The Urban Development Institute’s Board of Directors represent a cross section of experienced leaders in the urban development industry. We thank them for volunteering their time and expertise for the benefit of both the industry and the community.
The Board is elected by the UDIA's membership and is responsible for the strategic direction of the company. Half board elections are held annually.
As the Managing Director of Birchgrove Property, Damien operates a privately owned residential development business which delivers seamless service from site purchase through to retail sales. Since establishing his property career as a valuer, Damien went on to spend the next 20 years delivering developments in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Damien was previously the Vice President of the UDIA in Victoria and also Vice President of the UDIA National Council. At a regional level he represents the Board on the UDIA Northern Victorian Chapter Committee.
Over several years Damien has enjoyed playing an instrumental part in creating positive change at UDIA Vic working with the Executive Committee and Board. This includes the recruitment of Danni Addison as CEO and the significant amount of work undertaken in the process of revitalising the organisation to meet the modern requirements of its members and to best represent members on significant changes in the marketplace. These direct representations in relation to planning and fiscal policy change include ongoing meetings with the Minister for Planning, Victorian Treasurer, APRA and a range of other government departments.
Damien is passionate about growth and development in Victoria and embraces opportunity to help lead a strong industry voice and better services for UDIA members in challenging times.
Bettina Sheeran moved to Maddocks in 2012, following time at PwC and Gadens and is a Special Counsel in the Development team.
Through her career Bettina has been involved in the development industry from both a legal and commercial aspect and has experience in many asset classes of property including residential, commercial and retail.
Since being elected to the UDIA board, Bettina has been instrumental in driving new initiatives on the Taxation, Communications and Membership committees
Jason has been with Stockland since 2007 and currently holds the position of Regional Manager in the Victorian Residential business. Prior to joining Stockland, Jason was an Associate Director at Urbis where he worked on a wide variety of development projects across all property asset classes.
Jason has also had experience in public sector roles in Australia and the UK including Director of Structure Planning at the MPA in 2009 and town planning at the City of Whittlesea in the 1990’s.
Ashley Williams is Managing Director at Evolve Development – a privately owned, multidisciplinary property development and investment business based in Melbourne. Evolve Development has an impressive track record of completed projects and a substantial pipeline of future developments with a combined value in excess of $1 billion.
Since 2009, Evolve Development has delivered in excess of 1,000 apartments and 2,500 home sites across 11 different projects. Evolve Development plans to release 800 apartments and 1,500 home sites to the market within the next two to three years.
Ashley Williams has excellent insight into the Melbourne residential market through the development of medium and high density residential buildings within inner city locations and new communities across a number of Melbourne’s growth corridors.
Ashley was appointed to the UDIA Board in 2015.
immediate past PRESIDENT
David was President of UDIA 2014-16, steering the organisation successfully through a generational transition with the appointment of Danni Addison as CEO to reinforce the UDIA’s positon as the peak industry body.
David is the Managing Director of Intrapac Property. Established by David 30 years ago, Intrapac has since built up a reputation as one of Australia’s leading privately owned property development companies with involvement in numerous residential projects across the country.
Before founding Intrapac, David was a practicing lawyer and held a number of academic appointments at Melbourne and Monash universities in both law and economics. He was also a consultant specialising in taxation and trust law to several of Australia’s leading accounting and legal firms including Arnold Bloch Leibler, KPMG, Phillips Fox and Blake Dawson Waldron.
David has held directorships in a number of public and private companies and has been on the boards of several charitable and non-profit organisations including the Melbourne Art Fair, ACCA, Bialik College, Monash Property Management and the Skin and Cancer Foundation.
John is a Director at Best Hooper law firm with experience in local government, planning and environmental law. His knowledge of the planning system gained over that time places him in a position to understand the issues that confront the development industry and contribute towards a resolution of those issues in the best interests of the UDIA and its members.
John is an active and hands-on UDIA board member, and also a past UDIA President.
Frasers Property Australia
Jill has more than 23 years' experience in property development and land subdivision, working for market leading development companies such as AVJennings, Urban and Regional Land Corporation, Delfin, Lend Lease and now Frasers Property Australia (formerly Australand).
Jill has the distinction of being the first woman to obtain a Masters of Building Degree at Melbourne University in 1991 and has since held a range of senior development roles working on major projects across medium density, urban renewal and master planned communities. In 2003 Jill was runner up in the Property Council of Australia's Younger Achiever Awards.
Neil brings more than 25 years of experience across masterplanned residential developments, along with in the commercial/office and retail segments.
Before joining Villawood, Neil held senior leadership roles with Dennis Family, Mirvac and, most recently, Lendlease, with a strong emphasis on mentoring employees and aligning the business to the market.
Neil enjoys working in leadership positions and is able to set strategic objectives and then ensure projects are delivered to achieve these objectives.
Frank is the Managing Director of Biggin & Scott Land, a division of the Biggin & Scott Group.
As a fully licensed agent with over 25 years of industry experience, he excels at providing clients with a highly specialised one-on-one service.
Since joining Biggin & Scott and becoming a partner in the Melbourne office, Frank has been the driving force behind a number of multi-million dollar land sales – always achieving the highest possible level of customer satisfaction.
Elysa is the General Manager for Masterplanned Communities and has a day-to-day responsibility for coordinating the delivery of Mirvac’s Masterplanned Communities projects nationally. Prior to her national role, Elysa was the State Development Director for Victoria’s Masterplanned Communities business.
She has been with Mirvac for over 19 years and has specific experience in the delivery of significant large scale and complex projects with state and industry partners. She leads a fully integrated in-house team responsible for all aspects of property development on a wide range of infill and greenfield residential communities, including the redevelopment of the Eastern Golf Club, Harcrest in Wantirna South and Woodlea in VIC, Alex Avenue, Brighton Lakes and Googong in NSW, Gainsborough Greens and Everton Park in QLD, and Osprey Waters and Meadow Springs in WA.
Elysa is also a member of Mirvac’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.