The Judges of the UDIA Wingate National Awards for Excellence are experienced industry leaders who bring tremendous credibility to the awards program. Their depth of experience and knowledge ensures the process is both independent and robust.

The program is rigorous, taking eight months from launch through to the completion of judging.

The Judges visit every site in person, as well as review accompanying written submissions.

Our 2020 Judges are Alan Zammit AM, Nicola Smith and Tony Marshall.

Alan Zammit AM


Alan Zammit has had a career spanning over 50 years in urban, regional and community development.

A former executive director of land development, home building and real estate agency companies in the former Hooker group, in 1992 Alan took on the role as managing director of Mulpha Norwest, developer of Norwest Business Park in Sydney.

From 2006, Alan has focused on offering corporate and property advisory services through his private company UPDM Pty Limited. During this period, Alan remained as chair of Norwest Association Limited, acted as a director of listed Aveo Group Limited, prior to returning to Mulpha Norwest as Board chair.

Having stepped down from this role, Alan Zammit currently serves on the boards of Evolve Housing Limited, Centacare Evolve Housing Limited, Wentwest Limited and Edmund Rice Foundation Australia. Alan is also an independent chair or member of audit and risk committees for a number of NSW government agencies.

Awarded Member of the Order of Australia in 2009, Alan was also the recipient of the UDIA National Distinguished Service Award in 2018.

Nicola Smith

M Communication, BA Urban and Regional Planning, FPIA

Nicola is a qualified Urban and Regional Planner with over twenty years’ experience in a wide range of planning and development roles in government and the private sector across Australia.

In her role as Founding Director, Planning, Nicola leads a team of 12 planners and designers at Niche Planning Studio, overseeing the statutory implementation of major projects, including scheme amendments, structure planning, plans of subdivision and planning permits.

Her diverse experience and commitment to the industry prompted her appointment to National Board Director of the Planning Institute of Australia in 2017.

In 2014 Nicola was appointed as member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee to review the Victorian State Planning Policy Framework, as Chair of the UDIA Innovation, Sustainability & Technology Committee in 2015 and elevated in 2016 to Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

She is also the 2017 UDIA Victoria Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award winner and 2018 UDIA National Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award winner.

Tony Marshall

B Technology (Civil Engineering)

Tony Marshall has a very broad experience in engineering, residential and commercial construction, and residential land development spanning 45 years in the states of South Australia and Victoria.

Since 1985 his roles have included Land Manager and State Development Manager for AVJennings in both South Australia and Victoria followed by roles as State Development Manager and Acquisition Manager for Stockland in Victoria from 2000.

In 2005 Tony returned to South Australia with Stockland also as State Development Manager and then joined regional developer Chamberlain Investments in 2008 until 2015.

In these roles in both states Tony has considerable experience in acquisitions, project conceptualisation, urban planning, marketing and project delivery with a range of projects including joint ventures with government.

He has been an executive member of the UDIA in both SA and Victoria and was recognised as a Fellow (SA) in 2007.