Alan Waldron

Position: National Training Manager

Qualification: Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Phone: 07 3335 5000


I started as an apprentice and have used this experience to take up teaching where I eventually became a School Principal. After teaching, I took up an offer to become a Commanding Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force where I had been a reservist. My next career was in the Queensland Department of Employment and Training as an Executive Officer in the Building and Construction Taskforce and then joined the industry training advisory body – Construction Training Queensland/Building & Construction Industry Training Fund (Qld) and was appointed General Manager in 2005. In 2007, I took up my current position as the inaugural National Training Manager of Hutchinson Builders, the biggest privately owned building company in Queensland with operations across Australia. My brief is to build a workforce development strategy that focuses on increasing the capacity and capability of the company employing over 1400 employees including increasing the number of apprentices and cadets to around 15% of the total workforce. I also manage the GCSC as part of that role. I am currently a director on a number of industry Boards; and also an Australian Apprenticeship Ambassador.

Andy Becconsall

Position: Apprentice Development Coordinator (ADC)

Qualification: Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment, Cert IV Workplace Health and Safety, Diploma in Management, and EWP Accredited Trainer

Phone: 0422 647 098


I completed a Joinery Apprenticeship in England with a company that was 150 years old. Post-apprenticeship, I worked at a Joinery company that manufactured products. I then immigrated to Australia where I worked in Sydney as a subcontractor on renovation work. I then moved to Brisbane, where I worked in a team of Carpenters on house building work for several years before specialising in timber stair installations for 5 years. I then moved into the training field and worked for a training organisation that specialised in building and construction, where I eventually became the Branch Manager of the Nambour operation. I then joined a company that specialised in making staircases, I spent 7 years there as a Branch Manager. This job involved measuring, designing, scheduling of stairs and balustrade and liaising with clients. My role as ADC for the GCSC started in March 2012. I look after the recruitment, development, training and mentoring of apprentices.

Chris Richardson

Position: Trainer

Qualification: Trade Qualified Fitter and Turner, TAE40110 Workplace Trainer and Assessor and Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Vehicle Driving Instruction)

Phone: 0427 817 761


I began my career as an indentured apprentice Fitter and Turner working at the BHP Steelworks/Shipyard, in Whyalla SA and their assosiated iron ore mines throughout South Western SA (just a few short decades ago). As well as working in trade roles and a range of educational settings during my career, I have had some 20 years experience in Civil work, operating a variety of earthmoving equipment as well as a short time in small business. I am a current serving member of the Australian Defence Force, as a reservist, a roll I have continuously accomplished for the last 13 years. As a licensed driving instructor some of the most rewarding and challenging tasks have been teaching, ADF personal how to safely drive Military vehicles, especially off road. I am eager to contribute to the deliverytt of the Quality Benchmark Training, and the customer relationship established by GCSC a decade ago.

Darren McGrath

Position: Training Coordinator

Qualification: Certificate IV Training & Assessment, Certificate III in Painting & Decorating and Diploma of Project Management

Phone: 0409 871 139


Before my role with the GCSC, I worked in an Australian Apprenticeship Centre as a Consultant specialising in apprenticeships and Traineeships in the construction industry. Prior to that, I have worked in Training and Assessment both in Australia and overseas (Spain). I am also a qualified Painter & Decorator. Currently, I look after the GCSC training facility at 1 William Street in the Brisbane CBD. I train and mentor students completing the TradeStart program (Certificate I in Construction).

Peter Forsingdal

Position: Senior Apprentice Development Coordinator / Operations Manager

Qualification: Diploma of Project Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate III in Brick and Block laying and Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling

Phone: 07 3335 5152


I finished my apprenticeship in Denmark before coming to Australia. I then worked as a subcontractor for many years building in the domestic and commercial fields. I then took up my role as a Group Training Organisation Field Officer in 1998 before moving into the training department where I trained apprentices, Certificate I and various other training programs for 6 years. Before starting with Hutchinson Builders Project, I managed an apprentice retention strategy initiative for Construction Training Queensland (ITAP). Currently, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations including the Apprentice Development program, curriculum development and the Future Leaders program. I train, assess and mentor the apprentices and Hutchies’ Future Leaders, and give them the support they need throughout their training.

Phil Harris

Position: Teacher in Charge, GCSC

Qualification: Bachelor of Technology Education, Certificate IV Training & Assessment, Certificate IV Building and Construction, Certificate III Carpentry and Joinery, Certificate I Furnishings and Certificate I Engineering

Phone: 0438 448 284


I spent 23 years as a carpenter, 19 of those as a subcontractor in construction and domestic housing working in most states of Australia. I then completed my teaching degree and spent five years teaching Design and Technology and Mathematics in secondary schools in Queensland, one of those five years as Head of Department for the Design and Technology faculty. I left teaching to become an Apprentice Support Officer with Construction Skills Queensland from where I was seconded to the Master Builders Queensland as an Apprentice Engagement Officer, engaged to set up and establish the Construction Apprentice Support Scheme throughout Queensland. I conducted a property maintenance business mixed with teaching as a supply teacher in secondary schools before starting with Hutchinson Builders in my current role. I currently look after students at the GCSC completing a Certificate I in Construction. I teach, mentor and support students, creating pathways to help transition suitable students from school into construction apprenticeships.

Rai Malisauskas

Position: Curriculum Coordinator

Qualification: Bachelor of Training, Diploma of Training, Certificate IV Training & Assessment TAE 40110 and Certificate IV Workplace Health & Safety

Phone: 0427 339 795


I started my apprenticeship in 1990 and progressed to run a small but successful business, however the burning desire to pass on my experience and expertise lead me into the teaching profession. In 2002 I started as a TAFE teacher and began my journey in the training industry and still currently active within my role with Hutchinson Builders. In the past 13 years I have been involved with WorldSkills where I have been Chief Judge in both regional and national competitions. As a teacher/trainer I believe that high quality work is a direct result of great guidance from experienced leaders.

Rodney Beare

Position: Trainer

Qualification: Certificate IV Training & Assessment, Trade Certificate in Carpentry, First Aid Certificate and Electrical Tag and Test Certificate

Phone: 0417 035 918


Before joining the GCSC I was a self-employed carpenter that worked within domestic construction. I train and mentor Certificate I in Construction students and apprentices at the GCSC Yatala campus. The most rewarding thing about my role as a trainer is the gratitude of an ex-student when they get a job or career out of the programs I helped deliver. It really makes my job worthwhile.

Rod Eske

Position: GCSC Coordinator

Qualification: Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching Manual Arts and a Trade Qualification

Phone: 0438 880 944


In my previous role at CSQ I developed pre-employment programs that were implemented across Queensland and managed a team of people who ran these programs. Prior to that, I ran the Construction Gateways School program for Department of Education, Training and Employment. I currently coordinate the timing, location and recruiting of participants for our courses like TradeStart and Ready 4 Construction programs. I manage a team of excellent trainers who run the day-to-day operations and interactions with participants at the various locations of Yatala, Brisbane CBD, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and our partner high schools. I liaise with government and community organisations who assist us to find quality young people for our programs. As a team we engage with employers on a day-to-day basis to assist our graduates to gain employment in the construction industry.

Rod Pearce

Position: Toowoomba Region Training Coordinator

Qualification: Diploma of Training & Assessment, Diploma of Management, Diploma of Business, Cert III Painting & Decorating Trade Qualification

Phone: 0401 983 161


I completed my apprenticeship in 1983 and obtained a commerce and industry training award for achieving the highest results in Queensland for my trade. I then started up and operated a successful Painting & Decorating business for 25 years employing up to 12 staff. Wanting new challenges and a desire to pass on my industry knowledge I started teaching at Southern Institute of TAFE in 2008, in 2012 took a two-year contract in the Pacific Islands with Australia Pacific Technical College as a program facilitator and mentor to Pacific Island trainers. In 2015, I started with GCSC facilitating the Toowoomba region’s Certificate I Construction programs. I am very passionate about training and providing students with self-development opportunities and thrilled to be working alongside such a dedicated and professional team of colleagues here at Hutchinson Builders GCSC.

Warren Belford

Position: Future Leaders & Apprentice Development Coordinator

Qualification: Graduate Diploma of Management, Diploma of Building and Construction, Certificate IV in Building and Construction, Building Foreman and Clerk Of Works, Cert III in Carpentry and Joinery (Hon), Certificate IV Training & Assessment, Diploma of Workplace Health & Safety and a Certificate IV in Workplace Health & Safety

Phone: 0427 337 379


I started life as a Carpentry & Joinery Apprentice. Nearly 40 years later and I am still involved in the building industry. I have experience in Construction Management, Project Management, Contracts Administration and Estimating and Costing. At Hutchies, I currently coordinate the Future Leaders program for senior apprentices. I write and develop learning resources and coordinate/develop our online learning management system. The best part about working for Hutchies is the incredibly capable people and phenomenal opportunity to equip and empower next generation leaders.

Trent Cowie

Position: Apprentice Development Coordination (ADC)

Qualification:Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery, Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining, Certificate IV in Building and Construction, Diploma of Building and Construction, Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Phone: 0419 983 324


My Carpentry & Joinery journey commenced in 1993 with an Apprenticeship in country N.S.W with my Father who is an Open Builder, after completing my apprenticeship in 1996, I then worked in Brisbane as a sub-contractor, mainly building and supervising architectural large high-end houses, extensions, and renovations in Brisbane’s western suburbs for many years.

In 2014 my career in apprenticeship training began working as Trainer and Assessor in carpentry, building and construction and I have enjoyed this role.

It is a privilege to be working with the great team at GCSC (Hutchies) as a Carpentry Apprentice Development Coordinator.

I have a love of the carpentry trade, and I enjoy building new relationships and feel comfortable working with tradesmen, builders, and apprentices.

It’s a great feeling to assist apprentices to develop their knowledge and skills in the trade, especially with GSCS (Hutchies) apprenticeship model giving a flexible, customized, quality carpentry training that suits the apprentice and employer.