Founding Members

Founding Members

From left to right: Ms Bronwyn Weir, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (retd), Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, Professor Charles Lemckert, Honorary Consul Kim Lovegrove MSE RML FAIB, Professor Robert Whittaker AM, Neil Savery, Michael De Lint, and Belinda Robinson.

Kim Lovegrove

Inaugural Board Chair | Royal Medal of the Lion (RML) | Order of the Star of Honor of Ethiopia (MSE) | Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building (FAIB)

Senior construction lawyer, Lovegrove and Cotton Lawyers | Senior law reform consultant, World Bank

Adjunct Professor University of Canberra
Past Chair, Building Professionals Board Victoria
Past President of the Australian Institute of Building (Vic Chapter) and the New Zealand Institute of Building (Northern Chapter)
Past Deputy Director of the Australian Building Codes Board (Mid-90s)
Past Deputy Director of the Department of Building Control (VIC) (Early 90s) – Predecessor of the VBA
Headed up the team that had carriage of the National Model Building Act that became the blueprint for regulatory law reform in the nineties

Ethiopian Honorary Consul to Victoria

Kim, in his capacity as a Senior Consultant to the World Bank, assists the World Bank with the provision of international best practice law reform advice on building regulations.

He has been deployed in law reform advisory capacities in Mumbai, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. Kim is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra Faculty of Arts and Design a past Conjoint Professor of Building Regulation and Certification at the University of Newcastle (New South Wales).

Charles Lemckert

Inaugural Board Deputy Chair | Professor of Engineering; Head of School – School of Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Design & Built Environment; Head of Discipline – Built Environment and Design, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, Australia | Fellow of Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust)

Professional Affiliations with:
Asia Oceania Geosciences Society – President, Ocean Sciences Section (2016-), Australian Association for Engineering Education – Including Elected Committee Member (2013-), Australian Water Association – Including Elected Committee Member of the Water Education Network (2010-), Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation – Including Life member and Member of the Board of Trustees, Australian Collaborative Education Network, Australian Marine Science Association, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, American Geophysical Union, International Association of Online Engineering International Water Association.

Editorial Board Member
Journal of Coastal Research, Encyclopaedia of Coastal Science, Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science (Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal

Invited Adjunct Professor Appointment
The University of Southern Queensland and Griffith University

Director of Holdom Whittaker
Admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia for his ‘…significant contribution to the building and construction industry as a leader and educator’  promulgated by HE the Governor-General in the Commonwealth Government Gazette, QB 2014.

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales (Est 1821, Royal Assent 1866, Act of Parliament 1881) – promulgated by HE the Governor of NSW in the NSW Government Gazette, 6 Feb 2018.

Director of Research and Education Foundation Trust (REFT) and the College of Building of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB, Incorporated by Royal Charter).

Current Director and Past Chair of the National Building Professionals Register (NBPR).

Past National President (2012-14) of the Australian Institute of Building. Past NSW – Past ACT/NSW Chapter President of the same.

Conjoint Professor of Practice (Const.Man) – University of Newcastle.

Adjunct Professor (Const.Man) – University of Canberra.

Adjunct Professor (Const.Man, BldSurv, QtySurv) – Western Sydney University where formerly he served as an adjunct Associate Professor.

And has served as a Conjoint Professor of Practice (Const.Man) – University of Newcastle.

Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building (FAIB); Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Building; Companion of Engineers Australia (CompIEAust); Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FAIQS); and Member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (MAIBS);

Recipient of the AIB NSW Chapter Honour Award presented by the then-Minister, the Honourable Virginia Judge MP FRSN, Parliament House Sydney 2010.

Bronwyn Weir

Director at Weir Legal and Consulting Pty Ltd

Bronwyn is the co-author of the Building Confidence Report. Her appointment with Professor Shergold to undertake this work reflects her reputation as a legal advisor on building regulations for more than 20 years.

Bronwyn has been advising the NSW and WA governments on their implementation of the Building Confidence Report and she is also part of the Expert Advisory Group appointed to advise the ABCB on its work to develop a national framework for the implementation of the report.

Other related work includes advising on the Vic Government’s response to combustible cladding and on security of payment reforms for the Queensland government. In addition to building regulation, Bronwyn has also advised regulators in many other sectors including human services, education and natural resources.

Dominic Sims, CBO, is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Code Council. He was appointed to the position in 2012. As CEO, Sims is responsible for the overall activities and financial performance of the association, including its six subsidiaries.

The Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, affordable and resilient buildings. Every state in the U.S. and many global markets adopt the International Codes.

During his 15-year tenure, Sims has also served the Code Council as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President. He has served on and/or chaired numerous national Committees and Task Forces across a span of topics, including code development, government affairs and resiliency.

Prior to his work with the Code Council, Sims served as the CEO of the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) and guided its consolidation between regional code organizations that formed the Code Council in 2003. Sims has served on the boards of SBCCI, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and several other professional associations. Before joining SBCCI, he was Executive Director of the Palm Beach County, Florida Planning, Zoning and Building Department, where he had responsibility for comprehensive development, construction, and licensing and compliance activities for a high-growth region in the United States.

Having worked in the building safety field since 1983, Sims has held numerous positions, both elected and appointed at the federal, state and local levels including the White House Panel on Seismic Safety, The Society for Standards Professionals (SES) Standards Committee and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Policy Committee.

His experience includes service as a Councilman/Vice Mayor for the town of Jupiter, Florida and Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Building Code Study Commission –which helped form his views on the importance of being active in public policy discussions concerning building safety.

Michael de LintDirector, Regulatory reform and Technical Standards | RESCON (Residental Construction of Ontario) | Consultant, World Bank (since 2007) | Director, Regulatory Reform and Technical Standards

Extensive international experience in streamlining planning and building regulatory regimes.

Michael is an experienced public policy professional familiar with the development and building regulatory issues in Ontario and internationally. He has worked as a project manager and adviser for many key Ontario Government initiatives related to the building regulatory system.

Lead author of a 2018 RESCON report on streamlining Ontario’s development and building approval process.

Prepared reports for the World Bank on ways to streamline planning and building regulatory systems following missions to over 15 different countries.

Contributing author to two World Bank books. Presented papers at Society for Applied Anthropology Conferences in Pittsburgh and in Vancouver, on risk and resilience in developing countries.

Past Senior Consultant World Bank Group

Bill Davis Ontario Merit Award
(Ontario Building Officials Association)

Leadership Award
Reach for Excellence, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Professional Land Economist
Ontario Association of Land Economists

Panel Member
Centre for Best Practice Building Control (CBPBC), Melbourne, Australia

Member
Association of Ontario Land Economists

Chief Executive Officer, The Australian Building Codes Board

As Chief Executive of the Australian Building Codes Board, championed improved access, awareness and understanding of the National Construction Code to help improve compliance and lift productivity.

As past Deputy Commissioner of the Victorian Building and Plumbing Industry Commissions, where he was involved in developing a number of reforms resulting in the establishment of the Victorian Building Authority.

For eight years served as the inaugural Chief Planning Executive for the ACT Planning & Land Authority where he was responsible for building and plumbing control, as well as designed and implemented what at the time were the most comprehensive planning reforms in the country.

Past Executive Director of Planning SA, where he developed significant reforms to land use planning and before that he was the Director of City Planning and Special Projects at the City of Greater Geelong, where he oversaw the redevelopment of that city’s waterfront and CBD.

Holds qualifications in town planning, urban design and ecologically sustainable development, is a Registered Planner and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Senior Private Sector Specialist, The World Bank

Alejandro Espinosa-Wang is a private sector development specialist. Alejandro joined the World Bank Group in 2006.

He currently works with the Trade and Competitiveness global practice. Before joining Trade and Competitiveness he worked in the Doing Business team where he led the research group for the indicators on dealing with construction permits. Espinosa-Wang also worked as a research assistant at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C.

Espinosa holds a degree in government and international relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, a certificate in economic policy from American University, and a master’s degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University.

José ToreroProfessor José L. Torero is Professor Civil Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London. He works in the fields of safety, environmental remediation and sanitation where he specializes in complex environments such as developing nations, complex urban environments, novel architectures, critical infrastructure, aircraft and spacecraft. He holds a BSc for the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (1989), and an MSc (1991) and PhD (1992) from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Doctor Honoris Causa by Ghent University (Belgium) in 2016. José is a Chartered Engineer (UK), a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), the Royal Society of Edinburgh (UK), the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences (Australia), the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Institution of Fire Engineers (UK), the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (USA), the Combustion Institute (USA) and the Royal Society of New South Wales (Australia).

Stephanie Barwise QCStephanie Barwise QC is a preeminent UK-based silk. Her practice comprises construction, civil and geotechnical engineering involving landslip/subsidence and augured/bored piles, mechanical and electrical engineering and infrastructure projects including roads, bridges, mass transit railroads, on and off shore refineries and biofuels plants, ship building and refits, wind farms, IT problems in computer automated cranes and trains, and procurement including major PFI projects such as hospitals and schools. Her practice also extends to military equipment such as man-portable, automated bomb diffusing equipment, battleships and nuclear bunkers.

Amongst the first of the 1988 call to take silk, Stephanie has been consistently recognised as a leader in her field in legal directories such as Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide and The Legal 500. Stephanie won “Construction Set of the Year” in the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards 2019 and was included in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ list for 2019.

Stephanie appeared for the manufacturer of both trains and the signal in the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry. She is currently representing the larger of the two groups of victims (survivors, bereaved relatives and former residents of Grenfell Tower) in The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, a group represented by three firms of solicitors.

Stephanie has represented the UK government and foreign governments, as well as a wide variety of other clients in high-value and complex claims. 

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