Dale, who was appointed to the board of the Fremantle Dockers in December 2011 and became the club's fifth president in November 2016, is a homegrown success story, from bricklayer to Australia’s leading home builder. He commenced his career as an apprentice bricklayer in 1979 in Kellerberrin. Under the direction of his father, Dale learned practical skills that would stay with him for life. But more importantly he gained valuable tactical knowledge and experience that would shape his career and ultimately the future of Australia’s building industry.
At 25, Dale moved to Perth and joined since-retired partners, Garry Brown-Neaves and John Webb, to launch Dale Alcock Homes. The company exceeded all expectations from the very first year. It was a sign of great success to come when, in the years that followed, Dale went on to establish the ABN Group as it operates today – Australia’s leading construction, property and finance group of companies. Under the leadership of Dale as Managing Director, the ABN Group operates in Western Australia and Victoria and has built almost 70,000 homes across the two states. It is comprised of 20 companies with more than 1400 employees, 150 apprentices and 1500 contractors.
Dale remains an avid believer in the social responsibility of his companies. As an industry advocate, Dale provides valuable support to industry training programs and promotes career opportunities within the building industry. Since establishing his own dedicated apprenticeship training program in 2004, the ABN Group continues to manage Australia’s largest private training group in the industry, with more than 1000 apprentices graduated. Through his Alcock Family Foundation, Dale has also donated more than $8.4 million during the past 10 years to worthy causes including medical research, humanitarian relief work and the environment.