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The board & governance

The Executive committee of Master Painters & Decorators Australia is elected annually by financial members of the Association. The election is carried out by the Western Australian Electoral Commission and all financial metropolitan and regional members are eligible to stand. The MP&DA constitution of the Association is the ruling code for the management and operation of the Association. It is the duty of the Executive committee to ensure the rules of the Association are upheld. They are empowered to do this under the constitution. All members of the Executive committee are volunteers and dedicate their time for the betterment of the painting industry.


Amanda Dawes

Chief Executive Officer

Amanda has worked in the painting & decorating industry for 13 years.  She began her employment with the MP&DA as the Business Development Manager and has watched the highs and lows of the industry determine the direction of the Association.

Always looking to find relevance and value for members has often been a challenge as much has changed for the industry at the regulatory level.  Being merged into the Building Act in 2011 brought unnecessary issues to the industry including a lack of policing and inappropriate complaints processes.

Moving into the CEO role in late 2017, Amanda believes there is now a much greater focus by the Association on protecting the future of the industry.

In 2021 the Association will be looking to garner more support from industry to help resolve the policing issues which in turn will lift the quality and value of the painter and decorator.

Amanda will be working towards ensuring the regulatory body is working for our industry and that we get the policing right.

Another important task for this year is to educate consumers on the importance of contracting the services of qualified Master Painters.  Those who are not prepared to engage a qualified Master Painter with the experience and knowledge to deliver finishes that last, or who choose to do it themselves as a cost saving measure, run the risk of further costs for fixing problems when they arise, and doing a full repaint sooner.

Amanda is sure that with the support of industry, the Executive Committee and the members, the Association can bring about change.

In 2020, Amanda is encouraging qualified painters and decorators in WA to become members of the MP&DA and become part of that change.

Contact Amanda Dawes


Gary Cox

Castle Painting & Decorating - President

Gary Cox started his painting & decorating career in NSW over 25 years ago and has watched not only tools and products change, but also the industry itself become a safer place to work. Fast forward to now and Gary is stepping into the role of President of Master Painters & Decorators Australia (MP&DA) after seven years on the Executive Committee. 

Gary initially joined MP&DA in 2007 to align his business with an industry leading group, network with industry leaders and learn as much as he possibly could.  He was looking for help to get started when he first came to WA and called the Association ‘every other week’.  The invaluable assistance he received at that time has played an important role in helping to create the successful business he owns today.

Gary is passionate about painting and decorating and appreciates the importance of providing customers with a great experience, not just a service.  He is also keen to encourage young people to join the industry, honing their skills in an apprenticeship to secure the future of painting and decorating in WA.

As the President of MP&DA, Gary would like to raise awareness of the value of painting and decorating services to customers, the community and the economy.  

Contact Gary Cox


Alan Walters

Murphys Spray & Blast Equipment - Past President

Alan commenced working in the Painting and Decorating industry as an Apprentice Painter at the Government Railways, Midland Workshops in 1978. With more than 40 years of industry experience, Alan brings a strong technical and practical skill set to Master Painters and Decorators Australia.

During his time in the industry, Alan has worked for Major Paint Manufacturers in a variety of Sales, Specification and Management positions, as well as managing his own contracting business for more than 10 years.

Alan has a passion for training and development, committed to developing Apprentices as well as providing advanced training opportunities for Trades Men and Women.

Alan joined the Master Painters and Decorators Association in 2005, immediately joining the Executive and Management Committees, before being elected as President for a period of 4 years.

As a Director of MPA Skills, Alan is heavily involved with growing and improving Apprenticeship training and participation.

“Our Apprentices are the future of the Industry and we need to invest time and effort into the development of our next industry leaders”.

Contact Alan Walters



South Metropolitan TAFE - Vice President

Neville has been a valued member of the Executive Committee for several years and has now moved into the role of Vice President in 2019.  

Starting out in the painting industry 34 years ago through an apprenticeship with WAGR/Westrail, Neville has watched products and trends come and go. In his current role as Lecturer/Coordinator Painting & Decorating Studies at South Metropolitan TAFE, he is pleased to see products being developed with greater emphasis on safety and the environment.

Neville was prompted to join the Executive Committee in 2006 when he noticed changes being made to the training environment without sufficient consultation.  By joining the Committee Neville was able to ensure that industry was aware of any proposed changes and with the strength and support of the MP&DA, he was able to lobby on behalf of the membership.

Training continues to be Neville's passion as he represents MP&DA on the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the review of the Certificate III in Painting & Decorating (apprenticeship).

Neville is working hard to ensure that high standards are maintained in training, and that private RTO's and other forms of training that impact negatively on our apprentices and the industry in general, are actively opposed.

Contact Neville Eastabrook


Michael Houghton

A Painter- Committee Member

Mick has over 39 years’ experience in the industry, owning his own business in the UK before moving to Australia in 2008 and continuing his businesses here as, A Painter.

Mick's daughter Charley has worked with him for 7 years and has completed her three year apprenticeship with a Cert 3 in Painting and Decorating with MPA Skills, and is now a registered painter.

Mick's son Mykie is in his third year of his apprenticeship with MPA Skills. Both Charley and Mick have been chosen as finalists in the MP&DA Apprentice of the Year Competitions. 

Mick has completed many courses over the years to maintain a high level of knowledge about the products and materials he uses and how to best apply them - many of them being Spraying Techniques, Porters and Elite Crete Systems.


Mark Hunt

Prestige Decorating - Committee Member
Mark  joined the MP&DA Executive Committee in 2021 after becoming an elected member. With over 27 years in the industry he brings a fresh and enthusiastic attitude and his entrepreneurial skills to the table.
Mark has a great passion for the painting industry and business in general. His attention to detail not only offers a quality finish but also high customer service. He believes this is how things should be done as a craftsman and as a business.  
Mark joined MP&DA because he believes that as a group we have a greater voice to push our industry to a higher level of which he believes it deserves. Mark is aiming to push the MP&DA higher on the building commission radar so that we can push for licensing for all trades in all industries, to better protect not just painters but all trades - from cowboys to chancers.

Cosmo Paparella

Dockers Painting- Committee Member

Cosmo started painting at 10 years old. Every school holidays he would go to work with his father and be the annoying little kid that was on site talking to every tradie. As Cosmo got older he was put to work cleaning frames, undercoating door edges, sweeping out the houses, and so on.

At the start of Year 11, Cosmo realised that school was not for him, and that he wanted to get into the trade game and be a painter.

Cosmo started his apprenticeship with Dockers Painting Service in 2006. During his first two and a half years of painting he was taught the basics of painting. Once in his third year he was given more responsibility - a van and his own team. This was a big eye opener as Cosmo had to make sure jobs were getting done, workers were doing the right thing, and everyone was working as a team. Cosmo has had great roll models from Dockers Painting such as, Troy Guiffre, Ian Hearn and his father Ralph Paparella teaching him the ways of painting, enjoying the trade and respecting the work.

In 2019 Cosmo's father was unable to continue running the company due to an accident. Cosmo stepped up and made sure Dockers Painting Service continued to run successfully, and with the help of his cousin Troy the business is still doing great to this day! Cosmo hopes to grow Dockers Painting into a great company.

Contact Cosmo Paparella


Matt Webb

Premier Decorating- Committee Member

Matt has worked in the painting and decorating industry for 27 years and believes the standard of workmanship across the board has generally improved. He also acknowledges a significant increase in employer reporting requirements, accountability and responsibility.

When Matt became a member of the MP&DA, it was to show his customers how committed he was to delivering quality and professional painting projects.

Matt believes it has now become apparent that the industry needs to work harder to protect and promote its high standard of workmanship. He wants to ensure the government continues to regulate against the activities of unregistered operators across the State, to protect our livelihoods.

Matt joined the Executive Committee after encountering issues with paint adhesion on white set plaster. The MP&DA provided advice and support and this led to his involvement in many discussions on this and other major issues facing painters across WA.

Matt stays well-informed of current trends and industry news and welcomes the State Government’s review and subsequent changes to contractor payment terms.

Contact Matt Webb


Jack Mast

Life Member

Jack is a Life member of the Association, who has long served the members in a variety of roles.  He has also been President of the Association and currently sits on the Board of MPA Skills.

Contact Jack Mast

Darren Godwin

Classic Contractors- Committee Member

Anthony Murray

Anthony Murray Painting- Committee Member

Anthony joined the MP&DA Executive Committee in 2019 filling a casual vacancy. With over 36 years in the industry he brings a fresh but experienced voice to the table.

Anthony is a great advocate for quality skills and great customer service but says some things have changed over the years with more emphasis now on acrylic finishes and safety in the workplace.

Anthony joined MP&DA because he is passionate about the industry and is steeped in the trade having come from a family of painters and decorators who all did their City & Guilds in the UK.

Anthony is hoping to play a role in helping to clean up the industry and protect it from ‘brush hands’, who are simply labourers claiming they are qualified painters and decorators.

Contact Anthony Murray