Tony Rutherford is a Practice Leader with Moores, a mid-size law firm based in Melbourne.
Tony is a commercial and infrastructure lawyer with significant experience across a range of sectors including telecommunications, technology, education, aged care and disability, social housing, healthcare, utilities (water and power), transport, mining and oil and gas. He is also experienced in all forms of dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation) across a wide range of general commercial and construction disputes.
Tony’s recent experience includes advising community housing organisations, private developers and disability service organisations in relation to the development, financing and operation of Specialist Disability Accommodation projects in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. He has presented at numerous conferences in relation to the transition to the NDIS and approaches to developing SDA projects. In addition to his housing and infrastructure work, Tony regularly advises disability organisations in relation to issues arising from the transition to the NDIS including tenders to the Victorian government to take on disability services previously delivered by the State government.
Prior to commencing with Moores, Tony worked for major international law firms in New York, Dubai, Sydney and Melbourne and is admitted to practise law in New York and Australia. He has advised government, the private sector and not-for-profit clients on complex commercial transactions (with a focus on infrastructure projects) in the United States, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Australia.
Tony holds a Master of Laws from Duke University in the United States and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) from The University of Sydney.
Hume Community Housing Association
Keelin Byrne is a Housing Coordinator in the Housing for People with Disability Program at Hume Community Housing. Keelin joined Hume following her experience gained in Ireland, working in the housing sector and supporting customers with complex needs. She joined Hume in 2015 as part of the Supported Housing team, then worked across Allocations and, in October 2017, was recruited to support Hume’s Housing for People with Disability team.
Keelin is a passionate advocate for social justice, and is one of the founding members of Hume’s Social Justice Committee. In August 2018, Keelin was nominated for a Powerhousing Australia Rising Star Award, an accolade recognising outstanding efforts, distinguished knowledge, and adherence to integrity within the Australian housing sector.
Richard graduated from University of Queensland in 1992. He joined Cox in 2000 and is a National Director of Cox based in Brisbane.
Richard has undertaken the most diversified portfolio of projects of any Director, beginning with the Fujitsu Headquarters at Newstead Riverpark for which he also worked on the Master Plan. Richard was Project Architect for Singapore Management University Headquarters tower and extended his commercial building expertise with the Energex Headquarters at Newstead, the first commercial building in Queensland to be awarded 6 star Green Star As-Built status.
In the cultural sector, Richard has been Project Director for complex redevelopment at QPAC and the
Queensland Museum as well as the recently completed Cairns Performing Arts Centre.
Notable Projects in the Sport sector include two venues for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games; being the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and Anna Meares Velodrome. Richard id the Project Director for the North Queensland Stadium in Townsville.
Other significant work in Masterplanning, Education and transport has been undertaken in the last 20 years.
The Sport and Cultural projects that have a public engagement and complexity of function and amenity have been a significant part of his practice and are applicable to the Ashgrove Golf Club.
Richard leads the Retirement Living sector in the Brisbane office with current work on Aura’s Indooroopilly and Middle Ridge projects.
Other fields of interest include Disability and Social Housing where Cox have completed four Projects for Youngcare in the last ten years and Richard provides advice to the Lord Mayor Disability Housing Working Group.
Richard brings a depth of knowledge on sustainable design practice.
Mark is an accomplished senior executive with broad industry experience, gained from time in the public and private sectors. Mark brings to Momentum a collaborative management style that has consistently challenged people and businesses to adapt, evolve and lead through innovation and continuous improvement. Mark is a qualified Town Planner and business leader, with previous experience managing multi-disciplined project teams through property acquisition and leasing, town planning, engineering and design, project management and professional consulting disciplines. With 15 years of varied management experience, Mark has developed a flexible approach, coupled with energetic enthusiasm to strategically challenge the status quo to deliver a constructive difference. Mark provides a level of commercial and business acumen that complements Momentum’s executive leadership team and organisational experience.
Specialist Disability Accommodation Alliance
Mel is a self-professed ‘jack of all trades, master of none’, with almost 20 years experience flitting around almost every sub-sector of the ‘helping professions’ including the disability service and housing sectors, and within large and small NGOs, state & federal governments, and for profit-for purpose businesses.
Tertiary qualifications in adult education, community services management, international social development, and post graduate qualifications in politics & international relations, combined with her honed ability to understand and interpret between different sub-sectors has lead Mel to specialise in working across sectors to seek collaborative solutions to support the alleviation of wicked social problems.
Since the beginning of the NDIS Trial period this has seen Mel supporting the development of knowledge of Specialist Disability Accommodation and other NDIS housing supports – through roles in a large faith-based NGO, Community Housing peak body, Summer Foundation, and most recently through the establishment of a successful private consulting firm (NDIS Housing Cross-Sector Solutions). Mel is thrilled to be involved in founding the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Alliance as the General Manager, enthusiastic about the future for SDA, and looking forward to collaborating with you.
University of South Australia
Professor Andrew Beer is Dean, Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia Business School. He previously worked at the University of Adelaide and the Flinders University of South Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide and a PhD from the Australian National University.
Professor Beer has served as a Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth, a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Ulster and a Visiting Professor at the University of North Texas.
Andrew’s research interests include housing, regional issues and the socio-economic impacts of disability. His publications on disability related topics include work on the housing careers of persons with a disability; disability, gender and access to employment; the impact of government policies and the views of property developers and social housing providers on the SDA program.
Development manger at guardian living. Roles include property and tenancy procurement and day to day operations of guardian living.
GUardian living established in 2016 is a social impact company focusing on investment and management of SDA.
Independent Living Villages
Lindsay Kelly is a thought leader in new-build Specialist Disability Accommodation.
This follows his two-decade contribution as a thought leader in Community Housing. As the CEO of the SDA charity, Independent Living Villages Ltd (ILV), he has led the development of almost 80 new-build SDA accommodation units in just three years. Having contributed strongly to the positive outcomes of the SDA Review, ILV’s unique business model is poised to accelerate the number of SDA developments and to fully occupy these with SDA-eligible participants.
Calling the Brain's Bluff
Jonathan Bredin, also known as Jono.
After leaving high school, Jono completed a Certificate 3 & 4 in Accounting, and Certificate 3 in Community Services (2008-2012).
Jono works as an admin assistant, where he is tasked with making sure all the official paper work is correct and in order. He engages in a range of public speaking at schools and other events through his business ‘Calling the Brain’s Bluff’. He is also an advocate for others with or without disabilities.
In 2016 he moved from his parents to his own unit, which offers basic home automation. Recently Jono became an NDIS participant, and decided he wanted to attain a higher level of independence. He has begun looking at better suited accommodation through the SDA process. Jono is an avid technology user, and aspires to implementing his own assistive technology in his new house.
He is an accomplished poker player, having won poker tournaments both locally and internationally.
Charles brings over 30 years’ of senior leadership; in Operational, Financial Divisions and Strategy. Exercising leadership and delivering outcomes in cross cultural jurisdictions in Asia, Europe, North and South America and ANZ; in business sectors covering Community Housing, Chemicals, Engineering, Mining Services, Agribusiness, Building & Construction, Distribution/Logistics and Merchant Banking highlights include growing two organisations into global companies with sales exceeding a billion dollars. Under Charles’s leadership BlueCHP has delivered innovation to the building industry with largest residential timber building in Australasia, and become the leading developer of Specialist Disability Accommodation under the NDIS, and was part of the successful initial NHFIC bond raising in the Australian capital markets. Charles is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Association of Corporate Treasurers UK, with a Bachelor of Commerce (NZ) and a MBA from Warwick University UK.
As Sector Lead for Disability, Social and Affordable Housing at ANZ, Stephen Oliver is responsible for ANZ’s national presence across the Corporate and Institutional segments. Stephen has been a member of the ANZ Health team for over ten years and has been actively involved in the SDA sector since 2017. It is ANZ’s aim to be a leading financier to the SDA sector.
ANZ Health is a market leading financier to the healthcare sector, across disability, aged care and retirement living housing, amongst others sectors, we have a balance sheet in excess of $10bn. At ANZ Health, our industry specialists apply their expertise across the public, private and not for profit sectors to develop a strong understanding of our client’s requirements. At ANZ our Purpose is to ‘shape a world where people and communities thrive’, with a focus to ‘improve the availability of suitable and affordable housing options for Australians’.
Mark Lawler is the General Manager (Property) for Achieve in 2016. His experience includes seven years as Director, Asset Management for Family and Community Services – Aging Disability and Home Care (ADHC), and 13 years in project and construction management roles at NSW Land & Housing Corporation (LAHC).
In his role as Director, Asset Management for ADHC, Mark managed a portfolio of over $1 billion specialist disability accommodation assets across New South Wales. He led a state-wide team and was responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day management and maintenance of all residential properties owned and leased by ADHC. These responsibilities included setting asset strategy, asset policy, and assets standards – along with project and governance frameworks to deliver those programs and ensure that all legislative obligations were met, including management of contractors and suppliers.
Mark’s approach is evidence-based, aiming to achieve best practice while ensuring the needs of the individual are met. Mark also represented the NSW Government response to the Quakers Hill Nursing Home tragedy.
Prior to his work at ADHC, Mark delivered a wide range of projects and programs for NSW Land & Housing Corporation, including large scale maintenance and upgrading programs as well as a wide range of new supply projects in metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW.
At Achieve Australia Mark’s strategic focus is to provide leadership in housing solutions for people with a disability. He is responsible for ensuring that all real estate assets are developed and maintained in a cost effective and safe manner, and growing the supply of affordable and accessible housing for people with disability.
Mills Oakley Lawyers
Shaun’s practice centres around helping clients structure and achieve optimised finance outcomes for their projects or general business. I have worked across all levels of the market from major financial institutions to start-ups and have specialist expertise in structuring debt transactions and advising on bankability issues for business and projects.