Advisory Board

  • Paul Bailey
    Consulting Manager, Smart Places & Spaces, Lendlease

    As Consulting Manager, Smart Places & Spaces at Lendlease, Paul works at the intersection of people, place and technology helping create cities, buildings, workplaces and homes that are future ready, high performing, sustainable and redefine urban lifestyle experience.

    As part of a multi discipline team that take a human-centred and experience-led approach at all scales, from workplaces to cities, Paul is passionate about helping Lendlease to ‘create the best places’ by exploring new partnerships, business models and embracing innovative and emerging technologies to disrupt the traditional property value chain, enhance the physical environment and deliver extraordinary services and experiences to our employees and customers.

  • Aidan Coleman
    Chief Technology Officer, Charter Hall

    Aidan is a key member of the executive team at Charter Hall, providing leadership and direction for all strategic & operational technology activities. Charter Hall are a $20Bn+ commercial real estate business managing approx. 400 assets across Retail, Office, Industrial / Logistics and Hospitality sectors. 

    Aidan is a technology thought leader with a track record for delivering technology-enabled change that has contributed directly to commercial outcomes in in the property industry. 

    With over 20 years in IT, the last 6 in Property and Real Estate, Aidan has brought together the capabilities of enterprise IT and ‘prop-tech’ to lead the digital transform at both Charter Hall and previously at the Stockland Group.

    Aidan is on the advisory board for the ‘Realcomm’ global real estate innovation think-tank, is a stream-lead on the BCA sponsored ‘Innovation Nation’ initiative, and is a key contributor to number of Property Council of Australia initiatives such as the ‘Women in Property’ mentorship program and ‘CIO Cyber Security Roundtable’.

  • James Dearsley
    Partner, Proptech Consult

    James is a recognised as one of the foremost commentators in global PropTech through both his speaking activities around the world and his writings on this site about PropTech and Digital Transformation. His influential weekly newsletter reaches over 3,500 key decision makers in the PropTech and property industries.

    Having spent 11 years working directly in the property sector, initially for Foxtons in the UK, one of the most aggressive and forward thinking residential real estate brokers,  James went on to re-engineer the digital strategy for an overseas property company across 13 different countries. His clients now include international banks and big-6 energy companies.

    However, it is his passion for PropTech, that sends him around the world speaking at conferences and working with businesses, discussing how PropTech is influencing their wider digital transformation.
    James is the also the founder of TDMB, an agency focused on all aspects of marketing for the now and next, specialising in the tech sector.

  • Paul Edwards
    General Manager Workplace Experiences, Office and Industrial, Mirvac

    As General Manager of Workplace Experiences for Mirvac, Paul Edwards works to define and shape what the future of workspace and office development will look like for Mirvac, it’s customers and the greater property industry. His role centres on partnerships, relationships and knowledge creation across all elements of property including placemaking, smart technology, design, sustainability, health, wellbeing, brand, culture, community and mobility.

    With over 20 years experience in the property space, Paul is responsible for helping Mirvac set a new group workplace strategy through the development of a knowledge bank on the future of workplace. Mirvac will use this to help improve new and existing development projects and assets across Australia.

  • Alex Fuerschke
    Senior Manager, DEXUS Property Group

    Alex Fuerschke is Senior Manager for Building Technology at Dexus where he is responsible for developing a smart building strategy and framework to execute across a portfolio of over 140 office, industrial, and retail assets. Dexus manages $26.5 billion of real estate in Australia with a further $4.2 billion development pipeline (as at 31 December 2017).

    Prior to his current role Alex led the applications and software development team at Dexus, and held roles at Deutsche Bank and UNSW for a total of 20+ years’ experience in Information Technology. Combined with an education in architecture and 15 years within the property industry have allowed him to blend his passions for technology and the built environment.

  • Suzette Lamont
    National Director, CBRE- Assets

    Suzette commenced her career in property as a graduate in the early ‘90s, and has spent more than two decades experiencing the depth and breadth of property development, asset management and marketing roles both within the property sector as well as developing businesses in mobile communication and business consulting. In her current executive role, she helps to lead over 600 employees in Property and Facilities Management across the Australia and New Zealand within CBRE.

    Her work in the property sectors allowed her to help conceptualise some of Australia’s most progressive places of their time including: Fox Studio’s Australia, Cockle Bay Wharf, Penrith Plaza, Jackson’s Landing and more recently creating the. In her words, she “has the privilege of helping landlords create valuable assets through well thought out positioning and place making”.

    Throughout her career Suzette has seen the customer as the starting point and centre of everything – she listens, understands, and responds to her customers' needs using research and more so using her customers skills to co-create better solutions.

    She is strongly involved in property industry groups including: numerous women’s mentoring programs, CBRE’s diversity and inclusion committee, the Property Council of Australia’s first National Round-table on “Cities”, as well as a lecturer at both the PCA retail academy and Ethics teacher with Primary Ethics NSW.

    In her current role - she is responsible for both business and product development; a role that allows her to think about how great outcomes in property are not merely informed by the bricks and mortar – but more so by the people of whom experience it.

  • Harry Lehmann
    Co-Founder and Chairman, Vendorable

    Harry Lehmann is a Co-Founder and Chairman of Vendorable. He conceived of the idea for a more instantaneous and transparent real estate services model in mid-2013 and thereafter began researching and writing the specification for what Vendorable has become today. Prior to this he worked as a lawyer in private practice and academia.

  • Rafael Niesten
    Co-founder, Bricksandagent.com

    In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station.  The spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM.  More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market.  This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on.

    He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth).  Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry.

    In 2006 he moved to Sydney lured by the offer of free rent for 10 months in a friend’s apartment.  He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent which makes property maintenance easy for both residential and commercial.

  • Deb Noller
    Co-founder , Switch Automation

    Deb Noller is the dynamic CEO and co-founder of Switch Automation, a smart building software company specializing in building performance optimization. With 20+ years of experience in real estate, technology and sustainability, she is passionate about helping enterprises leverage next generation facilities management technology to execute more efficient business operations. Deb studied computer science at James Cook University where she was recently honored with the JCU Chancellor’s Award. Deb began her career as a software engineer and launched three successful companies prior to founding Switch.

    Ms. Noller is an active member of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN). She was named one of Dell’s Founders 50 and one of the Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs in Australia by Rare Birds. Noller is an alumna of the inaugural class of the Springboard Enterprises Accelerator and currently participates in the Linux Foundation’s open source project, EdgeX Foundry, which aims to unify the IoT ecosystem.

  • James O’Neill
    Director, Occupier Solutions, (Industrial) Australia

    James is a Director within our Occupier Solutions division, specialising in Industrial and Commercial Tenant Representation and property portfolio optimisation. James is involved in all aspects of Tenant Advisory from one off transactions to full client relationship management and portfolio management of national portfolios.
    With over 13 years experience in the property industry working in leasing, sales, tenant advocacy and property/portfolio management James has developed a multidisciplinary understanding of the property market from both the client and service industry sectors.
    James has a detailed knowledge and extensive connections within commercial and industrial property within the Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth regions and advises throughout Australia and New Zealand for clients.

    James formulates real estate strategies and structures lease packages to accommodate occupier requirements.  He co-ordinates the provision of property advice and transaction management services including the implementation of exit strategies, site search, lease negotiations, negotiation of rent reviews, make good negotiations, financial analysis, strategic planning and acquisition and disposal strategies.

    James previously managed CIMIC Groups portfolio as Group leasing manager, covering both national and international work with each of CIMIC Groups Operational Companies (Thiess Global Mining, Leighton Contractors & Leighton Properties, Leighton Asia, Devine Limited and Sedgman). James had responsibility for the management and strategy around the Groups property footprint together with management of external consultants, this included all negotiations relating to the leases, subleases and sales undertaken within the Groups Property assets.
    Some of James’s current client include, infrastructure service and development companies, data centers, mining companies, engineering firms, global electrical componentry businesses, global aviation companies,  NSW power transmission businesses.

  • James Paterson
    General Manager, Asset Management & Operations – Barangaroo, Lendlease
  • Johanna Pitman
    Program Director, CityConnect, Blue Chilli

    Johanna Pitman directs Australia’s only smart cities accelerator program, CityConnect. In its first cohort, CityConnect boasts 7 inspiring smart cities startups with solutions across infrastructure, urban amenity and citizen engagement in our cities. CityConnect is powered by BlueChilli, Australia's leading startup incubator/accelerator with over 100 portfolio companies, its own venture fund, a team of in-house experts, and a full tech team to help entrepreneurs build their technology product and business. Prior to BlueChilli, Johanna was the Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making.

    Johanna brings a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development, through senior roles in Federal and State agencies, and the UK Government's overseas trade network. Johanna holds a Masters in Regional Studies from Harvard University, and is passionate about creating smart cities that are prosperous, inclusive and liveable for all.

  • Joshua Ridley
    Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Willow and Ridley

    Joshua is co-founder and CEO of Willow. Willow Technology Corporation (Willow) is a technology company established in 2017 to realise a long term vision that an intelligent Built Environment will transform the lives of millions. Willow established its roots and credibility through its parent company, Ridley who has now combined with Willow. This organisation pioneered a Digital Approach to the design and construction of real assets. This organisation is the leading digital enterprise to the largest global asset owners across several verticals including airports, rail infrastructure, commercial office buildings, hotels and critical facilities. Joshua has delivered significant projects, pioneering a global portfolio of iconic smart buildings. Joshua sees a future where buildings and infrastructure are “digital brains” that can be predictive and intelligent. To achieve this Joshua has assembled a team of owners/ operators, MD’s, project managers, architects, engineers, technologists, lawyers, designers, construction managers, site and project engineers combining their experience leading construction, infrastructure and design companies. At the frontier of tall building design and technology, Joshua is an active contributor and participant with global research organisation the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as well as the Intelligent Buildings Conference (RealComm). He believes our cities need more research and initiatives that will push the industry forward and inspire greater innovation and creativity. Prior to establishing Ridley, Josh founded the Australian business of Atlas Industries pioneering digital documentation services for the architecture, engineering and construction industry.