Bernadene is the founder and former executive director of a successful Loyalty Marketing and IT Company in Australia and USA. She has an undergraduate Arts Degree from University of Monash and a Masters in Virtual Communications from RMIT, along with other qualifications in direct marketing, IT and governance. Bernadene spent 6 years as the director of the Family & Children’s Hub, located at the Port Melbourne Primary School, a unique initiative between Department of Education, City of Port Phillip and community.
She was elected a Councillor of the City of Port Phillip in October 2012, and appointed Mayor in November 2015. This is her third term as Mayor.
Bernadene focuses her time nowadays on understanding the needs of the community and working towards building better infrastructure, networks and improving services so that all can thrive in this inner urban environment. A major achievement has been the opening in 2018 of the new Ferrars Street School, catering to rapidly growing demand for primary and secondary schools in the municipality. Bernadene is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Fishermans Bend.
Cr Voss is married with three children, and has lived in Port Melbourne for almost 20 years. Locally, she is an active participant in activities, committees and non-executive positions on company boards around the City of Port Phillip. Cr Voss has strong interest in schools, networking, education, health, sport, creative arts, local history and the urban environment. If she is at home she is spending time with her family, friends and her dogs.
Peter O’Brien started his career in mid 70s as a Planning Lawyer in Melbourne.
With his Commerce hat on he moved into Commercial law-Business Development and Project Development.
Along the way he advised the Arts Centre, new Parliament House ACT, the Tennis Centre/Flinders Park, and operated at many big venues.
And in Sydney, he directed, for four years , all of SOCOG’s venues/commercial issues and Stadium Australia ‘s, for Macquarie Bank.
In Melbourne, Peter was instrumental in securing the Herscu Receivership Air Rights in late 93 thus enabling Fed Square.
He then persuaded Jeff Kennett to double the size of his Shed, based on his prior role as JV partner with Accor at Darling Harbour.
Later Peter did the same with Steve Bracks re the $1B+ Plenary, and negotiated bipartisan support to join the two buildings but Ted Baillieu delayed this. It is now nearly finished at last thanks to Plenary’s patience. He served on the board of Plenary Events P/L for 7 yrs.
Meanwhile he was founding and managing shareholder of Oceanis, which became globally the #2 aquarium group.
Its Melbourne operation was the lynchpin of his efforts including removing the overpass and building the three Northbank Place buildings with Far East Consortium. In total he played a pivotal role in shaping both sides of the Yarra despite the opposition of the then public sector at large.
As Chair of VECCI he worked closely with the Govt of the day and Chaired the Channel Deepening Campaign, a hard fought issue then.
As Chair of ACCI he focussed on International Trade but followed this role with a Directorship at Tourism Australia, closer to his THL sector core.
He has since served as a senior adviser to Mayors and Federal & State Ministers, and in recent years has focussed on advocacy for several vital THL sector Major Projects. In particular an Express Train from Melbourne Airport to the SXStn /CBD and on to Monash ie 80% of the airport market.
And also HSR from Melbourne to Sydney, with both Central Japan Rail and China Rail.
And he remains keen to extend Fed Square thus taking the city to the gardens, the river and the venues.
All three of these initiatives are very popular but hard to advance with the current crop of pollies.
Development Victoria (DV) is the state government’s development agency. Formed in April 2017 with the underlying goal of bringing the state’s development expertise together. David joined Development Victoria as General Manager of Business Development in late 2016. He has an extensive understanding of the Australian property market and the demographics and economic drivers that shape the market.
David’s previous roles include Chief Operating Officer (and Victorian General Manager) of MacroPlan Dimasi, and Director at Lendlease across land, urban renewal and new business. His experience in property and land development, plus his networks within the Victorian property industry help him to understand the policy drivers and priorities of governments which assists in creating planning pathways and identifying new projects.
Dr. Jonathan Spear is Executive Director & General Counsel with Infrastructure Victoria. He has previously held senior leadership, policy, strategy and legal roles with the Department of Premier & Cabinet, Department of Justice, Victoria Police and Slater & Gordon Lawyers. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Master of Laws, Executive Master of Public Administration, Doctor of Philosophy (History) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Linda Cantan has over 20 years’ experience in infrastructure delivery across a number of sectors including transport, education and health.
Her extensive experience working on Public Private Partnership projects includes the $2.9 billion Eastlink, $1.11 billion Bendigo Hospital project, $367 million Melbourne Convention Centre Development and $309 million Southern Cross Station redevelopment.
As Package Director Tunnel & Stations, Linda has overseen the procurement and contract negotiation for the $6 billion package of work to build the five new underground stations and Metro Tunnel and is responsible for managing the contract throughout construction.
Elaine Carbines (BA Monash, Dip Ed Monash, GAICD) is the CEO of G21 – The Geelong Region Alliance. G21 is the Regional Strategic Planning Committee covering the municipalities of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Colac Otway, Golden Plains and Queenscliffe in Victoria, Australia.
Elaine’s career has been diverse. She worked as a humanities teacher in Victorian State Schools during the 80s and 90s before entering State Parliament.
From 1999 - 2006 Elaine was the Member for Geelong Province. During this time, she held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Environment.
Following her parliamentary career, Elaine worked as the Manager of Strategic Relations at Parks Victoria from 2007-2010.
Elaine currently holds the following positions:
Dr Allison Stewart is the Project Director for Infrastructure Victoria's Automated and Zero Emissions Vehicles Infrastructure Advice. Allison is an experienced capital projects leader, strategist, and academic. She is a recognised expert in the theory of mega-events, and her work has been cited by the Economist, the BBC, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal among others. She completed her doctorate in mega-project management at the University of Oxford's Said Business School, and has experience working in the infrastructure, energy, defence, and mega-events industries.
Robert Fiske leads the management of the Victorian Government's multi-billion dollar statewide infrastructure program across health, housing and sport as Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority. The Authority manages a portfolio of over $23 billion in health and human services assets and nearly $4 billion of capital programs in the pipeline over the next five years. With over 2,500 buildings on 965 sites in our asset portfolio across the state, and 100 projects currently in delivery, Robert is engineering a fresh approach that is focused on simplicity, scalability, standardisation and sustainability. He has a wealth of leadership experience in infrastructure, from managing a $6 billion asset portfolio for BHP Billiton to overseeing asset management for clients including NSW and ACT Housing at Transfield, and most recently for the New Zealand Government, leading the reconstruction of Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes.
Paul Byrne is the Lead Director of the VPA’s Greenfields team, as well as the Director of Economic Planning and Development.
Paul is involved in the overall planning for Melbourne’s new growth areas, and monitoring the development of new suburbs. Paul is managing the preparation of the East Werribee Employment Precinct. Paul was heavily involved in the development of the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution fund, as well as the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Logical Inclusions Review Process. Paul has an extensive background in urban planning, applied research, business management and urban economic development.
Liz has worked in the tourism industry for over twenty years including as General Manager-Australia for Club Tourism Publishing and Inaugural Chief Executive of Destination Melbourne. Liz Joined Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism as inaugural General Manager four years ago. Partnering with six local governments, 12 local tourism and trader organisations and over 800 operators GORRT is working to facilitate a collaborative approach to growing a sustainable and vibrant visitor economy.
Scott Harvey is a professional Account executive with over a decade experience, providing software solutions to the Construction industry. He has proven experience with working in the Australian Construction industry providing technical innovations to impact a company’s bottom line.
Scott brings a wealth of experience to PlanGrid having worked at leading Construction software organisations including Aconex, HILTI and most recently Levesys.
Brian Herlihy is Project Director of Melbourne Quarter, a $2.5 billion urban regeneration project in central Melbourne. Brian leads a large multi-disciplinary team of development, project management, design and construction personnel in the development and delivery of this major mixed-use project.
Located opposite Southern Cross Station and bordered by two of Melbourne’s most iconic streets, Collins and Flinders, Melbourne Quarter is the latest chapter in Lendlease’s global urban regeneration footprint and is set to bring together world class design, city living, future workplaces, dining, shopping and green spaces. It is the biggest new mixed use project to be delivered in central Melbourne in over a decade. On completion, Melbourne Quarter will include approximately 130,000m2 of office space, 1,700 apartments, 4,000m2 of retail space, community facilities and extensive public open space linked by a network of laneways.
Brian joined Lendlease in 2008 and has held a variety of development roles in urban regeneration, mixed-use and commercial projects. His experience includes property development, project acquisition and conversion, master planning and delivery on major urban regeneration projects across Australia including Victoria Harbour (Melbourne), Waterbank (Perth) and Melbourne Quarter.
Crystal is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne, Australia and a former recipient of the Australian Research Council Early Career Discovery Fellowship and the Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship at RMIT University. Crystal’s research and passion lies in understanding the relationships between infrastructure planning and citizen’s participation in their city. Her current research examines the politics of urban transportation planning with a specific focus on the role of the citizen in contested transport processes in Australian and Canadian cities. Crystal has widely published in a range of national and international journals and outlets such as The Conversation. She is the co-editor of Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s safety and the right to the city (Routledge, 2013) and of Instruments of Planning: Tensions and Challenge for more Equitable and Sustainable Cities (Routledge, 2016).
Katie joined the North East Link Authority in July 2017 and is currently the Director for Land, Planning and Environment, using her significant experience with Victorian major transport projects to gain approvals for the North East Link.
Katie is an experienced environmental approvals specialist and project manager for multidisciplinary projects. Katie specialises in the integration of environmental assessments with a technical understanding of the engineering solutions for infrastructure projects to mitigate project risks whilst navigating the Victorian approvals processes.
Katie has previously worked for the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA), GHD and South East Water.
Decibel Architecture (dB(A)) is led by Dylan Brady, a registered architect throughout Australia and New Zealand. Dylan was the founding director of studio505, and led the company to great international and national success over its 14 year history. Dylan’s experience covers a range of sectors including large scale public, government and community projects through to small scale residential projects and art collaborations.
Dylan travels regularly throughout Australia on dB(A) projects from Kakadu National Park down to the Bay of Fires on Tasmania's east coast. As well as national projects, dB(A) are currently working on a series of significant cultural projects in Hanoi, Vietnam and developing and spreading the aspirations and expertise of dB(A) in sustainable design and cultural architecture through South East Asia.
Dylan is extremely passionate about innovation, about fresh thinking and about engaging with sustainability, new materials and new practice in the ongoing challenge to create and enable our shared possible futures. Dylan’s experience and passion for architecture has fused an artistic spirit with a practical technical knowledge. His enthusiasm and capacity for communication creates highly energetic and participatory design propositions that engage with the future and fire our imaginations.
Dylan has presented and lectured throughout Australia and internationally, as part of Design trade Missions, Sustainability Conferences, Trade missions and various high level Government and Business functions.
Michael Brear is the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne. He guides the Institute’s research on the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of energy systems. His own research is collaborative with industry and government on
Michael is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy and he previously established the University’s Master of Energy Systems.
Prior to commencing at the University, he worked for ICI Australia (now Orica), then undertook graduate studies at Cambridge University and post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Joanne Wandel joined the City of Melbourne in October 2015 to lead the delivery of Council’s largest capital works program to revitalise the Queen Victoria Market. Prior to that, she spent four years at Places Victoria where she was the Development Director of the Melbourne Docklands project and later General Manager Land Development and Housing, delivering a range of projects in metropolitan and regional Victoria worth more than $2 billion.
Joanne has a proven track record in delivering and facilitating large projects, working in partnership with the public and private sector. She has held senior roles at the Office of Housing, Ashe Morgan Winthrop, R Corporation, the then Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development and Mildura Rural City Council.
Joanne holds a Master of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne, an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics.
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