Director profile: Bill Coles (Collaros)

Bill has been honoured with a number of awards, including the Presidents Award

If you’ve been to an event in the past few years then no doubt you know Bill Coles (Collaros). He is the longest ever serving Director having contributed to both the current SCA (NSW) and former ISTM Boards. Not only is he Vice President on the NSW Board but he was also appointed to the SCA National Board and has served on it for 18 months.

It’s in the events space that Bill is in his element having overseen most annual conventions, Christmas parties and pub nights over the past 15 years or so in his role as Chair of the Events Committee as well as the Services Committee. Bill prides himself on bringing a balanced and fair view to the Board and is a solid conduit between strata managers and service providers. He also understands strata owners as he has invested in strata titled property and Chairs a few executive committees.

When he’s not got his Director or Chair hat on, Bill is the Managing Director of Cleaning and Caretaking Corporation Pty Ltd which provides cleaning and caretaking services to the strata industry and has done so for the past 35 years.

Bill has been recognised for his hard work having won the President’s Award, Max Dunn Award and Business Person of the Year Award. He says that the highlight of his career to date was being awarded the SCA (NSW) Presidents award. A close second is making the 35-year mark with his business which is clearly a market leader.

Bill’s career passion is based on good old-fashioned values along with the ability to evolve in business and create new trends. He also believes on encouraging those new to the industry to get involved and be active through the education and networking opportunities SCA (NSW) offers.

He says that now is a great time to be involved in the industry as it goes through a long-awaited revolution. For Bill as a strata owner, the new laws will enable better and more sustainable strata living, while from his business perspective they provide some much-needed powers for caretakers to address one of the main issues in strata – illegally parked cars.

Bill also somehow manages to have a work/life balance and in his spare time he has captained the Australian Rimfire and Air Rifle Shooting Teams to three World Championships having won team gold medals in many events. Bill’s latest passion is riding his Harley Davidson and spending weekends at his “shack” in the Southern Highlands with his wife and family.

When asked where he wants to be in 10 years’ time. Bill was very clear that he wanted to be semi-retired but still working remotely, probably from the shack.

Knowing Bill though and his passion for the strata industry, it is likely he will be still be involved in strata, giving up his time to see another generation through.