Service Trades Council (STC)

STC Deputy Members

Bill Watson – Master Plumbers' Association of Queensland

William (Bill) Watson has over forty-four (44) years of experience and leadership in the building industry specialising in plumbing, drainage and gas-fitting as an employee, an employer, a business operator, an industry association advocate, an industry regulatory representative, a Government Board appointee and an accredited trainer.  Bill is exceptionally passionate about the plumbing/gas/drainage industry, and welcomes all initiatives to help drive the recognition that this important community health service so richly deserves.

Dr Greg Jackson – Qld Health

Dr Jackson is the Director of the Water Unit in the Health Protection Branch in the Queensland Department of Health. His Unit is responsible for health policy, regulation, technical guidance and major incident response for drinking water, recycled water, recreational waters and public aquatic facilities in Queensland. He also manages the Queensland Water Fluoridation Program and is leading the Queensland Government’s response to risks from Legionella, and other hazards, in the water systems of hospitals and residential aged care.

Dr Jackson is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, a member of the Water Quality Working Group of the National Environmental Health Standing Committee and is an Adjunct Associate Professor and member of the Scientific Planning Committee for the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences, which is based at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Allan Hazell – Local Government Association of Queensland

Allan is a deputy board member representing the Local Government Association of Queensland. Allan has held the position on the former Plumbers and Drainers Licencing Board for 9 years and was a member of the Plumbing Industry Council. He has participated in a number of state-wide committees including the Plumbing Industry Council Group, Australian Standards sub-committee, a Licencing and Training committee and he has represented the state regulator at the National Regulators Forums. Allan also represents the Local Government Managers Association on the management committee of the Queensland Water directorate and is a committed advocate of the Australian Services Union.

Allan has 22 years in local government and is currently the Building and Plumbing Services Manager at Noosa Council. Allan considers one of the highlights of his career to date has been his personal participation in formulating the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 and the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003. Currently, Allan is enjoying his return to working with members of Building Industry Policy (Department of Housing and Public Works), the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and industry groups, in the development and implementation of Queensland’s new plumbing legislation.

Michael Wiech – Plumbers Union

Mick began his employment in this industry as an apprentice Plumber & Drainer. He has now been involved in the industry for over 29 Years.

He is currently the Assistant State Secretary of the Plumbers Union, where previously he was an Organiser and Health and Safety Representative.  Mick has been a member of the QLD Plumbers Union for 20 years.

Mick is a director of STQ (Service Trades Qld) which is an industry training fund and he is also a member of the Construction Industry Sector Standing Committee.

Wayne Smith – National Fire Industry Association

With over 20 years’ experience working within the fire industry Wayne has led significant advancements in policy, licensing and professionalism of the trade.

Wayne also holds substantial experience in the plumbing and mechanical services fields having represented contractors within these trades. Wayne is a Board member of many State and National organisations and continues to be passionate about fire protection and to making Australia safer from fire injury, death and property loss.

Eddie Denman – Institute of Plumbing Inspectors Queensland

Eddie has over 30 years' experience working in the building and plumbing industry, with over 14 years working for local government. He holds the position of Development Engineering Program Leader for Logan City Council where he is responsible the delivery of Council's plumbing and engineering assessment and compliance functions.

Eddie holds an open plumber/gasfitter license and diploma qualifications in both business management and construction hydraulics. He is the current and past president of the Institute of Plumbing Inspectors Queensland (IPIQ) and is the current deputy member of the Services Trade Council representing the IPIQ.

Eddie has significant experience in managing engineering, plumbing and planning teams within a local government structure. He has the ability to provide advice on complex technical, engineering, plumbing and development legislative provisions to achieve sustainable development outcomes.

Stephen Jennison – Institute of Plumbing Inspectors Queensland

Stephen completed his plumbing apprenticeship in Tamworth, New South Wales in 1984 and moved to Brisbane to start his own plumbing business in 1986. 

He commenced working for Pine Rivers Shire Council in 2005 as a plumbing inspector and then with Moreton Bay Regional Council in 2008 after the Pine Rivers, Caboolture and Redcliffe Councils were amalgamated.

In 2015, Stephen was employed by the QBCC as a Senior Plumbing Investigator but returned to Moreton Bay Regional Council in 2016.

Stephen's role in the Regulatory Services Department at Moreton Bay Regional Council is to perform plumbing related investigations and maintain the backflow prevention register for the Council.

He also holds a number of high level positions within the industry including:

  • Treasurer of the Institute of Plumbing Inspectors of Queensland; 
  • President of the Backflow Prevention Association of Australia Queensland chapter; and
  • Vice President of the Backflow Prevention Association of Australia.

Stephen was also involved with the working group in re-writing the current AS/2845:2010 backflow standard.

Tracy Barkham – Institute of Plumbing Inspectors Queensland

Tracy Barkham has over 30 years’ experience in business development and now owns her own business, managing businesses for others.  Tracy comes from a diverse background of health, education, tourism, recreation and leisure management.  Previous roles include Business Advisor for State Government, education facility manager and manager of several tourism facilities.  Tracy is currently the Executive Officer of The Institute of Plumbing Inspectors QLD and Parks and Leisure Queensland.  She also holds the role of Secretariat for the Backflow Prevention Association of Australia.

Lindsay Walker – Department of Housing and Public Works

Lindsay Walker is a Director of Strategic Policy in Building Codes Queensland within the Queensland Government Department of Housing and Public Works. His role includes overseeing the legislative framework for the plumbing and drainage industry and special legislation projects.

Lindsay has a Bachelor of Commerce and Laws from James Cook University and a Master of Laws from Queensland University of Technology.

Prior to 2006, Lindsay practiced in the area of criminal law, culminating in four years with the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission investigating major organised crime.

Lindsay changed direction in 2006 and joined the then Office of Urban Management where he directed a number of legislative reform projects including preparation of the regulatory provisions for the SEQ Regional Plan.

In 2009, Lindsay took up his current position of where he has been responsible for a number of significant legislative reform projects including implantation of the notifiable works program and improving fire safety in residential care buildings.

In his current role Lindsay represents the Queensland Government on the Plumbing Codes Committee of the Australian Building Codes Board and is responsible for providing advice to the Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works in relation to plumbing and drainage related issues.

His team is currently reviewing the Plumbing and Drainage Act together with all associated regulations and codes. The goal of this project is to make the legislation simpler and easier to apply for the industry and the community.

Chris McKenzie – Office of Fair Trading

Christopher McKenzie is the Acting Director or OFT’s Complaint & Program Co-ordination Unit.  He is at times the Acting Director of Regional Operations and Engagement also along with his substantive title of Business Manager within the Office of Fair Trading.  His background within OFT is with the Major Investigations Unit as an investigator and more recently the Manager before moving into Regional Operations Division.  His current role encompasses strategic direction for all divisions within OFT and maintains the OFT’s complaint intake unit which achieves core business for OFT.