Meet our new team members at ABBTF

Celebrating our achievements in 2019 and we look forward to striving for continued success in 2020.

At ABBTF, our main goal is to help support young Australian’s build a career in the building and construction industry, starting with an apprenticeship in bricklaying. We aim to be the catalyst for recruiting the next generation of bricklayers, by providing a collaborative grassroots approach to construction workforce with a key focus on attraction, preparing, placement and retention strategies.

Providing a plentiful supply of skilled Brick and Blocklayers to serve the brick manufacturing industry is one of the core functions of ABBTF. We pride ourselves on being able to connect and understand the bricklaying trade and build a relation with the Bricklayers and apprentices.

Our strong relationship has also been built on the engagement we have with our key stakeholders – manufacturers, employers, apprentices, career advisors and teachers.

To build on our presence and national footprint, we have strengthened our teams with a focus to achieve our strategy in the upcoming years. Please join us in welcoming our new team members Michael Morrissey, Rob Garrard, Paul Duggan and Mark Challenger.

ABBTF would like to introduce and welcome our new team members to the industry!

Michael joins us with nearly 10 years in the building products industry and over 28 experience in senior management roles in various industry sectors. Previously as a National Manager for Boral Masonry and Roofing, he managed both the concrete and clay roofing and masonry plants across the East Coast of Australia.

Michael is a strategic leader focused on driving people and performance outcomes. He is excellent at building and developing relationships.

Having qualified as a Mechanical Engineer and with a Master’s in Business Administration, Michael also has strong financial and technical skills required to manage the business goals and aspirations of ABBTF.

Michael Morrissey
M: 0439 379 221



Rob is excellent at building and developing relationships, a confident communicator with extensive consultant skills and a limitless capacity to deal with clients and staff at all levels.

Rob has been involved in the VET sector for over twenty years and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to ABBTF. With experience in the employment of apprentices/trainees, including General Manger roles in Group Training and RTO business, Rob has established close relationships with Industry stakeholders, state government departments. Rob was also a member of the Victorian Skills Commission (VSC), Industry Advisory Group for construction and was a strong voice for support of Civil Construction as a recognised trade.

Rob Garrard
Regional Manager VIC-TAS
M: 0475 105 800


Paul is a successful tradesperson with over 28 years of experience in the bricklaying and construction industry. Backed with a natural flair for teaching, he has employed several apprentices who have successfully acquired their bricklaying qualification and are now experts in their field.

Paul is motivated to continue working in training organisations to bestow young minds with superior domain knowledge through promotion and modelling.


Paul Duggan

Regional Field Officer NSW-ACT
M: 0455 100 705



Mark has over 20 years’ experience within the VET sector in New South Wales. He has a strong background in the Apprenticeship/Traineeship system, primarily in construction.

Mark is an experienced relationship manager with contacts in government and industry.

Living in the Lower Blue Mountains of Western Sydney, Mark is active in his community and has helped hundreds of apprentices realise their ambitions.



Mark Challenger
Industry Engagement Officer NSW-ACT
M: 0475 100 030


We are positive that they will make an impact in our future success.


For more info, please contact us:

P: 1300 66 44 96


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