A builder with extensive experience in the construction sector has joined the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) as the new Assistant Commissioner – Technical.
Yvonne Pengilly was selected for the role and has a career that has spanned the industry from subcontract brick and blockwork to a company director overseeing high-end resort and multi-storey apartment developments.
She has been involved in many facets of the industry, including trade contracting contract administration, project design, development management and has been a project superintendent, regional manager and company director.
Pengilly is a licensed open builder and has held board positions with two state regulatory authority and was an electoral committee member of Master Builders Queensland (MBQ).
In 2013, she was awarded MBQ State Woman in Building 2013 and used the platform to establish Women in Construction Far North Queensland.
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“I have seen the industry from all perspectives and have worked with people at all levels from across the state and further afield,” Pengilly said.
“My focus will be on continuing to deliver improvements in building performance and compliance as our construction methods and materials move into a future with new challenges, new technologies and new opportunities.”
As Assistant Commissioner – Technical, Pengilly will lead more than 200 staff from a range of teams to regulate building standards and quality. The role will also see her help the QBCC’s work to ward off serious building defects, such as those seen in the Opal and Mascot towers.
“QBCC inspectors are authorised to enter building sites, including high-rise construction sites, to conduct random inspections of building work,” she said.
“Our inspectors can issue on-the-spot instructions to rectify, well before a tenant sets foot inside in the building.
“We will be using all the tools available to us, including the country’s toughest non- conforming building products laws, to reassure Queenslanders that our buildings meet standards and community expectations for safety.”