Senior Leadership Team

The day-to-day operations of Master Builders are overseen by the Senior Leadership Team.

Paul Bidwell, Acting CEO

paul_bidwellPaul joined Master Builders in July 2009 with 18 years' private and public sector experience in policy planning and analysis.

He previously worked with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ), Herron Todd White Property Valuers and AgForce Queensland.

Paul is a qualified valuer with tertiary qualifications in urban and regional planning, and business administration.

As convenor of the Housing and Construction sector committees, Paul works closely with committee members, who are representative of the broader membership base, to develop industry relevant recommendations on policy and other issues, ensuring that policies and recommendations are directly reflective of members’ needs.

Sue-Ann Fresneda, Director – Business Development & Membership

Sue-Ann was appointed Director of Business Development & Membership in 2013, bringing to the role strong commercial acumen in business development, marketing, innovation and product development.

She joined Master Builders after almost 20 years at News Limited (now NewsCorp), where she worked her way up from Advertising Sales Executive to various management roles, including Sales Director and General Manager – Operations for Queensland. In the latter recent position, Sue-Ann was responsible for managing operations across Queensland locations, including Cairns, Townsville, the wider Brisbane area and the Gold Coast.

Adrian O'Grady, Director – Finance


Adrian joined Master Builders in 2015 as manager of the finance team, but was appointed Finance Director in 2016. He brings over 20 years' experience to the role from the commercial accounting arena, having worked as a Senior Accountant at Mountain Designs and Nova 106.9.

Demonstrating strong skills in budgeting, forecasting, reporting and improving business processes, Adrian is driving the finance function forward to align with the strategic goals of Master Builders.

Adrian is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) who has a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Accounting.

Peter Smits, Director – Insurance


Peter is the nominated responsible manager for Master Builders Australian Financial Services licence.

Peter has been with Master Builders since 1998 and currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the Insurance team and actively ensures our product offerings are both competitive and relevant to the needs of our members.

Mikki Richardson, Director – People and Regional Connections

Mikki Richardson

Mikki joined Master Builders in February 2012 as a Senior Advisor in the Workplace Relations team.

She brings with her over 15 years’ experience supporting CEO’s and senior management with technical and practical human resource and industrial relations advice across a range of industries, including construction, legal, engineering, insurance and finance.

Mikki holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resource Management.

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