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Adelaide-based building surveyor Troy Olds will lead the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) for the next two years.

Mr Olds, who is South Australian Director on the Board of AIBS, was appointed by the Board today, Friday 9 November 2018, as President. He will take the reins from Timothy Tuxford who decided to step down as President to focus on his career as Manager, Compliance at Woollahra Municipal Council. Mr Tuxford will stay on the AIBS Board as NSW Director. Victorian Director Wayne Liddy was appointed Vice President.

Mr Olds has extensive experience in building surveying and fire engineering both in local government and in the private sector. He commenced his building surveying career in local government in 1996 and is now working in the private sector as a Director of Tecon Australia, a building surveying and town planning firm operating across South Australia, Western Australia and in the Northern Territory.

As AIBS President he will focus on strengthening the profession of building surveying by meeting the challenges it currently faces head on.

“Building surveying has been criticised recently, especially in the private sector,” he said. “While we don’t believe all of this criticism is justified, any building surveyor who is found doing the wrong thing should be punished. The vast majority of building surveyors are hardworking and ethical, but as a profession, we have to take this criticism on the chin and deal with it proactively.

“This means we have to raise our standards and, in line with that approach, AIBS has been developing a Professional Standards Scheme for building surveyors which will include a code of practice against which all building surveyors will be held to account.

“We believe this will strengthen public confidence in the profession and will also strengthen our ongoing working relationships with Government across all jurisdictions, which is an important goal for me during the next two years,” Mr Olds said.

Mr Olds said he planned to build on the strong foundations put in place over the last two years under Mr Tuxford’s leadership.

“Tim led AIBS and building surveying through a period of great challenges and change and during that time he provided stability and direction for us,” he said.

“In particular, the development of the AIBS Policy on Building Regulatory Reform formed the basis of much of our advocacy work to industry and government including our submission and appearance before the Senate Inquiry into non-conforming building products and the lead role AIBS played in the recent PI insurance crisis this year.

“Through Tim’s leadership, AIBS is now in a much stronger position to represent the profession nationally.”

Mr Olds is a long-term supporter of and contributor to AIBS through membership of the SA Chapter Committee and also held the role of Chapter President for five years until 2015. He also supports building surveying by mentoring the next generation of the profession and has previously tutored students at the University of South Australia.

This contribution was recognised in 2016, when he received the AIBS Service to Building Surveying Award and 2017 when he was made a Fellow of AIBS.

Following the AIBS Board and Chapter elections held last month, the following Board Directors were elected by the members:

  • Troy Olds – SA Director
  • Timothy Tuxford – NSW/ACT Director
  • Wayne Liddy – Victoria Director
  • Gabriel Barnes – Tasmania Director
  • Gary Fitzgerald – Western Australia Director
  • Stacy Kennedy – Queensland/NT Director

Taken from AIBS Media Release 9 November 2018 

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