The following SCA (NSW) members have nominated for positions representing their respective Chapters on the 2017 SCA (NSW) Board. Candidates will be elected at the Annual General Meeting which will be held at 4.00pm on Thursday, 27 October 2016 at the Sydney Hilton Hotel, George Street, Sydney. Only those members who are financial will be permitted to vote.
Below are the nominees for positions on the 2017 Board. Members will receive their AGM pack via email 21 days prior to the AGM. The nominees are:
Strata Manager (Licensed) Chapter
As background, I have been involved in the strata industry for over 12 years. This experience has been as a supplier, as a start-up new business, mentor, and a Board member in 2015.
I am the owner of Irvine Strata and lead a team of 7 staff, comprising 5 strata managers and 2 support team. We manage over 160 buildings in the inner west and eastern suburbs. The business started on a folding table in the front room our home in 2010 and has grown organically and by acquisition.
Prior to starting my business, I spent 4 years with the MaxSoft Group (StrataMax) and 15 years in corporate banking at CBA and Westpac.
When on the Board in 2015, I initiated the formal Mentoring Program and also the SCA (NSW) Membership Reward Program. This year, I have stayed actively involved being on the working party for the new legislation review and also the new Agency Agreement.
I am nominating to re-join the Board as we are at the beginning of a new era in strata management. I see significant challenges and opportunities for all participants in the industry and feel that I have the experience and the motivation to add value to the Board as it helps members tackle these challenges and leverage the opportunities.
These challenges and opportunities are not just legislative, but also technology, service expectations, workforce creation and retention, business growth and efficiency, profitability, risk minimisation, and corporatisation.
I have nominated myself for Board membership on the platform that the industry has a variety of players from very large international owned businesses through to smaller family companies. I think my supplier and business perspective will be an advantage, but particularly my advocacy for small operators in the strata market.
My current role is the General Manager of Strata Title Management, one of NSW largest and most respected strata companies. I possess 13 years strata experience at all levels and have held my license for the last 10 years. My resume overview is below:
- Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting/Finance)
- Nominated to the Education Sub-Committee SCA (NSW) – last five years
- Awarded the Peter and Helen Clisdell Award and Scholarship to complete Strata License for top Certificate of Registration in 2003
Roderick’s career commenced in the corporate finance and taxation sector working with prestigious firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers before moving into the property industry. Roderick joined Vesture and STM with a strong background in Strata and Business Management.
Specialising in the management of prestigious and complex Strata schemes, Community Associations and Building Management Committees, Roderick brings a high level of technical expertise to the STM team.
I am committed to working towards making the necessary legislation procedure updates available to all members and I am happy to contribute STM processes and ideas to SCA (NSW) in order to improve our industry. Even broader than that, I am eager to role up my sleeves and become an active member of the board that will shoulders the workload and responsibility involved with this appointment.
As a standing board member I am re-nominating for re-election for a position on the Board.
The strata management industry is experiencing unprecedented challenges, scrutiny and opportunities and I am committed to ensuring that we emerge as a strong, unified and proud body representative of strata managers throughout NSW.
As a passionate advocate for professional strata management, I believe that our collective efforts can influence policy makers, assist in the education of owners and ‘raise the bar’ across the board. I also believe that we have an obligation to continually educate the marketplace about the professionalism and value of strata managers.
I have served previously as Senior Vice President and as chair and member of many of the committees of the board. In addition to these SCA (NSW) duties, I also currently sit on number of government review panels and industry working groups on behalf of SCA (NSW) concerning strata management, legislation review and environmental opportunities in strata and community management.
I believe that I can continue to offer a great deal of leadership, enthusiasm, commitment, expertise and innovation to the SCA (NSW) members and am excited and challenged by the opportunities that are presented to our members during the current evolution of our sector.
Strata Manager (Associate) Chapter
I have been a current Board member since November 2007, initially representing the Associate Chapter, then the Licenced Chapter, retiring by rotation and now offer myself for re-election in the Associate Chapter.
I have been actively involved as a Director and Chaired the Risk and Financial Committee and then being elected in 2014 as your President, which I was honoured to fulfil.
I have always put the best interests of SCA (NSW) in representing you as President. I am passionate about lifting the professionalism in our industry so that we are looked upon as true professionals and therefore paid accordingly.
With other Board members, I represented SCA (NSW) by engaging the NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation and NSW Fair Trading as we worked through legislative change. Many of our recommendations were adopted and will form part of the proposed new legislation.
In May 2012 I was honoured to receive the SCA National President’s Award for my dedication to the strata sector. This was a most humbling experience and I must dedicate this to my loyal staff.
I have significant Board experience spanning from 1980 being on the PICA Group of Companies (20 companies) as well as two ‘not for profit’ entities.
- Fellow Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA)
- Fellow Institute of Financial Accountants (FFA)
- Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM)
- Associate Fellow of CEO Institute (AFCEOI)
- Member Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
- Certified CEO (CCEO) – awarded for contribution to CEO Institute
- Licenced Strata Managing Agent
Strata Services Chapter
I am a current Director serving on the SCA (NSW) Board and wish to re-stand for this position. I am also Managing Director of Commercial Cleaning & Caretaking Services Pty Ltd. Having spent the most time on the NSW Board, about 14 years as a Director of ISTM and now SCA (NSW), coupled with over 30 years specialising in the strata services industry, I feel I have a vast experience and knowledge that I can contribute to the Board.
I am sure many of my fellow directors over the years will attest to my contribution and debates at board level that have assisted us in guiding our industry association to where it is today.
I have decided to re stand for another term as we loom to possible National SCA amalgamation.
I am also on the National SCA Board and my non-political all-inclusive approach coupled with knowledge of history in these matters, I feel I am still very much needed to assist in this process.
I have also completed my Certificate of Registration and in my dealings with my own business I deal with many of our strata manager members as well as many of our strata services members added to this I am also a strata owner and chairman which this gives me a perspective of all sides of our industry.
My efforts within the industry have been recognised with the following awards; Presidents Award, Max Dunn Award and Business Person of the Year Award. I feel these also show my commitment and passion to the industry.
Colin Grace (re-election)
I am the Business Development & Client Management Director and oversee Grace Lawyers’ corporate, property, construction, planning and strata and community law practice areas.
I have been on the SCA (NSW) Board now for two terms and have represented SCA (NSW) throughout the strata legislation review process culminating with the commencement of the Act this year. I wish to remain on the Board for another term to assist the industry as it moves through the new legislation and into the new era of strata development and management.
Brent Clark is co-founder of energy advisory company, Wattblock.
Wattblock was awarded Innovation of the Year, which was sponsored by BCB Insurance Brokers at the 2016 CHU Strata Community Awards.
Brent has a keen interest in strata living. He previously served for three years as Executive Committee Chair, overseeing a reduction in energy costs of 77% in common areas and reduction in water costs by $6,000 p.a. and benchmarking the financial performance of his scheme.
Brent has worked with over 30 different strata management companies to provide sustainability reports to strata schemes, ranging from 3 storey walk-ups to multi-tower apartment complexes. He has also worked with a number of other strata services chapter members to provide solutions to both strata managers and strata schemes.
Brent has also travelled to the US and China, meeting with large property groups to share experiences.
Brent is committed to education and brings a strong education focus to his nomination as a strata services chapter representative.
He is keen to improve the career paths in the strata industry for university graduates, having already introduced over 40 undergraduates to the strata industry.
Advocacy has been another strength, with Brent appearing a number of times in front of local and state government representatives in relation to strata.
Prior to joining the strata industry, he worked for Commonwealth Bank and Macquarie Bank.
Brent holds qualifications in Law, IT, Finance and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Sasha has worked in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector for 18 years, specifically in the area of property, real estate and strata. In 2003 she started Real Estate Training Solutions P/L (RETS – RTO ID 90897), an Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Registered Training Organisation (RTO). RETS is one of only a handful of RTOs in Australia to be given Delegated Responsibility by the regulator.
She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, Diploma of Business (Frontline Management) and a Diploma of Quality Auditing.
Sasha has held a position of Director and Vice-Chair of the Industry Training Advisory Body NSW (ITAB), for the property sector since 2006. As the Chair of the Property Services Subcommittee, she has the special responsibility in matters involving training and education policies and practices for the property industry sector. Sasha also has input into training curricula and training package review for property courses and has been an active participant in the CPSISC property services group. She has been the ITABs representative on various committees including Fair Trading NSW and Department of Education and Communities (DEC). Sasha was instrumental in developing the Implementation Guides for property training for NSWFT, a bridge between the training package requirements and the licensing requirements of Fair Trading.
Her extensive understanding of the VET training environment in NSW and Australia, in context of the property sector, places Sasha in a unique position to provide information and advice to the SCA (NSW) board.