Graham Burke CEO of Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ) met representatives of NASC at their London office on the 17th of May.
The NASC have reported that the meeting proved to be the perfect opportunity to discuss a number of key issues involving the industry. According to a recent statement, Mr Burke was particularly keen to learn more from an established trade body in the work at height sector.
Mr Burke had previously run a scaffolding business and latterly President of SARNZ, and made a tremendous contribution to the development of Australian and New Zealand scaffolding standards. With more than 100 members the New Zealand trade body is already making great strides. However administration and support is limited and Mr Burke is having to wear a number of hats as he tries to grow the organisation.
The meeting was arranged to coincide with a family visit, offering the chance for this influential role model to further develop working relationships.
NASC Managing Director Robin James said: “The confederation is delighted to develop a relationship with SARNZ. We had an excellent meeting with Graham and discussed many areas of common interest and concern.
Unsurprisingly some these are identical to those which the NASC itself faces here in the UK construction industry. We look forward to supporting the continued emergence of SARNZ and seeing the benefits of this relationship for many years to come.”
Mr Burke has been extremely influential on other important initiatives including the development of good practice guidelines for scaffolding in New Zealand, industry training standards and lobbying on skilled scaffolder shortages.