On behalf of the ACA Board and the ACA Staff team, I’d like to wish all of the extended ACA family a Happy New Year and our best wishes for the year ahead. I hope you’ve all had a restorative break and are looking forward to the times ahead. I am incredibly pleased to begin the new year with the announcement of two new staff appointments to join the ACA team.

Emmanuel Pimentel – Executive Officer

The appointment of Emmanuel Pimentel to the position of Executive Officer of the Australasian Corrosion Association. Emmanuel (or Manny as he is known) commenced in mid-December, just before the Christmas break.

The ACA Board conducted a rigorous selection process that involved assessing a number of candidates for the role. We are pleased that this process identified a candidate with the skills, experience, and industry knowledge of Manny. He will be familiar to many of our members from his time with the Galvanizers Association of Australia. An electrical engineer, Manny worked in technical and business management roles for Metal Manufacturers (subsequently acquired by Pirelli Cables) during the early part of his career. Manny was extensively involved in Electrical Standards and was awarded the Standards Award in 1998 for his contribution to Standards Australia.

Emmanuel Pimentel – New ACA Executive Officer

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), Manny took the role of Technical, Education and Communications Manager at the Galvanizers Association of Australia, which saw him regularly attending and presenting at ACA events. Manny was responsible for the marketing and technical activities of the GAA, specifically the growth and maintenance of the Australian hot dip galvanizing industry. Other responsibilities included external stakeholder relationship management and wider industry engagement, as well as technical advocacy (including continuing in an active role on Standards Australia committees relating to corrosion, zinc and steel). Recently Manny has worked as a Community Inclusion Officer for Scope Victoria, where he was responsible for volunteer management and coordination across a range of programs for people with complex support needs, many of which he designed and implemented. 

A member-focused leader, Manny will bring a unique combination of technical knowledge, professional communication, and business management skills, from his diverse 25-year career to the ACA’s Executive Officer role. With your support, Manny is ideally placed to lead the ACA, improving our member services while also implementing the strategic changes that will enable the ACA to be the best version of itself that it can be.

Vishal Sharma – Events and Membership Services Coordinator

Following on from the appointment of an Executive Officer, as part of our process of improving the services of the ACA, I am also pleased to announce Vishal Sharma as the new ACA Events and Membership Services Coordinator. Vishal will be working closely with Lachlan Sebbens, the Membership Engagement Manager.

Vishal Sharma – Events & Membership Services Coordinator

Vishal is experienced in events and memberships coordination and prides himself on his capacity for the implementation of plans. He comes with a strong set of planning, organising and execution skills developed over his work experience in both not for profit member-based associations and corporate organisations. This also means that he brings a knowledge of other industries and has a background in customer service and communication.

Vishal has an MBA and a Diploma of Event Management. He is also a Certified Meeting Planner, so will be working closely with members to support them in coordinating events. He enjoys meeting a wide variety of people and is looking forward to getting to know you all.

Please feel free to contact either Manny or Vishal to introduce yourselves and I’m sure that you will work with them and make them feel welcome.

Dean Ferguson, ACA Chair