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Board Information and Members

Board Members

The Board appointees are as follows:

John Fitzgerald, Chair

John Fitzgerald

John has extensive experience in infrastructure policy and delivery, public transport and urban renewal.  He has a strong background in governance, finance and commercial negotiations. In recent years he was a Specialist Advisor to KPMG and Interim CEO of Infrastructure Australia, leading the organisation through substantial change and the production of the first Australian Infrastructure Audit.

He is Chairman of Evolution Rail Pty Ltd (manufactures and maintains high capacity Melbourne metro trains), Infranexus Management Pty Ltd (an IFM Investors subsidiary) and Canberra Light Rail Board. He is also is a Director on Infrastructure Australia and the Victorian Funds Management Corporation Boards. John’s previous positions included Chair of NSW Government’s Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct project, Director Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Port of Melbourne Corporation and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

Prior to joining KPMG in 2011 John was Deputy Secretary at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF).  Before joining DTF in 2000, John predominantly had an investment banking background.

John holds a Master of Public Infrastructure (Research) from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria).

Peter Howman, Deputy Chair

Peter Howman

Peter is an Executive Director and Chair, Non-Executive Director, Board Committee Member, and National CEO of the Year with over a decade of board level experience across the public, private and not for profit sectors with particular experience in the Property funds (REIT), Urban Development, Housing construction, High Technology, and Investment Management sectors.

Peter brings experience in all major Board disciplines including accounting, audit, finance, governance, legal, policy, high technology, strategy and specifically property.  In an executive capacity, Peter is experienced in a range of organisations from high technology start-ups to large multi-nationals and multibillion dollar residential development and property management culminating in being awarded the coveted Australian CEO of the Year in 2015/16 by the Customer Services Institute of Australia (CSIA).

Peter is a past director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia – NSW (UDIA) and chair of the Urban Renew Committee which included assistance in developing the Housing Affordability and Diversity Housing reports for NSW as well as a member of Judging Panels in NSW and QLD.

Peter Chairs the SLA Board Audit and Risk Committee and is currently a Director of OzHelp Foundation (and member of the Board Finance and Risk Committee) which is a not-for-profit, ACT based organisation focused on workplace well-being and suicide prevention. In addition, Peter is a Director of Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA) which was formed to deliver new ways of imagining, planning, and building sustainable, smart-cities, transport and infrastructure.

Peter has an MBA, GradDip Management, GradDip Computer Science and a MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford, UK, with a Dissertation ‘Imaging the Real: The Post Autonomous Vehicle City”.  Additionally, Peter is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company DIrector’s (AICD) and has completed many AICD courses.

Angus Dawson, Member

Angus Dawson

Angus Dawson has over 35 years’ experience in property development and commercial construction. He has worked in senior executive roles in private and public sector organisations in New South Wales, Queensland and throughout the UK.

In the private sector Angus established Lansdown Homes for the UK based Beazer PLC, an integrated residential development company in Sydney and Brisbane. He was instrumental in bringing the development division of Urban Pacific (formerly Pioneer Homes) to commercial profitability.

As CEO, Angus has led the NSW Government’s delivery of the $3.45 billion Building the Education Revolution, the Growth Centres Commission, and the Honeysuckle Development Corporation.

He now consults to industry and government on property, infrastructure, governance and management.

Angus has sat on numerous boards, government selection panels and review committees. Directorships include Lansdown Homes, The Illawarra Housing Trust, The Growth Centres Commission, Hunter Medical Research Institute, City West Housing, and the Urban Development Institute of Australia. He was President of the NSW division of the UDIA, Chair of the Hunter Red Shield Appeal and currently chairs the Penrith City Council’s Property Advisory Panel.

Angus holds Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science (Building), is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a life member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Katrina Fanning

Katrina Fanning

Katrina Fanning is a Wiradjuri woman from NSW who has had a long career in the government, community and sport sectors. She held Senior Executive positions in Centrelink, Aboriginal Hostels and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and completed a secondment to the Ministry of Social Development based in Auckland in 2008.  

Katrina is currently a Board member for the Fred Hollows Foundation, Canberra Raiders, ACT Women's Legal Centre and Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Service.  She is the Chairperson of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council. In addition she is part of Advisory Bodies for the ANZ Business Leadership Forums and is a small business owner in Canberra. 

Katrina was named the ACT Australian of the Year in 2020, ACT Woman of the Year in 2014 and awarded a Public Service medal in 2015 for her work in Indigenous Affairs, women's rights, homelessness and family violence.

Julie Garland McLellan, Member

Julie Garland McLellan

Julie Garland McLellan is a professional director with experience on a range of boards in the not-for-profit, government and commercial sectors.

She has served on the boards of the Melbourne Water Corporation, Victorian Energy Networks Corporation, City West Water, Victorian Minerals and Energy Council, the University of Melbourne’s Engineering Foundation, Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises, Oldfields Holdings, Hats Holdings, Professional Speakers Association, Kyoto Energy, Wind Hydrogen, Bounty Mining, Melbourne Chamber of Mines, Fitness Australia and Hassall & Associates.

Julie has held senior management, strategic planning and executive leadership roles with major and international corporations including: Thames Water, Tillyard, BHP, KPMG and Gamesa Energy Australia.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with Honors from City University, London. She has an Executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa Madrid, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from Securities Institute (now FINSIA), and an Advanced Diploma in Company Directorship from the AICD.

She is an AICD Fellow and an accredited Certified Speaking Professional through Professional Speakers Australia. Julie has written textbooks on company directorship for the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Shelley Penn

Shelley Penn

Shelley Penn is a Melbourne-based architect and urbanist. Her practice was established in 1993 and has been recognised through architecture awards, publication and exhibition in Australia and overseas. Shelley’s work also encompasses twenty years’ experience providing strategic advice to government and the private sector on architecture and urban design.

Current roles include Monash University Architect, Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Director of Infranexus Management Pty Ltd. She is on the Advisory Board of the Office of Projects Victoria and of Women’s Property Initiatives, and is a member of the board of Open House Melbourne. She is an Adjunct Professor in Architecture Practice at Monash University, Associate Professor in Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design, and a member of State Design Review Panels for Victoria, NSW, WA and the ACT.

Past roles include Chair National Capital Authority, National President Australian Institute of Architects, Associate Victorian Government Architect and Co-chair Barangaroo Review 2011. In 2014 she was named an AFR/Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ in the Public Policy Category.  Through practice, advocacy and advisory work, Shelley is driven by an enduring commitment to enriching culture, improving social outcomes and sustainability through advancing the quality of the built environment.

Clare Petre

Clare Petre

Clare Petre has a long career in the government, community and media sectors. She was the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW for over 16 years and prior to that was a Senior Assistant Commonwealth Ombudsman. 

Clare was previously a Board member of City West Housing and Energy Consumers Australia, and has served on a range of NSW and Commonwealth government advisory bodies.  She chaired the consumer advisory panels for ASIC and the Credit & Insurance Ombudsman, and was Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Ombudsman Association. 

Clare is currently the Customer Advocate (Wealth) for NAB, Chair of the New Energy Tech Consumer Code Council, Chair of the Independent Accountability Panel for the Energy Charter, Chair of the Code of Conduct Committee of the Australian Council for International Development, and Deputy Chair of the Asylum Seekers Centre. 

Clare has Masters degree in Social Administration (LSE), Bachelor of Social Studies and Diploma of Criminology (Sydney), and is member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Previous Meetings

Board Charter

The Suburban Land Agency commenced on 1 July  2017. The Board includes members with experience in Australian based and international land development, major infrastructure construction and civil works and experience in the not-for-profit housing sector. 

Board Meeting Outcomes

As part of its Open Government strategy, the ACT Government is committed to:

  • transparency
    •  in process and information
  • participation
    • by citizens in the governing process
  • public collaboration in finding solutions to problems and participation in the improved well-being of the community.

Being an open government means the ACT Government values collaboration across government and with the community. Open government initiatives enhance democracy and place the community at the centre of the governance process.

Inline with the ACT Government's Open Government strategy the Suburban Land Agency will publish the approved minutes of the Board as soon as practicable after each meeting. Matters which will not be included in the meeting outcomes are those of commercial or personal sensitivity and internal operational issues.