National Judges

Chair

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.

 

Julian Anderson

Julian is a Director at Bates Smart and has extensive experience in leading large architectural and consultant teams. He has worked on a number of significant major projects, both in Australia and overseas.

 

Julian works with clients from the earliest stages of a project right through to completion. His broad sector experience incorporates commercial, residential, hospitality, infrastructure and urban design projects.

 

Most recently, Julian has led architectural teams on large commercial developments including 435 Bourke Street, 60 Collins Street and 32 Flinders Street. He has successfully led hospitality projects such as the new Hilton Melbourne, Chadstone Hotel and Adina at 55 Southbank Boulevard, plus the premium residential development The Eastbourne by Mirvac.

Earlier in his career, before joining Bates Smart, Julian lived and worked in London. It was during this time that Julian acquired valuable experience working on large scale infrastructure projects, including some of the UK’s most significant transport projects such as King’s Cross Station and Paddington Crossrail Station.

 
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.

Kristiana Greenwood
Kristiana is the Director Strategic Relationships at GJK Facility Services. Prior to this role, she was the Co-founder and Director of FM Innovations, an award-winning technology company which she sold in early 2019 to Zuuse, a leading global software platform for construction and building operations. Kris is a graduate of AICD and was appointed the first female Chair of FMA Australia in 2015, and is currently on the board as the Immediate Past Chair. She is a Non-Executive Director of Zuuse, a Board Member of Housing All Australians, a Director of TEN Women and an Advisory Board Member of GJK. Kris has been a member of several PCA committees over the years and participated as a Mentor in the PCA Mentoring program for several years.
 
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. 

Stephen Mee

Stephen is the Managing Director of Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) in New South Wales, and a member of the Global Board and Oceania Executive Committee. He has extensive experience in cost planning and financial reporting related to construction projects and prides himself on attaining the best value for money while respecting the clients project goals and bringing their imagination to life.

 

Stephen’s flagship projects include the new Sydney Fish Markets, Barrack Place, 33 Alfred Street revitalisation, Chatswood Chase Redevelopment, Greenland Tower, Opera Residence and David Jones refurbishment.

 

Stephen has worked with the Property Council of Australia on numerous occasions during his four decades in the industry and is also a board member of Monte Sant Angelo College, North Sydney.

 

Stephen is extremely proud of the long relationship RLB has with the Property Council of Australia and its sponsorship of the Innovation and Excellence Awards.

 
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.

Nikki Robinson

Nikki is a Partner in the award winning Real Estate Group as well as Partner-in-Charge of Clayton Utz's Sydney office. She has over 22 years' experience advising both public and private sector clients on strategic, commercial and legal issues affecting all forms of property, infrastructure and procurement related matters.

Nikki was voted as Real Estate Partner of the Year for both 2016 and 2017 at the Australian Lawyers Weekly awards (and finalist in 2018). She is ranked as a leading practitioner by legal directories including Legal 500, Chambers and Doyle's Guide. She is also Deputy Chair of the PCA's Property and Precincts Committee NSW and a Non-Executive Director for Youth off the Streets. 

Nikki's other job as a mother of 2 teenage girls and 1 almost teenager reinforces her hands on approach for finding practical and innovative solutions on a daily basis - they've also honed her negotiation skills and diplomacy skills!

 
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.