David McCracken
Executive Director, Urban Land Institute
Principal, Voda Management
Director, CCN Advisory (Asia)

David is an architect by training but has been working across all parts of property development for almost twenty years. David has held leadership roles at major Australian and International corporations working in Australia, Asia, Europe, UK and Nth America.
Through this broad experience, David has developed knowledge and experience in both the up-front conceptual planning of major mixed-use projects, many with a core retail proposition, as well as the delivery of projects through the full development cycle.

David is the Principal of Voda Management – a collaborative advisory network across the property industry working with developers, landowners, consultants and government on strategies to achieve maximum benefit through urban and community outcomes, design leadership, and place creation.
David is the Executive Director of Urban Land Institute as well as holding a number of advisory positions with Government and Industry. David is also the Chair of KU Children’s Services.

Councillor Julian Simmonds

Chair of City Planning
Councillor for Walter Taylor Ward, Brisbane City Council

Julian Simmonds was elected to represent the residents of the Walter Taylor Ward in Council at a by-election in October 2010 and again in April 2012 and March 2016.
Julian has a long association with the Walter Taylor Ward and is committed to ensuring the area remains a wonderful place to live and raise a family. His priorities include reducing traffic congestion in local streets and improving public transport. He is also working with the community to ensure they have a say in local neighbourhood planning.

Prior to being elected, Julian worked as a policy advisor for Public and Active Transport and Economic Development. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters Degree in Journalism. In 2011, Julian was appointed to Civic Cabinet as Chairman for Public and Active Transport and again following the 2012 Council election as Chairman of the Finance, Economic Development and Administration Committee.

Following his re-election in 2016, Julian was re-appointed to Civic Cabinet with a new portfolio as Chairman of City Planning. His responsibilities include planning for the sustainable development of Brisbane to ensure economic prosperity, a healthy ecology and ensure a quality of life where Brisbane residents will want to live and work.


Elizabeth Watson Brown LFRAIA
Design Director, Architectus
Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture, University of Queensland

Prior to being appointed Design Director of Architectus Brisbane in 2011, Elizabeth Watson Brown directed her own practice for 21 years. Highly regarded for exemplary place responsive and socially responsible design, Elizabeth has been the recipient of many major architectural awards.

Elizabeth has been an active participant in architecture and urban design discourse in her many public roles; as a member of the Queensland Board for Urban Places as lecturer and writer, Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland, Queensland State Awards Director and National Awards juror for the Australian Institute of Architects, Jury Chair of the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards, and member of the Brisbane City Council Urban Design Advisory Panel. Elizabeth was the inaugural recipient of the Centre for Subtropical Design /mecu travel bursary. Elizabeth’s work has been exhibited at the seminal ‘Place Makers’ exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art and at the Venice Biennale.

Elizabeth’s understanding of and design response to the unique particularities of this place; the climatic conditions, the culture, the history, the vegetation, the topography, complements and builds upon the proven strength of Architectus in civic and urban design, and contributes to the nurturing and sustaining of people and place in our subtropical and tropical urban realms.


Jock Fairweather
Founder and Director, Little Tokyo Two

Jock is an expert and commentator, focussed on collaboration, co-working, innovation and entrepreneurialism. He is the founder and director of Little Tokyo Two, a co-working and event space in Spring Hill. Little Tokyo Two was created to support and facilitate opportunities for Brisbane’s aspiring entrepreneurs, dreamers, start-ups, freelancers and small businesses in a vibrant collaborative environment. Little Tokyo Two has also recently been confirmed as an anchor tenant in The Capital, which will be Brisbane’s largest co-working space with it opens later this year.



Steve Wilson
Chairman, Racing Queensland
Director, Pinnacle Investment Management
Former Chair, Southbank Corporation

Steve Wilson has 35 years experience in the investment business, including 4 years with JP Morgan Cazenove in London and 25 years as chief executive of the Wilson Group Limited which he transformed from its traditional stockbroking base to investment management by establishing Hyperion Asset Management in 1996 and Pinnacle Investment Management in 2006. Pinnacle is a multi-affiliate group which now has over $20 billion of funds under management.

He is currently Chair of Racing Queensland and the Russo Business School and a director of CIS and Australian Oil Shale Holding Ltd. He previously chaired South Bank Corporation, Hyperion Asset Management, St John’s Cathedral Completion Fund, and Queensland Rugby Union and was a Director of Telstra Corporation, Tourism Queensland and the Council of Queensland University of Technology.


Liz Pidgeon
Co-Founder and Director, Cornerstone Properties
Member of Board of Trustees, Queensland Art Gallery

Liz Pidgeon is a Director of Cornerstone Properties Pty Ltd and FA Pidgeon and Son Pty Ltd.

Liz has over 30 years experience in the property industry including management, leasing, development and major transactions. Liz is a former Present of the Property Council of Australia (Queensland Division), a part Director of Brisbane Marketing and a former Board Member of the Wesley Research Institute. Liza also served as a Board Member and later Chairman of the Surf Life Saving Foundation from 2001 to 2010. From April 2013 to May 2015 Liz was the Inaugural Chair of the Property Industry Foundation in Queensland, a charity that harnesses the skills and resources of individuals and companies in the property industry to help homeless young people.

Liz is also currently a member of the Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees and a Director of Aspirations for Kids in Sport.


James Tuma

National Director of Design, Urbis

James is a visionary urban designer with a broad skills palette. He is qualified in urban design, built environments and landscape architecture – disciplines he draws on while coordinating projects, master planning and structure planning, as well as advising on design codes, public realm strategies and public space implementation. Since joining Urbis in 2005, he has worked on significant national and international integrated developments and master planning projects in Australia and Europe – from planning for new communities and townships to designing town centres and public spaces.