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Peak collaborative body for the building and construction industry, the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) announces the appointment of James Cameron as the new Executive Director.

The search for a new Executive Director was necessitated by the imminent retirement of Peter Barda after eight years at the helm. ACIF’s Board sought an industry professional experienced in policy and research, with detailed understanding of the issues facing the building and construction industry in Australia.

Cameron brings expertise in policy formulation, and has a solid grasp of the many issues affecting the industry. He was previously Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Australian Institute of Building, and Policy and Research Manager at the Australian Automobile Association.

Welcoming Cameron as ACIF Executive Director, ACIF’s Chair Ian Pedersen said they were already aware of his work and his vision for a successful and productive building and construction industry, having worked with him over several years.

The Board is confident of Cameron’s ability to pick up the reins from the insightful Barda, and leverage ACIF’s impressive achievements to date to foster a stronger industry into the future.

Cameron looks forward to joining ACIF to tackle both the opportunities and challenges faced by the industry. Observing that Australia should be the world leader in the built environment, he said the industry has many strengths in terms of its economic viability, quality, safety, sustainability, innovation, design, skills and research, but there is room for improvement.

James Cameron will commence as Executive Director of ACIF in January 2016.