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New chair Tony Arnel appointed to ARBS board

Professor Tony Arnel has been appointed to chair the ARBS Exhibitions board, replacing Ian Hopkins.

A professor at Deakin University, Arnel is a former president of the Energy Efficiency Council, Green Building Council of Australia and World Green Building Council. He was also the Victorian Building and Plumbing Industry Commissioner for 12 years.

“I feel privileged to take on this role at an inflection point for our industry,” says Professor Arnel, who boasts a background as a business leader, architect, academic and public servant.

“COVID-19 changed the way Australians think about indoor environment quality. At the same time, two years of bushfires, floods and other extreme weather events have put sustainable buildings squarely in the spotlight. The HVAC&R and building services industry sits at the intersection of health and sustainability, and the solutions on display at ARBS will help us address both trends.

“The last two years have been particularly difficult for the industry, and I pay tribute to Ian Hopkins for steering ARBS through a period of significant transformation. ARBS’ work to deliver digital content and events kept alive opportunities for the industry to connect during such uncertain times. After an extraordinary 12-year contribution, Ian leaves ARBS in a powerful position as we look to the future.”

ARBS Exhibition Manager Sue Falcke says: “With Tony’s vast experience in the built environment, together with his incredible network of industry associates, the board views Tony as the ideal person to lead ARBS through the next series of events.

“ARBS also wishes to thank our outgoing Chairman of the board, Ian Hopkins, for his dedication, guidance and service to this position for the last 12 years.”

Falcke says Hopkins has been integral to the overarching vision of ARBS, including spearheading the establishment of ARBS Foundation in 2014. The Foundation supports industry training and research initiatives through its scholarship and research funds.

“When I considered taking on the role of Chairman in 2010, it was for two exhibitions through to 2014,” Hopkins says. “Here we are 12 years down the track and it has been a very pleasant journey. The cooperation of the board members and their broad industry perspective has made my task easy.

“Sue Falcke, in her role as Exhibition Manager, has been the quintessential professional. Sue and her team have driven the evolution of the exhibition and associated programs and deserve credit for the ongoing success.”

Picture caption: Outgoing ARBS board Chair Ian Hopkins (left) congratulates new Chair Tony Arnel.

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