Expert Contributors

PrintProperty Development Forum is pleased to introduce the expert contributors.


Steve Chandler

005_COR1309Steve Chandler is the Managing Director of LEFTA Corporation Pty Ltd, a building and property development consultancy. Steve has in excess of thirty years’ experience in the building and property development industry and also has more than fifteen years’ exposure to building related litigation and disputes and has held a builders’ license in NSW for over twenty years. Steve’s knowledge of up-front development requirements, of planning issues, the direction to head as various elements unfold, his marketing and financial knowledge, his project scheduling capabilities, the resolution of building related disputes and litigation and his ability to create successful strategies for the creation, instigation and delivery of property development projects all enable Steve to add extraordinary value for his clients.

Australia: 1300 2000 21

Phone: +61 2 8004 6669


Penny Murray

Penny Murray Head ShotPenny Murray is a Partner of the Property & Projects group at DibbsBarker lawyers. Penny has provided expert advice on town planning, environment and government matters since 1999. Penny has expert skills advising on the planning and environmental approvals process, environmental impact assessment, planning and environment due diligence, environmental regulation and enforcement. Penny also has extensive litigation experience relating to development appeals, valuation and environmental enforcement in the Land and Environment Court. Penny was recommended in Best Lawyers 2012 (published by the Australian Financial Review) and in the Doyle's Guide for Planning and Environment (2011).

Phone: +61 2 8233 9557


Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson photoAlex Robinson is a construction law partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. Alex has more than 10 years’ experience advising various Australian and international clients in relation to all aspects of building and construction law and commercial litigation, having worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. Alex's areas of expertise include litigation and dispute avoidance in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors together with all aspects of commercial litigation. Alex also drafts and reviews all forms of construction, procurement and related contracts. Alex has particular expertise in all aspects of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW).

Phone: +61 2 9334 8527


Philip Harvey

Phil Harvey head shotPhilip Harvey is a Director of Environmental Strategies Global Pty Ltd in Melbourne Victoria and is a Principal Environmental Geochemist, with over 15 years’ experience in the performance of environmental and contaminated site audits, investigations and remediation, both in the United Kingdom and Australia.  Philip’s expertise is in the remediation and the performance of multi-site soil and groundwater investigation programs; the development and implementation of remedial action plans; Determination of Environmental Risks for Due Diligence and Pre-acquisition; the identification and quantification of potential environmental risks; regulatory compliance; Health & Safety Management and the planning of petrochemical plant decommissioning, and demolition works.

Phone: +61 3 9029 7300


Andrew Partridge

Andrew Partridge photoAndrew Partridge is a Transactions Manager at Eureka Funds Management, a fund manager dedicated to wholesale and institutional investors, with a focus on the property sector.  In this role, Andrew is responsible for the preparation of fund strategies, identification of investment opportunities, negotiation of acquisitions and coordination of due diligence. Andrew has spent 15 years in property development and investment with roles in consultancy and working for principals.  Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Land Economics) degree and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (SIA).

Phone: +61 2 9255 0208


Nick Taylor

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Nick Taylor is a leading competition and regulatory lawyer in Australia and New Zealand but also throughout the Asia Pacific region. Nick’s practice is exciting as it has included many landscape changing cases, as well as direct involvement in the development of the laws to its modern forms.

As part of his practice, Nick has been engaged in matters raising challenging issues from the interface between regulation and competition law, calling for complex strategic engagement with different aspects of government. Other areas in which Nick has experience are too many to list, but by way of example include manufacturing and logistics, FMCG, energy and resources, infrastructure.

Phone: +61 2 8272 0500


Greg Begaud

Greg Begaud head shot 2Greg Begaud has more than 25 years of experience in the construction and property industries having worked as a lawyer in private practice as well as in commercial roles, including for a leading international property corporation. His experience encompasses all transactional aspects of large mining, construction, infrastructure, and procurement projects, including strategic advice, the tender process, contract drafting, negotiation, and implementation throughout the construction and operations phases.

Greg has advised on a variety of major mining, construction, infrastructure, and procurement projects in the resources, energy, transport, defense, public infrastructure, IT, and property development sectors for government and private clients. In addition to legal qualifications, Greg holds a B.E. in Civil Engineering (UNSW) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (Securities Institute of Australia).

Phone: +61 2 8272 0500


Prudence Smith

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Prudence Smith advises clients on a full range of competition and consumer protection law matters. She has extensive experience in merger clearance, cartel and anti competitive conduct investigations and litigation, ACCC immunities, authorizations and notifications of contracts affecting competition, as well as investigations and litigation under the Australian Consumer Law.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Prudence worked for more than 14 years at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), many of those years as a principal lawyer responsible for advising the ACCC's mergers and adjudication group and more recently the enforcement and compliance group. Prudence was involved with many industries at the ACCC and has considerable experience in the information and evidence gathering and sharing processes of the regulator. In particular, she was responsible, on numerous occasions, for the preparation and enforcement of statutory notices and instructed on large number of examinations.

Phone: +61 2 8272 0500


Geordie McMillan

Geordie McMillan head shotGeordie McMillan is a principal environmental scientist and hydrogeologist at ESG Environmental Pty Ltd and has 15 years experience in the assessment, management and remediation of soil and groundwater.  Geordie has worked throughout Australia and New Zealand on service stations, operating and decommissioned industrial facilities, brownfield redevelopment, greenfield residential as well as mining projects. Geordie's expertise includes: soil and and groundwater chemistry; acid sulfate soils; acid mine drainage; development of groundwater drilling and monitoring programs; conceptual site model development; remediation design and validation.

Phone: +61 3 9029 7300


David Kelly

David Kelly has worked in the construction and development industry for over 25 years. He holds registration with the Board of Professional Engineers and is a registered commercial/residential builder. This unique combination of skills has enabled David to look beyond providing standardized outcomes needed in construction and development projects.

David enjoys delivering project outcomes by working with stakeholders and forging satisfactory resolutions to the benefit of all concerned. David has completed construction projects in all Australian States and Internationally. He has developed residential land estates, luxury housing and as development manager delivered commercial projects up to $10.0M in value.

Phone: +61 414 247 682


Brian Tasker

Brian Tasker photoBrian Tasker is currently the National General Manager of Boral's Property Group and has been active in the Australian property industry for over 30 years. He is currently the Chairman of the Property Development Education Committee of the Property Academy, sits on the NSW Council of the Property Council of Australia and prior to moving to Boral ran a successful property development consultancy for 10 years.


Phone: +61 2 9033 4401


David Ryan

David Ryan photoDavid Ryan is Executive Director of City Plan Strategy and Development Pty Ltd.  David is a qualified Town Planner and Lawyer with over 30 years’ experience at senior levels in local government and private practice (planning and law). He is a Certified Practicing Planner and current President of the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW) and convenor of the Institute’s Planning Law Group.  He offers extensive experience and expertise with a wide range of private and public clients in strategic and statutory planning, due diligence and strategic development advice, the management and assessment of major developments and expert evidence in Court matters.

Phone: +61 2 8270 3500


Chris Avis

Chris Avis head shotChris Avis is the Australia and New Zealand Urban Development Practice Leader for Mott MacDonald Australia. He has over 20 years’ experience working in Australia and the USA covering projects across North America and the Asia Pacific. With skills in the project management and design of residential, commercial, health, educational and industrial facilities Chris has a focus on infrastructure master planning. He is also the NSW Sustainability Leader for Mott MacDonald and sits on the UDIA Urban Renewal Committee.

Phone: +61 2 9891 5044


John Hughson

John Hughson photoJohn Hughson is the Managing Director of Hughson Isles Advertising. Since 1986 John has been the driving force providing creative and strategic project management and promotional services for over a hundred Property Projects across thirty companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars. John’s strategic branding knowledge, promotional experience and marketing expertise have resulted in landmark success stories for over twenty five years.


Phone: +61 2 8765 8807


David Ogilvie

David Oligvie photoDavid Ogilvie has thirty years’ experience in marketing across the spectrum in the property industry. His key areas of expertise lie in relationship building and management, marketing strategy, social media strategy and strategic partnerships. He is tertiary qualified in marketing at masters level and able to communicate his marketing passion across different platforms. David is currently expanding his knowledge by undertaking a law degree.


Phone: +61 411 696 736


Tom Doran

Tom Doran photoTom Doran is the energetic, experienced face of retail real estate on the North Shore of Sydney NSW. Since commencing in real estate 12 years ago he has become one of the most respected retail agents on the North Shore. Through Tom's generation Y understanding of property, he has established one of the most extensive retail databases on the North Shore. He is an authority for mixed use developments and knows how best to integrate retail and residential, enhancing the overall development. Tom is credited with enhancing and furthering the small bar concept in the Lower North Shore of Sydney NSW.

Phone: +61 407 928 324


Michael Khoury

Michael Khoury photoMichael Khoury is the General Manager of H. Hassarati & Co, a large demolition company based in Sydney NSW.  Michael has over 23 years’ experience in the construction and demolition industry, having graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. Michael specialises in high rise commercial, industrial and retail demolition work and is involved in all aspects of a demolition project from estimating to project managing. Michael has been the President of the NSW Demolition Contractors Association for over 8 years and has contributed to a number of forums relating to training and OHS in the demolition industry.

Phone: +61 2 9642 1477


Peter Smith

Peter Smith profile photoPeter Smith is an architect and urban planner and director at Smith & Tzannes. Peter has over 18 years’ experience working on single and multi-unit residential, civic infrastructure projects and providing planning policy advice. Having worked in private practice, local and state government Peter’s areas of expertise include architecture, sustainability, urban design and planning reform. Peter has played key roles in the development of state government policies and systems including, BASIX, NSW Housing Code, and E-Planning system.

Phone: +61 2 9516 2022


David Williams

David Williams photoDavid Williams has been involved in the design, deployment and management of telecoms networks for more than 25 years not only in Australia but around the world. David led teams that introduced all the significant mobile technologies  into Australia including the first cellular mobile telephone service with Telecom Australia, 2G and 3G networks with Optus, and most recently the 4G or LTE network with Optus.  David has worked closed with all the major players in the Australian telecoms industry including Telstra, Optus, VHA and more recently NBN. David has been part of the development of the mobile industry  globally, being involved in the development of the mobile industry across countries as diverse as Korea, Thailand,  Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh as well as heading the Nokia program to develop the 3G service capability.

Phone: +61 427 846 816

Simon Bracegirdle

Simon Bracegirdle photoSimon Bracegirdle has been involved in the Aged Care housing industry since 1992. As a founding director of Living Choice Australia Ltd, General Manager – Development at Primelife Corporation Ltd and Head of Retirement Living for MFS Limited he has covered all aspects of the business from planning and development, finance, funding and taxation, sales and marketing to operations and facilities management. Since 2007, Simon has been consulting through Serpentine Consulting Group to developers and operators. Simon’s clients have included major Australian banks, ASX listed companies, private developers and Not for Profit organisations.

Phone: +61 400 545 616

Jodie Coleman

Jodie Coleman photo 1Jodie Coleman is the Founder of Cloud Accounts, an online virtual bookkeeping and accounts management service. Jodie has over 20 years’ experience in bookkeeping and account control systems and administration. Jodie’s experience includes automating and streamlining accounting systems, data migrations and accounts on the cloud platform. Jodie specialises in account recovery and cost effective account management systems.

Phone:  + 61 2 4385 9412

Australia: 1300 GOCLOUD (1300 4625683)


Tod Anderson

Tod Anderson head shotTod Anderson is director and founder of real estate agency Property Sales and Leasing. Tod brings an asset management approach to the traditionally distinct sales, leasing and property management functions providing an integrated sole point of contact solution for clients. Tod has over 18 years of experience in the Sydney industrial and commercial property market with extensive involvement in vacant possession sales, existing building leases, pre-leases on a design and construct basis, land sales, subdivision auctions, property management and general consulting appointments.

Phone: +61 2 9609 0300


Col Poulter

Col Poulter head shotCol Poulter is a Director of EXSIGHT PTY LTD and ABS INTERNATIONAL (AUSTRALIA). Col specialises in importing high quality products for building construction, infrastructure construction and large manufacturing facilities. He has deep relationships in China with leading structural steel and heavy equipment manufacturers. A civil engineer, general manager and company director with nearly 40 years experience, including 3 global companies and several privately owned companies, Col has the knowledge and experience to help clients achieve significant value for money with their capital investment in building and infrastructure. Building projects Col has organised the imported structural steel for include Australia's first “Costco” store in Melbourne's Docklands and Mirvac's 34 storey “8 Chifley” commercial tower in Sydney's CBD.

Phone: +614 1111 8531


Matthew Crossling

Matthew Crossling photoMatthew is the Managing Director of TENDERPANEL, a contract administration provider. In his role, Matthew specialises in helping large commercial builders and subcontractors through contract administration heavy periods of the project lifecycle, typically during procurement or project finalisation. Matthew sources and provides contract and permanent contract administrators to his clients’ needs and supports the recruits to help them become more productive sooner. Matthew has been a contract administrator since 1998 and worked for many of the top builders in Sydney. Matthew offers extensive contract administration experience at multiple levels in multiple sectors to professionals that engage contractors in the property and construction industry.

Phone: +61 425 313 832