EVENT: Emerging Developer Series 2018 - Melbourne

After five successful series, we are delighted to announce our highly popular Emerging Developers Series will be back again this year.


The Emerging Developers Series is a four-part program of interactive sessions for an intimate group of up and coming property professionals designed to walk you through the property development process from start to finish.  

Emerging developers will have access to leading industry experts who will provide strategic insight into property development and key developer issues from tax structuring, to design and construction.

Event details

Date: 4 sessions hosted on a monthly basis starting Monday, 18 June 2018
Time: 4:45pm - 7:00pm (canapes and refreshments provided)
Venue: ShineWing Australia, Level 10, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 
Format: Interactive class-room style format where our expert guest speakers will share their insight and expertise on a key component of the property development process.
Cost:  $800 per person for the series or group booking for up to 3 people for $1,600 (prices exclude GST)

This includes:

  • Four 2-hour sessions and networking opportunities with speakers and attendees

  • Soft and hard copies of speaker presentations and handouts

  • Automatic inclusion to our Emerging Developer's Series Program, including invitations to future networking events

  • Invitations to ShineWing Australia's annual Property Update event which brings together Australia's leading property professionals


Daren McDonald, Partner, ShineWing Australia
A leading accounting, commercial and taxation advisor to property developers in Australia. With 25 years’ experience in financial and strategic consulting to property developers on significant joint ventures.

Brihony Boan, Partner, Gadens
Brihony Boan is a Partner in the Property, Construction and Planning Team at Gadens in Melbourne, focusing on property development and distressed property sales.

Luke O’Grady, Owner, Incollaboration Projects Pty Ltd
Luke O’Grady is a Director and Co-Owner of Incollaboration Projects Pty Ltd. Incollaboration is a Development Advisory, Development and Project Management business with over $1B worth of residential, mixed use and commercial developments under management. With over 15 years in the industry, Luke has a vast experience with all facets of the residential development industry including medium and high density residential apartments, townhouse projects or land subdivision. Prior to starting Incollaboration Luke led the development team at Pomeroy Pacific in a senior management role and spent 7 years at Stockland. Luke’s strengths lie in the development management space, specifically, site acquisition, development feasibility and due diligence, planning, design, sales and marketing.

Andrea Pagliaro, Associate Director, Urbis
Andrea is passionate about planning for future generations. He has over 12 years’ experience working in the private and public sectors on a range of residential, mixed use and infrastructure projects, in addition to strategic planning including provision of advice on policy improvements and land rezoning. Andrea also has extensive experience representing clients at VCAT and Planning Panels Victoria as an advocate and expert witness on a range of development and land use issues.

Andrew LeoncelliManaging Director - Residential Projects, CBRE
As head of residential projects of the world’s largest commercial and residential real estate agency, together with experience in his own property developments, Andrew is a leader in his field.

Stefanie Palazzolo, Associate Director - Residential Projects, CBRE
As associate director of Residential Projects of the world’s largest commercial and residential real estate agency Stefanie acts as a conduit between all CBRE internal teams and external parties managing the entire process from developing initial sales and marketing strategies to exhausting every possible avenue to sell all project apartments.

Andrew Deveson, Director, Kapitol Group 
Andrew has over 15 years of vast experience in construction, with specialised expertise in active education environments, commercial offices and large-scale residential buildings throughout Melbourne. An award-winning construction director, Andrew has expertly guided numerous project teams and worked with project consultants to expertly manage significant institutional, residential and commercial projects throughout Victoria. As a director of Kapitol Group, Andrew is responsible for the management of projects and works in close collaboration with all stakeholders from concept through to completion

Tom Renda, Director,  Thomas Capital and Advisory
Tom has 32 years of banking experience, having held front line roles as State General Manager and National Industry Leader in Institutional Banking, Corporate and Business Banking at CBA, NAB and CBA. Tom has extensive experience across all aspects of banking and is now assisting clients in sourcing finance through bank and non-bank lenders. 

Alan Tan, Director & 5D Quantity Surveyor, Mitchell Brandtman
Alan has worked as a Quantity Surveyor for more than 18 years on projects large and small, providing Quantity Surveying and construction support for some of Australia’s most trusted names.

Matthew Gibb, Managing Director, Gibb Group
Matthew has in excess of 20 years’ experience in the industry and 15 years in senior positions in commercial and industrial property both in Australia and overseas including that of COO. Matthew's wealth of knowledge is second to none in the commercial industrial sector.

Cameron Alderson, Director, Canopi Homes
Cameron’s previous positions include Development and Marketing Director, Mirvac, Victoria and General Manager, Stockland, Victoria where he lead the growth of that business in 2001 to 2008 from $20 million in end sales value to over $1 Billion. He held the position of Victorian Division Vice President and Councillor of the Property Council of Australia from 2006 to 2010. In 2008 Cameron led a study of global housing affordability trends which underpins his passion and depth of understanding of the design and delivery of smaller homes, faster methods of construction and government policy relating to housing affordability.

Sejla Kadric, Associate Director, Blake Rodgers, Senior Managers, ShineWing Australia
Sejla and Blake both have more than 11 years’ experience in providing accounting, tax and business advisory services. They have worked with broad spectrum of clients, ranging from high net worth individuals to large private businesses, subsidiaries of foreign multinationals as well as local and foreign owned property developers.

Session topics and dates 

Session 1: Are you Development ready? | Legal documentation - Daren McDonald and Brihony Boan
Monday, 18 June 2018 (or Tuesday, 10 July 2018)

Are you ‘development ready’? This introductory session will provide a brief overview of the series structure as a whole and focuses on the development planning process. Daren explains the importance of a holistic and strategic development plan along with key factors to consider before embarking on any new project. In particular, this session focuses on structuring, asset protection as well as understanding and developing risk management methodology.

Brihony will present on a range of legal documentation issues. Getting documentation right the first time around minimises the risk of liability, performance issues and non-deliverables. Therefore it is crucial that proper attention be given to all legal documentation including (but not limited to) land acquisitions, contracts of sale, town planning submissions and supplier engagements and building contracts. 

Session 2: Feasibility and Development Management | Town planning | Sales/Strategy  - Luke O'Grady, Andrea Pagliaro, Andrew Leoncelli and Stefanie Palazzolo
Monday, 16 July 2018

Luke will step us through the preparation of an accurate feasibility statement, which is essential to the developer’s assessment of the opportunity. In addition, it is critical in determining a host of other factors such as risk and reward, timings, tax and cash flow planning and equity partners’ expectations. In addition, a successful development is all about delivering your project on time and on budget. 

Our town planning experts, Andrea will talk you through the documentation and practical application associated with all aspects of the development cycle and give tips on how to avoid some of the common pitfalls. 

Leaders in the real estate sales field will provide an assessment on current market trends and give advice on how to determine effective sales approaches and marketing strategies tailored to your project.

Session 3: Construction | Funding | Construction cost management - Andrew Deveson, Tom Renda and Alan Tan
Monday, 20 August 2018

Andrew, our construction expert, will speak about the construction process including management of the respective parties involved, common issues and the fundamentals in implementing a successful construction program.

Our expert Tom, will address the role that debt can play in funding a development along with the legalities and risks around alternative financing options. Our expert will also cover structuring the deal for equity investors and property schemes. In short, everything you need to know about what to consider and avoid in modern-day deal structuring.

Alan will provide practical advice to ensure you start off on the right foot when it comes to managing the construction costs of your development.

Session 4: Developers / Property Gurus Intro, Panel Discussion, Completion and Property Taxes - Matt Gibb, Cameron Alderson, Blake Rodgers and Sejla Kadric
Monday, 24 September 2018

In the final session of this series, there will be a recap on the different phases of the development cycle with particular focus given to the completion and settlement of the project. 

The first part of this session will be led by well-known developers who will share their personal insight into how and why they got involved in property development, lessons learned and their journey to date. This session will be a rare opportunity to get firsthand knowledge from experts in the trade - learn what to avoid in the development process, how to judge feasibility of the project and increase your chances of success.

The final part of the session will be a recap of property related state and federal taxes pertaining to acquisition, hold and disposal of developed property

Registration and more information 


Know someone interested in property development? You are welcome to direct any interested property professionals to this web page or to the ShineWing Australia Marketing team via marketing@shinewing.com.au.

In order to maintain an interactive group, please note that places are limited to 25 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.