Our Board

The Board comprises of key players from industry and government who are committed to best governance practice, and to ensuring that a well planned strategy is delivered for the overall benefit of the building and construction industry.


Peter Lyons, Chairman

Peter Lyons has spent his entire career in heavy civil engineering contracting with over 35 years managing the delivery of major projects including thermal and hydro power stations, bridge and freeway, dam and marine construction throughout Australia, PNG and Hong Kong. Peter began his career with Hornibrook in 1975 and has worked with Leighton Asia, as well as Thiess and BMD Constructions for over 35 years in senior management positions. In 2011 Peter joined Jukes Todd and Associates and consults to industry. Peter served on the Executive of the Queensland Major Contractors Association (QMCA) for many years and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Civil) and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. Peter is recognized in the industry for his passion for training and recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the QMCA.


Geoff Favell, Director

Geoff Favell is Assistant Director-General Employment, Skills and Training Investment with the Department of Education, Training and Employment. He has over 30 years in the Queensland public sector with senior roles across the Employment, Industrial Relations and Training portfolios in metropolitan and regional centres. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management). Other directorships include: Energy Skills Queensland Inc and the Queensland Overseas Foundation.


Brett Schimming, Director

As the CEO of Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) Brett initiates and leads partnerships with industry, government, employers, unions, educators, trainers and associations to develop initiatives and programs to grow the skills base and capacity of Queensland’s building and construction industry workforce. As an experienced educator, business leader and policy thinker in this field, Brett is active at both a National and State level in policy discussions and program development addressing skills pathways, existing worker skilling, quality education standards and an effective VET system. Rather than simply producing students with vocational skills, he focusses on matching the VET system with the skills demand of employers.

Brett brought to CSQ extensive experience in the leadership and management of training and education organisations, earned working in a range of industry sectors including RTOs, professional services firms, and other industry bodies. Brett has tertiary qualifications in Education, Business and Public Policy.

Brett is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held several positions as a Company Director and served on multiple State and National Committees. He was recently appointed to the National ACPET VET Committee.


Michael Ravbar, Director

Michael Ravbar is Divisional Branch Secretary of the CFMEU and has considerable expertise in the field of industrial relations after working his way through a range of positions including Senior Industrial Officer and Assistant State Secretary within the CFMEU. In addition to this role Michael holds a number of key union positions both at State and Federal level including memberships of both the State and National Executive of the ALP. He is an experienced Director holding numerous positions related to the Building and Construction Industry including Building Employees Redundancy Trust (BERT), Building Employees Welfare Trust (BEWT), Building Employees Welfare Fund (BEWF), Construction Income Protection Queensland (CIPQ), Construction Training Centre (CTC) and Mates in Construction.


Ian Hall, Independent Financial Director

Ian Hall is a chartered accountant with 30 years experience in corporate restructuring, including 25 years (17 years as partner) with PricewaterhouseCoopers and now with KPMG. He has been extensively involved in reviewing, restructuring and managing businesses across a range of industries including mining, manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, hospitality, property and construction, rural, transport, automotive, tourism and hotels, health insurance, indigenous and vocational education.
His experience extends to government agencies, where he has been responsible for implementing governance arrangements, conducting viability reviews and implementing performance improvement strategies.


Ron Monaghan, Director

Ron Monaghan has been a union official for 36 years. Over those years Ron has been an organiser of the Miscellaneous Worker's Union (now United Voice) as well as Queensland Branch Secretary and the General Secretary of the peak union body in Queensland the Queensland Council of Unions. Through this experience Ron has gained extensive knowledge of industrial relations and training.
Ron is currently a board member of BUSSQ and has previously served on the boards of Intrust superannuation, Workcover, Energex and Sunsuper.


John Crittall, Director

John Crittall (B. Econ Hons. MBus Admin) is currently a non-executive Director and is chair and Director of a range of different Boards across a number of organisations primarily involved in varying aspects of the building industry. John has recently completed his full time employment (2015) as the Director of Construction Policy at Master Builders QLD. He has over 30 years experience in the building industry and has been directly exposed to the fields of: Industrial Relations; Workplace Health and Safety; Legal and Contracts; Apprenticeship and general Training.
John was commissioned by the State Government to head up a taskforce into Workplace Health and Safety in the Building industry in 2000 which led to a complete revision and update to the WHS Act. In 2002 he was further commissioned to report on the investigation and prosecution strategies involved in workplace fatalities. He currently sits on the Enforceable Undertaking panel for WHSQ and is directly involved in WHS through his Directorships at WorkCover and WHSQ.
During some of his time at Master Builders, John assumed was responsibility for the running of the MBQ RTO. As the Chair of BIGA Training, John is committed to overseeing the management and training of over 500 apprentices in the trades of: carpentry, painting, bricklaying, plastering and tiling. He has extensive managerial experience and brings a strong background in the building industry and the needs of an RTO.


Phil Diver, JP (Qual), Company Secretary

Phil Diver has a background in private equity ventures in Europe and has provided consulting and commissioning advice to government and industry clients in the Middle East, UK, Europe and Africa. He has a Masters Degree, an MBA from Henley and completed his executive education at Kellogg Business School in the US. Phil has a Diploma in Environmental Sustainability, a Cert IV in Workplace Health & Safety, is an Accredited Green Star Professional and a JP. He currently holds an Adjunct Professorship in the Faculty of Human Movement Science of the University of Queensland. Phil has a number of professional qualifications including Australian and UK Fellowships in management and has held a number of Director positions in Australia and abroad.