Development Victoria

Board


James MacKenzie (Chairperson)

James MacKenzie (Chairperson)

James MacKenzie is 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.

Rebecca Casson

Rebecca Casson

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.

Lou Farinotti

Lou Farinotti

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.

Megan Haas

Megan Haas


Megan is a Council Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at RMIT University. Megan was previously Cyber and Forensic Services Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she spent a number of years based in Hong Kong working across Asia. After spending many years advising audit committees as part of the assurance practice specialising in business and Information Technology processes and controls, most recently Megan has  focused on working with her clients to increase stakeholder confidence and governance of cyber security and privacy, corruption risks, anti-fraud programmes, compliance and post–incident remediation.
Natalie MacDonald

Natalie MacDonald

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 Parton

Graeme Parton

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. 

Jacqui Walters

Jacqui Walters


Jacqui is an independent consultant and Director. She has held senior roles with advisory firms in Australia and internationally.  She has advised local, state and federal government clients on improving major capital project performance and infrastructure outcomes. Jacqui is Chair of CleanCo Queensland Ltd, a non-executive Director and Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee of Slater & Gordon Ltd, and Chair of the Citytrain Response Unit (Qld). She recently resigned as Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee of Building Queensland.  Jacqui is also a Partner of Era Innovation, an advisory firm enabling long-term resilience in Australian organisations by creating systematic, disciplined innovation capability.