Future challenges for the Australian Building Codes Board

Gary Rake took over as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Building Codes Board on 17 January, 2022.

His tenure starts as state and territory governments roll out their responses to the Shergold-Weir Building Confidence Report, guided in part by the work of the ABCB’s BCR Implementation Taskforce.

So, with nearly four months under his belt, how does Gary see the future of the ABCB?

What challenges are on the horizon?

And will regulatory harmonisation ever occur?

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Gary Rake

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Building Codes Board

Gary Rake comes to the ABCB with more than 25 years’ experience in senior positions across the public and private sectors. An economist and accountant by profession, his range of experience covers urban planning and development, asset management, financial management, human resources, consumer protection regulation, criminal and civil investigations, marketing and internal audit.

He has previously held Commonwealth roles as Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority and Chief Operating Officer of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, in the NSW Government Office of Sport and the ACT Government Chief Minister’s, Environment & Planning, Justice & Community Safety and Community Services Directorates He has also worked in the banking industry and been a Partner in a Big 4 consulting firm.

Gary says he “enjoys grabbing the prickly problem that nobody else wants to touch” and is looking forward to close, collaborative, discussions with all stakeholders interested in the work of the ABCB.

Outside of work, he volunteers in sport as a surf life saver and kayak coach and is also Chair of the Board at the Canberra Glassworks.