New president for Australian Pipeline Industry Association

Kevin Lester was elected president of Australia’s peak pipeline industry and gas transmission body, the Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA) in October.

Mr Lester, who is director technical services for A J Lucas Group, was previously APIA’s vice-president.

APIA’s new vice-president is Dampier Bunbury Pipeline general manager commercial Mark Cooper.

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