Meet the HCAA Committee

We'd like to introduce you to the HCAA Committee members.





Paul Angus - President 

Paul works for Warren Smith & Partners in the Sydney Office as National Head of Strategy and Growth. 

His training and educational journey began as an apprentice plumber and continued through further education and onto achieving a First Class Honours Degree in Building Services & Sustainable Engineering. 

He has been part of the HCAA committee since November 2016 and brings over 20 years experience in the industry to the team. He is truly passionate in his role in hydraulic services and regularly pays it forward within the industry through voluntary activities, providing mentorship and he also serves on the committee at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE).





Nick Soden - Director

Nick has over 20 years’ experience in the hydraulic industry in a variety of hydraulic design aspects. He has served on the committee since 2013 and is always looking at ways we can improve our industry.

He started his career at 16 with the Master Plumbers Association NSW and spent several years as a plumber, before moving across into the consulting industry and completing a Diploma in Hydraulics with TAFE NSW around 15 years ago.





Derek Harris - Director and Adelaide Manager

Derek provides leadership for the Hydraulic Services team at KBR in Adelaide. He is also a Director for the HCAA and the SA National Councillor for the Institute of the Plumbing Australia (IPA).

With over 30 years’ experience in the plumbing industry and over 20 years’ experience in design and engineering consultancy, Derek has extensive technical knowledge and “hands on” experience within the plumbing industry. His project level responsibilities also include various hydraulic engineering challenges such as water sourcing in remote areas, sensitive environment management, chemical treatment of wastewater and containment and the treatment and disposal of trade waste. 


David Wood - Director

David is founder and director of Liquid Hydraulics. 

Since 1988 he has been involved in the design, documentation and construction management of many significant developments covering a broad array of building types and his Hydraulic and Fire services knowledge and experience is highly sort after. Over recent years, David has developed an interest in code compliance issues, which is demonstrated by his commitment to the development of, and involvement with the Plumbing Code of Australia, Australian Standards and plumbing and fire protection design codes

David is a founding director of the HCAA which he believes will position itself to be the voice of the Hydraulic services industry throughout Australia and New Zealand. 





Alfie Quick - Director

Alfie is a Hydraulic Designer at KBR and the secretary of the HCAA's SA Chapter. 

He has over five years experience in the design and engineering consultancy and is responsible for hydraulic engineering services design and Revit/CAD drafting. Alfie is also currently studying his Cert IV in Plumbing Design.





Carl Sommerville - Director and Canberra Manager 

Director and Hydraulic Services Manager at Sellick Consultants Pty Ltd.

Carl has a keen eye for coordination with other building services throughout the design phase of each individual project and believes it  is one of the main fundamentals of design consultantation. Within his current role, Carl provides a service specific to each individual clients needs/budget to be able to walk them through what he believe is the ideal solution/design which is cost effective for any given project.






Ryan Petkovich - Director and Tasmania Manager

Ryan is a Director and Registered Designer (Hydraulic & Fire) at Eureka Designs Pty Ltd.

He has been an active HCAA member and since completing his Diploma of Hydraulic Services. Having started his career in NSW, he is now located in Hobart and is a registered building services designer in Tasmania for Hydraulics and Fire services. 

Ryan strives for the best outcome for his clients and future occupants by always implementing best practice principles from conception to completion in all designs whether it is working with developers or contractors.  

His current role as the HCAA Tasmanian Chapter Manager is to help bring local hydraulic consultants together and provide opportunities for collaboration with the Master Plumbers Association Tasmania including other stakeholder Authorities.





Rodney Ware - Director and Education Manager (on leave)

Rod is a Hydraulic Associate at Intrax Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd. 

In his role as the HCAA Education Manager, he has spent the last few years rallying to improve the education offering to the next generation of Hydraulic Engineers. Rod has been helping TAFE (NSW) get the Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design up and running again (it had not been offered since 2018) and has had a huge input on what is required in the Diploma course content, what is expected by industry and what is beneficial for the students.

This year, Rod has helped commence the HCAA Cadetship scheme, providing new Diploma Students who are entering the Hydraulic industry a helping hand financially and some additional support with design tools and knowledge from the industry. There are currently three cadetships in place and new cadetships will be offered each year.






Stephen Reardon - Education Manager

Stephen is a Planning Consultant at Viega Australia.

Stephen has worked with Hydraulic Consultants and Contractors for a number of years and is passionate about drinking water quality and sustainability in design. His role as Education Manager is to help offer information and guidance to those who wish to further their education in the hydraulic industry. He is proud to support the HCAA and the industry.





Tom Wise - Technical and Legislation Advisor

Tom specialises in hydraulic services as part of the building services engineering sector, working as a Director at Warren Smith Consulting Engineers.

Tom studied building services, sustainable engineering, building certification & planning, and holds a specialist qualification in engineering – hydraulic services. He also has an immense amount of pharmacy experience and enjoys applying his skills to better public health and the community, being recognised as a leading healthcare designer by his peers.

Tom sits on the HCAA Committee assisting with technical papers and legislation. He also assists in the development of the National Construction Code, Australian Standards, The Australian Health Facility Guidelines, Engineering Education Australia and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers ANZ education group. 

Tom is a registered certifier in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Accredited Plumbing Plan Certifier and is a Tasmanian Registered Engineer – Building Services (Hydraulic Services). He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and a member of the Association of Biosafety for Australia and New Zealand. 





Paul MacDonald - Standards Manager

Paul is a director at Inline Hydraulic Services Pty Ltd and an Accredited Certifier. 

While he possess almost a decade’s experience within the consultancy and design works, he also has over 15 years previous experience as a plumber working on all types of projects from industrial, commercial, aged care, residential and multi-unit residential. This hands on experience allows Paul to provide innovative and practical solutions, liaise and communicate effectively with sub-contractors, as well as problem solve any issues that may arise.







Shaun Wallace - Technical Manager

Shaun has eighteen years experience in the plumbing industry and is currently the Director of Wallace Design Group Pty Ltd.

In his role as HCCA sub committee manager, he will help facilitate the working group discussions around industry changes, with a focus on ensuring the association and its members interests are at the forefront.   






Max Hough - CPD Manager







Emily Doughty - Membership, Events and Administration Manager

Emily is the administrator behind keeping all HCAA members updated with industry news, standard updates and all things hydraulic. If you need any help or advice on your membership or just have a general question on the HCAA, Emily is your first point of contact.

In addition to maintaining and keeping the HCAA website current, Emily helps to organise the HCAA General Meetings (both face-to-face and online) from publishing events and online bookings to the technical elements of each meeting. She also coordinates and runs the fortnightly HCAA CPD lunchtime webinars, giving affiliate members the opportunity to engage with and present to members and giving members the opportunity to learn about topical subjects and earn regular CPD points.





Kate Jennings - Affiliate Committee Member

Kate is a Product Manager at ACO Pty Ltd.

In her work at ACO, Kate has worked with Hydraulic Consultants for a number of years. She is delighted to be an affiliate member of the HCAA committee to represent the interests of the associations affiliate members and help the association and industry flourish.






Matt Llyod - Affiliate Committee Member






Paul Lind - SA Chapter Chairman

Paul is an Associate at Lucid Consulting Australia and sits on the HCAA Committee as SA Chapter Chairman.





Victor Gallo - SA Chapter Committee Member

Victor is Principal Fire and Hydraulic Services Engineer, Mott MacDonald.

With over 10 years’ experience as a project engineer and over 7 years’ experience as consulting engineer, he has diverse experience in fire and hydraulic building services engineering in a broad range of industries.

Victor is the HCAA representative for the SA Water Restricted Wastewater Technical Committee. Along representatives from the broad industry that include the Office of the Technical Regulator, Hydraulic Services Consulting Engineers and Contractors (via Master Plumbers Association), the committee’s aim is to convey information within the industry regarding trade waste, pre-treatment and plumbing standards, policies and requirements.