Victorian State Conference including Capital Markets Panel Breakfast and Networking (V170825)

7:00am Friday, 25 August 2017
5:30pm Friday, 25 August 2017
Grand Hyatt Melbourne - Mayfair Room
123 Collins St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

The 2017 Victorian State Property Conference  ‘The Challenge of Change’ 

The complete conference program commences with the Capital Markets Panel Breakfast, where delegates will enjoy a 6 star buffet breakfast prepared by the Grand Hyatt ‘Collins Kitchen’ team of chefs. 

The Capital Markets Panel discussion will analyse and  explore the lifeblood of the property sector – CAPITAL – and will address global market issues which will include syndicates, REITS, private investors and capital partnering.  

The Capital Markets Panel Breakfast is then followed by an extraordinary assembly of speakers who will address Internationally hot topics such as 'Imaging the Real' The Post Autonomous vehicle city' from an urban Perspective and ‘What needs to change to ensure that Australia fulfils its potential in the Asian Century’ to National issues concerning  the ‘Murray darling basin –‘What does it mean for regional property and people.’ Probable implications and outcomes for agriculture, property and people in the basin.  

The full Conference Program will conclude with the opportunity for delegates to network and enjoy cocktails and canapes.


7.00amRegistrations Open
7.30am-8.30amCapital Market Panel Breakfast
9.30am-3.45pmDay Sessions
4.00pm-5.30pmNetworking and Drinks


2017 Capital Markets Panel Members 

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Christine Phillips
Senior Investment Manager - Property, 

Christine has over 20 years' experience in the Australian property market spanning funds management, portfolio management, asset management and development across the office, retail and industrial property sectors.

She has extensive experience in direct property investment management for major institutional investors and is currently Head of Asset Management for AustralianSuper's direct global asset holdings. 

Paul Healy
Property Funds Association 

Paul Healy is the CEO of the Property Funds Association, which represents the interests of the Australian Unlisted Property Funds Management industry.

Before joining the PFA, Paul was the Managing Director of BlackRock's Australian Real Estate business, where he developed a billion dollar plus business over a 22 year career. Before this, Paul worked with CBRE, JLL and Knight Frank in London and Melbourne. 

Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and is a former RICS Oceania Board Member. He is a Licenced Real Estate Agent in the State of Victoria.

Howard Brenchley
Non-Executive Director, 
APN Property Group

Howard is a consultant and professional director in the Australian real estate sector. A Director since 1998 Howard has a long history in the Australian property investment industry with over 30 years’ experience analysing and investing in the sector. 

Howard joined APN in 1998 and was responsible for establishing the APN Funds Management business. In this capacity, he developed a suite of new property securities and direct property funds, including the flagship APN Property for Income Fund and the APN AREIT Fund, both market leading property securities funds in Australia. 

Prior to joining APN, Howard was co-founder and research director of Property Investment Research Pty Limited, one of Australia’s leading independent research companies, specialising in the property trust sector. 

Howard is also a highly sought after commentator and speaker on property investment. He has lectured on property and property securities investment for industry associations, universities and leading financial planning dealer groups. 

Howard retired from executive roles in 2014, becoming a non-executive director of APN Property Group as well as APN Funds Management Limited, responsible entity for the ASX-listed Generation Healthcare REIT and Industria REIT. Howard is also an independent director of National Storage REIT. 

Grant Berry
Director Portfolio Manager

SG Hiscock & Company Limited

Grant Berry commenced with SG Hiscock & Company (SGH) in January 2002 as one of the founding principals. His responsibility is for portfolio management of listed property securities portfolios. Prior to SGH, Grant worked at National Asset Management for six years where he was involved in approximately $1 billion of direct property transactions. Previous employment also includes Victorian Funds Management and Knight Frank. Grant’s property experience over 23 years includes 8 years in direct property and 15 years in listed property trusts. 

Grant has a Masters in Applied Finance, a Bachelor in Business – Property. He is Past President and Fellow of the Victorian Division of the Australian Property Institute.


Conference Presenters 


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Keynote Guest Speaker
George Megalogenis

Conference Topic:
Short term pessimism, long term optimism. What needs to change to ensure that Australia fulfills its potential in the Asian century

George Megalogenis has thirty years’ experience in the media, including over a decade in the federal parliamentary press gallery. His book The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for non-fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. His most recent book is Australia’s Second Chance and he is also author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and a previous best-selling Quarterly Essay, Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era.  

In 2014, George  wrote and presented a documentary series for the ABC: Making Australia Great:  and in Inside Our Longest Boom, which aired in March 2015 . In 2015, he wrote and presented a documentary tribute to former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser titled Life Wasn't Meant To Be Easy. 

During the afternoon tea break George will be happy to discuss his work and his current books will be available for sale.


Peter Howman 

Conference Topic: 
“Imagining the Real: The Post Autonomous Vehicle City” 
“What mobility and Urban Design factors are planners considering while preparing for the introduction of Autonomous Vehicles?” 
“How will active travellers be affected by the introduction of autonomous vehicles?” 
-So, what does this mean for the property sector in Victoria? 

Peter Howman is currently attending Oxford University in the UK undertaking a MSc in Sustainable Urban Development in conjunction with the Princes Foundation for Creating Better Communities.  The title of his dissertation is, “Imagining the Real: The Post Autonomous Vehicle City” which explores what an urban future might look like as driverless cars are progressively introduced. 

Peter was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Defence Housing Australia during which he successfully transformed the organisation into an award winning, multi-billion dollar national residential development business.  Through these efforts, Peter was awarded the coveted title of “CEO of the Year” by the Customer Services Institute of Australia. 

Throughout the years, Peter has been actively involved in the property sector holding Board positions with the Urban Development Institute of Australia and land development organisations, industry award judging and is currently Chair of the Urban sub-committee for the UDIA NSW focusing on housing affordability and urban infill. 

Peter is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently an accomplished Board Director and Chair assisting organisations in both the Property Development and high technology sectors to deliver leading edge, cost effective programs for better connected, sustainable, smart cities. 

Damien Tangey

Conference Topic: 
Managing Population Growth in Victoria 

Population growth is driving the Victorian Economy as its largest export product. Population management and housing affordability are key issues going into the 2018 State Election. From a development perspective Damien will discuss the current trends with population growth, policy drivers and their effectiveness or need for change and industry solutions to accommodate growth. 

Damien is the Managing Director of Birchgrove Property, a privately owned business based in Bendigo which specialises in residential development. After establishing his property career as a valuer in Melbourne, Damien has been delivering new communities in Regional Victoria for the past 25 years. 

Damien is the President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Vic), a Board Member of Remembrance Parks Central Victoria, a Member of the Loddon Mallee Regional Development Australia Committee, a Director of Business Excellence Bendigo and a College Councillor of Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Damien chairs the Strategic Bendigo Committee of Business Excellence Bendigo which is the lead proponent of the Smart City Bendigo Alliance. 

Damien is passionate about the management of population growth and development in Victoria. 


David McKenzie

Conference Topic: The Murray Darling Basin Plan – what does it mean for regional property, and people? 

A valuer since 1990, David is based in Shepparton, with a professional focus on agricultural property and water entitlements. 

The Murray Darling Basin Plan is a vast, multi-jurisdictional strategy to restore environmental health to waterways in the Basin, particularly the Murray, the Darling & the Murrumbidgee Rivers. Key to the Plan is the recovery of at least 2,750 gigalitres of water from consumptive users, (including irrigators), to use for environmental flows. The impact of this shift in the ownership & purpose of a significant volume of water will have far reaching implications for agriculture, property & people in the Basin. Now the Plan is entering its final stages, what can we anticipate as probable outcomes for the people & property of the southern connected Basin? 

David is Managing Director of Opteon Goulburn North East Victoria. Outside valuations, he is Chair of North East Water – a Victorian urban water authority, Chair of the Goulburn Regional Partnership, and Chair of the Minister for Regional Development’s Statewide Advisory Committee. He is also a Director of the Committee for Greater Shepparton. 

He is co-convenor of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID) Water Leadership Forum – an advocacy group focused on balanced outcomes for regional communities arising from the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.


Shane Garrett
HIA Senior Economist

Conference Topic: More bright years ahead for Victoria’s housing market? 

The last few years have been memorable ones for Australia’s housing industry, with new home building volumes nationally reaching record levels and the strong price gains recorded in several key markets. Victoria has led the way on this front – its labour market is currently the engine of Australia and it’s beating all other states hands down for population growth. 

For Australia’s $33 billion renovations markets, the house price gains in Melbourne and Sydney have been a boon having provided many households with the confidence and the funds to undertake works on their homes. In contrast to new home building, however, home renovations activity is still in the process of recovering to pre-GFC levels. 

In his presentation, HIA Senior Economist Shane Garrett will outline the outlook for new home building and renovations activity as well as reviewing latest developments in housing policy, dwelling prices, interest rates and economic conditions. 

Shane Garrett has worked as an economist for almost 15 years. He began his career as a teaching assistant at University College Cork in Ireland, before accepting the position of Economist at the Economic & Social Research Institute in Dublin where he prepared forecasts for Ireland’s economy and its housing market. Shane later worked as an Economic Consultant in Ireland and the UK for London Economics, where he was involved in numerous studies for the UK government and the European Commission, including in the area of housing policy. 

Shane joined HIA’s Economics team in February 2013. As Senior Economist, he delivers dozens of presentations annually to housing industry stakeholders’ right around Australia. Shane regularly appears in the print and broadcast media providing commentary on economic issues and insights into the housing market. He is centrally involved in the production of HIA’s large economics publication suite and the team’s forecasts, and is particularly knowledgeable regarding Australia’s $33 billion home renovations market. Shane contributes to the appraisal and development of HIA’s housing policies, where dwelling prices and housing affordability metrics are examples of particular expertise. He regularly assists HIA members with their information requests and data requirements, and plays a key role in the delivery of dedicated research projects for clients of Australian Construction Insights (ACI) - the economic consultancy arm of HIA Economics. 

Shane’s qualifications include a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics and Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Business Economics. 


Mike Zissler
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Property Institute

Conference Topic: 
The impact of artificial intelligence on the Property Industry

Mike Zissler is the Chief Executive of the Australian Property Institute having been in that role since October 2014. Prior appointments include the Chief Executive Officer of Lifeline Canberra, the Commander of the Northern Territory Emergency Intervention and the Chief Executive Officer of a large ACT Government Department. He has extensive public sector experience having been in senior roles with a number of State and Territory Government agencies. 

Mike has a British Army background and trained as a Paramedic/Registered Nurse before specialising in Paediatrics in the NHS. Arriving is Australia in 1988 Mike has undertaken a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and a Masters of Business Administration and has specialised in organisational development and change often working with organisations undergoing governance, constitutional and financial crisis.

Mike is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.


Ashley Fell
Head of Communications

Ashley Fell is a social researcher, TEDx speaker and Head of Communications at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As a trends analyst she understands the need to communicate with the emerging generations to effectively engage with them. From her experience in managing media relations, social media platforms and content creation, Ashley advises on how to achieve cut through in message-saturated times. Her expertise is in how to communicate across generational barriers. In addition to delivering keynote presentations at conferences, Ashley is booked to conduct training days for corporate and not for profit clients, facilitate panels across an array of industries and deliver workshops across diverse generations. From generational change to the impact of technology, from key demographic transformations to social trends Ashley delivers research-based presentations analysing the global and national megatrends.

Ashley’s area of expertise is in property trends based on demographic changes in regard to Victoria. She has recently appeared on Seven News, discussing the population boom in Melbourne

“Only occasionally in history do massive demographic changes combine with huge social shifts, ongoing generational transitions and unprecedented technological innovation so that within the span of a decade society altogether alters. Australia is currently in the midst of one such transformation.

While such change impacts everyone and every organisation, the leaders that will future proof their organisations are those who understand the times, influence the trends and shape the future.”

In this session Social Analyst Ashley Fell will navigate conference delegates through the megatrends transforming Australia and deliver a snapshot of 2025. She will discuss the key implications of these changes on property, housing demand, generational change, marketing and communications.


Registration Fees

Full Conference including Capital Market Panel Breakfast, Conference and Networking 

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Early Bird registrations close on July 5th, 2017

Early Bird Member$515
Early Bird Non-member$655
Early Bird Retired Member or Student$375
After Early Bird closes 
Retired Member or Student $420
Retired Members wishing to attend the seminar should call the Victoria API office on 03 96447500 and book through Laura Campione


  • The 6 star Grand Hyatt Collins Kitchen buffet breakfast
  • Arrival tea and coffee
  • Morning tea will include freshly brewed coffee, T2 teas, tomato juice served with savoury pastries and muffins.
  • Lunch will include an assortment of baguettes, chef salad, hot carvery, hot pasta dish, seasonal vegetables, dessert and fresh fruit
  • Afternoon tea will include freshly brewed coffee, T2 teas, orange juice served with sweet pastries
  • Afternoon drinks and canapés


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Full attendance at the Victorian State Conference including Capital Markets Panel Breakfast and Networking accrues 7 CPD points

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