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2012 News Releases




New WIA President and Vice-President Appointed

Date : 08 / 10 / 2012
Author : Phil Wait - VK2ASD

The WIA Board of Directors held an emergency meeting last week following the sudden and unexpected passing of WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI. Phil Wait VK2ASD (pictured right) was formally appointed WIA President and Chris Platt VK5CP was appointed Vice-President.

Both Phil and Chris have strong interests in progressing amateur radio and also have a wide variety of other experience and interests outside amateur radio circles.

Phil Wait has been a radio amateur since 1967 and a Director of the WIA since its restructuring in 2003. Phil owned VitalCall Medical Alarm Systems for many years, and more recently FirstCall Medical Alarms, and is also involved in sailing and constructing valve (yes- valve!) audio equipment. Phil is probably best known in amateur radio circles for the WIA’s advocacy role in relation to Broadband Power Line Interference (BPL).

Chris Platt is a lawyer with over 20 years experience in industrial relations in the agricultural and resource sectors and currently works for BHP Billiton supporting the Olympic Dam resource. Chris' has experience in international labour relations having represented Australia at a number on International Labour Organisation meetings. Chris has an interest HF DXng, Contesting and High Altitude Balloons with AREG.

The vacancy created on the WIA Board can either be filled by appointment, or left vacant until the next AGM in May 2013.


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