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Leading with Vision: Introducing NECA Victoria's New Executive Director 

14 February 2024

We met with Rob Selymesi, the new Executive Director of NECA Victoria, to ask him a couple of questions as he transitions into his new role. Many of you might already be familiar with Rob, having seen him in the industry for over 35 years.  

What inspired you to take on the role of Executive Director at NECA Victoria? 

My engagement with NECA Victoria stems from my first-hand experience as a member. The team is very member-centric and passionate about supporting members, apprentices and industry partners. This commitment not only enhances our industry but also ensures its safety and betterment each year. And, having volunteered on various committees/boards for NECA Vic and being a keen supporter of our industry for many years, the opportunity arose to join this dedicated team and contribute to NECA Victoria’s next chapter.  
 

Can you describe your professional evolution? 

I commenced my apprenticeship 35 years ago in electrical and data communications, navigating formal studies and hands-on-work, progressing as a tradesperson, supervisor, project manager/estimator all the way through to senior management.  

My career includes running my own small business twice, an endeavour I consider one of the most challenging in contracting. Alongside significant formal study, my experience spans a variety of roles across small, medium, and large, Tier 1 contracting businesses, providing me with invaluable insights into what works, what doesn’t and, most importantly, why. This journey fuels my commitment to supporting our industry and its remarkable individuals. 

What sets you apart?  

I’m very grounded, I’ve experienced the highs and lows of our industry and want to help contractors, tradespeople, our community and key industry partners wherever possible.  

What drives you?  

People... amazing people. I enjoy building connections, so I envisage spending plenty of time with staff, meeting with members, sponsors and industry partners, working hard to develop strong connections across the industry. 

What are your goals for NECA Vic? 

In the short term, the focus is on building a strong working relationship with my team, NECA Education and Careers, and our sponsors. In the long run, focus will be around enhancing industry engagement, increasing the membership base, and collaborating closely with key partners to effectively support and represent the industry.   

What excites you most about NECA's future? 

The rapid technological transformation and NECA's significant role in it! 

We're witnessing and living a transformation of technology across every aspect of our lives, impacting the way we live and interact with each other. From 5G network upgrades to the transition to Web3 next generation internet, and the acceleration of Artificial Intelligence. We can’t escape the reality of this rapidly-evolving world and our place in it as an industry.  

Trends towards fully electric construction projects, with a focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards, and Data Communications projects and services related to IoT and BMS will continue to grow, and technology will continue to evolve. And NECA is set to play a crucial role in guiding the industry through these changes, by providing training and advice aimed at enhancing the skills of tradespeople and emerging leaders, ensuring they are well-prepared to navigate and contribute to the evolving landscape. NECA will work closely with the broader electrical and data communications sectors, offering essential services, support, and guidance to members, tradespersons, apprentices, and key industry partners, positioning itself as the go-to resource for advice, guidance, and business support. 

Rob's leadership is marked by a strategic vision, aimed at deepening industry ties, enhancing member support, and adopting new technologies, showcasing his commitment to the industry's progress. As NECA Victoria embarks on this journey with Rob at the helm, it stands on the brink of a new era of leadership, navigating current challenges, while laying the groundwork for future that benefits the industry.  

Rob will be joining the Victorian team on the road at many of the industry nights across Victoria. He looks forward to meeting members, industry supporters and the broader community. Rob can be contacted at [email protected].   

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