Award Winner Kelvin Slade, Slade Brothers Plumbing and Sharlene Smith, WFI

Kelvin Slade, director of Slade Brothers Plumbing was awarded the WFI Industry Leadership Award at the 2019 Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards on Friday 19 July at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane.

Kelvin was presented this award to recognise his outstanding and ongoing contributions to the plumbing and gas industry.

Kelvin has worked in various sectors and roles in the industry throughout his career. He joined the family business, Slade Brothers Plumbing, in 1991 and is now the owner manager with his wife Mandy. In November 2016, Kelvin was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel the world to research legislation and best practice in legionella management and treatment. He has held many leadership roles throughout his career and has been active on industry panels and boards, including Master Plumbers Association of Queensland (MPAQ), Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) and two Parliamentary Hearings. He is also a registered trainer and delivers training courses all across Queensland.

Hosted by Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) in partnership with Event Partner Tradelink, the Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards aim to highlight the hard work and dedication invested into the industry by apprentices, plumbers, gasfitters, hydraulic consultants and other industry individuals.

This year the sell-out awards recognised individuals and companies in 18 categories and hosted VIPs including the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Digital Technology and Sport, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, the Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works, Energy, Innovation and Digital Technology, Michael Hart MP, State Secretary for the Plumbers Union Qld, Gary O’Halloran and Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Brett Bassett.

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