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Categories: Our Ambassadors

John Gelavis

“It is my pleasure to be an Ambassador for Reflections as the work it does is critical in making people aware of the risks associated with asbestos, promoting further research into the deadly disease mesothelioma and in supporting sufferers. I had the pleasure of knowing Barry Knowles prior to his passing and was inspired by his courage and determination to not only survive the disease but to educate others so they do not have to experience the effects of such a terrible illness.”

John Gelavis has 20 years of experience within the building industry and held numerous sales, marketing, management, operational and strategic leadership roles.

John accepted the role of the Executive Director of the Master Builders Association of WA (MBAWA) in August 2018, prior to which John led the Housing Industry Association Western Australia branch as the Executive Director for six years. John is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a University of Western Australia graduate.

Dale Alcock

“It is my privilege and pleasure to be an ambassador for Reflections. Having experienced first-hand the scourge of asbestos disease in losing my father to mesothelioma, I am committed to continuing to raise awareness, particularly for the younger generations entering the industry.”

Dale Alcock is a homegrown success story, from bricklayer to leading West Australian home builder. His reputation has become synonymous with quality, excellence and distinction.

Today, the ABN Group operates in Western Australia and Victoria and has built more than 62,000 homes across these two States. It is comprised of 22 companies with more than 1700 employees, 300 apprentices and 1500 contractors.

Dale is an avid believer in the social responsibility of his companies. He provides valuable support to industry training programs and promotes career opportunities within the building industry. In 2006, he established the Alcock Family Foundation, which, over the last 10 years, has donated more than $8.2 million to various worthy causes including medical research, relief work and the environment.

Michael McLean

“Having been involved in the building and construction industry for over 30 years, I have seen firsthand the impact that exposure to asbestos has caused to many good people. I knew Barry Knowles for over three decades and he inspired me to personally get involved in this great cause. I would encourage everyone in the building industry to support Reflections which can make a difference to many people’s lives.”

Michael McLean retired as the Executive Director of the Master Builders Association of WA, a position he held since September 1996, in 2018, but his commitment to Reflections continues.

He was the Association’s Industrial Relations Manager from August 1983, having previously worked for Mt Newman Mining in Port Hedland and the state government. Michael is also a Director on the My Leave, Construction Training Fund and Motivation Foundation boards.