PfP Capital UK
Alexandra Notay is Build to Rent fund director at PfP Capital, the fund and asset management arm of Places for People, tasked with raising a £550M fund to deliver 3,000 BTR homes across the UK. She is also an internationally recognised expert on build to rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development, with 15 years’ strategic advisory experience to public and private sector clients across four continents. In January 2019 Alex was selected as one of the 48 women shaping the future of UK real estate at the prestigious BISNOW Women Leaders event.
Alex is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014, 2016). Alex is a vice-chair of ULI UK Residential Council and on the ULI UK Executive Committee, serves on the BPF Build to Rent Committee and is an Associate Member of CREFC Europe. She is also a non-executive director of Sound Diplomacy, SouthWest Board Member for LandAid and trustee of SunScreenIT Foundation.
Loren has 12 years of experience in conceptualising and delivering residential-led regeneration schemes, with a particular specialism in designing for Build to Rent in the Private Rented Sector. Her recent Build to Rent projects include the award-winning Young Street, Imperial Two, and Margarine Works, all across London. Loren’s passion for fostering communities through Build to Rent has also naturally evolved into her overseeing Assael’s Interior Design division.
Following extensive research into the US multi-family model and adapting this into design guides, Assael is one of the leading architects in this sector in the UK. They co-authored both editions of the Urban Land Institute’s Build to Rent: A Best Practice Guide, which was sponsored by the British Government.
Global Apartment Advisors (GAA)
Steve Dimopoulos is the Member for the Oakleigh District in Victorian Parliament. On being re-elected in 2018 Steve was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer. In this role, Steve has recently co-chaired a Victorian Government working group on build to rent in Victoria.
Steve is a passionate advocate for the Oakleigh District having delivered several major initiatives in his first term, which includes removing multiple level crossings and upgrading schools. During this term, Steve also chaired the Mental Health Expert Taskforce, served on the Parliamentary Accounts and Estimates Committee and the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee.
Prior to being elected to the Victorian Parliament, Steve was the mayor of the City of Monash and a councillor. Steve has had a diverse career which includes owning a small business, working in the Victorian Public Service and working for the former Federal leader of the Labor Party, the Hon Simon Crean.
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.
Victoria Property Council of Australia
Cressida Wall is the Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. Representing over 550 business state wide and over 300,000 employees, the Property Council is the peak industry body for property and property affiliated businesses Australia wide.
With extensive experience in senior leadership roles across a variety of sectors, including property, public policy, corporate affairs, infrastructure, private equity and technology startups.
Cressida has been a Board member of the Office of Projects Victoria, and prior to that spent five years as a key economic adviser to the Bracks and Brumby Governments.
Since joining the Property Council in November 2018, Cressida regularly represents the property industry across print media, radio and television. She frequently presents at public forums and conferences Australia wide and is available to speak and provide insights on a range of topics including those listed below.
Matthew Bode acts as Chief Operating Officer for Kanebridge Lifestyle Services (KLS) with a mandate to grow KLS into a major dedicated Build to Rent operator in Australia.
Matthew previously headed the Banking and Finance team at Collin Biggers and Paisley, a leading national law firm. Matthew specialised in complex institutional banking, corporate and property finance law. He primarily acted for leading international and Australian banks and large corporate clients.
Matthew advised on property, asset and structured finance projects and acquisition finance, bilateral and syndicated lending and ISDA documentation.
Matthew has over 25 years legal experience, having worked in major global law firms in London, Sydney, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. This has exposed him to a diverse range of sophisticated and market-leading financial structures.
EG Property Advisory
Shane, the co-founding Managing Director of EG, is one of the leading re-zoning experts in NSW. He has extensive rezoning experience and brings a combination of practical know-how and value creation skills to projects he is involved in. With a 98% success rate, Shane has presided over 200 re-zonings and complex DAs over the past 20 years.
Shane has had a long history with boards and committees at senior capacities since the age of 21, including being a founder of 28 companies and businesses.
He is also an Adjunct Professor at UNSW and lectures both UNSW and USYD in the School of Civil Engineering.
Real Estate Advisory Services
Luke has over 30+ years of real estate advisory experience within the Australian and Asian market place specializing in assisting companies with their capital requirements including sourcing capital partners for complex property development projects. Since early 2018 Luke and his team have sourced over AUD$700m in construction funding for construction financing throughout Australia.
Over the past four years Luke has specialised in the Multi-family Housing sector in Australia working with local and state governments, developers, investors, fund managers and operators to establish the asset class in Australia.
With some 25+ years’ experience in the property industry, Frank commenced his career as a qualified Architect graduating from RMIT with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1995. Frank’s career since has included practicing architecture for some 10 years and development management for 6 years.
Frank was appointed to Regional Director in 2016 to lead all regional business development strategies in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. He is also responsible for managing all new business APAC interfaces across China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia for the broader Australian Multiplex business.
Michael joined UBS Asset Management’s Real Estate business in 2017 focusing on asset management and acquisitions in Australia.
At UBS Michael is responsible for managing the $500 million investment in Smith Collective, the former Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village that has become Australia’s first large-scale build-to-rent development.
Prior to joining UBS Asset Management, Michael was a Fund Manager at Lendlease, responsible for financing and management of three master-planned communities with a gross value of $650 million.
He has experience across multiple property sectors and the full life-cycle of property funds and has been working in the industry for over 20 years.
Andrew Hansen is a leading property management professional with over 20 years of experience in the real estate operations and service sector, with a focus on customer experience, process and technology delivery and branding.
Having spent the last seven years in the United States overseeing the operations of up to 25,000 unit multifamily and student housing portfolios, he recently returned to Australia and joined Mirvac as their National Manager, Operations and steers the establishment of their build to rent operating platform.
His particular interests are in delivering a strong brand and customer experience to support revenue management opportunities. He brings a unique perspective to the build to rent sector focusing on technology engagement to drive growth, scalability and profits.
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Chris Wade leads the Property team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which invests in clean energy solutions across the commercial property sector. Chris has more than 15 years global investment and financing experience across a range of sectors including property, infrastructure and clean energy technology. Chris previously held senior investment and financing roles with AMP Capital, Hastings Funds Management and Macquarie Bank. Chris holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce from UWA.
Brian is the co-founder and Managing Director of national design firm i2C Architects, based from the Melbourne studio. Brian has over 30 years’ architectural experience leading large retail, urban, mixed use and commercial projects. Brian has spent the last three years working alongside Ryder, researching Build to Rent developments across the UK, Europe and the US to invest considerably in understanding this new sector and how it can best transition to Australia. Brian’s intimate understanding and learnings from Ryder’s 3000+ BTR apartments built over the past seven years coupled with his knowledge of local planning, project drivers and community integration in assisting developers with the delivery of BTR into the Australian market.
Ryder Architecture (UK)
Andy is a partner at international design practice, Ryder Architecture, leading the London studio in the UK. He has over 30 years’ experience primarily in the residential sectors. Andy’s involvement in a number of high profile award winning Residential and BTR, central London, UK and international projects has led him to being recognised as a specialist in this field and is advising leading BTR operators in the sector. With the emergence of BTR in the Australian market, Andy’s profound understanding of the BTR model and experience in best practice design features explored in the UK provides valuable insight in fine tuning the offer for Australia.
Knight Frank Consulting
Ben oversees Knight Frank’s team of property research & consulting professionals, spanning all states and sectors nationally. His team produces regular reports on all aspects of the Australian property market and advises public, private and institutional clients on the economic, demographic and market trends impacting their development plans, including for BTR. Ben is a highly experienced property economist and market commentator, having spent ten years in London working in a range of global and regional research roles. He possesses a strong track record of thought leadership in property investment. Ben began his career as an economist and policy adviser at the Federal Department of Treasury.
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Global Apartment Advisors Australia (GAA)
Since establishing Kanebridge Group in 1999, Marwan Rahme has acquired a wealth of property industry experience. The Kanebridge portfolio has expanded from property construction to include property development, property finance, property sales and marketing and wealth advisory services, providing an all-encompassing property investment house.
Over the years, Kanebridge has developed an enviable reputation for its ability to identify and secure property development sites that had immense unlocked value. Marwan has for the past two years been focussing on his ambition of establishing Kanebridge Lifestyle Services as the premier dedicated Build to Rent operator in Australia.
Marwan was one of the first developers to identify the North West of Sydney as a potential for future growth and subsequently was amongst the first to make applications to Council for high-density residential projects in the Hills and acquired large greenfield sites which are significant and re-zoned sites. Several of these sites are now presenting themselves as prime Build to Rent projects.
The Kanebridge team, which has grown to include inhouse experts in architecture, town planning, quantity surveying, construction, financing and law, now resides in the Norwest Business Park, with proximity to its three proposed Build to Rent and current development sites. Kanebridge also has a dedicated city office located within the iconic 350 George Street building in the Sydney CBD.
Marwan Rahme is registered with the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, a member of the Master Builders Association, is a licenced ACC holder, and a member of Australian Finance Group. Marwan completed the HBS Executive Education Course in Private Equity and Venture Capital in 2017 on the Harvard Business School campus. He has been accredited by The Australian Institute of Building for the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ award and the Mortgage Professional’s Association as the only commercial construction finance firm in Australia to be awarded four consecutive years in the Australian top 10 for commercial finance.
National Affordable Housing Consortium
Mike has 34 years’ experience in senior executive roles in social and affordable housing including direct housing provision, policy development and legal advisory services in the UK and Australia from 1996. Mike was the Founder and is now the Managing Director of the National Affordable Housing Consortium, one of Australia’s leaders in the provision of affordable housing, with 3,520 dwellings delivered and $1.3 billion (AUD) in private investment attracted.
Mike is a Director of BuyAssist Australia, a NAHC subsidiary, which provides Shared Equity Home Ownership in Victoria and Queensland, and Affordable Rentals Victoria, a JV SPV with CEHL, which is purchasing a $43m new-build portfolio for tenanting under the Victorian Social Housing Growth Fund.
Dejan is one of the founders of MicroNest, a Build-to-Rent specialist firm focusing on Australia with initial focus on the Co-Living sub-sector. He has over 20 years of experience in finance, property and funds management.
Dejan was CIO of Fortius Funds Management with c$1.2bn AUM where he was overseeing investment, strategy and research teams covering all sectors of real estate including office, retail, industrial and residential. Previously, Dejan was Head of the MSCI’s Real Estate sales team for APAC. He was in charge of teams covering Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.
Dejan was also a lecturer at Macquarie University in International Financial Management (Corporate Finance), and he regularly presents at property industry events in APAC such as MIPIM, PCA, MSCI,HotelsWorld, REIT etc. He holds a Master of Intn’l Business (with Merit) from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sarajevo.
Finally, he also has a strong experience in the Hospitality Industry via many of his own business ventures in Europe.
Sentinel Real Estate Corporation
Richard Adams is Sentinel’s Director of Client Services/Marketing for Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Adams joined Sentinel in 2010, establishing the firm’s office in Melbourne. Prior to that, he held a similar position at Franklin Templeton Investments Australia Limited, a subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. Mr. Adams has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne.
Mornington Peninsula Shire
David commenced with the Shire in February 2016 and since this time has led the Planning Services team through a thorough review of all facets of statutory and strategic planning. David currently leads the largest and busiest local government planning departments in the State, with more than 70 staff and more than 3,500 statutory decisions per year.
David has more than 20 years experience in all types of land use planning matters. Prior to commencing with the Shire, David has held senior roles in the State Government, private sector and other local government authorities. David represented the Minister for Planning on a number of major planning projects, including the introduction of the new Residential Zones, Revitalising Central Dandenong, Waverley Park Transmission Lines Advisory Committee and various Precinct Structure Plans in the Growth Areas around Melbourne. With this vast experience and background David can think laterally toward various planning solutions.
David is a current member of the Smart Planning Advisory Group providing advice to the significant changes being considered and introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions. He also sits on a number of other committees and project boards providing advice to government.
Julian Anderson is a Director at Bates Smart in Melbourne. He has extensive experience in leading large architectural and consultant teams and has worked on significant major projects, both in Australia and overseas. His broad sector experience incorporates commercial, residential, educational, infrastructure and urban design projects.
Julian is currently leading Bates Smart efforts in the emerging Build to Rent typology. Most recently, he led the architectural team on the 100,000 sqm commercial development at 140 Queen Street, as well as the team on the $1.5 billion Crown Hotel development at Barangaroo in Sydney.
A civil engineer by profession, Peter graduated from the University of Queensland in 1987 and started his career with the construction arm of Lend Lease, Civil & Civic in 1987. Peter enjoyed a 19-year career with Lend Lease in construction, and development.
Peter’s time with Lend Lease took him to many locations in Australia and into Asia where he spent nine years in Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai in senior management roles including China Country Manager for Lend Lease.
Peter joined student accommodation operator, UniLodge Australia, in September 2006 as the Chief Executive Officer and shareholder. In 13 years as Chief Executive Peter has overseen growth of the UniLodge portfolio from 3,500 beds to over 22,000 beds under management in 71 properties across Australia and New Zealand. UniLodge is now the largest manager of Purpose Built Student Accommodation in Australia and NZ by a significant margin.
In 2018 Peter stepped down as Chief Executive of UniLodge, and assumed the role of Executive Chairman of both the UniLodge and the Essence Communities businesses. In this role Peter will oversee the launch and strategy of Essence Communities as it enters the Build to Rent sector in Australia
Simon James is an energy executive who works with Property Developers and Property Owners to create and operate better utility solutions. Simon believes that WINconnect managed Community Energy Networks are a future proof platform that deliver tangible benefits to all stakeholders, underpinned by outstanding customer service that makes dealing with utilities simpler for consumers.
Simon has a diverse range of experience in Australia as well as working with property and asset owners in the Asian and North American markets. Simon is a past President of the Energy Efficiency Council as well as working in senior leadership roles with Ecosave and Honeywell.
Puian joined CBRE’s Structured Transactions and Advisory Services (STAS) division in 2018 as an Associate Director.
Prior to CBRE, Puian worked for KPMG providing advice to public and private clients on major infrastructure projects and corporate finance matters. Puian’s experience covered providing financial advice on transport and social infrastructure projects to domestic and offshore institutions and leading procurement processes on behalf of local and state agencies.
Prior to KPMG, Puian spent a decade in London working in investment banking for Barclays Capital and Forticap serving listed and unlisted multinational corporations as well as global institutional investors. Puian worked on the issuance of benchmark debt capital markets for European borrowers, advised on major corporate transactions and investments in real assets including prime real estate in London and New York.
Puian is a core member of CBRE’s Pacific Build-to-Rent Committee which provides strategic, commercial and financial advice for BTR projects.