Mr Ross Barrett, OAM (Chairman of the LDA Board)
Ross Barrett is a civil engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of NSW and a Local Government Engineers Certificate (NSW). Mr Barrett has been a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia since 1986 and in 2011 and again in 2012 was recognised by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s top 100 most influential engineers.
Mr Barrett has a long history of membership and leadership of professional bodies. He is a former President of the Master Builders ACT branch and is a Life Member of the Association. He is also a Life Member of Master Builders Australia and was a National Board member for 11 years.
Mr Barrett was a National Board member of the Civil Contractors Federation for 18 years and is a former National President of the Federation. He has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 1990.
Mr Barrett has served on a number of regional advisory and professional organisations. He was Chair of the Community Housing Canberra Ltd (2007-11) and Chair of Regional Development Australia ACT in 2009-10. Both of these positions are ACT Government appointments. He was a member of the Residential Advisory Committee to the ACT from 1998 until his appointment to the LDA.
Mr Barrett’s other previous positions include:
- Board Member, MBA Group Training (ACT) Inc.
- Chair (2007-08) and Deputy Chair (2008-09), Capital Region Development Board.
- Patron, ACT Region, Wordskills 2007-08.
- Deputy Chair, Australian Technical College Queanbeyan and Region Steering Committee, 2006-08.
- Member of Executive, Queanbeyan Business Council, 2005-08.
- Member, Canberra Central Task Force, 2005-07.
- Board Member, Business Canberra, 2003-05.
- Board Member, Australian Construction Industry Form Ltd, 2003-05.
Sandra Lambert, AM (Deputy Chair)
Sandra Lambert has worked for the public sector for all of her career spanning over 30 years. She has worked as a teacher and held a number of school based leadership positions including as a College Principal. She has also worked for the Australian Government and has held several senior executive and leadership positions in the ACT Government. Her most recent was as the inaugural Chief Executive of the then Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services (2002 – 2010) a position in which she exercised the Statutory role of The Commissioner for Housing, responsible for the Public Trading Enterprise known as Housing ACT.
During this period, in 2009, she also undertook the role of ACT Coordinator General of the Stimulus Taskforce responsible for delivering the Australian Government’s National Building Package in the ACT. As Chief Executive Ms Lambert was also actively engaged in national committees including as Chair of the Community, Disability Services Ministers’ Advisory Committee for 3 years. She was also a Board member of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Before becoming a Chief Executive Ms Lambert’s roles included driving and implementing whole of government policy development, implementation and evaluation and being responsible for leading significant, often high profile projects. Leading the project team which established Canberra Connect is one example.
Ms Lambert has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Canterbury University (NZ) and a Diploma of Teaching, Distinction Award. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ms Lambert’s current activities include consulting roles. She is also a member of the Hands Across Canberra Board which is a philanthropic organisation in the ACT.
Mr Shonk is well known and highly regarded in the ACT for his achievements and expertise in property valuation, commercial real estate and board operations.
He was the founding Director of the Vikings Club in Tuggeranong, past President of Clubs ACT, and is also the Director of Argus Property Investments, which he co founded in 2012.
Mr Shonk was the Director of Commercial Sales at Colliers International’s Canberra office and as Managing Director (1992 to 2002), became the most successful sales agent in Colliers International’s global history, and consistently finished in the top four commercial agents in Australia.
Mr Shonk has also been President of the Vikings Club in Tuggeranong between 1991 and 1996, then in 1998, and again from 2001 to 2003. He was a founding Director of the Club between 1978 and 1980. During his years with the Club, Mr Shonk initiated and oversaw a review of all aspects of company performance and standards, resulting in best practice audit procedures and vastly improved governance and administration, and the expansion of the Club in Lanyon and Tuggeranong Town Centre.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and a licensed Real Estate Agent and licensed Valuer in the ACT and NSW.
Chris Purdon has an extensive background in town planning and experience working within the private sector. As a current Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, Ms Purdon’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Masters degree in Town and Country Planning from the University of Sydney.
Ms Purdon founded Purdon Associates, a Canberra based planning and social research consulting company specialising in the provision of expert and practical advice on urban planning and social policy issues. Purdon Associates has continued to provide expertise in town planning to the Canberra region since 1985 and the company has received a number of awards – the most recent being: Property Council – ACT Property Professional of the Year 2010; and PIA National Award for Excellence – Social and Community Based Planning for ‘Future Use of Former School Sites’ (2009).
Throughout her career, Ms Purdon has contributed to various boards and committees including Chairperson of the ACT Ministerial Housing Advisory Committee from 1993 to 2003 and Chairperson (on behalf of the Minister for Housing), for the ACT Affordable Housing Taskforce in 2002.
Ms Purdon is currently the independent representative on the Common Ground Strategic Partnership Group having been a founding member of the reference group that assisted the Community Services Directorate identify a site for a Common Ground Development.
Cherelle is a highly experienced professional economist with a particular interest in public sector and Australian state based economic analysis. Cherelle is currently a senior economist at ANZ bank, where she is responsible for analysis and forecasting of the Australian economy and thematic research on topics that are front of mind for ANZ’s clients. Cherelle publishes regular economic updates and presents economic updates and forecasts to domestic and international clients and stakeholders. She also provides media commentary on key economic issues.
Cherelle began her career as an economic research analyst at the Reserve Bank of Australia. She holds a Commerce degree (Hons) from Curtin University and a Master of Population Studies from Australian National University.
Cherelle is a member of Australian Business Economists, Canberra Business Economists, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a director of the Canberra Burns Club.
Outside of work, Cherelle is busy with her young twins.
Con Kourpanidis has been a Canberra resident for over 40 years and is well known and respected within the legal, business and not for profit community.
Mr Kourpanidis holds a Bachelor of Art degree from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Law degree from Sydney University and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Kourpanidis was a partner of leading Canberra firms Gallens and later Gallens Crowley and Chamberlain, practising in the areas of Commercial, Business, Leasing and Banking Law.
Mr Kourpanidis has successfully owned and operated a number of business in the ACT ranging from the grocery, retail and quick service restaurant industry.
Mr Kourpanidis was appointed Chairman of Acttab Ltd (a territory owned corporation and provider of totalisator and fixed odds wagering and Keno products throughout Canberra) by the ACT Government in 2002 and led the Board up to the eventual sale of the business to Tabcorp in 2014.
Mr Kourpanidis played an integral role in the establishment of Ronald McDonald House within the Canberra Centenary Hospital for Women in 2012 and served as inaugural Chairman of the Board from 2010 -2015.
Mr Kourpanidis has over the last 30 years served on a number of not for profit organisations in Canberra including the Greek Orthodox Community and Church, the Downer Olympic Club, the Hellenic Club, the RUC Club and the Allen Key.
Yvonne von Hartel, AM
Yvonne von Hartel AM is a Founding Principal of the award-winning national architectural and urban design practice, peckvonhartel. Yvonne has practiced as an architect for 49 years, working on Australia’s largest and most significant infrastructure projects.
Yvonne is currently a Director of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust and Chair of its Capital Works Committee, a Council member of La Trobe University Council and a member of its Infrastructure and Estates Planning Committee, a Commissioner of the Victorian Building Authority, a Director of the Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd, a Director of the University of Wollongong, SMART Infrastructure Advisory Council, and is the Independent Specialist Advisor – Design for the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct, Design Advisor for the Capital Metro Project Canberra and a member of the Design Review Panel for WestConnex for the Sydney Motorway Corporation.
She has served as Chair of the Sustainability in Buildings Standards Coordination Group of Standards Australia, as inaugural chair of the Victorian Design Advisory Council, and as a Director of the national Tourism and Transport Forum.
During her career, Yvonne has taught both full time and part time at the School of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. In 2007, Yvonne was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for ‘services to architecture, design and building through involvement with a range of professional organisations, to the promotion of women in business, and to the community’.
Yvonne graduated from the University of Melbourne with Honours in Architecture and is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (LFAIA). She has completed the Executive Management Program at the Melbourne Business School.
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