After 22 years at HIA, the last nine as Managing Director and CEO, Shane Goodwin is retiring from the top job.
All of Shane’s working life has been centred in the building industry in one way or another. Qualifying as a lawyer, he recognised the significant risks inherent in running a building contracting business and has built his career around helping businesses across the building industry supply chain to better manage those risks.
With four decades of real world experience, Shane’s perspective on how the building industry and HIA have evolved – and will continue to evolve – provides Housing readers with some unique insights.
Shane joined HIA at the start of the organisation’s transformation from autonomous state-based operations, each with its own IT, accounting systems and member services. Shane led HIA’s legal and industrial relations services on joining HIA. He quickly became instrumental in the significant management challenge of shifting the operations into a national association, as well as shifting the culture of HIA staff and of HIA members, especially those involved in HIA’s committees and board.
Shane says ‘I was proud to be part of the team of senior management and volunteers who worked together collaboratively to make sure the transition was a great success and positioned HIA as the voice of the industry and the members’ indispensable business partner.’
While there were challenges along the way, Shane believes that ‘moving to become one coherent membership-focused organisation provided an essential foundation for HIA to grow into the successful multi-faceted business that it is today. HIA has been able to grow exponentially, in terms of membership, influence, revenue, and most importantly we were able to expand our range and quality of services to members.
‘The transformation of HIA in the 1990s also brought together what were different policy positions that the HIA states often held on the same issue. If I have learnt one thing in working with governments over many years, it’s that you cannot go to government looking for policy changes if the government is receiving different views from within the same organisation.