The Association’s Board is elected from the National Council. To ensure all members are understood and represented equitably, the Board is made up of members from across the membership categories.

National Board of Directors

Our National Councillors are here to represent you; our valued members, the plumbing industry. We understand and respect our position and responsibility. The decisions government and regulatory bodies make, affect our members’ businesses, our industry and the greater Victorian community.

You can read our financial statements, annual reports and RTO reports here.

Scott DowsettPresident

Scott Dowsett

Scott has over 35 years’ experience in the commercial plumbing industry and has been a Member of the Association since 1997. He is Director of Cooke & Dowsett Pty Ltd, a national commercial plumbing company that currently employs over 380 full time employees. He has been a Committee member of the Construction Division since 2006 and is the division’s Chairman. Scott also represents the Construction Division on the National Council.

Norm AndersonVice President

Norm Anderson
Vice President

Norm has over 36 years’ experience in the commercial plumbing industry and is the Director of NSG Plumbing Pty Ltd, a Melbourne based company offering contract, maintenance, design and construct services.
NSG Plumbing currently employs 70 full time employees. Norm is an active member of the Construction Division and is a representative of the National Council, as well as a Member of the Plumbing Advisory Council Board.

Daniel SmolenaarsVice President

Daniel Smolenaars
Vice President

Daniel has over 20 years’ experience in the plumbing industry. He is the Managing Director of Smolenaars Plumbing and has two business locations in Sale and Traralgon trading under the Laser Plumbing Group umbrella. The business has been established in Gippsland for over 40 years and delivers work across a broad section of Eastern Victoria between Lakes Entrance and Warragul.
Smolenaars Plumbing deliver all facets of the plumbing industry covering new construction, civil earth works and pipe installation, with a specialisation in plumbing and gas maintenance. They have continued to expand the business into domestic and commercial hydronic heating, whilst also focusing on undertaking the role of principle contractor on opportunities within the local region. They are third party accredited in OHS, environmental and quality aspects relating to the works undertaken.

Grant DonaldHon Treasurer

Grant Donald
Hon Treasurer

Grant is a qualified plumber who has been involved in the industry for over 40 years. He is Director of Premier Plumbing Service, a commercial plumbing company based in Ballarat. Premier Plumbing Service is a third generation family owned and operated company. Proudly their membership with the Master Plumbers has continued unbroken for 65 years.

Kevin ShinnersBoard Member

Kevin Shinners
Board Member

Kevin’s company, Shinners Plumbing, has been a Master Plumbers Member since 1953. In 2002, Kevin was presented with the Hygieia Award for outstanding voluntary services for the development of the plumbing industry and in particular, recognition of his dedicated involvement in pursuing improvements in apprentice training for the industry. Kevin was granted Life Membership in recognition of his continuing contribution to the Association.

Renee ShankarBoard Member

Renee Shankar
Board Member

Renee is an experienced public relations and stakeholder engagement professional, having provided expertise across a range of industries for more than 15 years. This has included community engagement on major infrastructure projects as part of Victoria’s Big Build, as well as consulting with the medical and allied health industries to better support people with a workplace or transport injury.

Renee holds a Bachelor of Business, Master of Communication and is in the process of completing a Juris Doctor (Master of Laws) at RMIT. She is passionate about gender equality and increasing participation of women in the plumbing industry. Renee has also worked as a volunteer with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and undertaken internships at the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women.

Rob HansenBoard Member

Rob Hansen
Board Member

Commencing with Barden Roofing in 1983, Rob has been involved in all aspects of the business. From general roof plumbing on the tools to developing and implementing OHS and Quality Assurance systems, Rob has always been proud to have a hands-on involvement in all aspects of the industry.
Rob was appointed a Director of Barden-Steeldeck Industries in 2006. He has extensive experience working with builders, employees and union representatives and is committed to ensuring activities are carried out in strict accordance with all state and federal government legislative requirements.
As a Board Member, Rob has a desire to ensure that roofing is protected and kept in the plumbing stream, to ensure that quality is paramount and protects the consumer from any unqualified persons carrying out unlicensed work to their properties.

Greg TinkBoard Member

Greg Tink
Board Member

Greg has over 30 years’ experience both as a contractor and an educator. He has delivered over 15,000 hours of theory and practical training across the pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship and post-apprenticeship programs at RMIT University. Greg has contributed to a number of industry handbooks, reports and training programs, including over a decade of involvement in developing and delivering Green Plumber training. He has also designed and managed the installation of various leading edge work stations at PICAC. Greg also advises and assists with the development of various training programs at PICAC.

Michael TomlinsonBoard Member

Michael Tomlinson
Board Member

Michael has over 15 years’ experience in the industry, ten of those successfully running Tomlinson Plumbing, which services Geelong, the Surf Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula. He is passionate about providing excellent standards of customer service and workmanship for his clients. He is keen to share his knowledge and expertise with other plumbers, believing that it’s important to help others in the industry to broaden their skills.

National Council

Phill CraigNational Council Representative

Phill Craig
National Council Representative

Phill has carried a passion for people, plumbing and business for over 30 years and is the Director at O’Brien Electrical and Plumbing Vermont where he combines all three elements. With National coverage of both trades, Phill likes to engage in high functioning team environments, constantly striving for more for clients and colleagues and the plumbing industry.

Glenn HowardNational Council Representative

Glenn Howard
National Council Representative

Glenn Howard has over 25 years’ experience in the plumbing industry and is Director of Beachside Plumbing Group Pty Ltd, a national plumbing organisation who deliver domestic and commercial plumbing maintenance and emergency services Australia wide.
Glenn was the National Training Facilitator for the Master Plumbers for six years delivering the Green Plumber training across Australia. In 2009 Glenn Howard won the Green Plumber of the Year Award and Beachside Plumbing won the Green Plumbers Commercial Project of the Year Award.

Peter JensenNational Council Representative

Peter Jensen
National Council Representative

Peter is Vice Chairman of the Master Plumbers Plumbing and Gasfitting Division. He is Managing Director of Worboys Plumbing, which has been a member company of the Association over 75 years. In 2005, Worboys won the Green Plumbers Domestic Project of the Year award and was granted Life Member status of the Association 2016.

David McCarthyNational Council Representative

David McCarthy
National Council Representative

David has been plumbing for almost 20 years now. Hailing from a dairy farm in Colac, Victoria, his career has taken him all over Australia including a stint in Perth, and working as the M&E Manager for one of the UK’s biggest building companies, Ardmore, in London. David started his business David McCarthy Plumbing in 2013 in Melbourne’s west and the business is multi-award winning including New and Emerging Wyndham Business Award Winners in 2016 and Trades Business of the Year in the National My Business Awards in 2019. His business passion is investing in his team and his aim is to create a culture of happy, talented plumbers.

Christopher UnwinNational Council Representative

Christopher Unwin
National Council Representative

Christopher has over 15 years’ experience in the plumbing industry. He is a graduate of the Master Plumbers Group Training Scheme. He started his own business, Around The Clock Plumbing Pty Ltd, in 2000, specialising in commercial maintenance work throughout Victoria. He strongly believes in the importance of future proofing our industry and upskilling both plumbers and apprentices. Christopher is looking forward to contributing further to the plumbing industry through his role on the National Council.

Management Team

The Association’s Management team works to ensure the delivery of services to members and is responsible for the representation of member issues to external bodies and regulators.

Peter DalyCEO

Peter Daly

Peter has held a number of senior roles at RACV, a world-leading membership organisation and is an experienced executive. With a modern and progressive approach to management, he brings a strong track-record of leading and contributing to industry associations in Australia and internationally and has a background in corporate affairs, policy, advocacy and corporate services.

Brendan GouldGeneral Manager Training and Industry Development

Brendan Gould
General Manager Training and Industry Development

Brendan has a strong educational background and significant experience with training development in the plumbing sector. After completing a plumbing apprenticeship and working within industry Brendan’s focus turned to education and has been involved in plumbing training and delivery since 2000.
In his role, Brendan oversees training, including the expansion of courses offered to members and industry. Master Plumbers delivers a range of courses including Certificate III Plumbing Apprenticeship, Certificate II Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship and a number of license level and post-trade training courses.

Thanuja GunatillakeGeneral Manager Membership Development and Operations

Thanuja Gunatillake
General Manager Membership Development and Operations

Thanuja is an experienced senior professional, leading multidisciplinary teams across Australia’s largest membership and industry based organisations.  Her career has spanned the transport, construction, and hospitality sectors with a strong focus on affecting positive change within organisations, their customers and the communities they serve.  She brings a background in Civil Engineering, Business Management and Social Impact to the team at Master Plumbers.  Thanuja’s role includes responsibility for driving membership growth, business development, strategic partnerships and membership value proposition.