Our 2023 awards judging panel
Head of Client Relationships, Valuation Advisory
Craig Ashford is a Senior Direct of JLL and is the Head of Client Relationship Management for JLL’s Australian Valuation Advisory department. Craig is a registered Valuer and has over 20 years’ experience in providing real estate advice and is responsible for creating and maintaining long-term and strategic relationships with JLL customers to ensure the required and necessary services are delivered upon. He is JLL’s primary national contact for all things community housing. He has a passion for this sector and works closely with clients to minimise unnecessary costs; being cognisant of the importance of every dollar in the CHP’s hand. Craig has a very broad understanding of property and what drives value, he is a creative problem solver and enjoys nothing more than being part of JLL’s client’s solutions to their property needs.
Founder, Salon Canberra
Client Director, AECOM Australia
Catherine Carter is a respected and influential figure in the Australian property industry, who has been recognised for her contributions to the built environment in driving positive change. With a deep understanding of affordable housing and urban development, Catherine is dedicated to transforming the ways cities and communities are designed and developed. She is the Founder of think-tank Salon Canberra, Client Director at AECOM Australia and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, and a passionate advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. Catherine’s expertise extends to government and industry boards, and she is a widely respected public speaker, making her a sought-after commentator and voice for innovation.
Senior Adviser, Lighthouse Infrastructure
Non-Executive Director, Summer Housing
Adrian has more than 30 years of experience in funds management, real estate, Government and the not for profit sectors. He is currently a Senior Advisor to Lighthouse Infrastructure assisting them with their affordable housing investment strategy and execution. He is also a member of their Affordable Housing Investment Committee. He is also a member of the University of Canberra's Development and Planning Committee and a Non-Executive Director of Summer Housing, a specialist disability housing provider. Adrian is the former Chair of the Federal Government's National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). Adrian was formerly Head of Wholesale Investor Relations & Fund Raising at Charter Hall, Head of Funds Management at Folkestone and CEO Funds Management, UK and USA for Mirvac Group.
Executive Director, Retirement Living
Property Council of Australia
Daniel Gannon is a seasoned property industry leader with 18 years' experience in advocacy, public policy, stakeholder management, media and government relations. In recent times, he has driven significant change in South Australia's property and investment industry as Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia from 2014 to 2022. Over his eight-year leadership in this role, he spearheaded successful campaigns to abolish commercial stamp duty and reform land tax, increasing South Australia’s investment attractiveness as a result. In 2022, Daniel commenced as the Executive Director of the Retirement Living Council of Australia - the national leadership group representing the retirement living sector, championing policies that support greater investment in age-friendly communities. Prior to his time in property leadership roles, Daniel was Director of Media and Communications to Steven Marshall - former Premier of South Australia - and held other roles in state politics over almost 10 years. When combined with his industry experience and connectivity, Daniel has the ability to talk directly with private and public sector leaders to deliver positive outcomes for the investment industry. In 2020 and 2021, Daniel was named one of South Australia's 50 Most Influential People, he was ranked in the Top 10 Real Estate Heavyweights of 2020, while in 2018 he was named one of South Australia’s Top 40 Leaders Under 40 and one of the state’s Top 50 Powerbrokers.
Core Management Solutions
Marion is a chair and non-executive director with over 25 years’ board experience which follows her business and corporate careers in television, telecommunications, local government, and logistics. Her consultancy specialises in board reviews and providing business solutions for governance, strategy setting, risk, business commercialisation and change transformation including mentoring and business coaching. Marion was a council member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors for eight years and facilitates several of their courses including their signature Company Directors’ course. She is a member of a number of philanthropic and leadership associations. Marion was also a Local Government Councillor and has consulted widely into this sector and has been involved in a variety of housing initiatives. She is also a Williamson Fellow and graduate of Leadership Victoria, where she continues to provide pro bono support.
Ken Marchingo AM
PowerHousing Lifetime Achiever
After almost 4 decades of service to the homeless, public and affordable housing sectors Ken Marchingo is a well-known and well regarded former Chief Executive who created Haven; Home safe, Australia’s first Registered Affordable Housing Association, with a unique housing and homelessness entity. Ken has been recognised for his outstanding meritorious work by being inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2018m he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 from his peers and colleagues at PowerHousing Australia, the group he established and was the founding chair of for its initial 6 years, from 2004. Ken is a former Chair of the prestigious International Housing Partnership (IHP) and in October 2013 hosted the first ever Australian based IHP Leadership Exchange in Sydney. Officially acclaimed a ‘Local Hero’ in his home town of Bendigo, former Director and Treasurer of Bendigo Health, an Honorary Life Governor of the Royal Children’s Hospital, and Victorian Justice of the Peace. Ken is a regular speaker, nationally, internationally, has run Founders courses for the Chartered Institute of Housing in Canada on leadership and innovation and maintains a long standing high local media profile and has previously been a keynote presenter at the largest Housing and Homelessness conferences on 3 continents and regularly across Australia. Ken does the occasional Interim CEO role for organisations that interest him and generally need a significant turn around.
Mary Massina (Moderator)
Chief Executive Officer
Mary Ann's Island Pty Ltd
A strong and trusted adviser, Mary Massina has carved out a unique career across the public, private and community sectors, as well as within the political sphere. An influential and experienced business leader and executive with a profound grasp of state and federal politics and a proven ability to develop and deliver practical policy, Mary has driven nation-leading reforms through political astuteness, intellectual flexibility, effective and strategic influence. Mary is currently the Chief Executive, Mary Ann’s Island Pty Ltd, a private company developing the South Arm Irrigation Scheme and Arm End at Gellibrand Point Nature Recreation Area.
Chief Executive Officer
Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)
Kirsty leads Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), a Commonwealth Government commercial entity which delivers financial services to advance the economic circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia. IBA achieves it purposes through provision of supported, concessional home loans for first home buyers and commercial finance to early stage and growing Indigenous businesses. Kirsty joined IBA in 2018 after three years as a senior director with the WA Government where she had responsibility for shared equity and asset management of the $14.5bn WA social housing asset portfolio. A Councillor for the Australian Institute of Company Directors in WA and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Kirsty has a strong background in technical accounting, corporate governance, and commercial finance. Prior to joining the public sector, Kirsty worked for National Australia Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Founder, Top 100 Women and
Director, My Bella Casa
Recently named 'Entrepreneur Woman of the Year' and shortlisted for Queenslander of the Year, Tamika has been widely acknowledged & respected for the work she has contributed by building commercially viable companies with a social values system to deliver social & affordable housing. Named “Most Influential Woman in Construction” by Built International, Tamika lead the #istandforkelly movement uniting the construction sector to support domestic violence victim, Kelly Wilkinson by rallying the sector by building a new home to mark a new beginning for 8 children. In 48 hours, suppliers stood up to support this family as the notion ‘hope & good people’ was equally as important as the bricks & mortar. Tamika’s expertise stems from building businesses within the construction and affordable housing sectors as a Founder, Executive Director, Chair, Board Advisor from development, to leading the way with advocating for quality offsite built homes within My Bella Casa. Tamika specializes in working with community housing providers to deliver turn key affordable housing, highlighting the largest group facing homelessness - women over 55. Off the back of working in the affordable housing segment for some time, “My Bella Casa”, Australian offsite construction was founded building 1 & 2 bed homes at an affordable price, the most in demand size on our housing waitlist. Delivering a streamlined, turn key solution to social & affordable housing is what we are now effectively equipped to do. Acquiring our own land & delivering a completed housing solution to address permanent tenure nationally. “Housing long term is not a short term fix.” Top 100 Women, also founded by Tamika, is an online community platform for women in construction connecting some 21,000 individuals all over the world. The recently released technology platform has been regarded as an "essential tool for women in the construction sector,” changing the game as we know it today within male dominated segments all over the world. “Commercial expertise and good business acumen are often wasted without innovation and a good enough reason why to challenge the status quo. I’ve devoted my life to not only educating myself, but applying that education to help the vulnerable communities that need our help the most. Ignorance is not a path I have chosen.”