me to keep going is the in roads women have made in the construction industry and hopefully I can keep the voice going particularly for the Plastering industry being apart of the executive committee.
I encourage you all to try actively participate in some way in our association whether that be attending events by the AWCI QLD, Completing Fire Courses through our registered training organisation or encouraging your mates, employees or suppliers to take out a membership the stronger our association is the better for all contractors & suppliers alike.

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