sarah hunter

Chief Australia Economist, BIS Oxford Economics

Sarah leads the team that is responsible for the BIS Oxford Economics Australia subscription services, which provides clients with detailed analysis of Australia’s economy, and our Asia Pacific construction service.

Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Sarah completed a PhD in economics at the University of Oxford, where her thesis modelled the impact of World War I on Britain’s position in the global economy. She also holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, both in economics.

nicki hutley

partner, deloitte access economics

Nicki is a highly experienced economist with broad-based experience in economic policy, gained over nearly three decades of practice.

In particular, she has expertise in the application of economic modelling and analysis in the fields of urban economics, addressing issues such as affordable housing, social and economic infrastructure investment, urban renewal, precinct planning, climate mitigation and social policies. She leads Deloitte Access Economics’ Urban Advisory practice.



As Managing Director for Greystar’s Australian business, Chris is leading the establishment and growth of the Greystar Australia platform.

Chris is responsible for implementing the strategic plan for the platform across a variety of key components including investment strategy, capital relationships, operational management, acquisitions and development activities.

Prior to joining Greystar, Chris has held roles as Head of Corporate Finance for Asia Pacific at JLL and as a Managing Director at Macquarie Capital, as well as roles at Goldman Sachs and AMP Capital.

He has Bachelor of Business degrees in both Property and Banking & Finance from the University of South Australia.



With over 20 years’ experience in the real estate sector, Angela has broad commercial property experience with particular expertise in property development, urban renewal and infrastructure projects.

The former head of Minter Ellison’s National Real Estate, Environment and Planning team, Angela has acted for both public and private sector clients in high-profile property and infrastructure projects. Angela is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Property Industry Foundation and has been a long term contributor to Property Council of Australia and Law Council of Australia committees.



Kris Daff is Managing Director of Assemble and Make Ventures (MAKE), he has over 15 years industry experience and is an innovative operator in the real estate and property development market in Australia. Kris has extensive experience in development and financial structuring across all industry sectors with a focus on residential development.

In 2018, the team at Assemble and MAKE launched the Assemble Model – a new pathway to home ownership. The Assemble Model is the culmination of three years of research by MAKE, both locally and overseas – and applying these learnings to the Australian context. The model aims to address the fundamental desire for the majority of Australians to own their own home – and is a direct response to multi-level government policies on housing affordability.

Kris has deep experience in alternative housing models focused on improving affordability in the Australian context and supports a number of not-for-profit housing initiatives.



Roscoe is a property development professional & start-up entrepreneur. After 10 years in the property and construction industry, he simultaneously co-founded CoDev and Worksmith in 2017.

CoDev is an ethical development company that puts first home buyers first; providing affordable homes in great locations, achieved by creating efficiencies in the typical development process, through the use of proprietary software. Worksmith is Australia’s first co-working and community space dedicated to sharing resources and providing support and access top hospitality professionals.

Having been mentored by some of Australia’s most innovative & successful CEO’s, Roscoe is incredibly passionate about utilising the power of collaboration to inspire people to pursue innovative concepts with the support of their peers


Director, Deals, Investements & Major Projects, City of Wyndham

Kate has extensive experience as a CEO and Senior Executive within the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors.

In her current role as Director Deals, Investment & Major Projects at Wyndham City, Kate is focused on the growth of key international and national industry sectors and facilitating investment from both public and private entities via the creation of innovative deals that leverage value capture concepts to fast track delivery. Kate is also responsible for overseeing major projects in the areas of transport, construction and mixed used developments.

Prior to this role, Kate was the CEO of the Committee for Melbourne.



Andrew Fortey, Co-founder and Managing Director of PDS Group, has a broad and solid reputation of providing strategic solutions within the property industry, applying his unique ability to interpret, manage and align services with the economic environment.

With over 23 years’ experience, Andrew has been serving the industry through the provision of innovative, analytical and sustainable outcomes, whilst generating competitive advantage via collaborative relationships and focused project outcomes.

Andrew leads PDS Group with a determined vision, inspiring leadership and exceptional operational understanding, and has a unique ability of being able to identify and resolve complex management challenges by applying critical thinking to implement tactical solutions aligned with each clients’ specific requirements.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Construction Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Property, is a registered Commercial and Domestic builder and sits on several property related boards and committees.



Tim Riley is the founder of Property Collectives, a citizen-led development model that brings people together to develop homes at cost.

By working as a collective and increasing group buying power, the model provides a more affordable alternative for people to own great homes in great locations. The model empowers like-minded people to take control of the location, design, quality & cost of their future homes.

Over the last 8 years Property Collectives has established itself as one of the leading deliberative development groups in Australia.  There are currently eight collectives building 54 homes with projects in Northcote, Thornbury, West Melbourne, North Melbourne, Brunswick, Brunswick West and St Kilda.



Sarah Law is Head of Marketing, asset management at Walker Corporation. In her 13 year professional career in property, Sarah has experience across commercial, residential, retail, industrial and civic.

In her current role, Sarah has a keen focus on mapping and elevating customer experience.



Dean Rochfort has more than 18 years of both local and State government experience in economic development, strategic and statutory planning, sustainability and project delivery. He previously held executive roles at the City of Wyndham and Greater Shepparton City Council, and senior roles at Mitchell Shire.  Prior to his local government career, Dean worked in the private sector in a number of commercial and operational roles in the natural resources, international logistics and technology sectors.

In his VPA role, he has led the State’s $24 million Streamlining for Growth Program and the development of the VPA’s project management framework.  Dean is also a member of the State’s Smart Planning Advisory Group and the Essential Service Commission’s Electricity Connections Governance Committee.



Heather joined Development Victoria in July 2017. She is the Director of the Development Advisory team. The Development Advisory team provides advice to other state agencies/departments and Development Victoria’s project teams in relation to project strategy and vision, planning, design, research, feasibility, due diligence and value capture.  Heather commenced her career in Banking and Property Development Finance.

After a decade working for financial institutions, Heather moved to directly work for private property developers for a further decade.  Areas of expertise include capital structuring, financial and risk analysis and developing solutions for complex property problems.

Paul Lowe

State Sales Manager, Residential, VIC/Sa, Lendlease

A result driven, highly motivated and knowledgeable Sales & Marketing professional with over 18 years of Property experience with 10 years prior working in the Wireless Telecommunications & Technology industry in both domestic and international markets, Paul brings a unique balance and perspective of strategic insight, innovation, operational expertise and commercial acumen.

Highly adaptable to fast paced Property environments including High & Medium density residential, Mixed Use (Retail & Commercial) and House & Land, Paul has developed a strong appreciation and expertise in Urban Regeneration, Infill & Communities Projects and has a demonstrated track record of delivering strong sales performance and market share in these highly competitive market segments.

Underpinned by a collaborative leadership style, Paul continually engages industry and influences multiple stakeholders to innovate and deliver sustainable ‘best practice’ outcomes and results.

richard brice

Director, Real Estate Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

Richard is an experienced urban economist, financial analyst and policy adviser with more than 20 years’ experience working with Commonwealth, State and Local Government.

Richard’s experience includes strategic planning and policy advice, project feasibility, demographic analysis and business case preparation together with stakeholder relationship management.

Richard is currently a Director in EY’s Real Estate Advisory Team.



Bec McHenry is not an astronaut, but she does have a passion for exploring new ways of bringing places to life. Since founding The Space Agency in 2013, she has worked with hundreds of clients and collaborators, helping to take their assets from where they are now to when they need to be.

From transitioning racecourses to neighbourhoods, to turning paddocks into town centres, Bec and her team adopt a ‘business as unusual’ approach to place-making and activation that sees them push boundaries and challenge people to think differently.



Cara has qualifications in Engineering, Science and a Masters in Finance.  Her career over the past 16 years has spanned Development Management, Investment Management and Construction.  Cara has managed developments across a range of sectors with a strong focus on Residential developments, including Social and Affordable Housing, in NSW and Victoria.

Her experience has included roles with Peet, JF Infrastructure and Leighton Contractors.  She has been an active member of the Affordable Housing Industry Advisory Group and worked with landowners and authorities on the Affordable Housing contribution included in the Altona North Precinct 15 rezoning.

Jacquie byron

place bureau chief, hoyne

Over a 25-year writing career, Jacquie’s work has taken her from the green room of the AFI Awards to the knitting stores of Brooklyn and the IDP camps of Uganda. Since joining Hoyne in 2012 she has worked with some of Australia’s most influential property developers and in 2016 began researching and reporting on issues surrounding placemaking in Australia and abroad.

Spearheading the first volume of Hoyne’s book, The Place Economy™, Jacquie eventually took on the newly created role of Place Bureau Chief for Hoyne and is now responsible for reporting, research, communications and publications in relation to place economics, Place Visioning™ and place branding. The Place Economy™ book series is her particular focus, putting her in touch with academics, developers, placemakers, city leaders, architects, artists and more across the world.



With a career spanning 15 years in Local Government, Kathryn has recently been appointed as Manager Growth and Investment at the City of Casey.

With the remit to drive opportunities through innovation and a partnership approach with the development and investment community, Kathryn is helping steer City of Casey towards its aspiration of creating Australia’s most liveable city, whilst planning for a population set to reach 550,000 by 2041.

Emily Mottram

executive director, precinct design | Precincts and suburbs, department of jobs, precincts and regions

Emily is the Executive Director Precinct Design in the Precincts and Suburbs Group of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

Emily is passionate about urban renewal and has worked extensively in place-based partnerships. She holds a Master of Urban Regeneration and has delivered major renewal projects in the UK and Australia.

Prior to joining DJPR, Emily was Executive Director Inner Melbourne at the Victorian Planning Authority including leading work on Arden.

Emily’s focus within Priority Precincts is on delivering great urban experiences and environments by translating policy into place specific plans.  Emily leads the Fishermans Bend Taskforce

ChRIS Bain

Associate Director, Planning, Ethos Urban

Chris is a qualified town planner with close to 20 years experience in strategic and statutory planning. He has particular expertise in urban renewal. He has lived in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in worked in the private, state government and local government sectors.


In his current role with Ethos Urban, Chris operates at the intersection of strategic and statutory planning. Through this, he has become a trusted advisor to government on unlocking the potential of land to deliver more homes and jobs, in particular through the NSW Government’s State Significant Precinct and Planned Precinct programs.

Jessica Christiansen-franks

co-founder and chief executive officer, neighbourlytics

Jessica Christiansen-Franks is an urban designer and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to understanding the social dynamics of urbanisation. Passionate about creating neighbourhoods people love and feel connected to, Jessica is a thought leader in innovative citizen participation, and particularly the value of ‘placemaking’ as a tool for collaboration and inspiring active citizenship. With experience across Australia, as well as the UK, Canada, India, Vietnam and the Philippines, Jessica has been fortunate enough to advise the public and private sectors, along with major international aid agencies.

As Co-founder and CEO of Neighbourlytics, Jessica has side stepped into the world of big data to develop a social analytics platform for neighbourhood development. Neighbourlytics harnesses social data feeds to provide real time insights into local neighbourhood identity, place attachment and social connectedness.

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