Our Team

Our highly-experienced Construction Services consultants can help by offering extensive, independent and practical support.

Meet the Construction Services team:

Daniel Lee | Manager 

Daniel joined the Construction Service Team of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia as a senior employee relations consultant in 2005 and was responsible for providing high quality advice on all aspects of employee relations.

Between 2006 and 2013, Daniel headed up the Construction Services team where he was responsible for managing the team who provide invaluable and expert employee relations services to nearly all major projects across WA. As General Manager, Daniel was involved in all the issues and strategies of the major projects in Western Australia and has developed relationships with all the major players in the industry.
Daniel then took on the role of Principal Employee Relations Advisor for the Ichthys Project in Darwin, part of a team dedicated to servicing Inpex, JKC, Subcontractors and all Lower Tier Subcontractors for the onshore construction of the Ichthys project. This included a significant level of discussion and support being provided to local Northern Territory companies.

Daniel has now returned as Manager Construction Services.

Daniel has considerable experience representing CCIWA members and clients before the state and federal industrial relations tribunals, representing members during industrial agreement negotiations and industrial disputes and advising members on a range of discipline and termination issues, implementation of drug and alcohol policies and change management issues. 

In addition, Daniel is also involved with providing strategic industrial relations advice to major contractors during the planning and pre-feasibility phases of their major projects as well as during the execution phase.

Prior to joining CCIWA, Daniel spent close to 10 years in the position of Workplace Reform and Employee Relations Manager for Fremantle Ports. Here he was responsible for providing strategic advice on workplace reform issues and ensuring the alignment of organisational and human resource priorities. He represented the Port in negotiations with Maritime Unions and coordinated the Port’s response to industrial issues and claims.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business Degree with majors in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations. 

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Kate Schick | Principal Employee Relations Consultant

Kate has had extensive experience in the major engineering, construction and maintenance industries having spent time working for both employer groups and contractors at a number of different projects throughout Western Australia since 1996. 

As a principal advisor with the Construction Services Division at CCIWA, Kate is responsible for the development of employee relations strategies consistent with project objectives; overseeing right of entry responsibilities and obligations; performance management, negotiating, developing and registering agreements and assistance with developing and implementing human resource management systems and policies and company specific employee relations management plans.

Currently Kate is based at the East Perth headquarters and acts in a lead support role and provides specialist employee relations services to a range of clients and contractors in the construction and engineering and oil and gas sectors.

Kate holds a Masters of Business Administration majoring in human resources and industrial relations and a post graduate diploma in human resources and industrial relations. She also completed a Communications degree as an undergraduate student.

Kate is a member of the MyLeave Board.

Thomas Breen | Employee Relations Consultant

Thomas joined CCIWA in 2011 as a member of the Employee Relations Advice Centre (ERAC) team where he was responsible for providing practical, solution orientated advice and information on a wide range of HR and IR related issues within various industries for contractors and clients in the construction industry. During this time, Thomas advised on interpreting awards and industrial agreements, right of entries, unfair and unlawful terminations, long service leave entitlements, transfer of business matters and other employee entitlements, as well as performance management and HR practices in general.

Thomas moved into Construction Services at CCIWA and has been responsible for drafting agreements, liaising and providing ER advice to contractors and maintaining a working relationship with the relevant Unions (AMWU, CEPU, AWU & CFMEU). He gathered experience in managing and performing Right of Entries (RoE) at the CSBP Kwinana AN3 expansion project.

Thomas was engaged as an onsite Employee Relations Consultant on several major Iron Ore construction projects in the north-west. Clients included BHP’s Growth Projects and their tie-ins across Newman and Port Hedland and Roy Hill’s construction of their Mine, Rail and Port facilities. Responsibilities involved providing independent strategic advice to onsite contractors and subcontractors regarding their Industrial Relations and Human Resources obligations. Thomas was also responsible for organising and managing Union Right of Entries in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009. For both engagements, Thomas saw the projects until their successful completion.

Thomas has returned to Perth and is providing backup support in Darwin during the final stages of the Ichthys LNG project for INPEX.

Prior to joining CCIWA, Thomas worked at the Fair Work Ombudsman as an Advisor.

Thomas holds a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Industrial Relations and a Master degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations both from the University of Western Australia.

Katrina Halse | Principal Employee Relations Consultant

Katrina joined the Construction Services team in 2014 and holds over 15 years of specialist IR knowledge gained across a wide range of industries, including construction in the major project environment with the Ichthys project in Darwin. Further sectors of industry knowledge pertain to the mining, building and construction, finance, health, education, aviation, retail, social and community services and hospitality environments which supports clients receiving both technical and industry specific IR advice.   

Katrina’s overall experience includes providing high level management of workplace disputes and negotiations, development of company specific employee relations strategies, organisational restructures and change management, negotiating, drafting and processing workplace documents including but not limited to enterprise agreements, employment contracts, HR policies and procedures, interpretation and advice on all industrial legislation and instruments, advice to business on handling industrial and human resources issues,  development and facilitation of training and provision of conflict resolution including workplace mediations.

Katrina has most recently completed the Advanced Management Program with UWA, a Masters in Business Administration and holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Certificate IV qualifications in Human Resources, Frontline Management, Training & Education and Workplace Health & Safety. Katrina is an accredited Mediator with LEADR.

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