Advisory Board

  • Chris Ball
    PropTech Advisor, Stockland Accelerator/ SPV & Head of partnerships, Blue Chilli

    Chris has worked in and founded startups in the travel, fintech and retail sectors, the latest of which he scaled throughout S-E Asia and the sub-continent. Prior to embarking upon his startup journey, Chris ascended the senior ranks of corporates real estate, transacting in excess $100M in deal flow for high net worth and institutional investors. 

    Chris has facilitated and mentored Spark International accelerators for entrepreneurs in Kenya and South Africa. 

    He is a keynote speaker on social entrepreneurship for organisations including: Microsoft, University of California Berkley, Telstra, Colliers International and UTS. on social entrepreneurship for organisations including: Microsoft, University of California Berkley, Telstra, Colliers International and UTS.

  • Justin Butterworth
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Snug.com

    Justin is an entrepreneur, active angel investor, Non Executive Director and mentor for leading Australian start ups focused on marketplaces and SaaS.

    Justin self funded and launched Australia’s first online holiday rental ecommerce marketplace in 1999 and sold the business to Stayz/Fairfax in 2011 for $29m. At Stayz, Justin held executive leadership positions and he led the acquisition and rapid growth of the SaaS business YesBookit.  Justin played a key role in the sale of Stayz to HomeAway.com (NASDAQ: AWAY) and led the property manager business for HomeAway until Aug 2015.

    Justin took a 16 month sabbatical following his 16 year internet journey to travel, study, defrag and invest in start ups.

    Currently Justin is building his second internet venture, Snug, who’s mission is to create ‘a place everyone calls home’.  Snug reimagines renting and brings owners, renters and managers together.

    Justin holds a B.Com (Hons) from Monash University, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (SIA), is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Member of the Sydney Angels and holds a real estate license. Justin has a passion for art and is a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation.

  • Aidan Coleman
    General Manager - Technology Platforms, Scentre Group

    Aidan joined Scentre Group in 2019 with over 20 years technology experience across a range of industries and geographies including property, funds management, retail, media, consumer goods, consulting, financial services and telecommunications.

    In his current role Aidan is responsible for Technology Architecture and Platforms across the group, covering all back-end and customer-facing infrastructure and applications, with a distinct focus on agility, scale and customer experience. An additional priority is to enable innovation and new business development through leading the understanding and utilisation of emerging technologies that can continue Scentre’s digital transformation.

    Prior to joining Scentre Group, Aidan worked at Charter Hall Group as Chief Technology Officer where he delivered significant improvements to core business, data and digital systems, transformed Charter Halls innovation capability and was awarded #3 in the CIO Magazine Top 50 Australian CIO’s in 2018. Aidan’s additional experience includes senior technology leadership roles Stockland, News Corporation Australia, Diageo Global and Accenture.

    Aidan holds a Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Information Technology and Telecommunications, as well as a Masters Degree in Business and Technology.

  • Kylie Davis
    Head of Policy, REINSW

    Kylie Davis is a recognised thought leader internationally on the property industry and PropTech. Her research helps real estate agents, builders and brokers understand their customers, their markets, future trends and themselves.

    As the author of seven landmark reports into the real estate industry, Kylie is a champion of lifting professional standards and creating a more efficient and transparent industry. She is a passionate advocate of the importance of delivering excellent customer experiences across all levels of property and building, and is a recognised media commentator on the technology and trends that are changing how we work.

    Kylie's 25-year career working in media at both News Corp and Fairfax - together with four years at CoreLogic - has provided her with a unique skillset to cut through the jargon and numbers and tell it like it is.

    She has an MBA from the University of NSW and is the author of Perceptions of Property Managers (2018), NZ Perceptions of Real Estate (2018), The Real State of Leadership (2017), Perceptions of Housing Affordability (2017), Buyer Perceptions of Real Estate (2016), The Future of Real Estate (2016) and Vendor Perceptions of Real Estate (2015).

    Kylie is a co-founder in PropTech startup HomePrezzo and is on the board of PIPA (Property Investment Professionals Australia). Real Content is a media company specialising in content for the property and mortgage industries.

  • Emma Hendry
    CEO, Hendry

    Emma Hendry, Hendry CEO is an experienced executive driven by a goal to create safe and sustainable communities. Emma is a renowned and respected industry leader and strategicall pursues ventures that transform how things ‘should be done’, driving industry forward and championing innovation to propel the sector globally.

    Emma is driven by innovation and finding ‘better, smarter ways’. Under her leadership Hendry continues to lead the built-form advisory industry with innovative solutions and new technologies. Championing collaborative, solution-driven operations has led Emma to implement projects and partnerships with universities, research institutions and other commercial entities. As CEO Emma has achieved recognition of Hendry, in 2018 Ranking 53rd in the Prestigious AFR Top 100 Most Innovative Companies List, as well as named finalist for a slew of industry awards. Recently Emma was named CEO Magazine Building & Construction Executive of the Year & awarded IML Emerging Leader of the Year.

    As a female CEO in a male-dominated industry she is an active role-model, and passionate about promoting diversity, with a focus on supporting women to pursue leadership roles. Emma Hendry is an active keynote speaker on topics such as Smart Cities, PropTech, Data & the Built-Environment, Industry 4.0, leadership & diversity.

    With a double bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics, Emma has held executive finance and operations roles within Hendry. During her transitio n to CEO, Emma commenced a Masters-level Diploma in Financial Strategy at Said Oxford Business School, Oxford. She graduated with an Executive MBA with distinction.

  • Tica Hessing
    Human Geographer and Tenant Advisor, Cushman and Wakefield

    Tica is a Human Geographer and Tenant Advisor in the Strategic Consulting team at Cushman & Wakefield. She combines her social science background with real estate knowledge to develop real estate and workplace strategies across a broad range of sectors. She also helps her clients finding the right space for their business and negotiate the best deal on their behalf.
    Working for Cushman & Wakefield in both Australia and the Netherlands, Tica has been given the opportunity to apply her expertise in strategic consulting and partner it with tenant representation, allowing her to help clients identify and align strategic business, financial, and operational objectives with their real estate requirements.
    As a Human Geographer she loves exploring the future of society. Tica believes that applying social sciences to the corporate real estate sector brings a much-needed perspective. As technology continues to innovate, the focus will be on the human element. Workplace strategies with a human touch are desirable to drive enterprise performance by creating an optimal workplace experience that truly engages its people. For Tenant Representatives, there will be an enhanced focus on how they interact with clients, as the significance of emotional and social intelligence becomes greater.

  • Julian Kezelman
    Founder, StartBUILD & Program Manager, RealTechX Growth Program at Taronga Ventures

    Founder, StartBUILD - PropTech (AUS) and Managing Director, Innovation Exchange

    Julian is the founder of the PropTech startup network StartBUILD, supporting the development of PropTech founders, their businesses and the ecosystem in capital cities across Australia. In his day job, Julian is a startup program designer, facilitator, and mentor and an innovation advisor to real estate corporates, developing innovation initiatives for developers, builders and asset owners. Julian is passionate about nurturing Australia's emerging PropTech community and creating programs, spaces, and networks that allow PropTech startup founders and their businesses to thrive.

  • Jordan Kostelac
    Director, PropTech@ JLL Asia

    Jordan Kostelac focuses on solving challenges in real estate at JLL through the creation and deployment of Property Technology (PropTech) platforms for the Asia Pacific region. Working with both internal and external stakeholders, he guides the exploration of how technology can positively disrupt built environments.

    Jordan worked for 12 years in FMCG operations management and later process improvement consulting. Since joining JLL, he has worked as a workplace strategy and change management consultant for many of JLL’s largest global clients.
    His interdisciplinary background lends a unique perspective that sits outside traditional real estate methods. He has a proven track record of success in aligning the requirements of operations teams with the strengths of their technology partners in large multinational organizations.

  • Stephen Macdonald
    Investment Director, Taronga Group

    Stephen joined as Investment Director of Taronga Ventures and COO of Taronga Group in December 2017.

    He is an experienced venture investor who has made a number of Seed and Series A investments as the Investment Manager of Sigma Capital’s SSEF II – an insitutional VC Fund investing in European clean-technology companies.

    He has led numerous international, multi- investor investment rounds of up to $5m from origination to execution. Throughout his career, he has interviewed and/or led due diligence teams on over 100 potential investment in the start-up space and has reviewed over 400 global business plans/pitch decks.

    Moving to Australia, Stephen spent 5 years at listed REIT Mirvac, where he held numerous strategic Group roles working on key corporate transactions across all property sectors. His latter role at Mirvac was leading the data analytics, innovation and technology work for the Residential division. In this role he looked at bringing innovative technologies and techniques into the Development part of the Residential division and sought to improve all aspects of the integrated Developer’s processes in acquisitions, design, construction, delivery, customers and sales.

    Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Scotland and holds a Masters in Economics and Law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Rafael Niesten
    Co-founder, Bricks+Agent

    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.

  • Roger Seow
    Digital Lead, ISPT

    Roger leads the Digital program at ISPT which oversees a diversified portfolio in commercial, retail, industrial and residential worth in excess of $15 billion. In this role, Roger is responsible for developing and executing ISPT’s digital vision and strategy with emphasis around on 6 key pillars - Customer Experience, Collaboration, Actionable Insights, Innovation, Alliances & Partnerships, and Value Creation. This provides the context upon which to incubate, lead, manage and support key digital initiatives that support ISPT’s aspiration to be the premier investment partner in the property sector. Roger has held numerous digital leadership roles working and consulting to the likes of NAB, Telstra, MasterCard and Australia Post.

  • Marianella Watman
    Co-founder, Managing Director, Spacebook

    Marianella is an entrepreneur and digital strategist with over 20 years’ experience across leading Australian property and financial services brands.

    Marianella takes a highly commercial approach to identify opportunities and implementing new business models, products and services to leverage them.

    Seeing an opportunity in the rise of on - demand business models, lease flexibility in commercial real estate and how technology is influencing change in a very manual industry, Marianella co-founded SpaceBook.

    SpaceBook empowers landlords, agents and venue managers with the tools they need to attract, convert and retain tenant in the fast pace of flexible commercial lease transactions.

    SpaceBook is unlocking the full potential of commercial property portfolios by optimising space usage and creating efficiencies in the way the industry operates.

    SpaceBook is the platform transforming static spaces into dynamic destinations.
     

  • Jason Weeks
    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vendorable

    As a Director and Business Development Manager, Jason helped build Vicon Services from 2008 to 2013 to over A$30m+ in revenue and more than 100+ staff across Australia. He has worked with enterprise clients in mining, oil & gas, government & infrastructure and power & utilities securing contracts in excess of US$100m. Vicon Services exited to EnerMech for A$30m and and continued to exhibit double digit growth in both revenue and personnel during integration and handover.

    Jason's original background was in finance with Deutsche Bank having graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce. He completed his MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was selected for Reid Hoffman (Founder of LinkedIn) CS183C course at Stanford in 2015. Jason is committed to helping the startup community, having invested in and advised Qwilr, How Am I Going and Realla.