James MacKenzie is an experienced Australian company director. He currently serves as Chairman of Victorian Funds Management Corporation, Suburban Rail Loop Authority, Slater & Gordon Lawyers and is a member of the MCG Trust. James was previously President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust and Chairman of property developer Mirvac Group, Pacific Brands, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Worksafe Victoria and was co-Vice Chair of Yancoal Australia. He was also Managing Director of Funds Management and Insurance at the ANZ Banking Group, Chief Executive Officer of Norwich Union Australia, and TAC Chief Executive Officer. He has been a member of the COAG Business Advisory Forum and a previous director of VFMC. James has a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. In 2001, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Public Administration.
Graeme Parton is a highly experienced property and development adviser with over 40 years’ experience. Graeme has worked in high-rise commercial projects, major precinct developments, publicly listed companies and development/property trust management organisations in Australia. Graeme has provided advice to local, state and federal governments, major corporations and superannuation funds, and private family businesses on property investment and development, and was formally an independent director of both not-for-profit and for-profit organisations. Having retired from his position as Partner and Director at Charter Keck Cramer, Graeme now owns Aequitas Advisory Pty Ltd, a strategic property consultancy. He is currently Chairperson of RMIT’s School of Property, Construction and Project Management Advisory Board, independent Chairperson of Kinetica Studio (formerly David Lock Associates), an independent director of the Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation Limited, a Council Member of the 53rd Anglican Diocese of Melbourne (the governing body) and Advisor to the Archbishop. Graeme is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
With core competencies centred around cyber risk, governance, technology and operational processes developed over 30+ years both in Australia and internationally, Megan Haas brings a unique perspective to Development Victoria. Megan is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Note Printing Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Advisory Board Member of the Suburban Rail Loop Authority, RMIT Council Member and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, amongst others. Formerly a PwC Cyber Security & Forensic Services Partner Megan has worked with organisations across international borders and industries including pharmaceutical, gaming, retail, manufacturing, government, media, financial services and communications.
Natalie MacDonald is Vice-President (Strategy & Development) at La Trobe University. In this role, Natalie is focused on forward strategy of the University and the transformation of its campuses to create economic growth, community value and high-quality research, teaching and student life environments. Natalie has extensive experience in public administration, governance and the delivery of services including government services, information services, building and design,accommodation, maintenance, facilities management and procurement services and the delivery of services across wide geographical areas. She is currently serving on the Victorian Building Authority Board and has served and is serving on a number of Commonwealth and state bodies.
Lou Farinotti is a senior partner of the national law firm Holding Redlich and has been practicing as a property lawyer for over 40 years. Lou was, until recently, Holding Redlich’s Victoria managing partner for over 20 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.
Jacqui Walters is an experienced Senior Executive and non-executive Director who has worked across many industries including transport, infrastructure and professional services. She has a strong international track record in establishing new businesses and organisational reform and transformation. 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 is also on the Queensland Advisory Committee of the not-for-profit organisation, Second Bite. Jacqui is a Partner of Era Innovation, an advisory firm enabling long-term resilience in Australian organisations by creating systematic, disciplined innovation capability. Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Commerce, held a Certified Practicing Accountant qualification for 12 years, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Trustee of Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).
James Flintoft has substantial private sector and government executive leadership and governance experience. James is a director of the Transport Accident Commission and Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal. James spent 10 years in the public service, including as Chief Executive of Regional Development Victoria facilitating civic infrastructure and precinct development. Before joining the public service, he spent 20 years working in the private sector,including as Managing Director, Business Banking at ANZ Bank and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. James has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws, an MBA from the Wharton School, and is a Graduate of the AICD.
Sonya Miller is the founding Director of Dynamic Property Group and Armitage Jones, a specialist project management and property advisory consultancy. She has extensive experience in the property industry with exposure to a diverse range of complex projects.
Prior to establishing Armitage Jones, Sonya worked for a range of private and public property and construction companies in senior management roles. During this time, she has led significant development projects where she managed a Victorian Portfolio of over $500 million across residential, industrial and commercial projects. She is motivated by working on high profile, complex projects with the need to engage with multiple stakeholders including JV partners, shareholders, consultants, government authorities, with a diverse range of interests.