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Under new management: Bidwell steps up as winds of change sweep Brisbane


Master Builders Queensland have installed Paul Bidwell as chief executive as a changing of the guard takes place among Queensland’s peak<div> organisations.

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After eight years as deputy CEO, Bidwell takes over from Grant Galvin who was lured to Maleny Dairies by Stephen Tait, who previously headed up the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.

Apart from Bidwell, a host of new chief executives have moved into leadership roles in the past year and notably it has meant a boost to women.

They include Kylie Rampa (Queensland Investment Corporation), Alison Smith (LGAQ), Brett Fraser (Queensland Tourism Industry Association), Heidi Cooper (CCIQ), Michael O’Rourke (Stanwell), Anthony Ryan (Brisbane Marketing), Jen Williams (Property Council), Annisa Levy (QBCC) and Jo Sheppard (Queensland Farmers Federation).

And the changes have not missed the ranks of government with Helen Bowskill moving into the role of chief justice, taking over from Catherine Holmes while former chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young became Governor.

Mike Kaiser has also taken over as director general of State Development after Damien Walker left for South Australia.

Many of the changes have followed long-standing chief executives like Daniel Gschwind who headed QTIC for 20 years.

Master Builders president, Ralf Dutton said the board was delighted to appoint someone of Paul’s calibre and industry experience, and a figure who genuinely understands the needs of members and the industry.

“Paul certainly has his finger on the pulse when it comes to our membership base,’’ he said. 

“It’s this intimate understanding of what our members need and how the industry works that has seen him be responsible for some of our biggest lobbying and advocacy successes, as well as ensuring our policies and recommendations are directly reflective of members’ needs.

“Paul’s efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic were instrumental in achieving relief and stimulus for the industry and he has been a voice and passionate advocate in recent times as the industry was hit with the perfect storm of cost hikes and labour and material shortages.

“Paul will continue to be the face of our industry in the media and in his role as a key influencer, working regularly with the Queensland Government on the issues that matter most to our industry.

“We know the association and our members are in good hands with Paul, as he takes over the reins and leads us towards continued growth.”


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