Speakers

Building Surveyors’ Conference 2020

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Bronwyn Weir

Bronwyn Weir

In 2017 Bronwyn was co-appointed with Professor Peter Shergold by the Building Ministers’ Forum to make recommendations on a national best-practice approach to regulation of the building sector. The appointment reflected Bronwyn’s in-depth knowledge of building regulation, given her experience acting over many years for building regulators, local government, fire brigades and the Architects Board in Victoria.

Bronwyn was a member of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee for over 10 years. She is a legal advisor to the Victorian Cladding Taskforce and is also currently advising the Queensland Government on its security of payment reforms.


Sue Eddy

Sue Eddy

Sue is the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Building Authority. She plays an integral role at the forefront of Victoria’s construction industry and is currently leading the Victorian Government’s response to one of the industry’s greatest challenges – the inappropriate use of non-compliant combustible cladding materials.

Sue came to the VBA following a highly successful career within the Victorian public sector, which included working with the Departments of Human Services; Treasury and Finance; Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure; and Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Sue is passionate about people, creating and leading teams that deliver real results to meet and – hopefully exceed – community expectations. Her focus is squarely on the appropriate regulation of Victoria’s building industry to ensure the safety of the broad Victorian community.


Andrew Cialini

Andrew Cialini

Andrew is VBA’s State Building Surveyor, and brings a wealth of experience to this important, newly developed role. He has qualifications in civil engineering and building and planning, as well as registration as a building surveyor in Victoria.

With over 30 years of industry experience, nine years as a structural design engineer and over 20 years as a building surveyor, Andrew has been responsible for managing compliance risks on a variety of major and complex projects. He has also been heavily involved in the use of performance solutions, both as a statutory building surveyor and a consulting building surveyor, to achieve best project outcomes.

A keen interest in national and state regulatory developments is shown by his previous chairing of the Property Council of Australia Building and Facilities Committee and his involvement with both the Master Builders of Australia Technical Committee and Engineers Australia Committee.


Professor Jose L Torero

Professor José L. Torero

Head of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London, Professor Torero works in the fields of safety, environmental remediation and sanitation where he specialises in complex environments such as developing nations, complex urban environments, critical infrastructure, aircraft and spacecraft.

His many fellowships include the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and Royal Academy of Engineering (UK). Professor Torero has been involved in landmark designs such as the tallest timber office building in the world and the Space Shuttle hangars in Cape Canaveral. He was part of the World Trade Center collapse investigation and is currently serving in the Grenfell Public Inquiry.


Anna Cronin

Anna Cronin

Anna is Victoria’s Commissioner for Better Regulation and Red Tape Commissioner. She leads the Government’s work on regulatory reform and reports directly to the Treasurer. Last year, she was appointed to chair the independent panel advising the Government on the Building System review and she completed a review of planning and building approvals, the final report for which is being considered by the Government.

Anna works across all government departments and agencies, supporting improvements in regulations, regulator operations and regulatory practice. She has considerable experience in many policy areas, including in environment, agricultural and mining regulations and in planning and building.


Aaron Hemsley

Aaron Hemsley

Aaron is the Director Building Policy Program and Governance at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Key accountabilities include policy development, program oversight related to cladding, the interjurisdictional work for the Building Ministers Forum and building portfolio governance.

Aaron has held numerous roles across the state government relating to infrastructure strategy and regulatory reform across the transport portfolio, including working for the several transport safety regulators.


Brian Welch

Brian Welch

Brian has more than 25 years’ experience as executive director of two industry groups within the building and property industry – five years as executive director of the Property Council of Australia (Vic Division) and 20 years as executive director of the Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBAV). At MBAV, Brian served on the Building Practitioners Board and the Building Advisory Council as well as many other roles dealing with skills development in the industry.

Upon leaving MBAV, he commenced a consultancy assisting not-for-profit organisations. He is presently on the boards of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and Chairman of the Industry Workforce Development Group. Brian is working with the VBA sitting as an invited member on the Cladding Rectification Committee assisting in the establishment of Cladding Safety Victoria.


Emmalene Gottwald

Emmalene Gottwald

Emmalene is the Director of Building Policy at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. After starting her career as a planning lawyer, she joined the Department in 2014 and has helped manage legislation for the management of Crown land and develop suburban development policy. Emmalene now heads the Building Policy Branch, which is responsible for progressing policy and regulatory reforms to legislation regulating the building sector in Victoria. Her team will be supporting the Government to carry out the review of the building legislative framework, including working closely with the Expert Advisory Panel over the next two years.


Melanie Fasham

Melanie Fasham

Melanie has worked for over 25 years in the manufacturing and building industries. Having studied chemical engineering, her roles focused on process improvement and quality systems for heavy manufacturing environments. She then joined the construction industry and is now a Director of Fasham Pty Ltd, a residential design and construct company.

She has been actively involved in Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBAV) for the past 15 years. She was appointed President for 2016-2018, and is currently representing MBAV on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee. Melanie enjoys interaction with all industry stakeholders, with a focus on continual improvement and a balance of regulatory control, education and an understanding of on-site practicality for quality outcomes.


Wayne Liddy

Wayne Liddy

Wayne has 25 years’ experience as a practitioner and is considered one of Victoria’s experts in building control, often being called upon by media outlets for comment. Wayne is a Director of the Gardner Group Pty Ltd, a multi-skilled building surveying and consultancy company, and a Fellow, Vice President and Board Director of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS). He is currently the AIBS nominated representative on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee in Victoria. Wayne has served on the Building Advisory Council and Building Practitioners Board, Victoria. He is registered in Victoria as a Building Surveyor Unlimited, in Western Australia as a Building Surveying Practitioner Level 1 and South Australia as a Private Certifier.


Peter Jolly

Peter Jolly

Peter is the Municipal Building Surveyor of Hume City Council and has recently taken up the role of President of the Victorian Municipal Building Surveyors Group. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the building surveying and building inspection professions, and is an advocate of the importance these roles have in serving the community and consumers of building services.

Peter is a current member of the Building Appeals Board and has served as Australian Institute of Building Surveyors state chapter President and member of the Building Advisory Council. Throughout his career he has been an active promoter and contributor to the development and improvement of building control regulation, legislation and professional practice standards.


Neil Savery

Neil Savery

Neil is Chief Executive of the Australian Building Codes Board, and currently developing improvements to national building regulatory systems in response to the Building Confidence Report. Neil was previously the Deputy Commissioner of the Victorian Building and Plumbing Industry Commissions, the Chief Planning Executive for the ACT Planning & Land Authority and the Executive Director of Planning South Australia. Neil has also worked as a senior town planner and been the national president of the Planning Institute of Australia. He is Chair-elect of the International Regulatory Collaboration Committee and a Board member of the University of Canberra’s International Building Quality Centre.


Troy Edwards

Troy Edwards

Troy commenced his current role as Director Policy and Advocacy at Municipal Association Victoria (MAV) in July 2019. He brings extensive experience working in and around government at all levels. Troy has held several positions in the Commonwealth public service, including policy adviser in the Federal Parliament, and was the managing director of one of Australia’s leading independent public relations consultancies. Prior to joining MAV, he was Director of Corporate Services for Yarra Ranges Council. An urban planner by education, Troy has completed a Master of Arts degree at Monash University and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Dr Darryl O'Brien

Dr Darryl O’Brien

Darryl is Director of Technical and Regulation and acting Executive Director, Operations, at the Victorian Building Authority. Darryl holds undergraduate degrees in Building Surveying and Building Design and postgraduate qualifications including a PhD, Masters Environmental Planning, and Graduate Certificates in Tertiary Education and Urban Planning.

Darryl is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors and past QLD NT Vice President, former member of the AIBS QLD State Executive Committee, AIBS National Technical Committee and AIBS National Education Committee. Darryl is also a sessional lecturer in Built Environment studies at CQUniversity.


Amanda Wellesley

Amanda Wellesley

Amanda is Director of Cladding at the VBA. She was previously Assistant Director and Manager of Inspection Services. Amanda has worked in a variety of roles in the industry in her capacity as a Registered Building Surveyor (Limited). She established her career in the private sector, gaining inspection and certification experience in Victoria and Queensland before achieving registration as a Building Surveyor in 2010. She has successfully run her own building surveying consultancy and has experience administering building standards in a local government setting as well as managing technical field-based monitoring and enforcement programs for the VBA.


Anita Dorfer-Mehanic

Anita Dorfer-Mehanic

Anita is Senior Manager of Inspection Services at the VBA. A registered Building Surveyor Unlimited, Anita has extensive prior experience working in local government, as well as private building surveying practice and the Australian Building Codes Board.


Matthew Waters

Matthew Waters

Matt is Acting Manager of Building Audit at the VBA. He is a registered Building Surveying Practitioner Level 1 in Western Australia and has extensive experience working as a building surveyor in local government environments. Matt was previously employed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services in Western Australia, where he was responsible for assessing compliance of Class 2 to 9 buildings with fire safety Performance Requirements and operational requirements.