The Urban Development Institute of Australia is the leading development industry body, representing more than 500 member companies and agencies across the public and private sector.

It is governed by the National Council Board, made up of representatives from each UDIA State Council.

Simon Basheer

National President (NSW)

Simon Basheer UDIA’s National President. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Graduate Diploma in Property (Valuation). Simon has more than 30 years’ experience in the development industry holding a number of senior General management positions across several states. He is passionate about the development industry and the responsibility developers have in their profession. He has been an active member of the UDIA both in Queensland and NSW for over 20 years and was a Councillor on UDIA NSW for 8 years and also holding the position as UDIA NSW President. Simon has sat on UDIA National Council for more than 10 years. After more than 8 years working for Delfin Limited, Simon joined Lend Lease in 1995 and was involved in many of Lend Lease's largest masterplanned community and urban projects before leaving in late 2020 after 25 years. Simon's background brings a depth of industry experience which is translated into strong policy and advocacy activities for the development industry.

Max Shifman

National Vice President (VIC)

Max Shifman is Chief Operating Officer of Intrapac Property, one of Australia’s largest private developers. Max’s focus is on the continued, successful delivery of Intrapac's project portfolio and the pursuit of new opportunities and growth. After studying Civil Engineering and Law at Monash University, Max’s experience covers broad aspects of residential development from large-scale subdivisions, integrated townhouse developments and apartments. Max has spent six years on UDIA Victoria committees; four on Outlook, and two on Infrastructure & Urbanisation. He is the industry representative on the South East Water Customer Engagement Council and successfully lobbied for the formation of a SEW Industry Reference Group in early 2018.  Max’s proudest achievements include receiving the UDIA Victoria Young Professional Award in 2013 and being part of the team responsible for Intrapac’s multiple UDIA Excellence Award winning Somerfield project and its recently released Kinley development in Lilydale.

Col Dutton

National Vice President (WA)

Col Dutton is the General Manager, Residential (WA), Stockland Western Australia. He is President of UDIA WA and has more than 20 years’ experience working in the property industry around the country. Col leads Stockland’s delivery of affordable, diverse housing in Perth as well as driving a focus on mixed use town centres and medium density developments in greenfield and infill locations across Perth.With a professional background that spans senior roles in property and local government and qualifications in engineering, Col has an in depth understanding of the broad range of industry issues that UDIA WA is involved in.

Darren Cooper

Treasurer (WA)

Darren Cooper is the Immediate Past President of the UDIA National Board. He has spent in excess of 20 years with various companies in management and senior executive roles, and has a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.  He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors program. In addition to his role as UDIA National Treasurer, Darren holds a number of Board and Strategic Advisory roles across a range of industries including property, construction, labour hire, professional services and telecommunications. He is also an investor in and director of a range of technology and media-based start-up businesses. Darren is the Board Chair of two ASX-listed companies (The GO2 People Ltd and Spectur Ltd), is the Deputy Chair of WA community housing provider Foundation Housing Inc and is a Non-Executive Director of JDSi Consulting Engineers.

Lael Mayer

National Secretary (SA)

Lael Mayer is the General Manager for Adelaide Development Company, a family business established in 1922 that is a multiple award winning residential and commercial property development firm. Holding a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Lael is a natural problem solver with strategic and logical thinking, together with a rare combination of a sharp eye for detail and an ability to see the bigger picture. He has more than 25 years experience in the design and delivery of urban development and major infrastructure projects throughout South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. An active member of the UDIA for more than 16 years, Lael has been a member of the Executive Council of UDIA (SA) since 2014 and a UDIA National Councillor since 2018. Lael has strong views about the significant role that the urban development industry plays in the economy, providing significant employment and the creation of long-lasting legacies of communities and infrastructure, for which the industry can and should be proud.

Darren Walsh

Councillor (WA)

Darren Walsh is an Executive Director of JBS&G based in Perth. Darren has more than 20 years’ experience in government relations, environmental impact assessment and environmental management, particularly in the land development and mining sectors. He has a comprehensive knowledge of all key areas of environmental consulting services, provides strategic advice and support across a range of projects and has a high level of expertise in the negotiation of environmental approvals. Prior to the merger with JBS&G, Darren was the CEO of Strategen Environmental.

Michael Sheargold

Councillor (NSW)

Michael Sheargold is the Managing Director of Sheargold, a private family property development and investment business that was established in 1963, as well as the Chairman of a philanthropic foundation established in 2013.  Since being invited to join the family business Michael has developed a passion for the property industry. Michael has a Masters of Property Development, University of Technology Sydney; Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics Major), University of Sydney. His skills & experience include: Ten years’ experience in the property industry, five of these as Managing Director of a diversified private property business; real estate development involving due diligence, acquisition, rezoning and planning, construction procurement, sales and marketing of master-planned communities, boutique subdivisions, houses and integrated built product; real estate investment and management of residential, commercial and industrial sites; business administration; creation and operation of complex trust and business structures.

Vanessa Pearson

Councillor (NSW)

Vanessa Pearson is the CEO Diversified Property Group, a privately held property development group specialising in residential land subdivisions and sustainable housing communities. With 16 years’ industry experience, she has had involvement in many aspects of residential development from feasibilities to final delivery in her many roles as major shareholder, director and manager. In 2019 Vanessa led the launch of the UDIA Legends and Legacy Program. She was the winner of UDIA NSW & Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award for Excellence 2016 and has sat on several UDIA NSW committees over her 16 years’ involvement in UDIA. Vanessa is currently the Regional Network Chair for the YPO Construction Industry and Forum Chair the YPO Australian/ NZ Property Region. Vanessa holds: M.Phil. in Land Economy, Cambridge, UK; MBA., Cambridge, UK; B.Com. (acct., finc.), Bond University, Qld.

Ian Murray

Councillor (QLD)

Ian Murray is the Regional Development Manager, Communities (QLD) for Lendlease. He has worked in the development industry for more than 20 years with several corporate developers, including Australand, Urban Pacific and AVJennings in both Queensland and South Australia. Prior to this he was a consulting engineer providing services to the development industry for nearly a decade. Ian has been a UDIA member in both Queensland and South Australia, and served on the UDIA Queensland Board and committees for several years

Jason Green

Councillor (SA)

Jason Green is a qualified Urban Planner who is driven to help positively shape the future of South Australia. His career includes positions with national development firms both in SA and in Victoria, practicing as a planning and urban design consultant, as well as experience in the public sector. Jason joined development firm Lanser, which specialises in masterplanned residential communities, in 2005 and now leads the organisation as Managing Director. Having long participated as a council member of the UDIA (SA) executive, Jason has formerly served as Vice-President before assuming the position of President for SA.

Stephen Harrison

Councillor (QLD)

Stephen Harrison has more than 20 years’ experience in the development industry and has held key positions in both local government and private organisations. Stephen is currently the Director of Harrison Development Group, which is responsible for the delivery of signature projects in Cairns and Greater Flagstone. He is the Project Director for Flinders, a 15,000 lot masterplanned community at Flagstone. Prior to that, Stephen was Managing Director at iLiv Property Group and was responsible for the delivery of its residential portfolio at Rockhampton, Mackay, Calliope and Gladstone. Prior to that in his role as Project Director at Heritage Pacific he focused on the delivery of the Genesis project on the Gold Coast and the RiverBend project in Logan City. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master of Project Management. Stephen was elected the President of UDIA (Qld) at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. He is the immediate past President of the Gold Coast Logan branch of UDIA (Qld), a position he held for a three year period until July 2013, having served as Vice President since 2008.

Hermanus Louw

Councillor (NT)

Hermanus Louw is the Director of Louw Group and is UDIA NT president. Hermanus is highly regarded for his leadership capabilities, his ability to form and lead strong, dynamic project teams, and his ‘can-do’ attitude in delivering a range of construction and property projects. In a career spanning more than 19 years, Hermanus has gained a reputation for professionalism, integrity and commitment through the successful delivery of projects in varying industry sectors throughout Australia, UK, Southern Africa and the Middle East. Prior to establishing the Louw Group, Hermanus undertook Development and Project Management roles for both developers and consulting firms, leading multi-disciplinary teams in projects where the highest standards are routinely demanded. With a background in Engineering and Environmental Land Development, he has practical experience in all aspects of the project life-cycle. He is also experienced in setting up delivery frameworks for complex projects through adopting an integrated team approach to finding practical and cost-effective solutions. This approach builds enthusiasm, commitment and relationship capital within the project teams. Hermanus holds an MBA and engineering degree and is certified under a number of project management and sustainability systems.