Professor Colin McLeod, Professor in the Faculty of Business & Economics at the University of Melbourne.

Colin was recently awarded the title of Enterprise Professor in recognition of his contribution to industry and academia.

He is a Director/Investor/Co-founder of early stage companies in retail technology, wireless technology and wearable biotechnology and his business career includes senior executive roles at Telstra, Goldman Sachs JBWere and the Australian Football League.

He was previously a co-founder of a health services business that grew revenue at 50% a year for 9 consecutive years, with offices in 4 States and over 200 employees.

Colin holds a BA, an MBA and a PhD with the Commercialisation of Innovation as the topic of his doctoral thesis.

He has held appointments at the Haas School of Business at the University of California – Berkeley and the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and is part of the Stanford University team program for mentoring high growth companies. 

Colin was also a member of the Executive Committee that raised almost $200 million to construct the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital and is a member of the AFL Research Board.

John Turnbull , Director of Asset Management and Development for the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA)  in Seattle, Washington.  

John has been a key participant in management and operations of the renaissance of this public market and urban neighborhood over four decades. 

Seattle’s Public Market district anchored the resurgence of its central business district with a deliberate strategy focusing on historic preservation, locally owned small businesses, an economically diverse residential population and public stewardship. 

The Pike Place Market is not only the “Soul of Seattle” but an internationally recognized as a special urban place. John oversees a highly diverse portfolio of properties with an annual income of US20 million.  A significant operating surplus is retained for reinvestment in the district.  

John’s unique set of experiences include urban planning and design, creative development financing, construction administration and pragmatic management of the end results. 
He mixes wit and candor with a deep passion for the communities in which he works.  He regularly advises others on development and operations of public markets and mixed use development. 


Joanne Wandel, Program Director, Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal

Joanne joined the City of Melbourne in October 2015 to lead the delivery of Council’s largest capital works program to revitalise the Queen Victoria Market. Prior to that, she spent four years at Places Victoria (now Development Victoria) where she was the Director of the Melbourne Docklands project and later General Manager Land Development and Housing, delivering a range of urban renewal projects in metropolitan and regional Victoria worth more than $2 billion. 

Joanne has a proven track record in facilitating and delivering large projects, working in partnership with the public and private sector.  In addition to her most recent roles, she has held senior roles at the Office of Housing, Ashe Morgan Winthrop, R Corporation, the then Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development and Mildura Rural City Council.

Joanne holds a Master of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne, an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics. 

Anthony Di Pietro, Group CEO, LaManna Premier Group
Chairman, Melbourne Victory Football Club

Anthony Di Pietro graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1990. He secured a graduate trainee position with the State Bank of Victoria.

Anthony joined his family’s fresh produce business and was appointed CEO of the

Premier Fruits Group in 2003. From 2007 to 2010, Anthony was a Director of the Sovereign Hotel Group, whose flagship business is Federation Square’s Transport Hotel, Taxi Dining Room and Transit Cocktail Lounge.

In July 2016 the Premier Fruits Group merged with LaManna Bananas to become the LaManna Premier Group, one of Australia’s leading fresh produce supply chain companies.
The LaManna Premier Group owns and manages farming, distribution and cold storage, value adding and marketing, with operations located in every state of Australia.

In 2006 Anthony was appointed to the board of Melbourne Victory Football Club which participates in Australia’s elite national football competition the Hyundai A-League. In January 2011 Anthony was elected Chairman of Melbourne Victory Football Club by vote of the Board.

Anthony continues to be an active member of the Melbourne University Faculty of Business & Economics Alumni and has proudly supported the ‘First in the Family’ scholarship

René Van Gool (57), owner of VGA (Van Gool Advies) Den Haag, Netherlands

Rene has over 35 years’ experience in real estate investment, (concept-) development and transformation projects. 

He started out as asset manager for pension and investment funds. Since becoming self-employed in 1996 he has operated in various roles both in the public and private domain.
Over the years he has become one of the Netherlands leading specialists in the development of food concepts and inner city revival schemes, often mingling these two. 

 The emphasis lies on projects within the food chain from farm to fork, from urban farming to regional food-retail and integrated foodservices. VGA stands for sustainability, maximum re-use and short integrated chains.

Rene’s achievements include concept developer for Market Hall Rotterdam and co-owner of 21 Pinchos, a Spanish Tapas restaurant in the Rotterdam Hall. He’s a senior consultant for Urban Farmers - a Swiss firm that transforms old industrial buildings into high tech vertical farms. Rene is also advisor for the new food venue Fresh! in Mall of the Netherlands, the largest shopping centre in the country presently being build and owned by Unibail.

Lastly VGA is helping an established Asian Supermarket chain to turn round and become an Asian Food & Lifestyle venue that brings Asian values and Dutch fresh produce together; Eat well, live Better.

Donald Hyslop, Chair of Trustees at Borough Market, London’s oldest food market.

The Market’s charitable trust is responsible for shaping its strategic direction and ensuring its survival as a community asset.

Donald became a member of the board in 2007, and Chair in 2011, bringing with him a wealth of experience gained as head of regeneration and community partnerships at the nearby Tate Modern art gallery.

Under his stewardship, the Market has undergone a period of significant change that has transformed both its physical space and its broader outlook. The trust has been responsible for steering the Market through the major building work carried out on the railway lines that pass through its estate, while using it as an opportunity to reshape its estate, provide better support to independent businesses and enhance its public spaces and educational offering.

In recent years, Borough Market has become more outward-looking, better at communicating its values, and more active in building ties with charities, institutions, chefs, writers and academics, as well as with Slow Food and likeminded market around the world.  It has become a champion for a more sustainable approach to food production, demanding high standards from its traders while being highly innovative in its own attempts to tackle waste. It has also focused on remaining a vital resource for the local community while still catering to the millions of visitors who arrive each year.

Donald has been instrumental in reshaping the Market’s approach to wholesale. Borough was once London’s largest fruit and veg wholesale market, but as the UK’s food distribution systems have evolved, major steps have had to be taken to ensure its continued relevance. The Market is now actively supporting the next generation of wholesalers—not just large fruit and veg operations, but a far more diverse spread of smaller specialists whose wholesale operations are often tied in with a retail presence and, where possible, with on-site production.

Dr. David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, U.K.

David is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer and retail trends. 

He has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organizations on three continents.

For 20 years, he was a Non-Executive Director of Berry Gardens Ltd – a U.K. farmer-owned berry fruit business ($500 million turnover in 2016/17). With his American business partner, David established, grew and sold a branded fresh produce business which served supermarkets in the USA.

Around the globe, he works with food and beverage supply chain companies – including farm input, growers, manufacturers and ingredient companies, retailers and food service firms – to assist them in management training, strategy and Board level decision-making.

David’s views are frequently sought by TV, radio and the printed press.

Mark Maskiell, CEO, Melbourne Market Authority
Mark was appointed CEO of the Melbourne Market Authority in March 2013. Prior to his current role he held CEO and senior management positions within both private and public organisations where the key theme was delivering large scale projects and events, including the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Mark has a strong property and finance background with considerable experience in stakeholder management across all levels of government.
The Melbourne Market Authority is charged with operating an efficient and safe wholesale Market for fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. In late 2015, the Melbourne Market relocated to a $460 million (AUD) purpose-built facility in Melbourne’s outer north. It provides a venue for more than 4,000 businesses to trade, or facilitates the trade of $2 billion (AUD) of fresh produce annually. The Market complex acts a focal point for a significant number of food supply chains from across Victoria, interstate and internationally.


Brad Latham, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Markets Limited

Brad Latham was appointed Chief Executive Officer in February, 2006

Brad Latham has worked his way through the ranks; previously through the then Government owned Sydney Market Authority and continued his successful career to the now privately owned Sydney Markets Limited.

Brad’s level of experience in the management of Markets, in particular that of strategic planning, financial management, supply chain management, business development, operational management and marketing of our successful brands has been instrumental in maintaining Sydney Markets’ position as one of the best privately owned Markets in the world.

Under Brad’s leadership, Sydney Markets Limited has been recognised as a world leader in environmental sustainability. Since launching the Sydney Markets Limited Green Point facility Sydney Markets now recycles up to 65% of waste generated on site and has been an active member of the FluroCycle scheme since 2013. By 2018 Sydney Markets will have enough solar power to provide 11% of our annual electricity consumption.

Sydney Markets is acknowledged as managing world class marketing programs, including the Fresh for Kids Program aimed at educating school age children about the benefits of consuming fresh produce. 

In recognition of his hard work and dedication to Sydney Markets and the industry in general, Brad recently received the prestigious Sydney Markets Merit Award. Furthermore to his professional achievements, Brad is currently leading Sydney Markets Limited through an exciting and challenging phase with the Future of the Markets Project. The Project involves securing a potential future development site within the next 10 to 15 years to ensure that Sydney Markets Limited remains a world leader in Wholesale and Retail Market operations.

Brad’s character can best be described as; a highly driven individual who will meet the challenges and opportunities to maintain Sydney Markets Limited as a leader in fresh produce and community Market management.

From a personal point of view, Brad is married with three children and is heavily involved in his local community, in particular his children’s sports.

Fiona Whitworth, General Manager – Strategy and Operations, Queen Victoria Market


Fiona is leading the market’s involvement in the $250m renewal program. 

As an urban strategist at City of Melbourne, Fiona first became involved in strategic planning for Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne’s inner north in 2009. Since 2014 she has worked directly for QVM, leading the development of management strategies to support the market’s future in the short, medium and long term including the Queen Victoria Market Strategic Brief, Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Business Case and Melbourne’s Marketplace Retail Plan. 

Fiona is now focused on the exploration of contemporary management approaches to drive social and cultural outcomes that will position Queen Victoria Market to fulfil a broader and more dynamic role for the city, while preserving its heritage value and authenticity.  A key focus is to position the 7ha market precinct as a major civic and community destination while ensuring that the traditional marketplace can be sustained for generations to come, embracing opportunities afforded by new infrastructure while retaining its essence and local appeal. 

Fiona been working in the planning, design and management of public space with a range of public and private sector organisations for over twenty years. 

Fiona is currently undertaking a PhD at University of Melbourne where she is a member of the Research Unit for Public Cultures, combining her professional practice with a research focus on the public use, perception and engagement with civic spaces and the urban environment.



Joan Ko, Environment & Sustainability Leader, Arup.


Joan is an environmental engineer who works at the interface between sustainability, planning and economics. She has roles on the Planning & Infill committee of the Property Council of Australia (Victoria), is a Green Star Communities accredited professional and has had teaching fellowship at Monash University. 


Joan works with local and state government, as well as private developers and infrastructure owners. Examples of her recent work include managing the sustainability accreditation of Australia’s largest urban renewal project Fishermans Bend, investigating circular economy opportunities for the City of Melbourne, and improving the climate change resilience of Victoria’s health sector.  



Jacinta Carboon, CEO Squareweave

Jacinta has had an executive career with top ASX 200 companies for over three decades. She was National Manager of the high profile Telstra Business Women’s and Small Business Awards for five years and at NAB held the position of Project Director, Women and Money. Jacinta is a Director of the Women’s Information Resource Exchange, holds a Bachelor Business and is a graduate of AICD.

Rebecca Burrows, General Manager Small Business, Australia Post


Rebecca is responsible for bringing the best of Australia Post to Australia’s entrepreneurial and small business community.

She is committed to creating new solutions tailored to the specific needs of Australian small business that build on the unique strength of our unparalleled network and digital innovation.  In creating these solutions, Rebecca uses a combination of internal innovation opportunities, collaborations and partnerships.  Rebecca’s genuine passion for entrepreneurship and innovation is complemented by a strong operational, commercial and marketing background positioning her well to help small business go online, grow their business and sell overseas.

Rebecca is also a keen champion of diversity and inclusion and is a respected leader of this both internally at Australia Post and externally.  She is a sought after mentor, public speaker and advocate in the areas of small business, entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.


Rebecca previously held the role of General Manager Business Hubs, responsible for a network of over 50 operational sites across the country with over 2000 operational, customer service and sales staff. Prior to joining Australia Post in 2011, Rebecca held a number of commercial and change leadership roles at Shell - both in Australia and globally.


Gareth Jude, Retail Industry Executive, Telstra

 Gareth has spent most of his career in senior roles in retail businesses. In addition he has consulted to retailers and taught retail at Sydney, Macquarie, UTS and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities.

He currently holds the position of Retail Industry Executive at Telstra where he has published five research reports in to the digital disruption of the industry. He speaks at conferences around the world and was recently found to be the seventh most influential person in Australian e-commerce.


Dr. Hong Lan