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Manager History

ALL FAB’s Managing Director, Brian Coleman, began his career in 1990 as a very determined apprentice, working for Australia’s leading stainless steel fabrication company. He diligently learned his craft, and went on to serve the company for 17 years. With his unshakeable commitment to excel in his chosen field, 1994 saw him take first place in the Regional Work Skills and Australian Work Skills Competition in sheet metal. Brian was well and truly on his way to establishing himself as a formidable craftsman. In 1995 he competed in the International Youth Skills Olympics in Lyon, France - ranking 4th in the world - and receiving a diploma of excellence in sheet metal. In 1996 he won a Big Brother Scholarship, which opened the way to gaining experience in the manufacturing industry, working in England. His path to excellence continued in 1997, when he won a Queensland Overseas Foundation Scholarship, with 4 months of R&D work experience with the Welbilt Group in Toronto, Canada.

As a tradesperson, Brian has built up extensive experience on a broad range of projects, including the fabrication of stainless steel benching, commercial food equipment, bars, balustrades, marine accessories, store fixtures for use in retail applications, and specialised architectural designs in aluminium and stainless steel. Among his notable assignments as a Site Installer, were projects for Queensland Newspapers, Chifley Square – Sydney, and Governor Macquarie Tower - Sydney.

Working for 5 years as a project supervisor, Brian handled the Cairns Convention Centre, undertook precision demands of major fit-outs in the USA, including 25 Virgin Records Megastores and 45 Federated Department Stores. And in the South Pacific, his work on Gucci Stores achieved special regard.

As a Production Manager for 4 years, before moving into his own business, he co-ordinated over 70 floor staff in the demanding manufacture of commercial food equipment and store fixture systems.

Notably, among Brian’s other achievements is his volunteer work promoting excellence in the trade. In the Regional, National and International WorldSkills Youth Competitions, he held a highly regarded position as an expert in 2007 International Sheet Metal WorldSkills competition in Shizuoka, Japan. Also designed the Australian Sheet Metal competition projects from 2005 to 2011, 2009 deputy chief expert at the International competition in Calgary Canada and Chief Expert & Project designer for London 2011 Competition. Resigned his WorldSkills Chief Judge position after London due to business & family requiring more.