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Craig Foley

Chair - Craig FoleyElected 2013
Chair since 2016

Craig Foley is a director of Foleys, a plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying and electrical company in 13 locations around New Zealand. 

Foleys was founded by Craig’s grandfather Albert Foley in 1934, and has been a member business of Master Plumbers for more than 85 years.

The company employs more than 260 people and works on a broad range of residential and commercial jobs, including Otago University’s School of Dentistry and Te Rangi Hiroa College accommodation.

Craig joined the Master Plumbers Board in 2013, becoming Chair in 2016. He is also a member of Otago Polytechnic’s Tech Group, and sits on its Permanent External Advisory Committee.

He is a staunch believer in the advocacy work Master Plumbers carries out for the industry. “The industry is in good heart, but we can still improve it,” he says.

“The big thing is for us to be the masters of our own destiny as far as our training goes. The value is in working together as one voice. By putting our best foot forward, we can look after the public.” 

Craig sees getting more people into plumbing as one of the big challenges for the industry, both now and in the years to come. Key to this is pushing the significance of training to all plumbing businesses.

Foleys is committed to apprentice training, with 25 apprentices currently working towards their qualifications. Craig’s own son Nathan, the fourth generation of the Foley family, is a qualified plumber and gasfitter at the firm.

Craig brings leadership skills to the Board table and a willingness to expand Master Plumbers for the good of its membership.

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