Diversity & Inclusion

UDIA Victoria is committed to achieving the vision of a truly diverse and inclusive sector.

UDIA Diversity Partners

UDIA Outlook Young Professionals Program Sponsors

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Diversity and Inclusion Mandate

UDIA Victoria is committed to achieving the vision of a truly diverse and inclusive sector.

We have joined a national pledge to have 40 per cent female representation on our committees and event panels. This pledge is an expression of the UDIA commitment to closing the gender gap typically seen across the industry.

Our members are commended for setting diversity and inclusion targets and UDIA is dedicated to showing leadership by working in unison with industry, government and academia to adopt a national mandate that progressively looks at a number of key approaches to achieve greater diversity in urban development.

UDIA has made a national pledge to reach a target of 40 per cent female committee and event panel representation. This pledge is an expression of the UDIA commitment to boosting the profile of hardworking women and encouraging female representation across industry.

Chair, Marnie Dalton – Dalton Consulting Engineers

Diversity and Engagement Committee

The Leadership, Industry Workforce and Diversity Committee plays an important role in driving the UDIA Diversity Agenda, inspiring cultural change and engaging with future urban development professionals.

The committee is focused on inclusion, equity, education, mentoring and community engagement to encourage greater diversity and workforce participation across the sector.

Committee Members
  • Marnie Dalton, Dalton Consulting Engineers (Chair)
  • Fiona Slechten, Egis (Deputy)
  • Simon Beardall, Stantec
  • Jaymi Davies, Jinding Australia
  • Amy Watson, Clayton Utz
  • Ryan Davis, Oliver Hume
  • Majella Curtis, Development Victoria
  • Leanne Nichels, SMEC
  • Sara Andreadis, Core Projects
  • Stella Usanovic, Kingfisher Recruitment
  • Ellen Lucas, Lendlease
  • Teena Lynch, Glenvill
  • Candice Ng, Plus Architecture
  • Maria Lasso, Ratio Consultants
  • Danielle Titterton, RPM Group
  • Nikita Jenkins, Scouted
  • Scott Watson, Stockland
  • Davina Sher, Villawood Properties
  • Kate Aston, Wel.Co
  • Alicia Davidge, Lendlease
Co-Chair, Justin King – Lendlease
Co-Chair, Olivia Cootes – Niche Planning Studio

UDIA Outlook Young Professionals Committee

The Outlook Young Professionals Committee promotes greater engagement, participation and exposure for young people across the sector through a range of initiatives including events, networking, mentoring and communications.

The Committee also represents young professionals within the urban development industry by providing input on UDIA Victoria’s strategic initiatives and program of annual activities. 

Committee Members
  • Justin King, Stockland (Co-Chair)
  • Olivia Cootes, Niche Planning Studio (Co-Chair)
  • Bernice Mwenye, Stockland
  • Chiara De Pellegrin, Urbis
  • Ben Thompson, Ratio
  • Nikola Reljic, Dennis Family
  • Melissa Govic, Simonds
  • Madison Kelly, Core Projects
  • Tim Montagna, APD Projects
  • Lauren Catalano, Pask Group
  • Nitaya Nicholson, Maddocks
  • Josh Rock, Arcadis Australia Pacific
  • Jessica Tassie, 3L Alliance
  • Alyshia Pisani, AVID Property Group
  • Aaron Zhou, Dahua Group Australia
  • Isha Sarnaik, Dalton Consulting Engineering
  • Ben Yao, Egis
  • Alexia Yacoubian, Ethos Urban
  • Zoe Christodoulou, Gadens Lawyers
  • Nicola Mann, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
  • James Rush, Hygge Property
  • Shaun Cheng, Peet Limited
  • Jack Dowe, Pomeroy Pacific Pty Ltd
  • Holly McFall, Urban Planning Collective
  • Gerard Colreavy, Veris Australia
  • Connor Gibbons, Wel.Co

UDIA Mentoring Program

This program is designed to encourage diversity in the property industry, connecting groups of like-minded professionals with a mentor to explore a range of topics through guided sessions. Participants have the opportunity to broaden their industry network as well as learn new skills and gain knowledge to progress as leaders in the urban development sector.

The real power is in the format of peer, or circle, mentoring, where participants benefit not just from the knowledge of the mentor but from 6-8 other professionals at a similar level from within the industry. The broad objective of the program is to increase confidence, knowledge and skills, in order to break down the barriers of participation and engagement.  

Participants walk away with an existing network and are empowered to develop career and leadership skills. To find out more click here.

UDIA Diversity Awards

UDIA Victoria places a high value on diversity within Australia’s development industry. As a member, you can help us encourage our industry’s diversity with the UDIA Diversity Award, which celebrates outstanding women, young leaders, and companies.