David Saxelby

The Australian Constructors Association has elected Lend Lease chief executive Construction and Infrastructure David Saxelby as president.

Mr Saxelby has outlined key components of ACA’s 2015 agenda including a concentration on safety, workforce development, skills and greater communication between clients and industry on project development, financing and project delivery.

“Safety is always at the top of our list and we are taking significant steps in working with industry stakeholders and participants to assist them to improve the safety culture at worksites across the whole sector,” he said.

“We also see expanding the industry’s workforce and boosting its skills as critical issues as we take on the massive infrastructure agenda set by Australian governments. We need to be seen as a dynamic and exciting industry for prospective employees by identifying skills shortages and opening up opportunities in those fields.

“The infrastructure pipeline will provide significant lift to our industry, but we must ensure we work with clients to identify viable and sustainable projects, better ways of financing, allocating risk and effectively managing delivery.”

John Flecker, chief executive of Brookfield Multiplex, was also elected as one of two vice presidents along with Nick Miller, managing director of Fulton Hogan.