Our Industry Presenters
Our Educational and Professional Development Courses are delivered by industry experts within the Urban Development Sector who will provide you with high quality training that provides industry currency, skills and knowledge.
By studying with the UDIA, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from these experts, on key topics from planning and feasibility to marketing and project management to name a few. You’ll gain a unique and practical understanding of how property development principles are applied directly to the workplace and hear firsthand about the challenges and achievements you can expect.
Our team of highly qualified Industry Presenters are shown below.
UDIA Program Facilitator
Dip CE, BE (Hons), M Eng Sc, MBA
Rob has over 25 years’ experience in land development including senior roles at the Urban Land Corporation (now Places Victoria) and Villawood Properties. This included involvement in all facets of the development process from acquisition, feasibility, funding, planning approvals, delivery through to sales and settlement. This also included pioneering the development of contaminated land on such projects as Albion Explosives Factory (Cairnlea estate) and the South Melbourne Gasworks.
Prior to this Rob undertook the design and construction of a range of large engineering structures including bridges, water treatment plants, major dams and industrial buildings. This included the project management of a number of major projects including the MCG light towers.
James has 8 years of direct property experience with exposure to valuations, advisory, acquisitions and development. His principle responsibilities at Cedar Woods includes new business, asset and development management at Williams Landing Town Centre. James is experienced in the management and delivery of built form commercial and residential developments and land subdivision.
Prior to Cedar Woods, James worked for m3property and Peet Limited where he gained exposure to institutional and investment grade commercial, retail and industrial assets and residential developments. James holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Property and Finance) and is a licenced valuer (AAPI CPV).
Senior Analyst, Research
Charter Keck Cramer
Jonathan joined Charter Keck Cramer in 2008. Since joining Charter, Jonathan has gained extensive experience in strategic research and market analysis across all residential property market sectors as well as commercial market sectors. Jonathan is a regular market commentator with a deep understanding of foreign and local investment drivers.
Alison has experience acting on a range of property-related matters, from project development and structuring, including joint ventures and development agreements, through to property acquisitions and disposals, leasing and general property advisory work.
She provides clear insight into complex commercial arrangements, and expresses them in simple and effective documentation.
Cameron Forbes is a Senior Associate in the Tax Team at Clayton Utz and specialises in corporate tax advisory including income tax, stamp duty and GST on large scale M&A, banking and property transactions. He also provides tax structuring advice in all areas of corporate tax. Prior to joining the tax team at Clayton Utz, Cameron spent over 6 years in the tax team at King & Wood Mallesons. He also previously worked in the legal division of the State Revenue Office Victoria, which means he is well placed to liaise and negotiate with tax authorities when required. Before that Cameron worked as an M&A lawyer, which has provided invaluable insight when advising on the tax consequences on large-scale commercial transactions.
John joined Villawood Properties in 2008 after more than 5 years at CB Richard Ellis undertaking valuations of residential development sites. He has been exposed to all facets of the residential development cycle on a diverse range of projects. His experience includes site acquisitions, town planning processes, project management, sales and marketing. John’s role with Villawood Properties is to actively establish relationships with vendors, agents and consultants and to seek opportunities for acquisition/joint venture of suitable development sites throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
Simon Lee is a highly professional and experienced developer, project manager, owner’s representative, and designer of some of the largest and most complex building projects in Asia and Australia.
His past experience encompasses complex infill commercial and residential developments in Hong Kong, China, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. He founded STM Developments in 2015 as a trusted development partner to initiate, lead and manage design-driven real estate projects in Australia. He has hands-on practical experience in dealing with town planning, architectural design and VCAT issues on infill medium density residential development projects.
Past professional experience includes Arup, Hongkong Land, HKR International, Jardine Matheson, Woolworths, Booz & Co (now Strategy&, part of the PwC network), Coffey Projects and Thinc Projects.
Sales and Marketing Manager
Lora Armstrong is an exceptional sales and marketing, brand and digital strategist with 15 years experience across property and retail brands in Australia and internationally. Lora led the Community Marketing across all Victorian Assets with Stockland and also worked as the head strategist overseeing the Strategy Division at Cassette Agency. Lora is passionate about Place Making, Brand and Digital Strategy and currently manages the Sales, Marketing, Customer & Community teams for Woodlea, a benchmark masterplanned community by VIP and Mirvac. Lora believes that if you are determined to keep learning, nothing can stop you and was selected to attend an executive level Strategic Marketing Management course at Stanford University in California in 2017. Lora loves coaching teams to be their best, brings a creative approach to marketing and is inspired by travel and new technology.
Senior Marketing Manager
Sara has over 10 years’ experience in the property industry, working across new developments and built form in Melbourne and the UK. She has extensive project marketing experience having worked on some of Victoria’s largest greenfield developments, and is driven by a passion for community development and engagement. Sara’s current role as Senior Marketing Manager at Jinding Australia sees her leading the establishment of their development brand and associated projects. She is also an active industry participant through UDIA’s Leadership, Industry Workforce and Diversity committee.
Quantum United Management
Quantum is an owners corporation management and consulting company working with leading Developers such as Frasers Property, Stockland, Development Victoria and Villawood.
Their Vision is ‘to create vibrant and connected communities’.
The company has been in operation for over 14 years, has a current team of 16, and they manage just over 8,000 lots.
Michael is an accredited Certified Manager of Community Associations [CMCA] an international accreditation.
Michael’s passion is transforming standard large scale residential projects, into vibrant and connected communities that residents are proud to call home. The team achieve this through their ingrained values, systems and unique management model.
Associate Team Leader Urban Design | Urban Designer
Mesh Liveable Urban Communities
Winning a local urban design competition at 14 began Jacobs life-long pursuit for quality well considered and clearly communicated design. Now a well-established urban design leader, Jacob has broad experience and qualifications in urban design, landscape architecture and planning in both the public and private sectors, and is considered a meshy all-rounder. This life-long pursuit continues at Mesh in every project Jacob works on, firing his passion for reimagining how we should plan and design our cities and towns.
Jacob also works collaboratively with communities in remote areas of Nepal, not-for profit, believing in sharing his skills where they will be of most value.
National Marketing Manager
Darren Blair has a passion for digital, brand marketing and property, he thrives on taking projects to market and seeing the successful delivery of a strategy. As Marketing Manager at Oliver Hume he plays an integral role in developing brand and project strategy in an omni channel environment, enhancing ROI and optimising campaigns.
General Manager, New Communities
Harvey has enjoyed various roles at Oliver Hume since he commenced his career at the Group in 2002 as a sales cadet. As General Manager, Harvey is responsible for providing sales and marketing recommendations to his developer clients as well as overseeing launch strategies, sale targets and ongoing project marketing budgets.
Chief Executive Officer
the 8 agency
Leanne is the CEO of the8agency, a creative full-service firm that specialises in the property sector. Prior to that Leanne held the position of CEO at Blaze Advertising, a national full-service agency that is fully owned by WPP AUNZ, the largest global communications group with over 5000 employees in Australia. Leanne’s expertise is key to developing high-level strategy across all major property marketing projects. Leanne has driven strategy and marketing for local and national clients including JLL, Development Victoria and AVJennings. She has previously held tenures with Havas, Adcorp Australia and Fairfax Media.
Chief Panel Member
Planning Panels Victoria
Kathy Mitchell is the Chief Panel Member of Planning Panels Victoria, a position which she has held since 2004. She has received distinguished awards from UDIA, VPELA and PIA. Kathy was the President of VPELA from 2004-2011.
Chris De Silva
Mesh Liveable Urban Communities
Chris has over 25 years’ experience in a combination of public and private sector roles. Throughout this time Chris has pursued a growth area based specialisation with personal and professional interest in strategic planning, urban design and infrastructure funding and delivery. Chris’ passion for growth areas is broadly recognised along with his practical approach to leadership and negotiation to achieve improved outcomes.
Director Outer Melbourne
Victorian Planning Authority
Brent McLean has over 15 years’ experience in strategic land use and infrastructure planning and policy throughout Queensland, New South Wales and now Victoria. Brent has pursued a passion for developing government strategy for land and infrastructure delivery to support state growth objectives.
As the newly appointed Director Outer Melbourne at the VPA, Brent brings his experience in corridor and precinct based structure planning and strategy to deliver place-based Precinct Structure Plans for new communities in Melbourne’s growth areas.
Mesh Liveable Urban Communities
Leah has over 15 years experience in a combination of public and private sector roles. Throughout this time Leah has developed well recognised expertise in statutory planning, strategic planning and infrastructure funding frameworks. More recently, Leah has focussed on business planning and administration at Mesh, in addition to strategic planning and implementation, and is nearing completion of a Masters In Business Administration.
Martin has worked in the property development industry for over 20 years. Working for Delfin Property Group and then Lendlease in residential development, he was heavily involved with the Caroline Springs project, starting there in 1999. Martin was the Project Director at Caroline Springs for 5 years before heading across to Western Australia as Business Development Manager for Lendlease, setting up the residential development arm of the business in Perth. Having secured and initiated the Alkimos project in 2010 Martin returned to Melbourne in 2014 to work with Moremac Property Group.
Nick is a civil engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the urban development industry in both design and construction roles. For the past 12 years Nick has been responsible for Cardno’s land subdivision projects in Victoria. Nick’s focus is on feasibility assessments and planning of subdivisional development, however he retains a strong involvement in the daily design and construction management activities of his team in delivering projects.
Catalyst Development Services
Sean Pinan has extensive experience in the master planning, structuring and delivery of major residential communities across the growth areas of Melbourne. Sean, through his former roles as Project Director and Regional Development Manager at Lend Lease, is responsible for significant city shaping developments such as Caroline Springs in the west and Laurimar in the north. Sean prides himself on building strong relationships within the property industry. Sean believes that through positive and transparent relationships, collaboration and by thinking outside the box, successful, feasible and sustainable projects can be realised and delivered, delivering high value outcomes for all stakeholders.
Rohan is the Executive General Manager – Construction of The Winslow Group, heading up one of the largest civil construction companies in Victoria. Rohan has lived and breathed the Winslow success story since 1993; from a small business operation through to the 1000+ people, 400+ earth moving machines, 5 Victorian offices and countless parcels of subdivided land across Victoria and Queensland today. Having worked in the field as a Surveyor and Foreman, and in Project and Construction Management roles throughout his career, Rohan’s knowledge in all things Civil Construction is evident having partaken in Winslow’s broadening avenues including water and gas reticulation, plant innovation, and major road infrastructure.
Maureen Pound Coaching
Maureen Pound is an expert coach and trainer and has worked extensively in the property industry, supporting clients such as Stockland Property Group, Villawood Property, Carlisle Homes, Sweeney Estate Agents, and Millar Merrigan Land Development Consultants. Her mission is to support individuals and businesses to improve their communication both internally and externally ensuring more satisfaction, happiness and a healthier bottom line.
Ben De Waard
Sustainable Development Consultants
Ben is an experienced environmental professional who is a founding Director of Sustainable Development Consultants, one of Melbourne’s largest ESD/environmental engineering practices. For the past 20 years, Ben has been involved in numerous projects and is experienced in the development of green buildings, integrated sustainable development policies and strategies, environmental management plans, water management strategies and expert witness roles. Previously, Ben has held roles in statutory planning, strategic planning, economic development and environmental planning. Ben’s experience increasingly seeks to integrate the economic, environmental and social/cultural aspects of any given development/building project with a focus on outcomes that promote sustainability.
Andrew founded HQ Management, a national development management and strategic advisory consultancy in 2008. He is a project director with a detailed knowledge of urban design, urban renewal and master planning processes, underpinned by a civil engineering, infrastructure, property finance and transport planning background. Andrew has private sector greenfield land development experience as a Development Manager with LWP Property Group, Satterley Property Group, Mirvac and has undertaken urban renewal projects and contaminated sites redevelopment and remediation for a range of WA, NSW and Victorian State and local government agencies. He has Project Director experience on prominent, high significance State Government and private projects in land development, urban renewal, transport, corrective services and infrastructure.