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AGA Head Office & Laboratory
66 Malcolm Road
(PO Box 122)
BRAESIDE VIC 3195
Telephone: (61) (3) 9580 4500
Facsimile: (61) (3) 9580 5500

NB: Email addresses for AGA staff members are not posted on our website to help prevent harvesting for SPAM purposes.  However, they follow the convention of First Name initial followed by complete surname @aga.asn.au (eg jsmith@aga.asn.au)

Managing Director and Chief Executive: Mr Chris Wealthy

Background:

Chris Wealthy has extensive experience in the gas industry and holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree, majoring in thermodynamics. Following postgraduate studies in the UK, he joined the Gas & Fuel as Engineer in charge of its Commercial Services Division, subsequently being appointed to the position of Service Operations Manager. This latter role provided an ideal opportunity to develop a thorough appreciation of issues related to high quality technical service delivery. Chris joined the AGA in 1993, and in 1995 was promoted to the position of Manager, Certification Services.

Following organisational restructuring in January 2004, he was appointed to the position of General Manager, and subsequently Chief Executive. In 2013, Chris was elevated to the position of Managing Director and Chief Executive and his extensive experience and knowledge greatly benefits the industry and consumers as he continues to lead the organisation.

Group Manager, Technical Operations: Mr Bill Tabourlos

Background:

Bill started his career with AGA as a graduate in 2004, and holds an Honours in Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and a Bachelor of Science (Computer) from the University of Melbourne.

Bill is now our Group Manager, Technical Operations and has been a valuable contributor in the Australian gas industry from the start of his career. Bill managed AGA’s Certification Schemes for over five years and also coordinated the construction and operations of AGA’s Gas Appliance and Components Testing Laboratory. As Laboratory Manager and leading NATA Signatory, he successfully managed the AGA Laboratory while it became the largest gas appliance and component testing facility in Australia before being promoted to his current position. He also contributes as a NATA Technical Assessor to assist in the maintenance and advance in technical expertise in the gas industry.

During his career with AGA, Bill was instrumental in the development of AGA’s Cylinder, WaterMark and Test Station Certification Schemes. The projects involved detailed research and development of specific on-site inspection & testing as well as enhanced ISO 9001 quality system auditing well above typical JAS-ANZ Level 5 Scheme requirements. The results for the Cylinder Scheme proved successful and effective, where for the first time in the LP Gas industry, high quality Certification services and solutions were made available to cylinder importers and suppliers. Bill has also been representing AGA on Standards Australia Committee ME-002 (Gas Cylinders) and his contribution resulted in radical improvements to key Standards such as AS 2030.

Bill has been a long standing contributing member on other Standards Australia Committees, namely, AG-001 (Gas Appliances), AG-013 (Gas Components) and AG-009 (Natural Gas for Vehicles). In particular, he was involved with the re-publishing of the entire suite of the gas component Standards in 2004, development of AS 5092 (CNG re-fuelling stations) in 2009 and major changes to AS/NZS 1869 (Gas hoses) in 2012.

 

Human Resources and Finance Manager: Mr Sajjad Junaidi

Background:

After completing degree in accounting in 1994 worked as a financial auditor in Singapore. Last position held was with Grant Thornton as Senior Auditor. Completed Australian CPA while working in Singapore. Returned to Australia in 2002 and took up a position of an Accountant with a multinational company. Joined the AGA in February 2004.

 

Manager Certifications: Mr Ivan Marsic

Background:

Soon after he completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physics and Computing), Ivan joined the gas Industry in the early 90’s. He first worked in the R&D department of a large Australian product manufacturer and later joined AGA in November 1995.

Since that time, Ivan has gained significant experience and extensive knowledge across a range of products associated with AGA’s gas products / cylinders, electrical and plumbing certification businesses.

He currently holds the position of Manager, Certifications and has also been involved with:

- Standards committee representation

- AGA’s NATA laboratory

- AGA’s  Audit / surveillance activities

Laboratory Manager: Mr Dennis Karafotias

Background:

Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering, with Majors in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from Monash University, Australia. He joined AGA in December 2009 working primarily in the Certification area where he developed his knowledge of the Australian Gas Standards.

Dennis has since been positioned in AGA's Gas and Performance testing laboratory where we has advanced from testing appliances and components to now overseeing and managing the AGA Laboratory.

Client Manager: Peter King

Background:

Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Mechanical) with Honours from Monash University (Clayton Campus) and has spent the last 30 years in the gas industry.

Peter was employed for over 10 years at the Gas & Fuel Corporations, Scientific Services Department Laboratory located in Highett Victoria. During his time there, he held various technical and managerial positions within the organisation including NATA signatory for the Appliance Testing Laboratory. He has also contributed to various gas appliance Standards committees over the years.

In the mid 1990’s, Peter became a founding Director of Enertech Australia P/L which went on to become Australia’s largest gas appliance testing laboratory.

Following the closure of Enertech Australia P/L, Peter joined AGA in 2014 and holds the position of Client Manager. Apart from assisting Clients with their Certification needs, Peter is an invaluable member of the AGA team, contributing to Australian Standard improvements, Laboratory procedure development and training of AGA personnel.   

 

Client Manager: John Vanderzon

Background:

John joined AGA in 2008 in the role of a Certification Project Engineer – coordinating certification projects of Gas Appliances and Components from initial application phase through to completion, and conducting routine appliance product audits. He has also contributed to the initial set up, and training of staff at the AGA Laboratory, and is a contributing member on various Standards Australia Committees, currently AG-001-02: Restructuring of Gas Appliances Standards, and previously AG-001: Gas Appliances and relevant appliance sub-committees.

Before joining AGA John gained over 12 year’s experience in Gas Appliance and Component testing as a member of the APA Group Appliance Testing Laboratory (formerly Origin Energy/SAGASCO Lab), and additionally has worked in the R&D department for a major Australian appliance manufacturer, as well as a materials testing officer with the University of South Australia.

John is now one of AGA's Client Managers and is located in the AGA Adelaide office.

 

Client Manager: Jim Burns

Background:

Jim joined AGA in 2008 as a Certification Project Coordinator where his primary role was to assist manufacturers and suppliers with their Certification needs and conduct routine appliance product audits.

Jim completed a 5 year apprenticeship in Plumbing & Gas fitting at the City & Guilds of London Institute, which included a 1 year achieving a plumbing design diploma in the UK. He spent 24 years in the gas industry with AGL in various roles including Industrial Service Technician, Commercial Gas Inspector, Project Coordinator and Laboratory Team Leader.

He has also worked in the NSW TAFE system since 2004 as a part time Instructor, teaching Gas Certificate IV and Gas Infrastructure Design Diploma courses.

Jim is now one of AGA's Client Managers and is located in the AGA Sydney office.

The rest of the team:

Laboratory Assets Manager: Mr David Gray

Testing Officers

Mr Peter Arnold (NATA Signatory)
Mr Christopher Hoy
Mr Russell Cowan
Mr Malcolm Green
Mr Dean Shaw
Mr Chris Blaxhall
Mr Nikhilesh Joshi
Mr Tom Verheyen
Mr Tony Tong


Technical Auditors

Mr Charles Troeung
Mr Jorge Loredo

Laboratory Support Officers:

Mr Bob Parkington
Kylie Birt

Admin Support Officers:

Glenda Baker
Sandi Hubbard
Amy Francis (Reception)

 


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