Key Staff

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Our Staff

Hon. Stuart Ayres


Stuart Ayres is CEO of UDIA NSW.  Following a distinguished career as a senior Cabinet Minister and Member of NSW Parliament, Stuart joined UDIA NSW to build on our rich history of policy leadership and collaboration. Stuart is deeply committed to continue UDIA’s work on behalf of our Members who shape cities and create great communities for people to live in and dynamic places to work.

Gavin Melvin

General Manager, Policy, Research & Corporate Affairs

With over 20 years of experience in public and private sector leadership, Gavin is a strategic advisor and executive who delivers public policy reform, stakeholder engagement, and external communications. Gavin is a professional with an in-depth understanding of the nexus between business, government and other stakeholders and a unique perspective on how to lead teams that are delivering complex projects, business improvements and advocating for and designing policy changes.

Anthony Nicolaou

General Manager, Sales & Marketing

Anthony is the General Manager of Sales and Marketing at UDIA NSW. He oversees UDIA NSW’s membership, sponsorship and marketing.

Kylie Prince

General Manager, Operations

Kylie is the General Manager of Operations at UDIA NSW. She oversees the coordination of all events held throughout the year including luncheons, industry briefings, regional events, the annual State Conference and the Annual Awards for Excellence program, judging tour and Gala Dinner.

Elizabeth York

Hunter & Central Coast Manager

Elizabeth is the Regional Manager for our Central Coast and Hunter Chapters at UDIA NSW. Her role involves co-ordinating both the Hunter Chapter Committee and Central Coast Chapter Committee, including identifying local industry issues and developing policy responses, arranging and attending stakeholder meetings, workshops and Hunter Chapter events, and growing regional membership.

Deanna Lane

Director, Media & Communications – National and NSW Urban Development Institute of Australia

Deanna is the Director of Media & Communications for UDIA National and UDIA NSW. Deanna is responsible for the strategy and delivery of all media relations and communications to build UDIA’s media profile and elevate important industry issues to decision makers and influencers. Deanna is Editor of Urban Icon and Developers Update and provides editorial guidance and support for UDIA policy, research and events.

Charles Kekovich

Director, Greater Western Sydney

Charles’ recent focus has centred on the areas of building reform and the development of the NSW Building Commissioner’s Residential Apartment Buildings and DPB Act (s). He also worked with several State and Commonwealth Government Departments on several open reviews of retirement living legislation during his time at the Property Council where he was NSW Senior Policy Adviser and later National Policy and Stakeholder Manager.

Harriet Platt-Hepworth

Acting Director, Policy & Research

Harriet is responsible for overseeing the organisation’s policy direction, research and relationships with Government, industry and UDIA members. She leads the development of policy submissions and papers and UDIA’s advocacy efforts and presence. Harriet previously worked as Policy Director in the former NSW Government she brings a wealth of knowledge in the building and construction space from her time in that role.

David Petrie

Acting Director, Infrastructure

David is the Acting Director Infrastructure, representing the interests of UDIA members to Government and relevant stakeholders.  David works with leading policy makers in Government and advocates for better coordination and planning of infrastructure to support development in NSW. 

David brings extensive experience from state and local government roles, and the private sector to collaborate, negotiate and influence for better infrastructure and policy outcomes.  

Nathan Boulous

Southern Regional & Research Manager

Nathan is the Southern Regional & Research Manager at UDIA NSW. He undertakes quantitative analysis to support UDIA’s advocacy and manages joint projects with our valued research partners. He also coordinates our Illawarra-Shoalhaven Chapter, working closely with our regional members and key Government and peak body stakeholders to develop events, workshops, submissions, and research to help grow the industry in the Southern Region.

Kezia Wallace

Corporate Services Manager

Kezia is the Corporate Services Manager at UDIA NSW. She coordinates the Urban Icon and UDIA NSW Awards magazines, and manages the design aspect of UDIA NSW publications. Kezia also assists the General Manager Sales & Marketing with sponsorship administration.

Ella Blundell

Events Manager

Ella is our Events Manager at UDIA NSW. Ella is responsible for the efficient management of all events held throughout the year including luncheons, industry briefings, regional events, Legends & Legacy program, the annual State Conference and the Annual Development Awards for Excellence program, judging tour and Gala Dinner.

Felicia Roditis

Training & Events Coordinator

Felicia is our Training and Events Coordinator at UDIA NSW. Felicia is responsible for the efficient coordination of all training held throughout the year. She also assists on luncheons, regional events, the annual State Conference and the Annual Development Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner.

Frances Nicolaou

Events Coordinator

Frances is the Events Coordinator at UDIA NSW. Frances is responsible for the efficient coordination of our Leadership Awards for Excellence, Boardroom Luncheons, industry briefings and UDIA TV’s. She also assists in organising our luncheons, annual State Conference and the Annual Development Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner.