Danni Hunter 

Chief Executive Officer



Danni Hunter is the Victorian CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) – the nation’s key representative body for the urban development industry.

An accomplished and reputable property expert, Danni uses her influence to protect and promote the industry’s best interests. She is known for her informed, pragmatic and solutions-based approach, as she continues to lead public agenda on behalf of UDIA’s large, engaged membership.

Danni is passionate about enabling affordability and accessibility for all home buyers, reducing unnecessary regulatory burden on the housing sector, and achieving an efficient planning system that delivers positive outcomes for Victoria’s future.

She is also a keen advocate for gender diversity in the property and development industry, making considerable effort to profile and grow the influence of women making a difference in the sector.

Danni has an impressive track record in advocacy, policy, political engagement and stakeholder management, with previous roles as Senior Advisor to the State Government, and Policy Advisor and Public Affairs Manager at the Property Council of Australia.

Additionally, she is a dynamic and nationally recognised spokesperson, regularly sharing her property knowledge and industry acumen through media, events and keynote presentations. 




Angela Gaedke

General Manager

Angela takes on the leadership and responsibility for UDIA business activities and works closely with the CEO to drive the overall strategic direction of the organisation.




Jenn Leddin (on maternity leave)

Membership Services Manager
& Executive Assistant to the CEO 


Jenn manages the membership base, ensuring members are fully utilising their UDIA benefits. Jenn is also the Executive Assistant to the CEO and oversees office



Elizabeth Chackola 

Finance Manager

Elizabeth manages our finance department which is responsible for all accounting and financial matters across the organisation. In this role, Elizabeth also works closely with the CEO and General Manager to develop and execute a sustainable financial strategy for the organisation.



Georgia Turner

Commercial Director



Georgia leads the Commercial team within UDIA with a focus on creating valuable partnerships with our members to support the UDIA’s member activities. Taking care of sponsorships, partnerships, new business opportunities & the development of new event and professional development formats that continue to support the growing needs of our members & the urban development industry.


UDIA Victoria’s Advocacy Team

Dr. Caroline Speed
Policy and Research Director 

Caroline’s professional experience spans the fields of architecture, planning, policy and research across State Government, private practice and peak bodies. Caroline’s particular area of expertise and interest is residential development.
Caroline has extensive experience developing cabinet-level planning policy settings relating to the delivery of housing for the State Government, and in managing the national policy and research agenda for residential development for a peak body in the property industry. Caroline has managed the delivery of, and submissions to, amendments to primary and subordinate legislation relating to planning and building matters. Caroline is also an experienced statutory and strategic planner and is a full professional member of the Planning Institute of Australia.
Caroline has a strong background in successfully delivering complex planning, policy, and research projects, and advocacy regarding property issues.
Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a master’s degree in Urban Planning, Environmental Management, and International Development. She used this technical expertise and her professional experience as the basis for PhD research investigating policy settings affecting planning, housing and sustainable development.
Caroline takes a leadership role with the Advocacy Team and is focused primarily on UDIA Victoria’s overall research and advocacy programs while also managing the Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Committee and the Global Unit’s activities.


Kate Weatherley 

Senior Policy Advisor 


Kate is a practical, outcomes-focused problem-solver who knows the importance of forming long-term collaborative partnerships in order to achieve results. An urban planner with leadership experience in local government and having completed UDIA’s Property Development course, Kate has an understanding of the complexities of local government and the implications for development outcomes and the development community.
Kate is experienced in structure planning, project coordination and facilitation as well as infrastructure planning, funding sequencing, and delivery coordination including works-in-kind negotiations. She has represented industry and local government interests in State consultations on policy, strategy, delivery and implementation matters, providing sound strategic and technical advice.
Kate has a degree in Asian Studies and Post-Graduate Diploma in Urban Planning and Environment, she is fluent in Indonesian, has worked in international community development, and has a keen interest in urban ecology, anthropology, proptech and urban design.
Kate manages the Planning Committee, the Building, Design and Public Realm Committee, and the Urban Renewal and Infill Development Committee.



Olivia O'Connor 
Policy and Media Advisor


Olivia is a policy professional with experience creating content and communicating in a rapid-paced and issue-rich environment. With substantial experience and involvement in UDIA Victoria’s policy and advocacy activities, Olivia also manages UDIA Victoria’s media engagement and external communications.
Olivia’s key areas of policy expertise are in stakeholder engagement, government relations, committee management and strategic advocacy activities. Olivia’s experience in communications includes media advising, pitching, content creation and developing communications strategies.
Olivia holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts from the University of Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Communication at RMIT. She is keenly interested in urban design and development, politics, the arts and the Richmond Football Club.
Olivia manages the Greenfield Development Committee, the Finance and Investment Committee, the Northern Region Committee and the Geelong Region Committee. 



Hyatt Nidam (on maternity leave)

Advocacy and Communications Manager

Hyatt manages the UDIA advocacy team, which is responsible for driving the organisation’s advocacy agenda through strategic policy, research and communication activities.