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HIA announces national Award of Excellence

Media release

HIA announces national Award of Excellence

Media release
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) announced Victoria’s Colleen May as the 2024 recipient of the prestigious Sir Phillip Lynch Award of Excellence.

The Sir Phillip Lynch Award of Excellence recognises those who have made an outstanding and distinguished contribution to the residential building industry at the highest level of excellence and integrity.

Colleen is an advocate and tireless worker for the housing industry, exhibited through her role as General Manager of May Constructions, her involvement with HIA and her volunteer work through the Victorian Homeless Fund. As an articulate and respected member of the industry, she achieves excellence in everything she does. 

Colleen’s involvement in the building industry stems back 20 years when she commenced with May Constructions alongside husband Peter. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts and wide-ranging professional experience, Colleen admits she knew “very little about the nuts and bolts of building”. She was constantly learning and making incremental changes. 

For Colleen, building is as much about people as it is about bricks and mortar, and believes while buildings are an enduring legacy of the work of the building industry, it’s the people who work on them who are important.

“Colleen has provided significant time and knowledge to our industry over the past 20-plus years,” commented HIA Managing Director Jocelyn Martin. 

“She has built a lasting legacy by strengthening the industry she loves. During her term as HIA Victorian President, Colleen encouraged other women to actively get involved in setting the direction of HIA and the wider industry.”

Colleen has also been involved with the Victorian Homeless Fund for many years; and has been Chair for the past 11. Through its network of builders and industry partners, the Victorian Homeless Fund builds homes for those at risk of homelessness, funded by philanthropic donations.

“Colleen now joins an influential group of industry leaders who have received this award over the years,” concluded Ms Martin.

The Award was presented to Colleen during HIA’s National Conference and HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards in Cairns and is named after the late Sir Phillip Lynch who was an outstanding Australian, member of parliament and champion of the Australian housing industry.

Previous award recipients include:

  • Managing Director of Meriton, Harry Triguboff
  • Former Managing Director of McDonald Jones Homes, Bill McDonald
  • Managing Director of the Hickinbotham Group, Michael Hickingbotham
  • Former Managing Director of the Buckeridge Group of Companies, the late Len Buckeridge
  • Managing Director of building products company Brickworks, Lindsay Partridge
  • Former Managing Director of Wilson Homes, Stuart Wilson
  • Clarendon Homes founder Peter Campbell

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2024 HIA-CSR Australian Home of the Year

Winner: BCM Homes

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2024 HIA Australian Custom Built Home

Winner: BCM Homes

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2024 HIA Australian People's Choice Home

Winner: BCM Homes

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2024 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards winners
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2024 HIA-CSR Australian Home of the Year
Partnered by CSR
BCM Homes
Victoria
2024 HIA Australian Apartment of the Year
Partnered by Bondor
Bronxx
NSW
2024 HIA Australian Apartment Complex
Partnered by Daikin Australia
Bronxx
NSW
2024 HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice
Partnered by Stratco
Oliver Burnell
Tasmania
2024 HIA Australian Bathroom of the Year
Partnered by Caroma
Pichelmann Custom Building and Precise Custom Joinery
ACT/SNSW
2024 HIA Australian Bathroom Design
Partnered by Tradelink
Concepts by Gavin Hepper
NSW
2024 HIA Australian Custom Built Home
Partnered by ActronAir
BCM Homes
Victoria
2024 HIA Australian Display Home
Partnered by Clipsal by Schneider Electric
Horizon Homes
NSW
2024 HIA Australian Kitchen of the Year
Partnered by HIA Insurance Services
Craig Linke Bespoke Building
South Australia
2024 HIA Australian Kitchen Design
Partnered by Robam Kitchen Appliances
Studio Minosa
NSW
2024 HIA Australian Outdoor Project
Partnered by Toyota for Business
Liam Gilligan Builders
North Queensland
2024 HIA-CSR Australian People’s Choice Home
Partnered by CSR
BCM Homes
Victoria
2024 HIA Australian Project Home
Partnered by James Hardie
The Rural Building Company
Western Australia
HIA Australian Professional Small Builder / Renovator
Partnered by Companion Systems
Ultimo Constructions
Western Australia
2024 HIA Australian Professional Medium Builder / Renovator
Partnered by Companion Systems
St Joseph Affordable Homes
Tasmania
2024 HIA Australian Professional Major Builder 2024
Partnered by Companion Systems
AVID Developments
Queensland
2024 HIA Australian Renovation / Addition Project
Partnered by COLORBOND steel
Zorzi
Western Australia
2024 HIA Australian Spec Home
Partnered by Stratco
VM Building
Western Australia
2024 HIA Australian Specialised Housing
Partnered by Merlin Garage Door Openers
M+J Builders
Northern Territory
2024 HIA Australian Start-up Business
Partnered by American Express Australia
Crew Built
South Australia
2024 HIA Australian Townhouse / Villa Development
Partnered by Brickworks
DNA Architects and Bellevue Building Projects
ACT/SNSW
2024 HIA Australian Townhouse / Villa of the Year
Partnered by Sika Australia
MK Building Group
Victoria
2024 HIA Sir Phillip Lynch Award of Excellence Colleen May
Victoria

To download images of the winning projects visit: media.hia.com.au

For more information please contact:

Keith Ryan

Executive Director - Victoria
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