Our 2017 Speakers

  • Joseph Aamidor
    Managing Director, Aamidor Consulting

    Joseph Aamidor is a senior product management and strategy consultant focused on smart buildings, IoT and energy. He helps startups and established industry players understand the smart buildings market, develop competitive strategy and forge partnerships. He previously served in senior product management roles at Lucid and Johnson Controls.

  • Bob Allan
    Global Business Development Manager - Intelligent Buildings and Strategic Alliances, Siemon

    Bob Allan, LEED Green Associate, is the Global Business Development Manager for Intelligent Buildings and Strategic Alliances for The Siemon Company, headquartered in Watertown, CT.

    Bob supports the Global sales team to educate its current and potential customers on the ConvergeIT Intelligent Building cabling solutions and the economic impact of Intelligent Building Construction leveraging a converged, IP based structured cabling system to connect, provide power, and integrate multiple building systems.

    Bob has over 15 years in the IT industry and worked at Honeywell Building Solutions from 2010 to 2013 helping customers optimize and integrate their buildings. Recently, Bob was appointed as the Vice-Chair of Continental Automated Building Association’s (CABA) Intelligent Building Council.

  • Stuart Brown
    Director and Chief Executive Officer, BlackWall

    Stuart has been involved in property development, management and funding for 20 years. Stuart has run debt and equity raisings in relation to listed and unlisted real estate structures worth over a half a billion dollars. In his earlier career, Stuart practised as a solicitor in the areas of real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate advisory with Mallesons and Gilbert + Tobin.

    Stuart also sits on the Board as an Independent Director of Coogee Boys Preparatory School and Randwick Rugby Club.

  • Basil Carlo-Stella
    Director, New Equipment Business, KONE

    As Director of New Equipment Business at KONE Elevators Australia and New Zealand, Basil Carlo-Stella leads the business in delivering innovative people flow solutions to our customers and users. Basil’s focus is on how KONE can work with partners and applying the latest technologies to make buildings smarter and more sustainable.

  • Ian Cashen
    Director of Building, Sydney Opera House

    With formal training as a civil engineer, Ian has more than 20 years’ experience in construction and asset management. Ian’s experience spans the asset lifecycle including the development of strategies, planning and delivery of capital projects, and operations and maintenance management.

    Ian joined the Sydney Opera House in 2016 after 12 years with infrastructure advisory firm Evans & Peck (now known as Advisian). Ian was a Principal of the firm responsible for providing a range of high value advisory services to clients as well managing the operations of the NSW branch comprising of 70 consulting staff.

    Ian’s earlier career included experience in design and project management of high profile projects including a number of the Sydney Olympics venues. With this as a foundation Ian developed broader expertise, fulfilling leadership roles for delivery of major projects as well as reform initiatives for improving operations and maintenance of major assets.

  • Aidan Coleman
    Chief Technology Officer, Charter Hall

    Aidan is a key member of the executive team at Charter Hall, providing leadership and direction for all strategic & operational technology activities.

    Charter Hall are a $20Bn+ commercial real estate business managing approx. 400 assets across Retail, Office, Industrial / Logistics and Hospitality sectors. Aidan is a technology thought leader with a track record for delivering technology-enabled change that has contributed directly to commercial outcomes in in the property industry.

    With over 20 years in IT, the last 6 in Property and Real Estate, Aidan has brought together the capabilities of enterprise IT and ‘prop-tech’ to lead the digital transform at both Charter Hall and previously at the Stockland Group.

    Aidan is on the advisory board for the ‘Realcomm’ global real estate innovation think-tank, is a stream-lead on the BCA sponsored ‘Innovation Nation’ initiative, and is a key contributor to number of Property Council of Australia initiatives such as the ‘Women in Property’ mentorship program and ‘CIO Cyber Security Roundtable’.

  • Belinda Cooney
    Division Director, Macquarie Capital

    Belinda is a Division Director in Macquarie Capital’s Principal Investments team. She has over 20 years experience in the financial services sector, the majority of which has been with Macquarie Capital in both Principal Investments and M&A advisory to the Telecommunications, Media and Technology industry sector in Australia, the USA and Asia. 

    Belinda has worked with clients and investee companies ranging from early stage technology ventures to Fortune 500 companies on a wide variety of complex global transactions.

    Belinda currently Chairs Console Group Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest providers of software solutions to the real estate market.  She is also currently a member of CSIRO’s Data61 Advisory Board, and is the former Chair and a current member of FINSIA’s NSW Regional Council, and a member of FINSIA’s Women In FINSIA committee. 

    Belinda has received a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Finance (Dean’s list) from INSEAD.  She holds CA, CFA, GAICD and SF. FINSIA professional qualifications and designations.

  • Bruce Duyshart
    Director, Meld Strategies

    Bruce Duyshart is a technologist, strategist and facilitator with a professional background in architecture, planning, design, property development and information technology. He has been at the forefront of innovation within the property industry for the past 20 years, having successfully implemented a number of ground breaking and award winning initiatives including: Smart Building Technologies, Sustainability Energy Monitoring, Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) communications systems and Web-based project collaboration systems.

    As an innovation specialist, Bruce is passionate about creating intelligent property assets and mixed-use developments that retain long-term market value. Widely regarded as an industry leader in this field, he achieves successful project outcomes by working closely with clients to develop business strategies and development briefs that optimise technological, sustainable, cost effective and operationally efficient solutions for all project stakeholders.

    He is also a published author and experienced speaker on a range of technology subjects.

  • Paul Edwards
    General Manager Workplace Experiences, Office and Industrial, Mirvac

    As General Manager of Workplace Experiences for Mirvac, Paul Edwards works to define and shape what the future of workspace and office development will look like for Mirvac, it’s customers and the greater property industry. His role centres on partnerships, relationships and knowledge creation across all elements of property including placemaking, smart technology, design, sustainability, health, wellbeing, brand, culture, community and mobility.

    With over 20 years experience in the property space, Paul is responsible for helping Mirvac set a new group workplace strategy through the development of a knowledge bank on the future of workplace. Mirvac will use this to help improve new and existing development projects and assets across Australia.

  • Nicole Fitzgerald
    Director, Workplace Strategy, Pacific, CBRE

    With over 15 years of strategy, program delivery and design experience, Nicole leads a team of workplace strategists and change managers who strive to unlock the potential of place to empower individuals, inspire connections and drive organisational performance.

    Having previously delivered the strategy, design, fitout and relocation of Medibank’s activity based workplace in Docklands Melbourne, Australia’s healthiest workplace, Nicole joined CBRE in 2016 to bring a people and experience lens to both occupier and landlord environments.

  • Alex Fuerschke
    Senior Manager Building Technology, Dexus

    Alex is responsible for creating Smart Building capability for Dexus and applying this across a portfolio of over 120 office, industrial, and retail assets. Alex commenced his career in Architecture, then spend over 20 years in various IT roles, the last 15 years in the property industry.

  • Richard Griffiths
    Head of Industry Engagement, Edge Environment

    I joined Edge Environment after 13 years working across various sustainability roles in the UK. Most recently, I worked with the UK Green Building Council as their Head of Commercial Policy and Partnerships. This role brought together a number of my core skills, including policy analysis and advocacy; identifying and promoting best practice; stakeholder outreach and network creation; and business development and strategy.

    During my time with the UK-GBC I led projects focussed on both residential and commercial property, working closely with organisations from across the building life-cycle – from property owners and agents to contractors consultants and product managers. As such, I have a detailed understanding of how these organisations operate, the challenges they face, and the solutions they can adopt. I hope to bring this knowledge to bear here in Australia, and in doing so to help Edge drive forward the sustainability agenda and reach new audiences.

    Prior to the UK-GBC, I worked for the UK’s leading home energy efficiency consultancy, and spent five years with the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. My academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham and a Master’s in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

  • Suzette Lamont
    Director Client Solutions, CBRE Asset Services Pacific

    Suzette commenced her career in property as a graduate in the early ‘90s, and has spent more than two decades experiencing the depth and breadth of property development, asset management and marketing roles both within the property sector as well as developing businesses in mobile communication and consulting. She now helps to lead over 570 employees in Property and Facilities Management across the Pacific within CBRE.

    Her work in the retail, commercial, mixed use and residential property sectors has led her to help conceptualise some of Australia’s most progressive places of their time including: Fox Studio’s Australia, Cockle Bay Wharf, Penrith Plaza, Jackson’s Landing and more recently Springvale Homemaker Centre. In her words, she “has the privilege of helping landlords create valuable assets through well thought out positioning and place making”.

    She is strongly involved in property industry groups including: numerous women’s mentoring programs, CBRE’s diversity and inclusion committee, the Property Council of Australia’s first National Round-table on “Cities”, as well as a lecturer at both the PCA retail academy and Ethics teacher with Primary Ethics NSW.
    In her current role - she is responsible for both business and product development; a role that allows her to think about how great outcomes in property are not merely informed by the bricks and mortar – but more so by the people of whom experience it.

  • Bill Marlow
    Consultant, VRT Systems

    A highly-motivated Business Executive with over 30 years general management and leadership experience across Energy, Communications, Fibre, IP/IT and HFC in Sales and Business Development.

    Extensive commercial experience in Smart Cities, Smart Buildings and IoT technologies with ability to offer pro-active solutions to meet customer expectations with a strong focus on results and an accomplished lead by example style. Proven analytical, strategic planning, negotiation and implementation skills gained in an international environment. 

    Effective leadership of multiple teams of up to100 personnel across culturally diverse locations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the rest of the world.

    • Business Transformations:    
    • Business Development:  
    • Customer Value Creation    
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Workforce Optimization  
    • Start-ups
    • Sales Transformation    
    • Contract Business Development


  • Robin Mellon
    Chief Executive Officer, Supply Chain Sustainability School

    Robin has combined his passion for the environment, qualifications in finance and understanding of construction to become one of Australia’s acknowledged experts on built environment sustainability.

    Robin has experience in both private and public sectors, and has held senior positions within industry associations. As former Chief Operating Officer of the GBCA, Robin drove the adoption of Green Star and spearheaded government and international relations.

    As Chair of the WorldGBC’s Asia-Pacific Network, Robin helped other countries establish their green building councils. Now CEO of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, Chair of Judging for the NSW Green Globe Awards and an accomplished presenter, educator and media commentator, Robin is determined to leave the planet in a better shape than it was when he found it.

  • Tim Molloy
    Chief Executive Officer, Console Group

    With a career in growing businesses, including international experience in mergers & acquisitions, marketing & sales, strategy, and profitable revenue generation, Tim's is an experienced senior exec, serial entrepreneur, and has a wealth of experience leading Innovation and Start Ups, SaaS businesses and creating customer and shareholder value.

    Tim is currently the CEO of Console Group, a specialist 'real-tech' software company which is transforming property management and redesigning how Property Owners, Property Managers and Real Estate Principals, Tenants and Business Suppliers interact. Tim is also a Company Director and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Robert Morrish
    Chief Executive Officer, Haventec

    Robert Morrish is a seasoned technologist with over 28 years’ experience taking innovations from concept to commercialisation.

    He has a history of leadership in software and systems engineering, business strategy and enterprise architecture. Robert joined Haventec as CEO in March 2016 from Macquarie Group, where, as the head of COG digital architecture and strategy he was instrumental in transforming Macquarie’s digital API platforms.

    Previous to Macquarie, Robert was involved in two other successful Australian start-ups that expanded into global markets: Sabela Media and Decide Interactive. Robert is an accomplished Paralympian (1988 British Volleyball team), PADI dive master and Afro/Cuban percussionist.

  • Richard Morrison
    ANZ Information and Communications Technology Practice Lead, AECOM

    With 20 years industry experience as a Computer Systems Engineer, Richard Morrison leads AECOM's Information Communications Technology (ICT) consulting group.

    A highly experienced Senior IT Management professional, Richard has a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) with Honours from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a standards steering committee member for InfoComm International, leading ISA111 Unified Automation for Buildings.

    Richard has led the design of personalised, cloud connected, Smart City precincts supporting larger Commercial and Residential buildings, through a wide range of technology experience; from Parramatta Square, Collins Square, Australia 108, Barangaroo Commercial and Crown Towers.
    Richard leads the delivery of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, widely recognized to replace traditional expensive Building systems - providing ultimate flexibility, but also enabling occupants to customise their environment digitally.

    Richard has assisted property portfolio owners diversify their revenue from pure play bricks and mortar to digital; developing a portfolio of digital products and services, including creating premium tenant and customer experiences.

  • David Murray
    Customer Insights & Innovations Manager, Operational Intelligence

     Profile: Murray is the Customer Insights & Innovations Manager for Operational Intelligence. He has a strong background in Automotive, HVAC, BMS and Integration software solutions, developed over 20+ years in the building services and automation industry.

    Throughout his career, Murray has worked with many customers on numerous projects and solutions. His current focus is working with building owners, developers and portfolio managers to help them achieve the best outcomes for asset performance and human productivity in the race for digital transformation of buildings, cities and work spaces.

  • Ramesh Narayanan
    Group IT Operations Manager, Mirvac

    Ramesh has over 17 years’ experience in the property industry with a focus on technology. He has run Mirvac IT’s Operations and Security for the past 10 years, during which time he established strong cyber security principles and controls while deploying innovative technologies to support Mirvac’s corporate environment.

    His exposure to smart buildings and IoT was while leading the technology stream of Mirvac’s move to the award-winning 200 George Street , and this provided a new avenue for Ramesh to target his passion for the application of IT security, technology and innovation in buildings.

    Ramesh's drive and thirst for knowledge in smart buildings continues to grow, and he is able to apply his years of learnings in technology to help Mirvac create their smart buildings/cities strategy.

  • Deb Noller
    Chief Executive Officer, Switch Automation

    Deb Noller is a disruptive innovator and sustainability leader in smart building technology. As the CEO of Switch Automation, she created a scalable enterprise SaaS solution for building owners and operators that leverages IoT to analyze, automate and control real estate assets in real-time.

    Under Noller’s leadership, Switch has grown from a Sydney-born company into a global organization with a large North America presence. Currently 8,000+ buildings are increasing their ROI through energy efficiency, fault detection and diagnostics on the Switch Platform.

    With more than 20 years of experience in technology, computer science, business, efficiency and sustainability, Noller passionately employs her expertise to help large portfolio managers use technology to execute smarter business operations. By shifting the question from "How much did we spend" to "How much did we save?" Noller is fundamentally changing the way facilities professionals solve ROI problems.

    After founding 5 successful companies, Noller was named a Top 50 Female Entrepreneur in Australia by Rare Birds; is an advisor to Realcomm to push the smart building industry forward; and speaks at some of the most innovative events and conferences around the world, such as Green Cities, Microsoft Ignite, and Google Fireside Chats.

  • Eliza Owen
    Senior Professional, Commercial Research Analysis, CoreLogic

    Eliza Owen joined CoreLogic with the acquisition of Residex in mid- 2016. She graduated with a first class honours economics degree from the University of Sydney in 2014, while working as a researcher and writer on the residential housing market.

    Her knowledge and experience of property research saw her appointed to the role of CoreLogic Commercial Research Analyst in January 2017. Eliza specialises in researching and reporting on commercial market trends, the construction sector and the interplay
    of these segments with broader economic factors.

    Eliza has forged a name for herself in print media, television and radio, providing up-to-date commentary on commercial property using the expansive CoreLogic database. Eliza is also a proficient and popular keynote speaker on housing market matters.

  • Jon Piercey
    Sales Director, Security & Intelligence
  • John Preece
    Head of Occupier Solutions, Knight Frank Australia

    John’s personal goal is simple - to provide exceptional property advice. He brings a unique blend of commercial property experience, having operated in project management, occupier solutions and office leasing, as well as
    running Knight Frank’s multi-disciplinary North Shore business in Sydney.

    John’s core values are Honesty, Integrity and Professionalism. He is hard working and passionate about great outcomes.

    John joined Knight Frank as National Director of Global Corporate Services and Project Management & Building Consultancy in July 2011. He was appointed Managing Director of Sydney’s North Shore business in July 2013,
    before taking up the role of Head of Office Agency in January 2015. In October 2016, John turned his focus to working solely with occupiers of commercial property, as Head of Occupier Solutions. Prior to Knight Frank, John
    held senior positions at DTZ in Australia, and CBRE in Europe.

    John handled Optus’ 84,000sqm relocation to North Ryde (NSW), Australia’s largest ever single tenant relocation, firstly acting in a tenant representation capacity and then securing the project management of the new Optus
    campus. The total value of the project was circa $370million, and involved the co-location of 9 sites and the relocation of 6,500 Optus employees.

  • Andrew Quenby
    Associate Director, IBMS

    Andrew is Director for IBMS Eastern Region operations. He provides senior management, business development and commercial support to IBMS’s specialist engineering and technical consulting team based in Sydney.

    He is a highly experienced senior finance, commercial and management executive having worked in the Building Control Systems industry with IBMS’s founding directors for several years and also fulfilling key leadership roles in a number of other diverse industry sectors during his career.

  • Andrea Roberts
    Head of Asset Management Office and Logistics, GPT

    Andrea Roberts is GPT’s Head of Asset Management, Office & Logistics.

    Andrea has more than 20 years’ experience in office and retail property. In her current role at GPT, Andrea is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the asset operations and leasing of a $11 billion portfolio of office and logistics assets. 

    Prior to joining GPT in April 2014, Andrea worked as Regional Portfolio Manager for the Commonwealth Property Office Fund for over 6 years, in additional to other senior roles within Colonial First State Property.   Andrea’s career started at Colliers International and she continued her career  senior roles at Byvan Management Pty Ltd and Cap Gemini.

  • Linda Rudd
    Senior Director, Asset Management Services, Knight Frank Australia

    Linda is currently a Senior Director with Knight Frank Australia Asset Management Services (AMS) overseeing the delivery of property management, facilities management and accounting services to a national portfolio of clients, with over 6,000,000 sqm of office, industrial and retail under management.

    Linda has 13 years of experience in property and asset management across both Australia and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Knight Frank Australia, Linda was an Associate Director with CB Richard Ellis UK, overseeing the management of circa 550,000 sqm of prime central London and Canary Wharf office property.

    Linda holds a Bachelor of Business (Property Economics) from WSU, is qualified surveyor, and currently undertaking an MBA through the University of Sydney, that has seen her study in India, USA, UK and Israel, growing her knowledge on strategy, innovation, business models, disruption, organisational management and planning, as well as new technologies.

    Linda is a member of the Property Council of Australia, REI NSW, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors as well as being an active committee member of the PCA Office Committee, Asset Management Training and Development Committee and Knight Frank’s Property Women in Leadership Committee.

  • Cameron Sandell
    Senior Consultant, IBMS

    Cameron is a senior Consultant with IBMS based in Sydney. His career in building technology systems has spanned some 24 years with a further 4 years in Facilities Management.

    During this time his roles have involved technology systems design, installation and commissioning as well as senior business management functions in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Darwin and Singapore.

  • Richard Schutte
    Director of Customer and Community Led Innovation, National Australia Bank

    Richard has spent the last 20 years in an Institutional & Corporate Banking environment in customer led innovation, relationship management, execution and leadership roles.

    Currently, Richard is the Director, Customer Led Innovation for Corporate & Institutional Banking.

    In an environment of accelerating economic, social and technological change, shifting customer expectations and new channels & business models, customer and community led innovation is central to supporting Australia thrive and navigate this emerging environment.

    Prior to this, he has held a range of Institutional & Corporate banking roles in areas such as Government & Education, Corporate Finance & Advisory, Consumer and Telecommunications, Media and Internet.

    Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment.

  • Stefan Schwab
    Executive General Manager, Building Technologies Division, Siemens Ltd

    Stefan Schwab is the Executive General Manager for Siemens Building Technologies in the pacific region.  Stefan joined Siemens in 2006 in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he served in various management positions and gained vast knowledge in Fire Safety & Security Systems.  In 2010, he was appointed Head of Branch in Saarbruecken, Germany, where he was responsible for all divisional activities, working together with the BT Vice President to strengthen and grow the business. Prior to joining Siemens in Australia, Stefan was the Head of Operations for Building Technologies in the region Middle East and Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

  • Felice Spark
    Associate Director, CBRE

    Felice Spark has 20 years of experience in property research, marketing and strategy, working in the markets of Australia and North America. 

    Felice began her career as a valuer at Nilsen Realty Research in Vancouver, Canada, conducting commercial property market valuations. The firm was later amalgamated into the Altus Property Group and Felice was promoted to Director of Research for the western region of Canada with responsibility for managing the valuations for national accounts and the research function for the Altus Group.

    Felice relocated to Sydney Australia in 2002 where she undertook her MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales. Felice commenced with Colliers International as the New South Wales Research Manager in 2004. During her 10 year tenure with Colliers, Felice was promoted to Director of Research and led the national research team from 2006 to 2010. During this time, Felice was responsible for developing and implementing the strategic research plan for Colliers Australia and building the research team across the country. In 2011 she was made Director of Research for Corporate Solutions leading major projects including national office occupier surveys.

    Felice joined CBRE as Associate Director of Research in October 2015.  She is responsible for leading CBRE’s research across national office markets with a focus on thought leadership research projects for Australia’s office markets.

  • Carolyn Trickett
    Regional Director, Head of Business Technology, Property & Asset Management, JLL

    Carolyn Trickett is passionate about using technology as a strategic enabler for business innovation and growth.  Her experience as an IT professional spans 25 years across a broad range of industries and technology; including nine years in property, eight years in telecommunications, and seven years in SAP software integration.

    As the Head of Business Technology for JLL Property & Asset Management, Carolyn drives IT strategy, delivery and support across the Asia Pacific region.  Over the last nine years, she has delivered a systems transformation program that has re-engineered the day to day functions for staff and provides clients with a continually improving reporting and service delivery suite. 

    Her latest success at JLL was the design and delivery of JLL Acumen - an enterprise data warehouse and reporting system which provides staff and clients with access to portfolio and property performance data through dashboards, reports and data analysis tools.