Conference Program

The 2017 Conference is worth 6 CPD Points per day for both Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 July, totalling 12 CPD Points if attending the full conference.

The most recent version of the program is available to download below.

NSW-ACT Conference Program
(Adobe PDF File)


The 2017 NSW/ACT Program includes some fantastic sessions and speakers. We are extremely grateful for the effort and time that our speakers put in to make this conference possible. With a full program there is something that should appeal to all delegates. Please see below for information on some of our speakers, details of more speakers will be added as we head closer to the conference.

David Bell

  David Bell is a structural engineer with OneSteel and has worked in a number of design, development, engineering and marketing positions in Melbourne and Sydney. His current role has a focus on optimised project solutions for the Australian construction industry, as well as a broader development and education role in areas such as structural engineering, compliance, sustainability and product development.

Simon Croft

  Simon recently joined the Housing Industry Association and is responsible for overseeing building policy issues that affect residential building work and building practitioners.  

Simon previously worked for the Australian Building Codes Board as a Project Manager and has over 17 years’ experience working in the building and construction industry in a number roles including as a qualified carpenter, project and construction manager and a building and construction trainer. Simon additionally has a broad range of building and construction qualifications in fields of building, building surveying, project management and training.

This varying industry experience has given Simon the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the on the ground application of performance based building codes and standards and into their development and practical application.     

Lucinda Curran

  Lucinda, CEO of Eco Health Solutions, is an experienced Building Biologist. With a background in health sciences and education, she has a thorough understanding of ways in which homes and workplaces can adversely affect overall health and vitality. 

Her own illness due to environmental factors is her catalyst for supporting others in identifying and finding solutions for making healthy living choices. With a passion to make the world a safer place, Lucinda finds great joy in empowering her clients in enhancing their wellbeing through making positive changes to the built environment and in their lives. 

Lucinda is past-president of the Australasian Society of Building Biologists (ASBB) and has also served as an active member of the committee. She is currently involved with the Indoor Air Quality Association (Australian Chapter) and The LEAD Group. With a focus on education, she is a trainer at the Australian College of Environmental Studies and has created the Environmental Sensitivities Symposium, as well as other online events to educate and empower members of the public.

Brett Daintry

  Brett Daintry is the Director of Daintry Associates, a member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, Planning Institute of Australia, Environmental Health Australia and the NSW Environmental Planning Law Association.  After spending 26 years in Local Government, Brett now provides services government and private sector clients in the provisions of management consulting, conduct reviews, strategic land use planning, statutory development assessment, and building surveying.  

Brett provides expert town planning and building surveying evidence in the Land and Environment Court and Supreme Court.  Daintry Associates have now completed over 500 briefs and projects in 6 years, the company has delivered excellent outcome for a wide range of government and corporate clients as well as providing advice to joint ventures and incorporated associations.  Brett has extensive experience dealing with the subject topic of unauthorised development and finding appropriate remedies.

Luke Denny

  Luke has worked with Steve Watson & Partners for over 12 years. Luke has a Bachelor of Construction Management and is currently in the final stages of his master in Building Surveying. He holds an A1 unrestricted accreditation. Luke has considerable experience working on all BCA classifications with his specialty being retail redevelopments involving change or use and performance solutions.

Brett Fairweather


Brett Fairweather is a qualified mechanical engineer, with around 20 years’ experience in mechanical design for the local building services industry. Brett established It’s Engineered in recent years to allow ongoing involvement in projects throughout the industry, while enabling greater opportunities to contribute to industry training and awareness of issues, particularly those relating to his experience and knowledge of Codes and Standards developed during active roles in the following: 

  • Member of Standards Australia sub-committee ME-062-01, responsible for AS1668.1-2015 
  • Member of Standards Australia sub-committee ME-062-02, responsible for AS1668.2 and AS1668.4 
  • Member of the Building Regulatory Advisory Council, for the NSW Department of Planning and Environment 
  • Industry training seminars and bespoke events relating ventilation requirements, smoke control, fire dampers, essential safety measures, revisions to Standards and other associated mechanical engineering activities.

Brett has agreed to support AIBS in this event, in the hope that he may pass on some of his knowledge in these areas, to assist building surveyors and certifiers to identify the right questions to ask and what information to source when evaluating a project.

Russel Grove

  Is a Life Fellow of AIBS since 2016.

Has been a member of AIBS since 1972.

First served on Chapter Executive 1983-84 and again continuously since 1996.

NSW/ACT AIBS representative on the NSW Building Regulation Advisory Council since 1997.

Holds accreditations with the NSW BPB as an A1 accredited Building Surveyor and a C10 Accredited Fire Safety Engineer.

Has represented AIBS on numerous committees including those currently convened by the Department of Fair Trading to review the fire safety reforms. 

Allan Harriman

  Allan is a building surveyor with 30 years experience and a fire safety engineer with 20 years experience. Allan has a Graduate Diploma in Building surveying and Assessment and a Masters in Fire Safety Design.

He was awarded an OAM in June 2015 for service to the building and construction industry through professional associations. He is also an adjunct fellow at the Western Sydney University.

Allan is a founding director of both BCA logic and CPD Training Pty Ltd.

Andrew Harris

  Andrew Harris is a Professorial Fellow in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s engineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group. Laing O'Rourke is Australia's largest private engineering and construction business, with local turnover of $3 bn p.a. Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust). Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between industry and academia.

Stephen Kip

  Stephen Kip has been a Director of SKIP Consulting, an engineering and regulatory consultancy firm for the past 8 years.

Prior to that he has held senior engineering positions with Warrington Fire Research (now Exova Warrington Fire) and the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) and was the deputy to the Building Commissioner at the Building Control Commission in Victoria, Australia.

He holds a Degree in Building and a Masters Degree in Engineering and has additional post graduate qualifications in Fire Safety Engineering and Building Project Management. He is a Board member of the Australian Building Codes Board, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, an Honorary Fellow of the academic staff of the University of Melbourne School of Architecture, and an Associate of the academic staff at the Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering at Victoria University.

Dr Darryl O'Brien

  Darryl O’Brien is Head of Program, Undergraduate Built Environment Programs at CQ University where he lectures in Building Surveying and the Built Environment. Darryl is a current member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveying and is a past QLD/NT Vice president. Prior to joining CQU, Darryl was a Queensland based private certifier and planning consultant involved in a range of building and planning projects. Darryl holds bachelor degrees in both Building Surveying and Building Design and a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning. Darryl is a recent PhD graduate, his doctoral research examined how to best optimise building codes in response to ongoing demographic change. Darryl’s other research engagement includes ethics and conflict of interest; the identification and management of non-conforming building products; managing demographic change and environmental docility; and the history of building code development.”

Philip Sanders

  Philip Sanders serves as executive director of ACRS, Australasia’s specialist, independent conformity assessment body certifying construction steels to Australian and New Zealand Standards. 

Philip is a strong advocate of the benefits to both industry and the public from specialised, verification-based certification of construction materials, having witnessed the results of poor materials performance during a career spanning 30-years across engineering design and specification, building construction, insurance loss control, materials supply and product certification.

Philip has acted as a non-executive director for several industry bodies, and contributed to a number of Standards Australia committees, including concrete structures, bridge structures, earthquake loading and residential slabs & footings. 

Philip is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist, and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lynne Sheridan

  Lynne Sheridan has 25 years of experience in town planning and environmental assessment, including work in private consultancy, local, State and Commonwealth Government. Lynne’s current focus on strategic planning and policy making has stemmed from an extensive history working with local government and state government agencies to successfully guide projects from vision to implementation.

Lynne has a well-rounded perspective on planning having worked for both the development industry and on long term government contracts, which means she understands all facets of planning. She has had considerable depth of experience in development preparation and assessment as well as a solid background in strategic and policy making roles.

Lynne is currently working with the Department of Planning and Environment, managing the Codes and Development Guides team. This team is part of the Policy & Strategy Division of the Department. 
The Codes and Development Guides team is responsible for delivering the State wide policy for exempt and complying development, helping to speed up approvals for routine and low impact development. The team also provides policy interpretation and implementation advice to external stakeholders such as councils, applicants and certifiers.  

Adam Strong

  Adam joined Strongbuild as a full partner in 2010 and currently runs the Community Building Division out of the Sydney office. Adam is passionate about innovation with purpose. He is dedicated to exploring modern technology and energy efficient, sustainable resources with the aim of creating a more controlled, healthy way to build. Amongst his most recent achievements, Adam is responsible for overseeing Strongbuild’s move into sustainable, engineered timber products for medium high rise construction. Strongbuild is currently building two new CLT projects; 101 units at Campbelltown and 67 Retirement Units in Norwest Business Park.

As well as this, Adam is a key driver in the development of Strongbuild’s new state-of-the-art, highly automated, advanced manufacturing facility in Sydney’s Northwest. This facility promises to provide control over the negative variables associated with the building industry that effect price, quality and timing. Adam has over 20 years’ experience in the building industry predominantly working on medium to high rise residential and commercial building projects. He is a man with a clear, positive vision and the ability to make things happen. Adam has a Bachelor of Building (Constructions Management) with Honours.

John Tansey

  John Tansey is the Executive Director responsible for the Building & Construction Service at NSW Fair Trading.

The Building & Construction Service oversees all of Fair Trading’s roles in building and construction including builder licensing, compliance and enforcement, dispute resolution and inspection, and the Security of Payment system. The BCS is establishing the new system for Strata Bonds and Inspections. The service is also the regulator of on-site plumbing and drainage for NSW, and for consumer gas and electrical safety.

Since 1 July 2015 the Building Professionals Board has been part of Fair Trading and will operate as a Branch of the Building & Construction Service.

John has previously held Executive positions with Community Services NSW and at the Department of Premier and Cabinet in NSW. John also has experience in direct service delivery in the community sector.

Jeremy Turner

  Accredited as a Level 1 (Building Surveyor) for over 18 years, with 22 years professional experience in Building Surveying, Jeremy Turner has also spent 19 years serving the AIBS in various voluntary roles.  

Jeremy is an Engineering Technologist and has a Bachelor of Building from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Certificate in Civil (Structural) Engineering from the University of Adelaide.  

Until recently, Jeremy served the City of Adelaide for almost 10 years, where he had the privilege of working on some of the State’s most iconic projects including the Adelaide Oval redevelopment, the SAHMRI building and the New Royal Adelaide Hospital.  

Jeremy has recently followed his passion for the Building Surveying role and taken up the position of National Technical Manager with the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.

Dr Gabrielle Wallace

  Dr Gabrielle Wallace is Director of the Building Professionals Board (BPB), the independent NSW Government authority that accredits building, engineering, subdivision and swimming pool certifiers in NSW. She was also appointed to the BPB Board in September 2016 following the Government’s response to the independent review of the Building Professionals Act 2005 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 
Gabrielle has many years of experience in development and certification, beginning as a trainee health and building surveyor and working for various Sydney councils, as well as holding various roles at the BPB. She has also lectured at university, teaching students of building, property and building surveying and regulation at both undergraduate and post graduate levels.
Gabrielle's PhD (RMIT, Melbourne) examined microeconomic reform of building regulation in Australia between 1990 and 2003. In addition, her qualifications include:
Master of Development - Legislative Management - RMIT 
Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying - RMIT 
Bachelor of Applied Science - Environmental Health- UWS 
Associate Diploma in Environmental Health - NSW TAFE. 

As Director of the Building Professionals Board, Gabrielle is committed to implementing the Government’s reform agenda and to lead and strengthen a certification system that delivers a sound built environment for NSW. She is committed to working closely with stakeholders across industry, government and the education sector to deliver better buildings outcomes and welcomes feedback via the Board's website at

Steve Watson

  With over 25 years’ experience in construction and building regulations, Steve is responsible for leading the SWP team and for dealing with both prescriptive and performance based code compliance on major projects. He is accredited as a fire-safety engineer and an accredited Principal Certifying Authority in New South Wales.

Steve Watson & Partners was established in 2003, and the company has since grown to become one of the pre-eminent certification practices in Australia. Steve is a highly qualified and experienced professional in the fast moving arena of modern building control. He combines a comprehensive knowledge of regulatory matters with extensive experience in his specialty - performance-based building  code compliance. 

Senator Nick Xenophon

  Nick first became involved in politics in the 1997 South Australian election, where he campaigned on a ‘No Pokies’ platform. Over the next eight years, Nick worked to fight the spread of poker machines. He also campaigned on issues where individuals and communities weren’t getting a fair go, including asbestos victims, victims of crime and land tax.  He was re-elected to the State’s Upper House in 2006 with just over 20.5 percent of the state’s vote.

Nick made the decision to leave state politics and run in the November 2007 Federal Election because he believes that he can do more for South Australians in the Senate on key issues such as gambling regulation and water. Nick was elected to the Senate with just under fifteen per cent of the vote. He is the first Independent to be elected to the Senate in a generation. 

Since assuming his role in the Senate in July 2008, Nick has continued to push for changes in the key areas of gambling reform, the water crisis, consumer law and food labelling.

In the 2013 Federal Election where Nick was up for re-election in the Senate, the Nick Xenophon Group polled 24.9% of the overall vote in South Australia, on par with the major parties – an unprecedented result for an independent. 

In December 2014 Nick announced his intention to launch the Nick Xenophon Team.  NXT is about creating a common sense approach to politics.