Urban Futures Brisbane Board members

The Urban Futures Brisbane Board has members from planning, design, development and community engagement industries.

Board members have been chosen for their specialised knowledge, industry profile and ability to get things done. The members are passionate about Brisbane's future.

As the members have interests in non-council development projects, there are rules to manage any conflicts of interest.

The current board members are:

Bevan Lynch

Bevan Lynch was born in Brisbane and has practised as an architect since graduating from The University of Queensland in 1971. He started his own practice in 1977.

Bevan Lynch was the Founding Principal of ML Design, a multi-disciplinary design practice providing services in architecture, master planning, urban design and interior design. Throughout his career, Bevan has been actively engaged in the design and delivery for a wide range of architectural projects in the private and public sectors. He has extensive experience in the design and development of major mixed-use projects and master planned communities.

Appointments and achievements include:

  • Chair of Urban Renewal Brisbane
  • Bachelor of Architecture with Honours (University of Queensland)
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects
  • Registered Architect (QLD, NSW, VIC and PNG)
  • Founding Chair of the Independent Design Advisory Panel (Brisbane City Council)
  • Member and now Chair of the Urban Futures Brisbane Board (Brisbane City Council) 
  • Member of Brisbane Airport Corporation's Development and Design Integrity Panel
  • Member of the State Government's Precinct Advisory Committee for the Government Precinct Redevelopment
  • Member of the Board of Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Ltd

Christopher Freeman (AM)

Chris Freeman was born and educated in Queensland. He has worked in most Australian states and overseas, but remains passionate about the development and future of Queensland.



Appointments and achievements include:

  • Chair, Queensland Performing Arts Trust
  • Chair, Tennis Australia Ltd
  • Federal Member, Major Performing Arts Panel
  • Member, Brisbane City Council Urban Futures Board
  • Non-Executive Director, Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Non-Executive Director, Sunland Group Ltd
  • Chair, Economic Development Queensland Property Advisory Committee
  • Bachelor of Commerce, The University of Queensland
  • International Advanced Management Program, European Institute of Business Management Fontainebleau, France (INSEAD)
  • Advanced Management Program, University of Hawaii
  • Management Development Program, Australian Administrative Staff College, Mt Eliza

Professional memberships:

  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Fellow, Development Institute of Australia
  • Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM)

Guy Gibson

Guy Gibson is the General Manager for Lend Lease's community business in Queensland. He is responsible for eight trading master planned community projects and three other projects in the planning approval phase.



Appointments and achievements include:

  • General Manager, Government Relations for Lend Lease's community business (with responsibility for the new business pipeline and social, economic and education initiatives nationally)
  • National General Manager, Affordable Housing and Sustainability and previous senior positions with Lend Lease
  • Project Director of the award-winning North Lakes project in Brisbane's northern growth corridor
  • Senior town planning roles with Brisbane City Council and the National Capital Development Commission
  • Founding member of Urban Futures Brisbane Board (Brisbane City Council)
  • Member of the Infrastructure Council (Brisbane City Council)
  • Past President and National Director of the Property Council of Australia (Queensland)

Greg Goebel

Greg Goebel joined the Australian Red Cross as Executive Director, Queensland in January 2000. Prior to this, he worked for 15 years in senior executive and leadership roles in government and in the private sector including:


  • Director of Road Safety for the Queensland Government
  • Director of Public Transport
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet

In his role with Red Cross Queensland, Greg is responsible for overseeing the introduction of programs to improve services to indigenous communities, vulnerable and homeless youth, those with a disability, and the isolated and elderly.

Greg has led many projects of national significance including the:

  • Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society in 2008 - reviewing and developing their five-year strategic plan, along with governance training for their new national board, regional boards and staff
  • Secretary General and senior management group of the New Zealand Red Cross Society in 2008 to facilitate team building and community service development
  • New Zealand Red Cross Society in 2007 with board governance training
  • Red Cross recovery effort in 2005 after Cyclone Larry
  • New Zealand Red Cross Society in 2005 by assisting to develop their five-year strategic plan
  • National Visioning Project in 2004 to determine the future strategy and direction of the organisation for the next 10 years
  • review of the first aid health and safety programs
  • review the detention visitation programs.

Other appointments and achievements include:

  • Australian President of Archery Australia
  • Board member of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association
  • Board member of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association Foundation
  • New Zealand Red Cross Meritorious Medal in 2007
  • Red Cross National Meritorious Service Award in 2005
  • Australian Government's Centenary Medal in 2001

Noel Robinson

Noel Robinson is an accomplished architect with 45 years of experience, working extensively throughout Australasia, the Middle East, South East Asia, Japan, Korea, USA and Europe.

Noel has led a distinguished career in private practice and is the recipient of numerous architectural awards. He has pioneered alliances with other highly regarded architectural practices and has previously developed new offices offshore in the Middle East and China.

Over the years, Noel has continued to build a reputation for delivering innovation and excellence.

While continuing to guide and produce design works of exceptional quality, Noel is directing his expertise toward fostering and encouraging a focus on sustainable design to contribute to the future of his practice, and the world-wide professions of architecture, planning and design.

Noel was appointed Chairman of Brisbane City Council's Independent Design Advisory Panel in 2010, and is also a member on the following design advisory boards:

  • Board member of Urban Futures Brisbane Board
  • Urban Design Advisory Panel (Sunshine Coast Regional Council).

Noel's achievements include:

  • Prime Ministers Centenary Medal
  • Life Fellow - Royal Australian Institute of Architects
  • Diploma in Architecture (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Graduate Diploma in Urban & Regional Planning (Queensland University of Technology).

Overall, Noel Robinson has been responsible for designing more than $100 billion worth of projects in Australia and overseas, including Brisbane's tallest building (90 storeys) Brisbane Skytower.

Ross Elliott

Ross is regional General Manager for APP in Queensland and Chair of Brisbane City Council’s Better Suburbs Initiative. He has 30 years’ experience in the property and urban development industry, including a number of state and national leadership roles for the Property Council of Australia as its Executive Director, then Chief Operating Officer and later as National Executive Director for the Residential Development Council. In this time, he pioneered a number of policy initiatives for the industry focused on cities policies for Australia. He has both authored and edited a number of monographs and articles on urban development policy, housing and cities policies for Australia.

Ross was also founding CEO of Brisbane Marketing, winning an International Downtown Association’s (USA) award for City Marketing in 2003.

In recent years he has focused on senior advisory roles across a number of property businesses from design to engineering to development. A frequent speaker, author and commentator on market trends and urban development policy, he was in 2016 invited to be international keynote speaker for the American Planning Association’s Utah conference and in 2017 was published in a global joint MIT/Chapman University project: Infinite Suburbia.  In February 2020, he has been invited to speak at Texas A&M University (USA) on urban growth policy.

Ross is also a founding Director of not-for-profit think tank The Suburban Alliance and a Director of Regional Development Australia Logan-Redland Inc.

Andrew King

Andrew has close to 30 years' experience in the Australian corporate real estate market.

During this time Andrew has conceived, facilitated and structured many billions of dollars’ worth of transactions and projects and has forged enduring relationships and friendships throughout the property and investment sector.

He has specialist skills in negotiating, building high-performance teams and businesses and funds management and development.

Andrew created Asher Capital at the start of 2010 as a solely-owned entity to allow him to focus exclusively on private equity and venture capital opportunities, mezzanine debt lending, property investment and development as well as philanthropic activities.

History of appointments and achievements include:

  • Manager Project Leasing of Jones Lang Wootton
  • Group Executive Director (main holding company) of PRD nationwide
  • Joint Managing Director of DTZ Brisbane
  • Diploma of Business majoring in Property Valuation
  • Post Graduate Diploma majoring in Property Development and Financing.

Andrew was instrumental in the creation and expansion of the SEQ Domaine funds management business as a director and shareholder. Domaine had a portfolio of close to $900 million of funds under management when its sale to the ASX-listed Mirvac Group was completed in late 2007.

In terms of development, Andrew has conceived and delivered a broad range of projects from residential subdivisions in south-east Queensland to a $210 million office building at 53 Albert Street in Brisbane's CBD, completed fully-leased in February 2009.

Nigel Chamier (AM)

Nigel Chamier AM has a background in property and infrastructure and sits on a range of public and private sector boards including South Bank Corporation and Queensland Airports Limited.

Nigel is the Honorary Consul for Sweden (since 2000) and was recently in Stockholm where he was made a Commander of The Royal Order of The Polar Star.

Following a highly successful career with Jones Lang Wootton (JLL), Nigel now provides high-level strategic advice and focuses on ensuring major projects are delivered on time and on budget.

Appointments and achievements include:

  • Chair of the highly acclaimed $215m restoration of Brisbane City Hall and the refurbishment of Anzac Square 
  • Chair of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and the Commonwealth Games Infrastructure Authority
  • Chair of The Menzies Health Institute of Queensland and is a director of the Business School Griffith University
  • Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Awarded an OAM in 1994 for services to the property industry
  • Awarded an AM in 2017
  • Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow of The Australian Property Institute

Stephen Tait (MAICD)

Stephen joined the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) in January 2012 as Chief Executive Officer and is fiercely committed to ensuring Queensland's 400,000 small businesses continue to be the driving force of the state's social and economic prosperity.

Throughout this period, CCIQ has supported Queensland small businesses in their desire to innovate and adapt to the challenges of the future economy while proactively advocating on their behalf with all levels of government for the creation of the best possible business environment for its members and the broader business community. 

Stephen is an entrepreneurial and commercially astute business leader who has guided CCIQ though a significant period of change which has seen the chamber post its fourth year of significant growth in its membership, profitability and media exposure to reach unprecedented levels.

With national and international experience in business strategy, strategic marketing and change leadership within dynamic business environments, Stephen arrived from Scotland via a proven track record of achievement forged in global media, in London, Melbourne and Sydney.

Stephen is a noted speaker, passionate advocate and driver of change and represents CCIQ and the interests of Queensland business as a member of several government, enterprise and non-profit boards. 

Geoff McIntyre

Geoff McIntyre has more than twenty-four years' experience in real estate, specialising in the disposal of commercial, retail and development properties.

Geoff commenced his property career working as a valuer for Stanton Hillier Parker before joining Jones Lang Wootton, now Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), in 1993.

Since joining JLL, Geoff has had experience in all facets of property, including advising clients on major development/refurbishment projects, selling major CBD development sites, retail, industrial and office investments, and undertaking valuation assignments. In 2009 he was appointed Managing Director, and in 2012 International Director.

In 2000 he was appointed as the Director for the Queensland Capital Markets Team for JLL and works in a joint capacity with his colleagues around Australia and the Asia Pacific on major transactions.

Appointments and achievements include:

  • Bachelor of Business – Real Property Valuation & Administration – The University of Queensland
  • Associate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment - FINSIA
  • Registered Valuer – Queensland, No. 2164
  • Fellow – FINSIA
  • Lord Mayor's Business Advisory Board, Member
  • Financial Advisory Council, Sisters of Mercy, Brisbane Congregation, Member

John Aitken

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

Since 1980 John founded many of Queensland's major event traditions before overseeing the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

During his tenure as CEO of Brisbane's economic development organisation Brisbane Marketing (2008-2017), some of his team's achievements included establishing Brisbane Australia's new world city positioning globally, delivering $4 billion economic outcomes, creating Brisbane's Digital Strategy including The Capital innovation hub and being responsible for Brisbane's G20 leveraging strategy.

John is also currently a board member of Tourism Transport Forum (TTF), Queensland Community Foundation, Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board, Global Games Brisbane 2019 (for people with intellectual disabilities), Little Tokyo Two Advisory Board, Daejeon Representative Brisbane Sister Cities Steering Committee and AICC (Qld) Advisory Board (Chair).

Queensland Government Nominee - Kerry Doss

Kerry Doss is the Deputy Director-General of the Planning Group in the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. He joined the Queensland Government in late 2017, where he is responsible for managing planning legislation, an ongoing process of planning reform, regional planning, managing the State Assessment and Referral Agency, planning policy and strategy development and advice on planning matters across State Government and to Queensland’s 77 local government Authorities.

Kerry Doss has in excess of 30 years’ experience in planning and urban development in Queensland and New South Wales. He has also worked on planning projects across Queensland as a senior manager and leader, planner and as a consultant to all levels of government and private industry. Kerry’s experience covers the full range of activities - leadership, management, project management, research, policy, strategy, local area planning, statutory planning, master planning, development application lodgement and assessment, development facilitation and capital project implementation.

Prior to this Kerry held the role of Brisbane City Council’s Manager of City Planning and Economic Development from 2008 to 2017. As Brisbane’s most senior planner he was responsible for overseeing the planning for the majority of the Brisbane metropolitan area, a rapidly growing population (over 1.1 million) and employment base. In this role, he was responsible for the management of more than 150 staff. This role oversaw urban design, infrastructure planning, regional and strategic planning, neighbourhood planning and urban renewal, as well as heritage and economic development.

Kerry has also held various roles with Brisbane City Council, Queensland State government, New South Wales local government and in private consultancy.

Kerry is a Fellow and Registered Planner of the Planning Institute of Australia, a Griffith University Adjunct Industry Fellow and member of the South Bank Board. He holds qualifications in coastal management, urban and regional planning, business management and project management.


Last updated:16 September 2019