Current Directors

ACA is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by members of the Council.

ChairDean Ferguson
DirectorPatricia Shaw
DirectorKingsley Brown
DirectorBlane McGuiness
DirectorWayne Burns
DirectorAaron Sudholz
Non-executive DirectorMichael Werle

Governance Structure

Board Committees

The Board Directors Chair and sit on a number of board committees that oversee key areas of operation for the association.

Governance Committee

Committee ChairBlane McGuiness
DirectorAaron Sudholz
DirectorDean Ferguson

Audit, Finance, and Risk Committee

Committee ChairKingsley Brown
Secretary / ACA Interim CEOKim Jones
DirectorAaron Sudholz
ACA Board Chair (ex-officio member)Dean Ferguson
ACA Finance Manager

Jane Tisdall

Education and Training Committee

Committee ChairMichael Werle
DirectorPatricia Shaw
Committee MemberJustin Rigby
Committee MemberPeter Dove
Committee MemberDean Wall
Training & Development CoordinatorJeffrey Lim

Membership Committee

Committee ChairWayne Burns
Technical Group Coordinating Subcommittee ChairLorraine Duffy
Membership Benefit Subcommittee ChairJohn Grapiglia
Membership Growth Subcommittee ChairAdam Levi
Membership Services CoordinatorLachlan Sebbens

Young Corrosion Group Steering Committee

Chair (Interim)Hannah PollockVIC
SecretaryDymock DibbVIC
CommitteeAustin BennettVIC
CommitteeDominique VelosoVIC
CommitteeJames KolliasSA
CommitteeJavad NademQLD
CommitteeKyle FortuneVIC
CommitteeEli SuttonWA
CommitteeAnthony RoccisanoSA
CommitteeAnton BardakQLD
CommitteeDominic BoinNSW
CommitteeSri Kambhampati WA
Membership Subcommittee ChairWayne BurnsQLD


The council consists of the President and two Vice-Presidents, two Council members appointed by each Branch Committee each year and the Public Officer.

PresidentIgor Chaves
Vice PresidentVahid Afshari
Vice PresidentIsaac Isakovich
NSWMichael Barone
NSWGary Bennett
VICScott Wade
VICRichard Brodribb
QLDBob Phang
QLDWayne Thompson
SADaniel Fosdike
SAHannah Watchman
WAGraham Carlisle
WARhiannon Easdon
TASDean Wall
TASMark Jones
NCLRobert Freedman
NCLDavid Nicholas
NZMatthew Vercoe
NZWillie Mandeno


Kim JonesInterim CEOAchieving the ACA revenue and membership satisfaction goals by acquiring new business, building and nurturing member industry relationships and networks, developing sales strategies and implementing and maintaining member service standards.
Jane TisdallACA Finance ManagerContributes to the overall success of the ACA by effectively managing administrative, financial and management accounting services to ensure long term financial viability and providing accurate and timely financial reports, analysis and recommendations to assist with effective corporate governance and decision-making.
Haydn CorbettIT - TechnicalitiesLeading the development and optimisation of fit for purpose business information systems and digital services ensuring they meet and maintain business and legal requirements, improve productivity, service delivery, member engagement and experience.
Jeffrey LimTraining and Development CoordinatorProvision of contemporary learning and development products and services to support the achievement of ACA revenue and membership satisfaction goals, build capability and capacity to meet the future needs of industry.
Lachlan SebbensMembership Services CoordinatorLeading the ACA membership operations and experience by nurturing member relationships and networks, coordinating the delivery of professional events and maintaining member service standards.
Rachelle RigbyEvent Coordinator - Corrosion and Prevention ConferenceOrganising and leading the ACA's delivery of the annual Corrosion & Prevention Conference.
Admin OfficerProviding professional support to the General Manager and coordinate and performs a range of administrative functions. Works collaboratively across business units driving a superior member experience.