Judges

The judging panel consists of independent professionals who are experts in their field.

Find out more about them below.

 

Adam Di Marco

Founder & Publisher, The Urban Developer

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With over a decade of property experience, Adam established Di Marco Group, a Brisbane-based boutique property advisory, management and development company focused on creating thoughtful, sustainable and healthy communities. Prior to this, Adam was a director of Marquette Properties where he was responsible for overseeing $400m of residential and mixed-use development. He has also previously worked with major public and private development firms in Australia and overseas including Leighton Properties and Nakheel International. Adam is also the founder and publisher of The Urban Developer, Australia's largest, most engaged and fastest growing community of property and urban development professionals, and founder of CityShape, a big-data startup for the property industry. Adam currently serves as an Ambassador for Opportunity International, one of the worlds leading microfinance organisations and was recently the recipient of the Australian Institute of Management's '30 under 30' award.

Chris Gray

Leading Investment Property Expert and host of Your Property Empire

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Chris Gray is the CEO of Your Empire, which builds property portfolio’s for time-poor professionals, searching, negotiating and renovating on their behalf. He is the host of ‘Your Property Empire’ on Sky News Business A1:F16 and was the Real Estate Judge on ‘The Renovators’ on Channel Ten. As a qualified accountant, mortgage broker and buyers agent, Chris is the independent authority in educating buyers, sellers and investors about residential property in Australia. Chris started buying property at the age of 22, semi-retired at the age of 31 and currently holds over $15m of property in his personal portfolio.

Danni Addison

Victorian CEO, Urban Development of Australia (UDIA)

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Danni Addison is the Victorian Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) – the nation’s key representative body for the urban development industry. An accomplished and reputable property expert, Danni uses her influence to protect and promote the industry’s best interests. She is known for her informed, pragmatic and solutions-based approach, as she continues to lead public agenda on behalf of UDIA’s large, engaged membership. Danni is passionate about enabling affordability and accessibility for all home buyers, reducing unnecessary regulatory burden on the housing sector, and achieving an efficient planning system that delivers positive outcomes for Victoria’s future. She is also a keen advocate for gender diversity in the property and development industry, making considerable effort to profile and grow the influence of women making a difference in the sector. Danni has an impressive track record in advocacy, policy, political engagement and stakeholder management, with previous roles as Senior Advisor to the State Government, and Policy Advisor and Public Affairs Manager at the Property Council of Australia. Additionally, she is a dynamic and nationally recognised spokesperson, regularly sharing her property knowledge and industry acumen through media, events and keynote presentations.

David Spriggs

Chief Executive Officer, Infoxchange

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David Spriggs is the CEO of Infoxchange, a not-for-profit social enterprise with the vision of ‘technology for social justice’. He is passionate about creating a more digitally inclusive society and the role technology can play in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector. David has over 20 years’ experience in senior management positions in the not-for-profit and technology sectors. Before joining Infoxchange in 2009, he worked for Kronos Incorporated where he led business partner operations across Asia Pacific and Europe.

Dick Karlsson

Co-Founder/Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, DIAKRIT International Ltd

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Dick Karlsson is the Co-founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of DIAKRIT. With over 17 years’ experience in the real estate industry, Dick is today responsible for global sales, strategic development, new client partnerships and is the visionary of many of DIAKRIT’s innovative solutions. He transmits key concepts in Business Innovation supported by smart adoption of technology — with emphasis on revenue opportunities & impact, efficiency, enhanced end user experience and new business opportunities.

Greg Dickason

EGM Real Estate and Partnerships – Australia, CoreLogic RP Data

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Greg Dickason is the EGM for Real Estate and Partners at CoreLogic RP Data. He has had a varied career from creating artificial diamonds, to architecting the launch of Virgin Mobile in South Africa, to building a biometric facial recognition system for Transport QLD. Greg has a background in product, IT and engineering and has a passion for digital innovation and data.

Greg Troughton

CEO, Real Estate Institute of South Australia

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Greg is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining REISA in 2007, he was Head of Strategy and Board Secretary at TIO and General Counsel and General Manager Corporate Affairs of a large public sector insurance organisation. Greg has a broad range of experience in accounting, policy, planning and management. Greg has been the CEO of REISA for over 9 years.

Heather Holst

Deputy CEO, Director of Services and Housing at Launch Housing

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Heather Holst is Deputy CEO of Launch Housing and has worked in the housing sector since 1989. Launch Housing is the merge of HomeGround and Hanover that took effect in July 2015 up to which point Heather was CEO at HomeGround. Heather has a History Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne. She has published scholarly articles and a book, Making a Home: A History of Castlemaine. She lectured in history for several years, including in the Clemente program for people who have been homeless. Heather’s housing experience spans homelessness service delivery, tenant advice, policy, program development, research and service coordination in both the non-profit sector and government since 1989. Heather has contributed to key Victorian housing and homelessness innovations, including as co-author of Opening Doors and designer of HomeGround Real Estate.

Jim Hall

Head of Mortgages, Real Estate & Accounting, Momentum Media

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Jim Hall has over ten years of publishing experience in the mortgage and real estate sector. As head of mortgages and real estate at Momentum Media he’s responsible for a number of Australia’s leading real estate titles, including Real Estate Business, Residential Property Manager, Smart Property Investments and Which Property Investment. His position gives him a unique oversight of the entire real estate industry – an industry that he has a deep passion for.

Kevin Turner

CEO and Executive Producer at Real Estate UNCUT and Real Estate Talk

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Kevin Turner worked in radio as General Manger of various east coast radio stations. He started in real estate in 1988 and was ranked in the Top 10 Salespeople in the state until he was appointed as State CEO 1992. He operated a number of real estate offices as business owner and was General Manager of several real estate offices in Christchurch. He now hosts a real estate show on Radio 4BC and a weekly podcast at www.realestatetalk.com.au . He is the host of a daily 7 to 10 minute podcast show for real estate professionals at www.reuncut.com.au.

Neville Hurst

Deputy Head of School Learning & Teaching, RMIT University

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Neville Hurst is a senior lecturer in property studies at RMIT University, Victoria, Australia. Originally trained as an electrical engineer he has worked extensively in industry and for the last 33 years in the property sector as a practitioner and academic. Prior to joining education Neville owned and operated his own real estate agency for many years selling and managing properties on behalf of clients. A significant part of this business was a business brokerage run in partnership with his business partner. Academically Neville’s research interest focuses on real estate industry practices, valuation practices, housing markets and in particular energy efficient housing. Currently undertaking his Phd, Neville is investigating real estate agent attitudes and engagement with sustainable housing and is working with peak industry bodies to create greater awareness of the importance of energy efficient housing for a sustainable future.

Samantha McLean

Managing Editor, Elite Agent & Elite Property Manager Magazines

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Samantha McLean is the joint owner and Managing Editor of Elite Agent and Elite Property Manager (EPM) Magazines, winners of prestigious Publishers Australia Awards Editor of the Year (Business) in 2015 and Business Magazine of the Year in 2016. A sales and marketing professional with more than 20 years’ experience (and a sales coach in her own right) she has held senior management roles in the past for companies like Optus, Cisco, British Telecom and PwC but found more excitement in the real estate industry, where, she says, “it’s much more competitive, moves at a faster pace, and every little edge counts”. Passionate about the responsibility of publishers to effect positive change for their audiences, Elite Agent, now in its third year of publishing, is about highlighting the success stories in the real estate industry with a mission of inspiring and motivating others. For more information visit eliteagent.com.au.

Shane Goodwin

Managing Director, Housing Industry Association

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Shane Goodwin is the Managing Director of the Housing Industry Association. HIA is one of the largest industry associations in Australia and is the only national industry association for Australian building professionals representing their interests at regional and national levels. HIA’s extensive membership program supports residential builders, trade contractors, developers, design professionals, kitchen and bathroom specialists, manufacturers and suppliers. HIA has been supporting the Australian home building industry for more than 70 years and through its national code of ethics promotes the highest standards of work and conduct by building practitioners within the community. HIA has been promoting excellence in building through the Australian Housing Awards program for nearly 40 years.

Steven Persson

CEO, The Big Issue/Homes for Homes

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Steven, a social entrepreneur, has been CEO of The Big Issue since 2005. The Big Issue is Australia’s longest standing and most significant social enterprise. It is an independent, not for profit organisation that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives. Steven is also the CEO of Homes for Homes, an initiative developed by The Big Issue to raise funds to increase the supply of social and affordable housing. Previously Steven held the position of CEO for a number of medium to large not for profit organisations providing services such as employment, personal care, housing and case management across a wide range of social needs over a period of 30 years. Steven is also on the Board of Directors of INSP (International Network of Street Papers).

Tim McKibbin

Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate Institute of New South Wales

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Tim McKibbin was appointed REINSW Chief Executive Officer in 2008, after having acted as REINSW Legal Counsel from 2004. Prior to joining REINSW, Tim was a Partner of a multi-disciplinary accounting and law firm, where he specialised in property and taxation matters. As a solicitor, accountant and a former registered tax agent, Tim brings a unique and refreshing perspective to his role and to the industry as a whole. Tim is passionate about REINSW and the real estate industry. He is committed to ensuring that REINSW provides the solutions all agents’ need, so they can deliver a high quality real estate service to their clients and to operate a profitable business. REINSW is the major provider of education and training to real estate agents throughout New South Wales.

Tom Wallace

Executive, Charter Keck Cramer

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Tom Wallace joined Charter Keck Cramer in February 2011 and has since gained extensive experience across a broad range of property sectors. Tom’s technical background is in valuations, having previously been a member of the firm’s Prestige Residential & Projects Group before joining Charter’s Advisory business unit in 2015. Tom now provides property solutions to a diverse range of clients, specialising in the areas of divestments, acquisitions, development and strategic planning.

Vivienne Kelly

Editor, Mumbrella

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Vivienne Kelly is an editor and journalist with extensive experience across media, marketing, advertising, real estate and property investment. She is currently the editor of Mumbrella - Australia's number one media, marketing and advertising publication. Prior to this, she was the managing editor for real estate at Momentum Media, which included heading up the daily REB news bulletin and assisting with the Top 100 Agents ranking. She also produced and regularly co-hosted the Smart Property Investment Show podcast. This experience means Vivienne is uniquely placed to unpack why brands succeed, which advertising strategies work best and what it takes to be a market leader. She also understands what makes an agent stand-out above the rest at a local and network level, what it takes to achieve the best sale price for clients and why agents are an integral part of building communities.