Warren McGregor

Former general manager of the Asian region for KPMG, principal of apriori and senior advisor for Thinc Projects, Warren McGregor, has been appointed chief executive of prefabAUS, the peak industry body representing the growing off-site construction sector.

The organisation was established in 2013, and is growing rapidly. Mr McGregor will help manage and facilitate further growth, as he works to connect suppliers, clients and allied interests both in Australia and internationally.

Currently pre-fabricated construction represents around three per cent of all housing construction in Australia, according to the association. However, this is expected to climb to between 10 and 15 per cent by 2023.

“The prefabricated construction sector has to prepare for growth and the changes that will entail,” Mr McGregor said in a news email to prefabAUS members.

“It is forecast to grow by more than five per cent per annum compared to overall building industry growth of 2.3 per cent over the next decade.”

Mr McGregor worked as a senior management consultant across development, property, construction and finance in South East Asia for nine years, and aims to leverage those established relationships to facilitate links between the Australian sector and SE Asian-based suppliers and manufacturers.

He also has essential hands-on experience in the Australian property sector as research director for m3property strategists, and has been director of a property development company since 2010.

“Financial approval is the ‘gatekeeper’ for project approval,” Mr McGregor said.

“This aspect becomes even more important when new processes and technologies are involved, as is the case with prefabrication. Preparing robust business cases is a crucial part of achieving much wider adoption of prefabrication.”

Founding board director of prefabAUS, Damien Crough, said increasing Australia’s domestic offsite construction capabilities is crucial as otherwise there is a risk the nation could lose a large slice of construction activity off-shore.