Waterfront PDA Advisory Committee

Julie Boyd – Independent Chair

Julie is an experienced non-executive company director with a diverse board portfolio career. She has more than 17 years’ experience as chair and director and has also chaired governance, strategy and remuneration committees.

She has a recognised leadership capacity, having served as general manager for the Resource Industry Network (previously called MAIN), chair of the Mackay Regional Housing Company, chair of the former Urban Land Development Authority and independent director and deputy chair of Real Estate Institute Queensland (REIQ).  She served for 11 years as a Mayor of Mackay Regional Council, where she was instrumental in improving essential infrastructure and building lifestyle facilities, including the Bluewater lagoon and adjacent Pioneer River promenade and expansion of the MECC.

She has more than four years’ experience working in the export sector as Special Trade Representative for the Queensland Government. She has consulted to both the public and private sectors on strategic engagement, stakeholder relations and governance. She has also been a director of a family company for more than 25 years.

Julie is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an accredited coach and mentor.

John Aitken

John Aitken is managing director of Inspiring Cities, specialising in economic development of globally competitive cities; inspiring precincts, destinations, tourism and major events.

Between 1980 and 2004, John Aitken founded many of Queensland’s major event traditions, including Riverfestival and Riverfire, before overseeing the Sydney Royal Easter Show (2004-2007), Australia’s longest running event tradition.  During John’s tenure as CEO of Brisbane’s economic development organisation Brisbane Marketing (2008-2017), some of his achievements included overseeing the activation and marketing of Brisbane’s CBD, South Bank Parkland and Roma Street Parklands precincts; establishing Brisbane Australia’s new world city positioning globally; created and implemented Brisbane’s Global Precinct Development program; was responsible for the development of Brisbane’s economic development strategies  and oversaw the delivery of $4 billion economic outcomes driven by FDI investment attraction, growth in education, tourism, convention sectors .

John is currently a board member of various boards, including Brisbane City Council Urban Futures Board, Tourism Transport Forum (TTF) and Queensland Community Foundation (QCF) Board of Governors.

Hanna Steevens

Hanna is senior planning manager at Elton Consulting. Hanna is a planner with 14 years’ experience in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Victoria, as well as in New Zealand. She has held executive roles for the Northern Territory Government, providing high level advice to Government, Boards and executive leadership teams. Hanna is adept at understanding processes, navigating projects through complex systems and brings an extensive working knowledge of government.

Brian Heggie

Brian is senior technical director (Property and Buildings) at GHD.  Brian has more than 30 years’ engineering and project management experience in the development of critical community infrastructure in regional cities across Queensland. He is a civil/structural engineer with significant experience in design and project management of marine, civil infrastructure, building and related developments. He has a broad range of experience in many relevant structural and civil fields that will be of benefit to the PDA Advisory Committee, including Commercial Port Redevelopment, marine precinct development, master planning and river and marine infrastructure design.  Projects included design manager for the Whitsunday Shire Council Shute Harbour redevelopment, engineering advisor for the Cairns Port Authority Master Plan, and design manager for the Ports North City foreshore redevelopment.

Greg Vann

Greg is qualified in planning and economics. He has been at the forefront of planning in Queensland for nearly 40 years in major projects for both the public and private sectors. He has been project director for wide ranging strategic and regional planning projects; drafted planning schemes; providing planning advice to the private sector, local and state governments; development assessment and planning appeals; reviewing planning and development assessment processes; transport planning, economic development and lecturing. Some projects of relevance include Project Director of ShapingSEQ, which included landmark work in planning to unlock economic opportunities; chairing the Expert Review Panel for the Structure Plan Guidelines Review for the Victorian Planning Authority; assisting the Cross River Rail Development Authority on planning for the major urban renewal opportunities surrounding station locations; proving strategic advice to the City of Gold Coast about strategies for the Southport PDA and  a long history of planning for urban renewal, dating back to the 1990s planning for areas like Newstead and Teneriffe.