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Brendan Christou was appointed Chief Executive of the RNA in 2012 after serving as Deputy Chief Executive / Chief Operating Officer since 2009. A Certified Practicing Account, Brendan started at the RNA in 2004 as the Association’s Financial Controller. His previous experience spans across the retail, engineering and financial services industries. He completed his Master of Business Administration from Curtin University in 2008. Brendan is a member of the Brisbane Development Association’s Executive Committee and is Treasurer for the Ambassadors of St John’s Cathedral.
Dr Mike Gillen is an experienced land use planner with 25 years of project experience in urban and regional development and transport infrastructure. Mike is responsible for the leadership, management and performance of architecture, planning, urban design and landscape teams across Queensland for AECOM. These teams work in a range of markets including urban development, infrastructure, energy, mining and resources and environment, delivering design and planning advice, strategies, plans and guidelines.
Kim Richards has considerable experience in the Brisbane development industry and expertise in the management of large professional service firms gained over the past 20 years, most recently in her role as Architectus Chief Operating Officer. Kim is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and is focused on process improvement and strategic vision development and implementation. Kim has been involved in a number of charitable organisations including as Vice President of the Brisbane Club of Zonta and Queensland based mental health organisation Wesley Mission’s Group61. Kim is a passionate advocate for Brisbane and seeks to contribute through her involvement in the BDA to the city’s growing reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Liana Heath is the Director of the Asia Pacific Council at the Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art. She is responsible for overseeing a membership network of businesses and organisations interested and active in building greater economic and cultural ties in the region. Previous to this role, Liana was the Chief Executive Officer of artisan, Queensland’s centre for Design and Craftsmanship. Liana commenced with artisan in 2011 after holding a management position within KPMG’s Management Consulting Group, specialising in business and strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and consultation, and business process analyses and improvement. Combining this background with professional qualifications (Masters of International Business) and a passion for Queensland art and design, Liana brings a balanced approach to driving Queensland’s arts sectors forward.
Chris Skelton has over 33 years’ experience in professional services encompassing Audit and Advisory services to a diverse range of industry areas. Chris has a strong focus on the Resources and Not for Profit sectors. He is very experienced in the audits of listed and unlisted entities including exploration and mining companies, schools, colleges, churches, large charities, research companies, senior living and sporting organisations. With a special interest in technical accounting issues, Chris provides expert advice on the application of financial reporting standards to clients and is BDO’s National Lead Partner for NFP sector and responsible for coordination of the firm’s support to that sector.
Ben Lyons is the Manager of the Brisbane Office of Cardno HRP (formerly Humphreys Reynolds Perkins Planning Consultants) and is a Principal of the Cardno Group. Ben is an experienced town planning consultant and has worked on a wide range of strategic and statutory planning projects in the public and private sectors, both locally and abroad. With multiple qualifications in urban and regional planning, Ben has been the recipient of State and National Awards for Planning Excellence. In addition to his role as President of the Brisbane Development Association, Ben is an active member of a number of industry associations, committees and reference groups.
Im. Past President
Chris McCluskey is the General Manager – Development Services, ISPT. Chris has over 25 years experience in the Australian property markets in both major project development and advisory fields. For the past 20 years, Chris has worked on developments for ASX top 50 public companies and has delivered projects across the residential, commercial and retail sectors. He joined ISPT in May 2010 as Development Director and successfully delivered the Wintergarden redevelopment in 2012 and oversight of ISPT’s Queen Street Mall strategy which has delivered national retail flagships to Brisbane. In June 2013, he was appointed General Manager, Development Services and now leads ISPT’s national development business overseeing a $2.5billion diversified development pipeline with major office and retail projects in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Chris holds Bachelor Degrees in Commerce and Arts from The University of Queensland, is a Past President of the Brisbane Development Association and current Board member of Brisbane’s CBD Economic Development Board.
Robert Allan is a founding Director of strategic communications consultancy He is a strategic communications planning and community and stakeholder engagement specialist, and has worked on multidisciplinary teams delivering complex and controversial public and private sector infrastructure and master planning projects. Robert has 16 years experience as a Director on not-for-profit Boards. As well as serving on the Brisbane Development Association, Robert is trustee of the Queensland Trust for Nature and Vice Chair of Artisan.
Cathryn Chatburn is an enthusiastic and creative Urban Designer with a diverse portfolio of experience gained over 23 years practice across the UK and Australia. She has extensive experience working with, and effectively engaging, diverse professional disciplines, stakeholders and clients in the process of successful integrated design development. She is a passionate team player and believes in the power of collaboration to ensure outcomes are effective and sustainable. Until recently, Cathryn led the AECOM Australia and New Zealand Master Planning team undertaking a wide-ranging portfolio of projects across the region. Cathryn left AECOM in late 2014 to commence her PhD part-time and consult independently. She is the founding Principle of the design consultancy ‘Urban Enquiry’, specialising in the collaborative development of spatial strategies to guide sustainable change.
Nick Davy is an experienced and effective leader in the planning, creating, design, delivery, operation and redefinition of property and infrastructure assets. Nick has held diverse industry roles over his 30 year career as designer, developer, client, consultant advisor, project director, business director and team leader - delivering substantial projects across Australia and UK. He leads innovative and energetic execution of clients' business ideas to return on commercial investment and is passionate about the smart engagement of people in successful project outcomes, stakeholders and teamwork. Nick is a member of APP's national management team with responsibility and accountability for our business operations and team in Queensland and sits on the Committee for Cities for Property Council of Australia.
Chris is a Partner at MinterEllison and has many years' experience in acting for clients in complex commercial matters including litigious disputes. He advises a range of local, national and international clients on commercial issues which are either litigious or which may involve litigation or another form of dispute resolution process. This experience includes litigation, mediation and arbitration.Chris also practises in the area of international maritime law advising on shipping and chartering arrangements and is a guest lecture in the area of shipping law and international arbitration at the University of Queensland.
Dai Gwynne-Jones has through the line communications experience and has worked in senior sales and marketing leadership roles across a wide variety of business on both agency and client side. With a strong reputation and network within the Queensland marketplace, he is known for his ability to deliver and has a passion for driving innovation, change and growth. Dai is a director of Portfolio, one of Queensland’s most established advertising agencies and has particular strengths in corporate branding and logo development, with significant experience across the property and financial services industries. He has delivered multiple strategic and creative solutions to a wide variety of major corporations and organisations. Dai is also a director of Valley Chamber of Commerce and is on the management committee of the Australian Graphic Design Association.
Extensively experienced in Strategic and Statutory Planning of South East Queensland urban development, Sean provides considered, creative and intelligent planning advice through every stage of the project lifecycle. Involved in a wide variety of projects as lead planner / project manager, Sean offers detailed advice in strategic planning, project due diligence, highest and best use, development design and statutory approval for complex projects requiring careful regulatory navigation. His experience and rapport with all tiers of Government ensures "best for client, best for project" outcomes are achieved in a timely manner. Sean is a keen ambassador of community-based local area planning and proactively champions a sensitive societal balance between development and the environment.
|David Hertweck is the Manager, Planning at Queensland's largest multi-commodity port, the Port of Brisbane - an economic engine for the state and a catalyst for Brisbane's growth; handling in excess of $50 billion in trade annually. In this role, David has lead development facilitation and assessment activities for more than 17 years. With post-graduate qualifications in urban and regional planning and environmental management from the University of Queensland, David has worked collaboratively with a multitude of practitioners in the allied professions of architecture, landscape and urban design, engineering, project management, building certification, transport logistics, resource economics and ecology in the private and public sectors for close to quarter of a century. This experience has informed David's ongoing mentoring activities for the Planning Institute of Australia and The Smith Family and in his complementary role as the Director of his own consulting firm, Ronin Town Planning.|
Michael Kerry has worked as an Urban Planner across Australia and internationally for over 40 years. He has experience in both the public and private sectors in strategic and regional planning, master planning, infrastructure and development projects, with a passion for creating great places and improving the quality of our towns, cities and public places. For 12 years he was head of planning and urban management for Brisbane City Council and is committed to Brisbane as a great place for live, invest and work. Michael currently works as an independent Urban Management Advisor and is a Director on two major project boards.
Jessica Shannon is the Public Affairs Officer for Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Australia’s third largest airport and the primary gateway to Queensland. Jessica coordinates BAC’s community engagement and feedback program working closely with industry, schools and communities of interest. Jessica has extensive experience in marketing communication, stakeholder engagement, membership relations and event management. Drawing on a wealth of cross sector knowledge, Jessica has worked with Conrad Gargett, Brisbane City Council, Sunshine Coast Airport and CEDA – the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
Steven Wilson a qualified solicitor, had a 35 year career in the investment industry, 5 years with investment bank JP Morgan Cazenove in London and 30 years at Wilson HTM and Pinnacle Investment Management in Brisbane. As Chief Executive for 26 of those years he lead the successful transformation of Wilson's from a regional stockbroker to an innovative national leader in emerging company finance and wealth management. Pinnacle today has Funds Under Management of $12.3b. Steven Wilson Moved from CEO in 2011 and now sits on each of the WHTM Investment Group and Pinnacle boards. Steve has held a range of public and private sector Board positions, and was honoured in 2011 as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to finance and the community.
Steven Wilsom AM
|Michelle Lee is General Manager, Precinct Development for our city’s economic development board - Brisbane Marketing. In this role she is focused on strategic projects, investment and initiatives that enhance the development of Brisbane’s key economic precincts. Originally commencing her career as an architect, Michelle is a highly experienced professional who has held senior management, business development, strategic planning and design roles in the corporate business, construction and property sectors. Michelle is a passionate advocate for Brisbane and a long-standing member of the BDA Management Committee, including two years as President from 2012 - 2014.|
Invited Past President
A widely experienced architect who has worked on significant projects in both the public and private sectors, Gavan holds key skill sets to achieve strong project support for the studio. He has led major projects from all orientations, including within government, for government, within the private sector and as a principal of design consultancies. His span of work covers strategic input to urban, transport, institutional, commercial and residential projects around Australia, with roles ranging from key designer and design manager through to overall development manager and project director for significant projects. Gavan’s professional roles have been complemented by long term involvement with the Australian Institute of Architects at state and national levels, recognised by the Institute’s award of Life Fellow. He is currently the Strategic Director for the architecture and interior design practice Arkhefield, and he continues to contribute to professional, industry and not for profit organisations at a senior level.”
Mark Doonar has been the Executive Director since 1 July 2013, and is a former BDA President. Mark is also a Project Director with APP Corporation where he helps his clients improve their assets and deliver their infrastructure. Mark is a born and bred Brisbanite, and has established an enviable reputation for exceptional service in the areas of strategic planning of organisations, projects and programs; project delivery and asset improvement; stakeholder engagement and independent facilitation; statutory planning and development approvals; and master planning and urban design.