Andrew Fielding is the new President of the BIA. The BIA Board appoints a chair annually, and the position of President is limited to three terms under the association’s constitution with the intent of ensuring a cycle of fresh leadership.
President Fielding accepted and stepped into the role with immediate effect to Chair the rest of the May Board meeting held in Sydney.
Andrew was quick to pay tribute to the leadership of Darren Vaux who will continue on as a Board Director. He said Darren’s contribution had been outstanding and left a legacy of key strategic decisions which had put BIA in a strong position for the years ahead.
Andrew Fielding has been employed in the marine industry for over 30 years with experience in yacht brokering, marine retail, wholesale and boat building.
Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Andrew is a graduate of The Southport School. He studied Tourism and Hospitality, and Maritime Logistics and Management at the Australian Maritime College.
Andrew’s experience and reputation for being honest, knowledgeable and for providing professional service has made him a leader in his field.
He is part of a family marine business which has been operating on the Gold Coast for over 45 years. Andrew is passionate about all aspects of the marine industry and is focused on seeing its future success.
He is also an advocate for boating safety and responsible boat ownership and getting more people into maritime careers.
Andrew currently sits on the Gold Coast Waterways Authority board, is member of the Queensland Maritime Committee, is Vice-Chairman of the Queensland Recreational Boating Council and is a member of the War on Wrecks Task Force, a Queensland state government initiative to dispose of derelict and abandoned vessels.
Having spent the past 40-plus years living by or near the water, and having used the waterways on a daily basis for both recreation and business, Andrew is enthusiastic about ensuring our waterways are successfully managed so they can be enjoyed for generations to come and that Australian marine businesses and the industry as a whole prosper and grow well into the future.