Mr. Oates is a migrant who has been a member of the SMRC Board for 18 years. He has been Chair of numerous organizations, including the Southern Health Consumer Advisory Committee and the John Pandazopoulos Public Hall Committee of Management and is a member of the Southern Health Cultural Responsiveness Committee. Brian also chairs the SUEZ Hampton Park Resource Recovery Community Reference Group. Elected to Casey Council in 1997, he was Mayor of Casey in 2003 and in 2004 Deputy Mayor, retiring undefeated in 2005. Mr. Oates recently retired from the Australian Workers’ Union and has qualifications in financial management from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and in community engagement from the International Association for Public Participation, Australasia.