Ideaction.2021
 

NATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Please find a list of keynote speakers below for Ideaction.2021 Geelong and Sydney which will be included in the Ideaction.2021 program. More speakers will be announced soon...



 

     

          

            

 

GEELONG MC: NICHOLAS BURT
CHIEF EXECUTIVE
FMA


BIOGRAPHY:

Nicholas Burt is CEO of the Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA). He has over 20 years’ leadership experience, including appointments at the senior executive level within the community services and facility management sectors for both NGOs and local government.

His roles have covered the entire spectrum of policy development and planning, program implementation and management. During his time with the FMA, Nic’s commitment to improving process has helped to drive industry development and deliver high-quality services to stakeholders in the facilities management sector.

Nic also chairs the Standards Australia technical committee MB-022, Facilities Management, and was involved in the development of the new ISO standards for facilities management.



     

          

            

 

GEELONG MC: KRIS GREENWOOD
STRATEGIC DIRECTOR
GJK FACILITY SERVICES
AND IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR, FMA


BIOGRAPHY:

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 passionate advocate of the FM industry for 25 years and has facilitated & spoken at many industry events.



     

          

            

 

PERTH MC: DAVID CHOKOLICH
GENERAL MANAGER
ENGINEERING SERVICES, HFM ASSET MANAGEMENT

BIOGRAPHY:

David Chokolich is an experienced Mechanical Engineer with 25+years experience within the Built Environment covering diverse sectors including Commercial Property, Defence; Government, Energy & Resources, Water and Transport.

David's key areas of focus have been Sustainability, Asset/Facilities Management and HVAC within both Greenfield projects and existing assets.

David Chokolich's project work has included HVAC design, GreenStar, NABERS assessments, life cycle assessment; preparation of maintenance plans or implementing energy and/or water management strategies.

 David is a current Director of Facility Management Association of Australia



     

          

            

 

SYDNEY MC: WALTER RAFIN
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CAMPEYN GROUP

BIOGRAPHY:

Walter’s most recent role was at JLL, where he joined in late 2015 as Head of Solutions Development Australasia & Pacific, where he is responsible for the continued growth of the business and retention of existing clients. Prior to this role, Walter was GM Business Development ANZ for Cushman & Wakefield (DTZ).

Walter brings in excess of 30 years' experience in Facilities Management occupying senior national roles in Local Govt as Parramatta Council’s Facilities & Assets Manager, Aged Care as Anglican Retirement Villages’ National Facilities Manager, Aviation as Sydney Airports Corporation Limited’s (SACL) Facilities & Assets Manager & various other Commercial, Retail, Property Management & private sector services industries. In these roles, Walter has managed significant asset portfolios ranging from $1.5B - $4.5B, including SACL where he was responsible for 4 airports. Originally from a HVAC | mechanical background, Walter is a regular speaker on Facilities Management.




 

 

 

TICA HESSING
HUMAN GEOGRAPHER & WORKPLACE STRATEGY MANAGER
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD 

BIOGRAPHY:


As Cushman & Wakefield's Human Geographer & Workplace Strategy Manager, Tica combines her social science background with corporate real estate knowledge to develop innovative workplace strategies for organisations.

She believes that applying social sciences to the corporate real estate sector is a key driver of value. Most recently, Tica has been at the forefront of the transformation of workplaces in response to COVID19.

Tica is a sought-after voice in the industry, she has spoken at over 70+ industry events, and has been interviewed by various TV networks and newspapers, including the ABC, the BBC and the Australian Financial Review.


 




 

TONY WYLLIE
HEAD OF CONSULTING ASIA PACIFIC REGION
JLL 

BIOGRAPHY:


Tony is a senior member of JLL Corporate Solutions Business specialising in the provision of advice to organisations to drive strategic change, manage risk and improve real estate performance.

Prior to joining JLL in early 2007, Tony spent 10 years at the major accounting firms providing corporate real estate advice and strategies for clients in all industry sectors. This was preceded by 10 years as a real estate valuer.

Tony assists clients to navigate transformation, disruption, and uncertainty by aligning corporate real estate strategies to organisational objectives to help future proofing assets in a world of rapid change.


 


    

          

            

 

MARK TIERNEY
GLOBAL ECONOMIST
AUSTRALIANSUPER


BIOGRAPHY:

Mark Tierney holds a Bachelor of Economics (economics and industrial relations) and a Masters of Economics (international and monetary economics). Since graduating from university, Mark has gained over 35 years’ experience in financial markets in Australia, including roles as both a trader and analyst. This period included the float of the Australian Dollar, the 1980s boom and crash, the Asian crisis, the technology boom and crash, the rise of China and the commodities boom, the GFC and the extraordinary changes in economic policy over the past ten years.

In 2012, Mark joined AustralianSuper as the Economist in their asset allocation team within Investments, with coverage of the main developed economies, including Australia. Mark's role includes forecasts of the main developed economies and commentary on key policy and political changes that may affect the performance of asset markets.

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MICHAEL CROSSLAND
INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLING AUTHOR


BIOGRAPHY:


‘I went to the doctors with my mum and my sister, she had an ear infection, ….
…. 5 years later I came home’.


Michael has been a fighter since birth, defying the odds of surviving not only a rare form of life-threatening cancer, but being the sole survivor of a horrific cancer drug trial. His battle continues to this very day, having spent nearly ¼ of his life in hospital. Michael is a true fighter, and despite only being told what he could not do, he continually shows the world absolutely everything that he can accomplish.

A businessman and elite sportsman, Michael is at the forefront of today’s new generation of inspirational speakers and is one the most in demand and highly respected speakers in Australia. He has shared the stage with the likes of Sir Richard Branson & the Dalai Lama & a recent video of him speaking in LA has been viewed by more than 77 million people. After releasing his first ‘tell all’ autobiography in 2016, he is now a number 1 bestselling author across 6 different countries.

Raw, real and truly life changing, Michael’s story will undoubtedly bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart, as he teaches the keys to success, the importance of embracing change and the mindset needed to achieve your goals. Once you hear him speak, you will have a renewed perspective on life.


‘Success to me is about waking up each day knowing in my heart that today I will make a difference in someone else’s life. By living this way, we can all make this world a better place’.

            


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BRYON PRICE
STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
A.G. COOMBS


BIOGRAPHY:


Bryon Price is a Mechanical Engineer with notable and long-standing experience in air conditioning and building services design, installation and maintenance, along with sustainable and energy efficient buildings. He is Strategic Development Director of the A.G. Coombs Group of companies. During his career he has been responsible for a wide range of building services, energy and environmental projects.

Bryon is Chair of the Board of the Facility Management Association of Australia and Global FM Board member. He is a long-standing member of the Board of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating – AIRAH, and a member of the Board of Australian Refrigeration and Building Services - ARBS. He is an Australian Co-Chair of The International WELL Building Institute Task Force on COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Infections.

            




 

CARLOS FLORES
DIRECTOR
NABERS

BIOGRAPHY:


Carlos Flores is the Director of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), where he is responsible for all aspects of its delivery across Australia and overseas.

NABERS is the largest and one of the most successful government building sustainability initiatives in Australia, which is now also available in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. NABERS ratings provide simple, reliable and comparable sustainability measurement across building sectors including offices, apartments, hotels, shopping centres, data centres and more.

The program has been key in helping the Australian commercial property sector reduce energy at one of the fastest rates in the world over the past decade.

Carlos is a Mechanical Engineer by trade, and a regular speaker at all major building conferences in Australia and overseas, including multiple times at Ideaction, Transform, Green Cities, The Future of HVAC, and the Energy Efficiency Conference, among others.

Carlos has conducted sustainability masterclasses at the Imperial Colleague London, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, the University of Copenhagen, Ghent University and the University of Chile, among others.

He has represented Australia as a speaker in multiple international energy policy conferences and seminars. This includes several public events organised by the International Energy Agency, the G20 Energy Working Group as well as the United States Government.


 



 

ANDREW NAGARAJAH
PROJECT ENGINEER
A.G. COOMBS ADVISORY

BIOGRAPHY:


Andrew Nagarajah is a Mechanical Engineer at A.G. Coombs Advisory, where he takes a leading role in providing sustainability advice to clients and throughout the A.G. Coombs Group of Companies.

With over a decade of experience in building services consulting, he has a passion for communicating engineering insights in such a way as to engage minds toward affecting meaningful change.

For his clients, which span a diverse range of market sectors including commercial, government, health and tertiary education, he specialises in providing technical advice for building services design and operation, performance rating tools such as NABERS and Green Star, energy analysis and optimisation, resilience planning and whole-of-life sustainability aspirations.

His current role sees him advising clients on strategies to achieve net-zero and emissions reduction targets, building electrification and degasification goals, NABERS energy and water rating improvements, and future-ready capital asset works planning.


 



 

RICHARD BOELE
PARTNER
KPMG BANARRA 

BIOGRAPHY:


Richard is the Lead Partner of KPMG Banarra, KPMG’s first dedicated human rights and social impact advisory team. Richard offers over 20 years of experience in advising on and helping companies manage their human rights and social risks, including in relation to complex operating contexts.

Much of this work has focused on identifying and managing human rights risks in operations and supply chains. Modern slavery is one of the many human rights risks he has supported a wide range of clients from all sectors in addressing during his career.

His particular strengths are engaging decision makers on strategic human rights and social risks,and asking the challenging but important questions that lead to many an executive’s career “ah-ha” moment.

Richard leads the largest dedicated business and human rights team in Australia as well as being the global head of KPMG’s Business and Human Rights Network.


 



 

 

 

BRONWYN WEIR
DIRECTOR
WEIR LEGAL AND CONSULTING

BIOGRAPHY:


Bronwyn is the co-author of the Building Confidence Report. Her appointment with Professor Shergold to undertake this work reflects her reputation as a legal advisor on building regulations for more than 20 years.

Bronwyn is part of the Expert Advisory Group appointed to advise the ABCB on its work to develop a national framework for the implementation of the report. Other related work includes advising the NSW Building Commissioner, the VBA the QLD Government and the Department of Defence in relation to building regulatory issues.

www.weirlegalconsulting.com

            



     

          

            

 

TONY ARNEL
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
ENGINEERING AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT
DEAKIN UNIVERSITY


BIOGRAPHY:

Tony Arnel has devoted more than two decades to the task of driving sustainability through global built environments. He has held leadership roles in the private and public sectors for over thirty years. A highly regarded executive with extensive private sector, local government, state government, peak body and statutory authority experience. He possesses specialised knowledge of service delivery organisations, project delivery, sustainability, regulatory environments, policy development and organisational change, as well as high level leadership, general management, political and advocacy skills. He is also a well-established non-executive director and chairman with involvement in a variety of boards.

Tony has a national reputation as well as a proven track record as innovator, policy developer and advocate with a comprehensive understanding of political processes.

A founding director of the Green Building Council of Australia, Tony chaired the organisation during a rapid period of growth between 2007 and 2012. Today, he is one of a select few GBCA Life Fellows. Tony also chaired the World Green Building Council, the umbrella group representing more than 70 green building councils, between 2008 and 2011.

Tony is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.






 

MATTHEW MCDONALD
TEAM LEADER
BCR IMPLEMENTATION

BIOGRAPHY:


Matt has 25 years’ experience in the construction industry. He is a qualified building surveyor, builder, and has spent much of his career with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) researching and developing building regulation in areas ranging from fire safety to energy efficiency.

Matt is currently leading the delivery of the ABCB’s response to the Shergold and Weir - Building Confidence Report (BCR), on behalf of Building Ministers. He quotes ‘the BCR presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to delve deep into the building regulatory systems that underpins the construction of buildings, through a nationally coordinated review and response. If done right, there are significant benefits on offer to governments, industry and the community’.