Construction, Mining & Energy ISC

Bob Potter

Paul Williams

Director Comace Pty Ltd

Paul Williams is the founder, owner and Director of Comace Pty ltd, a commercial interior fitout and Joinery business established in South Australia in 1981.

Paul completed his cabinet making apprenticeship in 1981, started his business while also joining the Army Reserves as an Engineer and working part time as a furniture removalist.

The business employed its first full time employee in 1982 and has employed many more over the last 38 years including award winning apprentices and trainees.

Paul holds a Diploma in Business Leadership and Front-Line Management, is a Certified CEO from the CEO institute, Certified Construction Professional from Master Builders Association, Life Member, Ambassador and Committee member of various business associations and Chair of Australian Subcontractors Association.

Bob Potter

Bob Potter

Deputy Chair
Former Executive Officer, Energy Skills Board (SA)

Bob started with an apprenticeship in the “radio” trade and went on to complete a diploma in electronics. He worked primarily in the medical electronics and radio communications industries.

Over time, Bob moved from technical roles to management in those industries. He experienced a highly successful career which he attributes to the support and encouragement of mentors with whom he worked. Throughout his career, Bob has sought to similarly assist others as they developed their own futures.

Bob became involved with the VET system in the mid 1990’s as a part time trainer and assessor. Following retirement from corporate management roles, in 2007, he took a position with an Industry Training Advisory Board (ITAB) in the Northern Territory. This opened contact and involvement with national Industry Skills Councils and the processes around the maintenance and development of Training Packages. He was a member of, or chaired, several national Training Advisory Committees and Industry Reference Groups.

Following his return to Adelaide Bob became Executive Officer of Energy Skills SA, the SA ITAB for the Electrotechnology and Energy industries. A lack of funding support saw this close in October 2018, but Bob continues to advocate for quality training to meet industry needs.


  • Angela Coker - SA Power Networks
  • Larry Moore - National Electrical & Communications Association SA/NT Branch
  • Stephen Knight - Housing Industry Association Ltd
  • Sebastian Casey - Oz Minerals
  • Jodie Badcock - Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance
  • Tony Mansueto - Downer Utilities Australia
  • Robran Cock - AMETQUA Pty Ltd (Member Water Industry Alliance)
  • Neville McMullen - McMullen Trades
  • Victoria Griffith - Civil Contractors Federation
  • Marissa Hankinson - Master Builders Association of SA
  • Derek Clark - Construction Industry Training Board