2018 Competition Directors

Jack O’Connor

Consultant Economist, Essential Economics
Competition Director, Urban Land Institute, Melbourne Young Leaders Group

Jack, Chair of the 2018 Innovations Competition committee, is a Consultant Economist at Essential Economics with experience in economic development; land use planning; retail, commercial, industrial and tourism development and due diligence; and industry sector analysis for a range of public and private sector clients. Jack is interested in the challenges faced by major cities and regions of the 21st century, including the adaptability of existing economic, social and built structures to climate change, globalization, population growth and major shifts to a tertiary service and digital age.


James Shiells
Manager, Property & Construction , Michael Page
Co-Chair Urban Land Institute YLG VIC

Having initially come from a Commercial Property background, James has spent the past 4 years working for leading global recruitment specialist, Michael Page. James oversees the Property & Construction division for the state of Victoria and personally focuses on development.

James has Bsc in Real Estate Management, been a member of the Urban Land Institute for the past 3 years and last year took upon role of Co-chair for the Young Leaders Group in Victoria in 2017.



Charlotte Churchill 
Graduate of Architecture, John Wardle Assoicates

Charlotte is a Graduate of Architecture at John Wardle Architects, a Victorian based architectural practice producing exquisitely detailed work across a range of scales from small domestic dwellings to university buildings and large commercial offices. Holding a complimentary degree in Interior design, she has over 6 years of experience working in the commercial, educational and masterplanning sectors, and experience teaching and mentoring architecture students. In 2014 Charlotte completed the prestigious Master of Architecture at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

She is passionate about design which takes a research based approach, is informed by the urban fabric and fosters a sense of community. She has an interest in supporting graduate and emerging architects in their careers as built environment professionals and also sits on the Australian Institute of Architects Emerging Architects and Graduate Committee (EmAGN).



Emily von Moger
Project Coordinator, NH Architecture

Emily works at NH Architecture as a Project Coordinator. She has worked across a wide array of projects, from large scale masterplanning, shopping centres, community and sport buildings and school designs through to smaller-scale projects. Emily brings a high level of organisational and analytical skills through her professional experience and qualifications in both architecture and construction management. Emily has a deep commitment to environmentally responsible design and leads the NH Architecture Sustainability Working Group that sets and monitors the office’s policies and implementation strategies.


Robert Zeidaks
Manager, Real Estate Advisory, PwC

Rob works in PwC’s Real Estate Advisory Practice and is a Certified Practicing Valuer (CPV). Consulting to a range of Government, Corporate and Private Clients, his key service areas are development consultancy, financial modelling, valuation and transactional advisory. Passionate about the built environment and sustainability, he strives to make decision making easier and finds opportunities for continual improvement.

Rob is a Member of the Urban Land Institute, an Associate of the Australian Property Institute (AAPI) and holds an agency qualification. He is currently studying Finance at the University of Melbourne and holds a Master of Property and Bachelor of Environments (Property)