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Board Information and Members

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.


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. Until recently he was a Specialist Advisor to KPMG and CEO of Infrastructure Australia, leading the organisation through substantial change and the production of the Australian Infrastructure Audit.

He is Chairman of Evolution Rail Pty Ltd (manufactures and maintains high capacity metro trains), AssetCo Management Pty Ltd (an IFM Investors subsidiary) and Transport Canberra Light Rail Board. He is also is a Director on the Barangaroo Delivery Authority 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 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 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, commercial and not for profit sectors with particular experience in the Property funds (REIT), Urban Development, Housing construction, High Technology, Hoarding, 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 has run a range of organisations including in large multi-nationals from high technology start-ups to multibillion dollar residential development and property management.

Peter is a past director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia – NSW (UDIA) and chairs the Urban Renew Committee including assistance in developing the Housing Affordability and Diversity Housing reports and member of Judging Panels in NSW and QLD.

Peter is a Fellow of the AICD, has an MBA, GradDip Management, GradDip Computer Science and has completed many Australian Institute of Company Director’s courses in addition to being awarded the coveted Australian CEO of the Year in 2015/16 by the Customer Services Institute of Australia (CSIA). Peter is also currently undertaking an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford, UK, with a Dissertation ‘Imaging the Real: The Post Autonomous Vehicle City”.

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 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 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.

Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with Honors from City University, London, an Executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa Madrid, a Graduate diploma in applied finance and investment from Securities Institute (now FINSIA), a Diploma of company directorship and an advanced diploma in company directorship from Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a CSP qualified professional speaker. Julie has written textbooks on Company directorship for the commercial, government and not for profit sectors.

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

In the private sector Angus established Lansdown Homes, an integrated residential development company in Sydney and Brisbane, and was its first General Manager and later a Director. Lansdown achieved a $70 million turnover in its second operational year. He was instrumental in bringing the development division of Urban Pacific (formerly Pioneer Homes) to commercial profitability.

Angus has sat on numerous boards, government selection panels and review committees. These include: the board of the Illawarra Housing Trust, Penrith City Council’s Property Development Advisory Pane, the Premier’s Urban Design Advisory Committee, the Rouse Hill Town Centre and Barangaroo assessment panels, and the inter-Governmental task force for the acquisition of BHP’s land holdings in Newcastle. He is a past president of the NSW division of the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

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.

Shelley Penn

Shelley PennShelley 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, member of the Victorian Waterways of the West Ministerial Advisory Committee, 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 has recently been appointed to 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.