Urban-Development-Institute-of-Australia-UDIA-Danni-Addison.jpgDanni Addison

Chief Executive Officer


Danni Addison is the Victorian CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) – the nation’s key representative body for the urban development industry.

An accomplished and reputable property expert, Danni uses her influence to protect and promote the industry’s best interests. She is known for her informed, pragmatic and solutions-based approach, as she continues to lead public agenda on behalf of UDIA’s large, engaged membership.

Danni is passionate about enabling affordability and accessibility for all home buyers, reducing unnecessary regulatory burden on the housing sector, and achieving an efficient planning system that delivers positive outcomes for Victoria’s future.

She is also a keen advocate for gender diversity in the property and development industry, making considerable effort to profile and grow the influence of women making a difference in the sector.

Danni has an impressive track record in advocacy, policy, political engagement and stakeholder management, with previous roles as Senior Advisor to the State Government, and Policy Advisor and Public Affairs Manager at the Property Council of Australia.

Additionally, she is a dynamic and nationally recognised spokesperson, regularly sharing her property knowledge and industry acumen through media, events and keynote presentations. 



Angela Gaedke
General Manager and Director National Congress Partnerships



Angela oversees the UDIA activities and works closely with the CEO to drive growth and overall strategic direction of the organisation. She is also responsible for creating partnerships for the 2018 UDIA National Congress.



jenn.jpgJenn Leddin

Membership and Operations Manager;
 Executive Assistant to the CEO 


Jenn manages the membership base, ensuring members are fully utilising their UDIA benefits. Jenn is also the Executive Assistant to the CEO and oversees office



Elizabeth Chackola 

Finance Manager


Elizabeth manages our finance department which is responsible for all accounting and financial matters across the organisation. In this role, Elizabeth also works closely with the CEO and General Manager to develop and execute a sustainable financial strategy for the organisation.


Hyatt Nidam

Advocacy and Communications Manager


Hyatt manages the UDIA advocacy team, which is responsible for driving the organisation’s advocacy agenda through strategic policy, research and communication activities.



Olivia_WEB-0472_edited.jpgOlivia O'Connor 

Policy Advisor


Olivia is a key part of the UDIA advocacy team, managing day-to-day
policy issues, overseeing the policy committees, and providing detailed
policy briefings and advice to the team across all departments.



Ricki Hersburgh

Sustainability and EnviroDevelopment Manager


Ricki manages every aspect of the UDIA EnviroDevelopment
program in Victoria and Tasmania. She delivers training programs along with research teams to enourage environmental advocacy and deliver exemplary sustainability outcomes.



Georgia Turner

National Congress Strategic Advisor



Georgia is working with the events team to develop the 2018 National UDIA Congress program, which will bring together high calibre international and
domestic speakers over three days of industry related sessions and activities.


i-vTnkvgx-M.jpgLarissa Vaughan

Event Manager



Larissa manages the UDIA events team, which delivers over 40 events to
membership and industry each year. Larissa is also responsible for the end-to-end delivery of the UDIA annual Awards for Excellence Program.



Jessica Gersun

Marketing and Events Executive



Jessica plays a key role in the end-to-end delivery of the UDIA annual
calendar of events and Awards for Excellence Program. She is also responsible for the UDIA marketing activities, which spans across all areas the organisation.




Rebecca Elliston

Professional Development and Administration Coordinator


Rebecca is responsible for coordinating the UDIA professional development
programs, in addition to a suite of administerial duties within the UDIA
office. Her role spans events, member services, marketing and staff
support as required.