Annual Directors' Forum 2023

TEFMA holds an annual Forum for its member directors and senior managers working in the higher education sector (Institutional Members).  This Forum is held in a different location each year in Australasia, generally in conjunction with one of TEFMA's workshops.

This year the Directors' Forum was held on Wednesday, 26 April 2023 prior to the Space Planning Workshop at the RMIT, Melbourne on Thursday, 27 and Friday, 28 April.

The Forum program can still be viewed, please CLICK HERE.

Registrations Closed

Full registration - $675 inc gst

Registration includes:
-A full day of sessions including site tours in the afternoon
-Morning and afternoon tea
-Post Forum/Pre-dinner drinks
-The Directors' Dinner - Italian feast in Lygon Street

Institutional members are welcome to nominate one person from their organisation to accompany them to the forum. To do this, first complete your registration, then on your dashboard go to the 'groups' tab and register your nominated person.

Are you also planning on attending the Space Planning Workshop on 27-28 April? Select the Directors' Forum & Space Planning Workshop Registration at $1,325 to take advantage of a package discount.



Professional profile:  Paul Roberts BSc (Hons), Dip T.P., MSc, MRICS, MRTPI
Director, Turnberry Consulting

As a Director of Turnberry Consulting, Paul Roberts has been extensively involved in a wide range of planning and development projects internationally, specialising in university campuses, sports facilities and estate-driven developments.   He is experienced in dealing with complex property issues across a range of sites, particularly of a sensitive industrial and heritage nature and has worked with public, private and governmental clients. His experience in the higher education field is extensive.  Paul has dealt with a variety of complex campus master planning issues, has had responsibility for negotiating many land-use planning and legal agreements, and has conducted numerous research projects.  Paul works with an international client base across a variety industries.  He has lectured internationally on university masterplanning, racetrack design and management and new town development.  Paul is a co-author of University Planning and Design: The Search for Perfection, and The Spa: Saratoga’s Legendary Racecourse. He is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Professional profile:  Dr Sam Hall
Principal Director, Campus Intuition

Campus Intuition is a research design consultancy for the higher education sector. Sam assists universities to understand how properties and facilities are performing for users, and avenues to improve buildings. Campus Intuition has developed a sound understanding, from engaging with thousands of staff and students, how education facilities can be designed to optimise outcomes for students.

Our intention is to create feedback loops in what is an often linear building life cycle. This feedback helps clients better target spending across existing assets as well as informing design briefs and strategies for new buildings. Clients are spread across 3 countries, including University of Melbourne, University of Geneva, University of Exeter and University of Bristol.


Professional profile:  Daniel Baird
Executive Director (Corporate Development) The University of Melbourne

Dan is a commercially focused senior executive with a strong track record leading key business functions and projects in capital-intensive organisations with over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of accounting, finance, investment, treasury, development, and executive roles. Dan is currently working for The University of Melbourne in the broad role Executive Director Corporate Development, with responsibility for corporate finance, property, and sustainability related activities of Australia's leading university with c.$11.0 billion of assets and annual revenues c.$3.0 billion. Prior to the University of Melbourne, Dan worked at Pacific Hydro, a dynamic international clean energy utility.  From small beginnings, the company became a leader in the hydro, wind and solar electricity markets in Australia and Latin America.  Prior to Pacific Hydro, he worked for the international US based utility Edison Mission Energy (EME) part of the NYSE listed Edison International.  Dan started his career at consulting firm Arthur Andersen. Dan serves on multiple boards inside and outside the University of Melbourne including Chairing Camberwell Showtime a not-for-profit youth focused theatrical production and training organisation.   Educated at the University of Melbourne and Columbia Business School, Dan is a passionate leader, who believes building great teams with an empowering culture are imperative to organisational success. Dan is also an active passionate outdoor-enthusiast, family-man, with a positive growth focused outlook on life.


Professional profile:  Katerina Kapobassis
Chief Financial Officer,
The University of Melbourne

Katerina Kapobassis was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the University of Melbourne in February 2019. The CFO Group stewards in partnership with the University’s leadership a financial portfolio similar in scale and complexity to ASX Top 100 companies with assets in the order of c.$11 billion and an annual operating budget of c.$3b as at December 2022.  The CFO Group is responsible for three core University functions: finance, property and sustainability.  Katerina is supported by a senior leadership team of seven and between circa 200 staff who manage the Group’s services.  Upon joining the University in 2010 Katerina lead the Budgeting and Planning team in the University before assuming the role of Executive Director Finance in 2014 and Deputy Chief Financial Officer in 2018.  Prior to joining the University, Katerina was at Myer Holdings Limited an upmarket Australian department store chain where she more recently held the position of Investment Evaluation Manager. Katerina began her career in retail, joining the Coles Myer Group a public company operating numerous retail chains and Australia's second-largest retailer where she developed her skills as a finance professional.  Katerina has a Bachelor of Business degree from RMIT and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Australia). She is a Board Member of the Melbourne Theatre Company (2022) and the Melbourne Teaching Health Clinics (MTHC) and was a board member of International House (2018-2020); the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Dec 2012–2020); and the Graduate Union, University of Melbourne (Dec 2010– Oct 2012). 


Professional profile: Johanna Trickett
Associate, Education - Australasian leader, ARUP

Johanna has more than 18 years’ experience delivering multidisciplinary sustainable development projects in Australia, the Middle East and Europe. With diverse, global experience in architecture and engineering, underpinned by sustainability principles, Johanna balances technical problem solving with considered sustainable design solutions. Leading the ARUP Australasian education business, Johanna is focused on delivering sustainability strategies, advisory services and projects for private and public sector clients throughout the region. Having worked in various architectural, engineering and sustainability roles around the world, and now specialising in the tertiary sector, Johanna brings global insights and best practice to projects, fusing knowledge across disciplines and geographies.


If you have any questions at all, please reach out to Kayleigh & Andrea S at The Association Specialists at or on 02 9431 8600.


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