James MacKenzie (Chairperson)
James MacKenzie is the President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust and the Chairman of Victorian Funds Management Corporation. He has chaired property developer Mirvac Group and was co-Vice Chair of Yancoal Australia and Chairman of Pacific Brands. James has previously been Chairman of the Transport Accident Commission and Worksafe Victoria and held positions of Managing Director of Funds Management and Insurance at ANZ Banking Group and Chief Executive Officer of Norwich Union Australia.
Tamara Brezzi is a partner in the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. She is based in Melbourne and has practised in planning and environment law for more than 20 years. Before entering private practice in 1998, she worked for the City of Stonnington. As well as being a lawyer, Tamara is a qualified town planner. She practices in all aspects of planning law including statutory and strategic planning approvals for major project developments, commercial, industrial and residential planning projects and local government work. She regularly appears on behalf of clients in planning appeals at the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal and planning scheme amendments at Planning Panels Victoria. Tamara is also President of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA) which is a multi-disciplinary professional industry association focusing on education, debate and networking through seminars, thought leadership and events.
Rebecca has a background in government, industry and not for profit sector roles, including senior responsibilities in international engagement, government relations, major projects and policy. She holds an MA by Research in Politics and Government, and has experience in economic development, inward investment, international engagement, tourism, planning and urban development. Rebecca has worked across all tiers of government, and in the UK/USA she held the position of Executive Director of the British Committee for Jamestown which was formed to strengthen UK/USA relations and facilitate economic development through the commemoration of America’s 400th Anniversary. Rebecca moved to Australia in 2009 and was appointed CEO of the Committee for Geelong in January 2013. She has since become an Australian Citizen. Rebecca is a Trustee of the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust and a member of the Visitor Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee.
Ms Natalie MacDonald commenced at La Trobe University in September 2012 and is currently Vice-President (Development). Ms MacDonald was previously the Vice President (Administration) for La Trobe University and prior to that, Director-General of the Queensland Government's Department of Housing and Public Works. As Vice President (Development), Ms MacDonald is focused on the transformation of our campuses to create economic growth, community value and high quality research, teaching and student life environments. Ms MacDonald has extensive experience in leading the delivery of corporate services, information services, building and design, accommodation, maintenance, facilities management and procurement services and the delivery of government services across wide geographical areas. She has served on a number of Commonwealth and State bodies and not-for-profit, superannuation and research boards.
Graeme is a highly experienced property and development adviser with over 40 years’ experience and has worked in high-rise commercial projects, publicly listed companies and development/property trust management organisations in Australia. Having retired from his position as Partner and Director at Charter Keck Cramer, he now owns Aequitas Advisory Pty Ltd, a strategic property consultancy. Graeme has provided advice to local, state and federal governments, major corporations and superannuation funds, and private family businesses on property investment and development. He is Chairperson of RMIT’s School of Property Construction and Project Management Advisory Board, a Council Member of the 52nd Anglican Diocese of Melbourne Diocesan Council (the governing body) and Adviser to the Archbishop, Director of St John’s of East Malvern Foundation Limited, a member of the Anglican Diocesan Corporation, and a Board Committee Member of the Australian Ballet. Graeme is a member of the Property Council of Australia’s Diversity Committee and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lou is a senior partner of the national law firm Holding Redlich. Lou was, until recently, Holding Redlich’s Victoria managing partner for over 20 years. Lou has been practicing as a property lawyer for over 40 years. In his practice Lou has acted on behalf of a number of Australia’s biggest property owners and developers as well as Councils, Governments and individuals. He has dealt with all facets of property law, from structuring, acquisitions, planning, sustainability, environmental, taxes and duties, leasing, disposal and succession. Over the years Lou has acted for several of Melbourne’s major property developer’s in well over 100 major apartment and property projects. Lou headed up Holding Redlich’s China/Asia initiative for several years, which has provided Lou with valuable experience and an understanding of Chinese and Asian business attitudes and culture.