New President Elected to UDIA NSW Council

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New President Elected to UDIA NSW Council

UDIA NSW Councillor Stephen McMahon has been elected as President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW (UDIA NSW) – the leading industry body for urban development, representing over 550 member companies and organisations.

Stephen McMahon was elected to the position at the UDIA NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 25 November 2020, following the completed term of outgoing President Michael Sheargold (2018-2020) who will remain on the Council in the role of Immediate Past President.

Stephen has a wealth experience with over 30 years in the urban development industry. He is currently the General Manager, Development of Cameron Brae Properties, undertaking a range of land development projects in Western Sydney and regional NSW. He is also Director of Inspire Planning and a part-time Lecturer at University of NSW (UNSW). His experience includes the London Docklands Development Corporation and Olympic Coordination Authority.

Stephen is an active member of UDIA NSW including as Vice President Greenfield (2016-2020), Chair of the Land Development Committee (2014-2020), Chair of the 2010, 2015 and 2020 National Congress Committees, Chair of the Western Sydney Leadership Panel, and he represented UDIA NSW on Sydney Water’s Customer Council.

Stephen is a registered town planner in NSW and a Fellow of the NSW Division of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). Given this background, he is a strong advocate of leading the development industry on matters of planning reform to improve broader economic development and business outcomes for NSW.

Incoming President Stephen McMahon said:

“I am honoured to have been elected as President of UDIA NSW and I am committed to representing the best interests of the urban development industry across a number of platforms.”

“Over the past decade, I have seen numerous regulatory changes imposed upon the development industry in NSW, many of which have posed unnecessary challenges for the development industry.”

“Taking the lead in this particularly challenging era of COVID-19, I want to ensure the reform agenda is squarely focused on a development-led recovery, which will create more jobs in housing and construction-related industries and see more opportunities for Australians to enter the housing market.”

“As an Executive member of Council since 2016 I wish to continue my work, advocating for a sound, sensible, efficient basis upon which the industry can seek to successfully operate in NSW.”

Steve Mann CEO of UDIA NSW welcomed Mr McMahon to the role:

“The role of President at UDIA requires incredible knowledge of the complexities of this industry and the challenges our members face every day. We look forward to benefiting from Stephen McMahon’s deep industry knowledge.”

“I would like to personally thank outgoing President Michael Sheargold for his incredible work through the COVID-19 pandemic. His leadership and determination helped guide the organisation through an unprecedented health crisis and we are in great shape to continue our advocacy for the development industry.”

“In particular, I’d like to mention Michael’s relentless aspirations for greater Diversity and Inclusion across the urban development industry, which have been inspiring. In the past two years, UDIA NSW has seen better representation on our Committees, giving fresh and balanced perspectives and seat at the table for everyone.”

The AGM also saw the election of Paul Thompson, Lendlease (new Councillor), with the re-election of:

  • Rick Graf, Billbergia
  • Stephen Albin, Urbanised
  • Brendan Maier, Colin, Biggers & Paisley
  • Jacqueline Vozzo, Penrith Lakes Development Corporation


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