HillPDA Women in the Industry 2015 Kick-Off Event

Sarah Hill talks to the Panel including Dr Alison Taylor, Diana Griffiths and Alison McLaren
Sarah Hill talks to the Panel including Dr Alison Taylor, Diana Griffiths and Alison McLaren

Last night, HillPDA held a drinks and canapés evening for Women in the Industry. This was our 2015 kick-off event celebrating Women in Property and their achievements.

Whilst we designed the event to be a networking opportunity, we were also delighted to include a panel of industry leading ladies to discuss some key topics for 2015. Some of the topics discussed were defining demographic trends for Sydney in 2015, governance and community engagement and key issues in 2015 and If more women planned, designed and built cities, what would our urban landscape look like/ function like.

We had a great turnout, with great conversations and great debates.

Our panel included:
Dr Alison Taylor who is the NSW Chief Demographer, a position created in 2013 to guide the critical task of producing official state government population, household and dwelling projections. In this position, Alison contributes to building a quality evidence base to underpin strategic planning and decision making in NSW. Alison is a highly skilled demographer, with broad experience in the research and application of population and other projections in an urban and regional planning policy context.

Alison McLaren who is currently employed as the Government Relations Manager by UrbanGrowth NSW. Alison has previously worked for the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office and Women NSW. Alison was elected as a councillor to Blue Mountains City Council in 2004 at the age of 23. She joined the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Board in 2004 and was elected Junior Vice President and Housing spokesperson in 2007.

Diana Griffiths is a founding Director of Studio GL and a skilled urban designer with over 22 years experience in urban design, architecture and urban planning. Diana has a rare combination of expertise, creativity and strategic thinking. She is admired for her ability to identify practical, elegant solutions for new neighbourhoods, station and interchange precincts, urban places and town centres.

HillPDA holds regular monthly Women in the Industry luncheons and look forward to continuing these throughout 2015.

If you wish to attend a HillPDA Women in the Industry event please contact us on admin@hillpda.com