The pre-eminent professional association for building and construction professionals, the Australian Institute of Building (AIB), have a new National President following the Institute’s annual general meeting held in Adelaide. Patrick Toomey FAIB was elected as the thirtieth AIB National President.

Patrick Toomey is a prominent Hobart lawyer who has considerable experience in building and construction management.

Patrick Toomey’s diverse range of experience as a builder includes developing projects such as the Commonwealth Government Centre and Centrepoint Shopping Centre, both in Hobart, Tasmania. Obtaining a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1987, his career then focussed on construction and property law.

“It is a great honour to accept this appointment that has in the past been held by construction industry statesmen such as Sir Richard Hornibrook and Sir Albert Jennings,” Patrick Toomey said.

Prior to becoming AIB President, Patrick Toomey served for two-years in the role of AIB Senior Vice President and his elevation by the AIB Council was unanimous. In accepting the appointment, he paid tribute to his predecessor, Robin Fardoulys FAIB.

“Under Robin’s leadership the Institute has enjoyed strong membership growth and achieved two record surpluses, allowing investment in new and improved member services,” Patrick Toomey said.

“AIB is now accepted as an authorative voice on issues affecting building and construction professionals and I look forward to continuing this work,” he continued.

In identifying a set of priorities for his term, Patrick Toomey pointed to the Institute’s new business plan and an increasing emphasis on engagement with building and construction professionals.

“As the only Australian institute for building and construction professionals, AIB looks forward to delivering on an agenda that enhances the status of the profession and supports the career development of our members,” Patrick Toomey said.

Patrick Toomey is an Adjunct Professor of Construction Management at the University of Canberra.