26 Nov Good Luck Simon Barnard
Good Luck Simon Barnard
As one of the longest standing State Presidents of SCA (QLD), Simon Barnard’s dedication to the Queensland strata sector deserves recognition as he is set to embark on a new journey.
A true advocate for consumer rights, who has lobbied tirelessly for more than a decade, it is only fitting that he steps into advocacy consultancy for SCA (QLD) as his tenure as State President sadly comes to a close.
Simon first joined SCA (QLD) as a member over 15 years ago, with a role guiding the organisation on the Events Committee before becoming a member of the Board. By the time he retires from his position at the SCA (QLD) AGM in October, he will have served 10 years on the Board and seven in the role of SCA (QLD) President.
Simon was inducted as an SCA (QLD) Life Member in 2018 and he was awarded Fellow of SCA (QLD) in 2015.
“Simon’s time as President has had an enormous impact on the sector, the members, and the direction of the organisation,” says SCA (QLD) Executive Officer Katrin Watson.
“His leadership has resulted in a more collaborative approach to SCA (QLD) strategy, with members afforded a greater say on the use of their membership fees. He has helped establish a culture that makes decisions based on member feedback and what’s best for the entire industry.”
Over the past decade, Simon has used his knowledge and influence to rally for the rights of people who live in strata. In 2016, as a direct result of five weeks of effective lobbying, he helped successfully overturn a QBCC scheme that disproportionately affected strata schemes’ insurance premiums.
Simon has also played a key role in cladding regulation changes and ensured the recommendations of SCA (QLD) on property law were heard by the Queensland Government, leading to proposed reforms that saved millions of dollars.
Praised as a wonderful leader, Simon has cemented himself as a trusted and respected State President.
SCA (QLD) Executive Officer Katrin Watson says, “Simon has firmly established the organisation as the peak industry body in Queensland. He has shown members that a strong community with an effective voice can achieve meaningful change.”
“He is a great mediator who can get people to agree on a common ground, assessing all points of view and collaboratively reaching a consensus decision. A person with integrity, he is a great influence on the organisation and industry.”
“We have every confidence that he’ll continue to do amazing things for SCA (QLD) and the strata sector.
Best of luck to Simon Barnard!”
Simon Barnard is the Managing Director and Principal of Hartley’s Body Corporate Management which is a medium sized strata firm established in 2004 at Sherwood and now operating out of Graceville, Newstead, North Lakes and Bribie Island. Simon recently completed his 10th year on the Board of Strata Community Australia (QLD) 7 of these as President, has been recognised for his service to the industry with a fellowship of the organisation and Life Membership and now serves in an Advocacy Consultant for the SCA (QLD)
Simon also is a past board member on the SCA National Board and is engaged at an International level through many consultative groups and associations. He meets regularly with the Industry Stakeholders group which is convened by the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management and the Office of the Attorney General and actively engages at all levels of government.
Simon has recently been invited to represent the Strata industry on the QLD Government Ministerial Housing Consultative Committee tasked with advising on developing and delivering quality housing outcomes for people and communities. His contributions at an International, National and State level involve working with key stakeholders and government to ensure lot owners, industry employees, suppliers and Bodies Corporate needs are addressed through Government policy reform, education and training.