ABN Group Director appointed as HIA National President

ABN Group’s very own Quality and Compliance Director, Alwyn Even, has been appointed Housing Industry Association National President.

A huge feat for Al, the role will only serve to benefit the ABN Group and the wider building industry.

Alongside his current role, Al will head HIA’s National Board which represent the interests of more than 20K members across Australia.

Alwyn acknowledges the importance of builder representation within the HIA,

“I’ve had an amazing journey with the ABN Group and I felt it was important to continue to serve our industry and be part of the voice which promotes industry standards,” Al said.

“I became active within the association to give back to an industry that has allowed me to have a fruitful career.”

The focus for the board is robust policy and advocacy to support the interests of members, Al says.

“This a unique time for residential building, which will bring us both challenges and huge opportunities,” he said.

“It is important for HIA to drive strong policy positions to support and serve our members; alongside elevating the awareness of safety, which is always at forefront of our industry.

“Being appointed HIA National President is a great honour and privilege and I am looking forward to taking it on,” he said.

Al is held in great esteem as one of the industry’s most valuable assets at both HIA and ABN Group.

Having the expertise of someone of Al’s calibre is not something that is taken for granted. His knowledge about the group and the building industry is like none other, and if you need some direction when faced with a seemingly impossible task, speak to Al.

It’s not surprising that his love for building runs deep with Al’s father being a skilled bricklayer, Al himself now has over 47 years’ experience in building industry.

He has been knocking around the ABN Group for 37 years in many prominent positions. He joined Webb & Brown-Neaves in 1983 and was made General Manager nine years later. For the past 10 years he has been in his current position for ABN Group.

Part of HIA for 26 years, Al has continually served on the Regional Executive Committee, which included six years as Chair of Technical Committees, two years as Vice President and two years as President. In 2013 Alwyn was elected onto the National HIA’s Board of Directors.

Congratulations again Alwyn on this outstanding achievement!