The 2021 AIB Professional Excellence Awards are opening next week.

I am pleased to advise that our Professional Excellence Awards are opening next week with the release of the 2021 Entry Handbook with some exciting new categories. Please keep out an eye out on our Awards Website for more information.

After a difficult year, we are seeing some cautious optimism in the industry as pipelines slowly open-up around Australia. We are certainly looking forward to a record number of entries and some spectacular events this year where we acknowledge the best of the best. All the details of how to enter will be in the Handbook and at that time, on our Awards website.

We have pleasure in congratulating a Fellow of the AIB who was recently honoured in the Australia Day Honours list. Dr Ronald Webber (Ron) was recognized for his significant contribution to building and construction by being awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Ron is one of those rare people in the industry who has been able to successfully combine hands on building expertise and experience with academia at the highest levels.

About Ron Webber

Dr. Ronald J. Webber AM FAIB has been involved in the construction industry as a professional for some 40 years. Ron has undergraduate qualifications in Building, Building Surveying, Building Design, and Education. Additionally, he has postgraduate qualifications in Business Administration and Project Management and his doctorate thesis related to Microeconomic Reforms into the building regulative system.

Dr. Webber is a fellow and previous National Vice President of the Royal Australian Institute of Building, as well as being a fellow of the following institutes:
• Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors
• Chartered Institute of Building
• Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
• Australian Institute of Project Managers
• Royal Society of New South Wales

Throughout Ron’s career, he has participated in a variety of projects within the industry. Ron was employed with the Department of Justice as the Program Manager – Building. As part of the senior management group, he provided advice on all aspects of building-related regulative policy. He worked with various stakeholders to achieve the strategic objectives of the department and for the betterment of consumers and builders.

He has also conducted several research studies with the most notable being the lack of ablution facilities for women in public buildings for the Victoria Depart of Planning as it was then known. This study informed changes to the then BCA. He conducted research for the Queensland government which was instrumental to the introduction of smoke detectors in that State and this accounting for many saved lives through their introduction. Ron’s research tends to focus on outcomes that benefit the community.

Throughout his academic career, he has been employed at major Australian Universities including Western Sydney University, the University of Canberra, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Dr. Ronald Webber currently holds the position of Associate Professor in Construction Management and Building Surveying at Central Queensland University as well being the Chair of the AIB’s Course Accreditation Committee.

I am indeed looking forward to working with you all once again and wish you and your families all the best for a safe and prosperous 2021. All the best.

Geoff Dart