Weir Legal & Consulting
Bronwyn is a lawyer specialising in government law for regulators. In 2017 Bronwyn was co-appointed with Professor Peter Shergold by the Building Ministers Forum to make recommendations on a national best practice approach to regulation of the building sector. The appointment reflects Bronwyn’s in-depth knowledge of building regulation having acted over many years for building regulators, local government, fire brigades and the architects Board in Victoria. Bronwyn was a member of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee for over 10 years. She is a legal advisor to the Victorian Cladding Taskforce and is also currently advising the Queensland government on its controversial security of payment reforms. In addition to building regulation, Bronwyn has also advised regulators in a range of other sectors including human services, education and natural resources.
Builders Collective of Australia
Phil Dwyer has been a successful and award winning builder for over 40 years in the categories of Domestic and Commercial – Unlimited.
In the year following the introduction of the Last Resort Builders Warranty Insurance scheme in July 2002 the Builders Collective of Australia was formed and registered as a non profit association to advocate for the reform of the industry.
Phil has held the position of National President ever since campaigning for and on behalf of both consumers, builders, and the national industry.
Queensland Building & Construction Commission
Philip has more than 25 years’ experience in public policy, administration and regulation, acquired as a public servant in the Commonwealth, NSW and Queensland governments.
He has more than 12 years’ experience at Senior Executive level.
Philip has extensive and challenging experience in front-line regulation, particularly in NSW, where his largest chain-of-responsibility prosecutions were nationally reported by the Australian Financial Review and where he delivered major changes in safety regulation and compliance programs, while working under the scrutiny of a Special Commission of Inquiry.
Most of his regulatory work has been undertaken as an officer of a statutory authority. In Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, he has helped establish new statutory authorities, including negotiating and implementing the funding and cost-recovery arrangements to sustain those agencies.
Philip also has experience at the very centre of the government, having worked as an officer in the central agencies of the Commonwealth Government, including within the Secretariat to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
Department of Land, Water & Planning
Dr Trevor Pisciotta is the Executive Director of the Building Division at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The Division provides policy advice in relation to the regulation of Victoria’s building, plumbing and architecture industries. Before joining DELWP, Trevor spent over 10 years at the Department of Premier & Cabinet across a variety of policy roles. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Monash University.
Neil is a registered architect with over 25 years of professional experience in the international and domestic architectural markets. Neil joined BVN in 2015 after moving to Brisbane from Townsville. Before moving to Townsville in 2006 to initially run the Troppo Architects office there, Neil lived and worked in Germany and in the UK.
Neil has a sound understanding of good design concepts and solutions that suit the local climatic context with a passion for passive design. He has excellent building science skills, and a comprehensive understanding of building regulations and technology.
With an overarching project goal of achieving design quality merged with user compatibility, Neil then assures that projects are completed with the right materials, believing in the importance of textural elements to provide a connection between the user and their surroundings.
“I get immense satisfaction from seeing users interact with their environment with awareness – whether it be on a psychological, visual or textural level.”
Outside of work Neil’s main interest is music.
After completing his PhD in designing solar powered chemical reactors, Rowan was invited to join the Laing O’Rourke Engineering Excellence Group as a founding member. Designedas a specialist innovation team, the Engineering Excellence Group’s purpose is to drive fundamental and disruptive change in what has traditionally been considered a conservative industry.
Through his tenure in the Engineering Excellence Group, Rowan has designed, developed and delivered award winning initiatives that have utilized technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and massive data analytics, and contributed towards other initiatives utilizing 3D printing, robotics and reality capture methods.
While this has given Rowan both a broad and deep understanding of many emerging technologies, he passionately believes that the most impactful areas of innovation are those that impact the cultures we create, and how we perceive ourselves and our relationships to others and the wider world.
Rowan regularly gives guest lectures on innovation and culture at local universities, and is a contributor to several educational outreach programs.”
Owners Corporation Network of Australia
Peter was appointed as CEO of Engineers Australia in July 2017.
Peter was previously employed at TransGrid, where he served as its Managing Director for six years. Prior to that he held several executive positions there, with responsibilities including regulatory strategy, revenue reset, customer engagement, asset management, network planning and system operations.
Peter has been a Board Director with TasNetworks since November 2016, and is past Deputy Chairman of the Energy Networks Association, past Chairman of Grid Australia and past Deputy Chairman of the Australian Power Institute.
Peter holds a BSc in physics and a BE (Hons) in electrical engineering from UNSW and an MBA in technology management from Deakin University. Peter is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and has been an Engineers Australia member for 34 years. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Engineering Executive. He is a Male Champion of Change in STEM and a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Energy.
David Bannerman is the principal of Bannermans Lawyers, Sydney’s leading Strata Law firm, providing specialised legal services. David is a qualified lawyer. He is an Accredited Property Law Specialist with the Law Society of New South Wales and has over 15 years extensive experience in all aspects of property law and building litigation.
The Association of Accredited Certifiers
Jill Brookfield is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Accredited Certifiers (AAC). Jill comes with a wealth of experience in the not for profit sector and has been crucial to the overall growth and success of the organisation. She has a background in marketing & communications in financial services and she has a degree in Communications.
Jill joined the AAC within a year of its incorporation as its first and only employee, when it only had 30 members. Under Jill’s management, AAC has had a steady growth in both membership and industry profile. She now leads a team equally dedicated to supporting members, who are the reason for the Association’s existence.