Early Confirmed Speakers
Director NCBP & Safer Buildings
Queensland Building and Construction Commission
Ted SimmondsDirector NCBP & Safer Buildings | Queensland Building and Construction Commission
Ted is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and Chartered Engineer in the field of Fire Engineering. His fire safety experience spans design for major transport and mining infrastructure projects while in the private sector and building approvals and regulatory policy development for Class 2 – 9 structures while with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). During his time with the QFES, Ted was seconded for 12 months as QFES Liaison Officer and fire engineering technical specialist to the Queensland Government Non-Conforming Building Products Audit Taskforce (NCBPAT). Ted now leads the Safer Buildings Queensland and Non-conforming Building Products (NCBP) teams at the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) who administer and regulate Queensland’s laws regarding combustible cladding and non-conforming building products. Ted has a Bachelor of Materials Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Master of Fire Safety Engineering from the University of Western Sydney, and is currently in his final year of study towards a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology.
Dr Martyn S. McLaggan
Co-ordinator of Material Library of Cladding Materials, University of Queensland
Dr Martyn S. McLagganResearch Fellow | Co-ordinator of Material Library of Cladding Materials, University of Queensland
Dr Martyn S. McLaggan is currently a Research fellow at the University of Queensland and coordinator of the Cladding Materials Library. Dr McLaggan previously worked as a Research consultant and industrial research fellow at the Danish Institute of Fire Technology and Lund University, particularly focused on the development of intermediate-scale façade fire experiments. He obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh for his thesis entitled “Novel fire testing frameworks for phase change materials and hemp-lime insulation”.
Operations Chief Engineer
Michael StuckingsOperations Chief Engineer | FM Global
Michael is FM Global’s Australian Operations Chief Engineer. In this role he is responsible for the delivery of quality loss prevention engineering services to client locations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Michael is also involved in a number of external organisations including the Insurance Council of Australia, Fire Protection Association of Australia and Standards Australia. Prior to joining FM Global in 2001 as a loss prevention engineer Michael spent 10 years working as an electrical engineer in both the coal mining and water/wastewater industries where he gained skills in design engineering, project management, maintenance and operations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Newcastle and a Masters of Commerce (Finance) from the University of NSW.
Bradley HallidayProduct Manager | Fairview Architectural
As an integral member of Fairview’s Innovation Team, Brad Halliday applies his experience and technical expertise to develop new products, navigate the intricacies of the different routes of compliance for external cladding and champion the company’s internal product training program. Brad’s dedicated and meticulous approach is pertinent to the development of new and existing products in response to present legislation and design trends; ensuring Fairview remains one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of aesthetically pleasing products that are not only compliant, but more importantly, safe.
Past Key Speakers
The Hon. Ted Baillieu
Former Victorian Premier & Current Co-Chair
Victorian Government’s Cladding Task Force
The Hon. Ted BaillieuFormer Victorian Premier & Current Co-Chair | Victorian Government’s Cladding Task Force
The Hon. Ted Baillieu is a former Premier of Victoria, entering Parliament in 1999 as Member for Hawthorn. He was elected Leader of the Liberal Party in 2006, becoming Victoria's 46th Premier and Minister for Arts from 2010 to 2013, and retired from Parliament in 2014. As a former architect and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, Ted uses his knowledge and experience to explore Victoria's challenges and build a better future for all Victorians. He pursues a significant International Engagement Strategy to provide increased opportunities for Victorian business to grow the economy. He is the recipient of the Aust. India Business Council's 2013 Ashoka Medal, the 2014 Asian Leadership Special Public Service Award, and is Melbourne University's Honorary Enterprise Professor associated with the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. Ted is currently Co-Chair of the Victorian Government’s Cladding Task Force, and has been Chairing the Victorian Government's ANZAC Centenary Committee – coordinating Victoria's commemorations. Ted is passionate about connecting as many Victorians as possible with our Original ANZACs. In 2017, Ted joined the Committee of the Melbourne Cricket Club, and was appointed Adjunct Professor, Swinburne University. Ted is Patron of a number of groups including Multicultural Arts Victoria, Public Record Office of Victoria, The Sovereign Hill Museums Association, Queenscliffe Historical Museum and Cancer Council Victoria: Relay for Life Hawthorn. He is also Chieftain of the Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association. Well known for his love of swimming, Ted tries to find time for a few laps or a swim in the ocean. Ted and his wife Robyn have three children.
Fonda ZahopoulosDirector | Gallagher Jeffs
Fonda holds more than 25 years’ experience in both Commercial Building & Project Management together with Gallagher Jeffs and his own firms. Since joining Gallagher Jeffs, Fonda has taken on responsibility for the delivery of a number of significant landmark projects.
Manager - Fire Safety Policy Unit
Fire and Rescue NSW
Jamie VistnesManager - Fire Safety Policy Unit | Fire and Rescue NSW
Jamie has a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Fire Safety Engineering. He worked for 9 years in private industry as a practising fire safety engineer with Stephen Grubits & Associates. Following this, Jamie joined Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) to provide fire engineering support to its operations. He has been with FRNSW for over 8 years and is currently the Manager of the Fire Safety Policy Unit, providing technical engineering advice and assisting in developing FRNSW policies in relation to fire safety.
Nicola GraysonCEO | Consult Australia
Nicola Grayson is the Chief Executive of Consult Australia. Nicola is responsible for implementing the organisation’s strategy, building ongoing external relationships, and for leading Consult Australia’s advocacy and government relations agenda on behalf of member firms. Nicola is a government relations specialist, and has represented industry associations in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Australia. Nicola has worked across a range of sectors including general insurance, consumer finance, alcohol, and education, in addition to consulting engineering. She has an Honours Degree in Law from the United Kingdom, and was previously Consult Australia’s Director of Policy and Government Relations.
Senior Fire Safety Engineer
RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd
Craig MillsSenior Fire Safety Engineer | RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd
Craig has been developing performance-based fire engineered solutions for over 15 years. In recent years, Craig has been directly involved with the efforts by Victorian Building Authority, and other governmental organisations, to identify and rectify Victorian buildings with combustible cladding. In addition to his role in supporting the VBA, Craig has managed the delivery of fire engineering services associated with cladding replacement across both the public and private sectors in Victoria.
Director Building Policy Program and Governance
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria
Aaron HemsleyDirector Building Policy Program and Governance | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria
Aaron Hemsley is the Director Building Policy Program and Governance in the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Key accountabilities include the interjurisdictional work for the Building Ministers Forum and Senior Officials Group, the state’s policy work relating to cladding, portfolio governance and program oversight. Aaron has held numerous roles across the state government relating to infrastructure strategy, regulatory reform across the transport portfolio and working for the several regulators.
Wayne LiddyDirector | Gardner Group
Wayne has 25 years’ experience as a practitioner and is considered one of Victoria’s experts in building control and is often called upon by media outlets for comment. Wayne is a Director of the Gardner Group Pty Ltd, a multi-skilled building surveying and consultancy company, and a Fellow, Vice President and Board Director of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS). He is currently the AIBS nominated representative on the Building Advisory Council in Victoria. Wayne has served on the Building Practitioners Board, Victoria. Having worked and consulted in both the private and public sector, Wayne has broad-ranging skills and experiences, both in the construction industry and specifically in relation to the area of building control. He has strengths in domestic and commercial construction, legislation interpretation, building and practitioner auditing, problem-solving, mentoring and having been engaged on many significant projects over the years, a practical approach to project implementation. Wayne is registered in Victoria as a Building Surveyor- Unlimited and in Western Australia as a Building Surveying Practitioner Level 1.
Manager – Major Projects
RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd
Blair StrattonManager – Major Projects | RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd
Blair Stratton is a founding partner and Manager of Major Projects for RED Fire Engineers. He has over 14 years' experience as a fire safety engineer in Australia and New Zealand and has lead the fire engineering design for significant infrastructure and building projects -including the Victorian desalination plant, and the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery redevelopment. Blair has spent much of the past four years reviewing issues relating to combustible facades. He has developed risk assessment techniques that have assisted owners, builders and regulators to understand and manage facade fire risks.
Senior Project Manager
Sam HoggSenior Project Manager | Gallagher Jeffs
Sam is an extremely motivated and dedicated Senior Project Manager, with extensive property development and management experience. Sam’s detail and diligence through the design documentation and tender phase sets up the early phases of projects for commercial success. More recently, Sam has had led our inhouse team of cladding remediation experts and helped navigate the evolving regulatory process.
Dr Simon Lockrey
Industrial Design RMIT University
Dr Simon LockreySenior Lecturer | Industrial Design RMIT University
Dr Simon Lockrey is a leading sustainability and design innovation researcher, having been based at RMIT since 2009. His research domains include life cycle assessment (LCA), co-design, design innovation, marketing, resource efficiency, combustible cladding, and food waste. As a result, he has generated millions of dollars of ‘industry facing’ Category 1, 2 and 3 research, creating global impact in policy changes, commercial innovation outcomes, media coverage, intellectual property and quality academic publications. He's worked with global and nationally significant companies, including CHEP, Visy, Nestlé, Dyson, Grocon and Breville. Relevant government and NGO projects have also ensued, with Sustainability Victoria, Environmental Protection Agency, Australian Food and Grocery Council, Australia Post, Australian Antarctic Division, Uniting AgeWell, and Meat and Livestock Australia. Simon has been published through international masthead newspapers, trade magazines, academic literature, and UN agency the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). His collaborations across industry and external universities have culminated in the successful Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) bid in 2017, national supply chain and technology projects over 10 years from a pool of $210 million cash and in-kind funding. He is now a key leader in the 2018 funded Fight Food Waste CRC, worth $121 million over 10 years.
Dr Nicole Johnston
Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin Business School
Dr Nicole JohnstonSenior Lecturer | Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin Business School
Dr Nicole Johnston is an admitted Legal Practitioner currently working as a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Deakin University’s Business School. She is a co-leader of Deakin’s HOME research group, an interdisciplinary research network. Nicole researches strata related topics from a socio-legal perspective. Her work focuses on strata governance, conflicts of interest, purchaser knowledge acquisition, and building defects in residential schemes. She is the Chair of the International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties, a multi-disciplinary research conference held annually.
Director/Senior Building Certifier
Peter HofstetterDirector/Senior Building Certifier | Certis Group
Peter is a Senior Building Certifier at CERTIS. His involvement in the building industry began in 1985 and he has been a building Certifier since 1994. He became a Director of CERTIS in 2000. Peter specialises in identifying areas of cost savings and performance solutions while maintaining compliance with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia. He has considerable experience in providing advice on aspects of Building Regulation matters as they relate to all commercial buildings. Peter has a specialist interest in the laboratory and educational buildings. He is also the inventor of the Risengo Stair Checker, a device to quickly and accurately check the rises and goings of stairs.
Builders Collective of Australia
Phil DwyerNational President | Builders Collective of Australia
Phil Dwyer has been a successful and award winning builder for over 40 years in the categories of Domestic and Commercial – Unlimited. In the year following the introduction of the Last Resort Builders Warranty Insurance scheme in July 2002 the Builders Collective of Australia was formed and registered as a non profit association to advocate for the reform of the industry. Phil has held the position of National President ever since campaigning for and on behalf of both consumers, builders, and the national industry.
Dr Trivess Moore
Lecturer School of Property - Construction and Project Management
Dr Trivess MooreLecturer School of Property - Construction and Project Management | RMIT University
Dr Trivess Moore is a leading sustainability in the built environment researcher and is based in the Sustainable Building Innovation Laboratory (SBiLab) in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT University. Trivess’ research is looking at socio-technical transitions to a low carbon urban future, with a focus on housing, energy efficiency, liveability, and through-life affordability. Trivess has worked on a number of local, national and international research and is currently a chief investigator and an Australian Research Council Linkage project focused on retrofitting of existing housing with a focus on households in fuel poverty and a sustainable rental housing project funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
Akritidis Group Building Consultants
Ari AkritidisManaging Director | Akritidis Group Building Consultants
Ari Akritidis is Managing Director of Akritidis Group Building Consultants, a medium sized building surveying company providing statutory and consulting services throughout Australia. He is a registered building surveyor in Victoria since 1996, registered as a fire safety engineer since 2002, and also registered for practice in the ACT and Western Australia. Ari is a current serving member of the Building Appeals Board (BAB) and the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) as appointed by the Minister. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) National Technical Specialist Advisory Group (TSAG) providing specialised technical advice to the AIBS for adoption across State and Federal jurisdictions. Ari has previously served as a member of the Building Practitioner Board and the Australian Standards Committee for AS 2047 Doors and Glazing. He has been an active member of the building industry throughout his career and continues to strive for improved professional practices across all building disciplines and sectors.