Urban Connections: Leadership in the new normal

12 Oct 2020

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In conversation with Women in Property: Listen here.

Leadership in the new normal: In conversation with two formidable female property leaders. 

Grab your headphones and spend an hour listening to this insightful conversation, where we ask two of our industry’s most highly-regarded, female leaders their take on the most relevant topics for today’s women in property,

Hilary Marshall
Director – Traffic at Ratio Consultants & Women in Leadership UDIA Award Winner

Hilary is an expert in her field and regularly appears as an expert witness for VCAT and Planning Panels Victoria. She has extensive experience, particularly in greenfields development, having worked in over 35 of the precinct structure plan (PSP) areas throughout Metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong growth areas.

She is known for her honest and pragmatic approach to developments, while striving for sustainable solutions and good design outcomes.

Hilary is passionate about providing an inclusive and accepting workplace, where people feel comfortable and supported to be their authentic selves. She aims to be a positive and supportive role model to other people, hopefully inspiring others to achieve similar accomplishments and contributions to the industry. She strongly believes in leading by example, by maintaining a professional approach always with a focus on work life balance.

Kate Drews
Market Director – Urban Communities at SMEC

Kate Drews is a Director on the SMEC Australia Board and the Market Director, Urban Communities for SMEC, leading a diverse, talented team of over 200 specialists across the country.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the property, construction and infrastructure sectors, Kate has held several senior leadership roles and is currently a Director on the Board of Consult Australia.

Kate has successfully lead programs of significant organisational change both for clients and previous employers. She has experience in business planning, mergers and acquisitions, organisational restructuring and risk management.

Kate commenced her career in the Australian Regular Army and rose to the rank of Major before transferring to the Army Reserve. After 12 years’ full time service she became a management consultant and has since held senior leadership roles at a number of firms in fields of architecture and engineering.

Kate is passionate about technical excellence, client service and gender diversity within our industry. A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Kate is also the President of the Queensland Military History Society.

Facilitated by Leah Wittingslow
Managing Director at Mesh Planning
Member of the UDIA Victoria Women in Property Committee

Urban Connections: New UDIA series for members, by members.

Leadership in the new normal was delivered by the UDIA Victoria Women in Property Committee and UDIA Urban Connections Unit. 

UDIA Urban Connections has been created to help members learn, network and support each other as we work through and beyond COVID-19.

UDIA Victoria thanks our wonderful Women in Property Committee for planning this special Urban Connections event.

Chair, Alicia Davidge – Lendlease

Women in Property Committee

The Women in Property Committee represents female professionals within the urban development industry.

The Committee encourages greater female participation, engagement and exposure across the sector by promoting female leaders, working with UDIA to address barriers to industry participation, and developing progressive, meaningful and fun engagement pathways for women in property. 

Committee Members

  • Alicia Davidge, Lendlease (Chair)
  • Leah Wittingslow, Mesh Planning
  • Claire Cullen, SMEC Australia
  • Amy Watson, Clayton Utz
  • Maryam Alizadeh, Breese Pitt Dixon
  • Nancy Bickerton, Villawood Properties
  • Tina Puopolo, Stockland
  • Lora Armstrong, Woodlea
  • Louise Nixon, Oliver Hume
  • Julie Lancashire, Urban Design & Management
  • Hilary Marshall, Ratio Consultants
  • Salihah Kamal, Colliers International
  • Ezreena Aladin, Dalton Consulting Engineers