National Judges


Diversity Finalists Interview Panel
Future Leader of the Year Finalists Interview Panel
Judges Bios
John V. McCarthy AO - Chairman

John is recognised as a property industry leader. He has previously served as the National President of the Property Council of Australia, Chairman of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and Chairman Co-operative Research Centre for Construction Innovation. 

John currently holds various corporate board positions including Chairman of the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre and formerly Adjunct Professor at QUT School of Urban Development Faculty of the Built Environment and Engineering. 

In May 2010 John was elected World President of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, and in 2009 was awarded the Order of Australia for services to the property and construction industries. John works out of Sydney as Non-Executive Chairman, AEH Property.

Virginia Briggs

Virginia is a real estate specialist with over 25 years' experience in the Sydney property, development and infrastructure markets.  Her practice focuses on complex large-scale real estate transactions, including the development, sale, purchase and leasing of commercial, industrial and infrastructure assets.


Virginia is also MinterEllison’s ICP Line of Business Leader internationally, which includes its Infrastructure and Construction; Property; and Environment & Planning groups throughout Australia and in Hong Kong.


In addition to being consistently listed in Best Lawyers Australia as a leading real estate lawyer, Virginia is also ranked as a Leading Individual by Chambers Asia Pacific; was a finalist in the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards; and leads the team which won Lawyers Weekly Property Team of the Year in 2016.


Virginia is a member of the Property Council of Australia National Board and a Board member of the Committee for Sydney.

Jocelyn Chiew

Jocelyn is a Registered Architect, Registered Landscape Architect and Urban Designer. She has extensive experience in the design and procurement of sustainable urban spaces and leads the masterplanning and design of Monash University's multiple campuses and sites in Australia.

Jocelyn manages, and is a member of, the Monash Design Review Panel and Architect Selection Committee, a founding member of the Monash Public Art Committee, an AIA Victorian Chapter Councillor, Chair of the PCA's Education Precincts Innovation Task Force, Chair of the AILA Gender Equity Working Group, and a 2018 AILA and AIA State Awards Juror.

Jocelyn has spoken widely about her work at a number of conferences; and participates in various speaker panels on design and procurement. She has led multiple Master of Urban Design Studios at the University of Melbourne and continues to be involved in various critiques and competitions juries for architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.

Denis Coupland

Denis is a National Director of Colliers International. Having completed over 36 years in the property industry, Denis is an industry leader in the management of major assets and portfolios for Global and Australian institutions, Federal and State Governments, Developers and Private Investors. 


Denis has specialised in the planning, leasing, commissioning, management and sale of major commercial, industrial and retail projects.


Denis is the chair of the Property Council of Australia’s Professional Development Committee and, since 1997 has been involved with a range of state and national committees and industry conferences.


He has also been a member of the judging panel for the Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards since 2006 and awarded Life Membership of the Property Council Academy in 2019.

Rosina Di Maria

Rosina Di Maria is a Principal in global architecture and design firm Woods Bagot. As an Interior Designer with extensive global experience across Europe, Russia, Asia and Australia. She returned to her hometown of Adelaide after leading the interiors portfolio in the Woods Bagot London studio. 


In London, Rosina led HSBC’s Global Headquarters at Canary Wharf and other prestigious projects for Bloomberg, Google, Barclays Capital, Cisco and Macquarie Group. Rosina delivered notable projects such as Grosvenor House by Jumeirah, Eccleston Square Hotel and award winning Minthis Hills Golf Resort in Cyprus.


On return to Australia, Rosina has led the interior design of the ground breaking South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Adelaide Convention Centre expansion, Hilton Collins Bar, the refurbishment of iconic Great Southern Rail’s Platinum Class on The Ghan and is leading BHP in their global portfolio of works and the refurbishment of the National Gallery of Australia's James O Fairfax Theatre.

Rosina holds a position on the Property Council of Australia SA Division Council. Rosina is a strong supporter of the Arts and is Ministerially appointed as a Board Member of Jam Factory and Carclew Youth Arts. She is a national judge for multiple industry design awards and the Property Council of Australia Innovation & Excellence awards.

Ross Duckham

Ross is an accomplished urban planner with over fifteen years’ industry experience in Australia and the UK. His experience includes strategic project and property advice for clients, project leadership in large and innovative infill projects, working with multidisciplinary teams in developing greenfield communities, interrogating land and place productivity, and identifying and analysing development opportunities for clients.


Ross is also currently studying environmental economics at UWA in order to better understand the economics of development and sustainability, in the context of establishing the most effective way to deliver optimal design, profitability and environmental outcomes.

Jill Fraser

Jill has recently joined the Sydney Airport team, after many years of working with Lendlease in Sydney and the Perth branch of APP, a professional consultancy providing diverse services to the Property and Infrastructure industries.


Jill holds a joint honours degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Edinburgh, and has 14 years’ experience in construction and property, both in the United Kingdom and Australia.


With experience in projects both privately and publicly funded, and across aviation, commercial, residential, industrial, and infrastructure aspects of the property industry, her experience is wide ranging. On site and in the city.


Jill is passionate about equality, and is working with the Property Council of Australia Diversity Committee on driving change to ensure the property industry is successful for all.  

Adrian Harrington

Folkestone has recently joined forces with Charter Hall. Adrian joined Folkestone in April 2011 following the acquisition of Equity Real Estate Partners. Adrian was a founding partner of Equity Real Estate Partners. He has more than 25 years of experience in the funds management and real estate industries.


He is currently Chairman of the Australian Construction Industry Forum’s Construction Forecasting Council and is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).


He was formerly CEO Funds Management, UK and USA for Mirvac Group. He previously held senior positions at James Fielding Group, Deutsche Asset Management, Paladin Australia and the Property Council of Australia. 

Mèdy Hassan

Médy Hassan is the founder and Managing Director of investment and property group Haus Holdings, co-founder and Director of private equity group Vitae Capital and is the Chairman of The Australian Performing Arts Conservatory (APAC) and the Jazz Music Institute (JMI). Médy is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, the University of Canberra and Western Sydney University, a Fellow of the Royal Society (NSW), an Industry Fellow of the University of Queensland and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.

With more than 25 years’ industry experience covering over $3.0B of investments and projects, Médy specialises in business strategy, investments and ventures, innovative acquisition and delivery models and the development of major residential, commercial and special purpose projects in both Australia and overseas. He has worked with all three tiers of Australian government, major national institutions and private sector investors.

Médy has built a reputation as an industry leader able to deliver real-world outcomes with global reach. Committed to giving back to industry and the community, Médy contributes to scholarship and national industry bodies and is a senior leader in government, private sector and industry research boards.

Dèsirèe Houston-Jones

Désirée is the Executive Director - Planning Services for Economic Development Queensland.  She has some 25 years’ professional and management experience with the last 15 years in leadership roles.  

Désirée spent 20+ years in the private sector as a planner and development strategy advisor across most development types and with particular interest in large and complex renewal projects, large residential and mixed use developments.

Having moved to the State Government Désirée now leads the planning and development assessment functions across Queensland’s Priority Development Areas. 

John Oliver

John held an executive role in a professional cost consultancy practice for thirty two years and has experience in every major facet of the profession working on projects with the smallest of budgets through to those in the hundreds of millions.


His experience covers projects within the major cities of Australia, isolated civil projects and those overseas. He has lectured in cost planning and economics to graduate and post graduate courses and provided expert witness advice in legal disputes.


John’s skills lie in a hands-on approach bringing his experience in contractual and cost planning matters together to provide risk averse strategies.

Clinton Ostwald

Clinton is an expert in economics and property investment, with a focus on developing urban environments that create material benefits – for his clients and the community.


He is adept at preparing market and economic insights that shape the development of major cities elements such as town centre mixed-use precincts, retail centres, residential areas and employment nodes.


Clinton applies his analytical and creative skills in areas as diverse as highest and best use strategies, economic impact assessments, retail master planning, residential market assessments and specialised land uses – such as student accommodation, education, health and tourism.

Clinton has also been the Past Chairman / Member of the Property Council of Australia Corporate Real Estate Committee and Retail Committee.

Arabella Rohde

Arabella is a Senior Development Manager - Development, Retirement Living at Lendlease. With over 18 years in the property and construction industry, Arabella has held diverse roles across Australia. Her industry experience includes government and private projects in commercial, residential, institutional, recreational, industrial and infrastructure projects.


Arabella is the chair of Property Council of Australia's Planning & Sustainability Committee for the ACT. Arabella has been awarded the recipient of the National Association Women in Construction (NAWIC) ACT in 2013, Achievement in Design and the 2015 Professional Woman of the Year.