Committees & Working Groups

12 committees and working groups have been established to develop and advise on strategies, policies, and activities of the Institute. All committees report to the AILA Board. The committees and working groups include:


Advocacy Committee
Climate Positive Design Working Group
Connection to Country Committee
CPD Committee
Creative Committee
Biodiversity Positive Design Working Group
Education Committee
Finance, Risk Management & Audit Committee
Gender Equity Committee
Membership Committee
People Recognition (ex Honours Committee)
Practice Committee


Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee strives to clarify and articulate AILA’s advocacy voice to assist it to achieve its vision and mission. This committee advises the AILA Board on matters of policy and its implementation to advance AILA members as leaders in sustaining people and place through design, planning, policy and management.

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Committee members

Mimi Tsai | Chair
Ben Stockwin | AILA CEO
Brittany Johnston | Committee Member
Claire Martin | AILA Board
Fatemeh Aminpour | Committee Member
Katharina Nieberler-Walker | AILA Board
Libby Phillips | Committee Member
Michela Secci | AILA Staff
Rohan Buckley | Committee Member


Climate Positive Design Working Group

AILA is committed to the objectives of climate positive design and support for AILA members in adapting to achieve climate positive design objectives.

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Working group members

Martin O'Dea | Chair, NSW
Ben Stockwin | AILA CEO
Brendon Burke | VIC
Jasmine Ong | AILA Board
Kate James | SA
Lakshmanan Madhu | VIC
Michela Secci | AILA Executive Officer
Sarah Morgan | NSW
Simon Bond | NSW
Verity Campbell | VIC


Connection to Country Committee

The purpose of the Connection to Country Committee is to provide advice to the AILA Board on the development and delivery of an Indigenous reconciliation strategy and implementation plan for the Institute. The Cultural Ambassador Governance Guideline can be found in the Connection to Country Committee page via 'Read more' below. 

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Committee members

Sally Waller | Cultural Ambassador
Tom Day | Cultural Ambassador
Paul Herzich | Cultural Ambassador
Jefa Greenway | Cultural Ambassador

Nicole Croudace | Co-Chair
Anne-Marie Pisani | Co-Chair 
Ben Stockwin | AILA CEO
Carlo Missio | AILA Member
Dan Nunan | AILA Member
David S Jones | AILA Member
Katharina Nieberler-Walker | AILA Board
Michela Secci | AILA Executive Officer
Skye Haldane | AILA Member
Sophie Zaccone | AILA Member
Warwick Keates | AILA Member


CPD Committee

The Continuing Professional Development | CPD Committee ensures landscape architects are provided with appropriate CPD to enable them to maintain competencies required for ongoing registration and for the practice of landscape architecture through all stages of their professional career. AILA is charged with developing a CPD Strategy and Policy for the content, delivery and reporting of CPD to AILA members.

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Committee members

Shahreen Alford | NSW, Chair
Ben Stockwin | AILA CEO
David Hatherly | QLD
Jasmine Ong | AILA Board
Melanie Bradley | WA
Michela Secci | AILA Executive Officer
Nick Ison | NSW
Peta-Maree Ashford | AILA Board
Sally Bolton | SA


Creative Committee

The appointed Creative Directors will be responsible for the conceptualisation and execution of the 2022 Festival in conjunction with an AILA appointed Festival Working Group. Further details on the role, detailing the division of Creative Directorate and AILA responsibilities is available through an attached Terms of Reference. The Creative Directors play the lead role in the Festival conceptualisation and curation.

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Committee members

To be confirmed.


Biodiversity Positive Design Working Group

The Biodiversity Positive Working Group will assist AILA in the development and implementation of actions which support Biodiversity Positive Design in landscape architecture.

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Working group members

Amy Pfeiffer | Co-Chair
Scott Hawken | Co-Chair
Agata Cabanek | Committee Member 
Amy Hahs | Committee Member
Ben Stockwin | AILA CEO
Ben Willsmore | AILA Board
Jon Hazelwood | Committee Member 
Meredith Dobbie | Committee Member
Michela Secci |AILA Staff
Peta-Maree Ashford |AILA Board
Tom Roberts | Committee Member


Education Committee

The purpose of the Education Committee is to advise the AILA Board on matters of policy and its implementation with regard to matters of Landscape Architecture Education, Accreditation and Research.

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Committee members

Beau Beza | Deakin University, Chair
Alex Felson | University of Melbourne
Ben Stockwin | AILA CEO
Catherine Evans | University of New South Wales
Claire Martin | AILA Board
Claudia Justino Taborda | Queensland University of Technology
David Jones | Advisor
Julian Raxworthy | University of Canberra
Katharina Nieberler-Walker | AILA Board
Katrina Simon | Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Louise Hain | AILA Support Officer, Accreditation
Maria Ignatieva | University of Western Australia
Martin Bryant | University of Technology Sydney
Michela Secci | AILA Executive Officer
Scott Hawken | University of Adelaide


Finance, Risk Management & Audit Committee

The Finance, Risk Management and Audit Committee increases the Institute’s financial management transparency and accountability. Objectives include establishing a new system and process for budget management and implementation, reviewing the draft annual financial report and annual budget, and considering the appropriateness of the accounting principles and policies adopted. The committee is also developing a financial investment strategy, reviewing significant financial and reporting issues and sharing audit results.

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Committee members

Belinda Rollason | Co-Chair
Leigh Trevitt | Co-Chair
Ben Stockwin | AILA CEO
Claire Martin | AILA President
Jasmine Ong | AILA Chair
Michela Secci | AILA Staff
Nathan Wittingam | AILA CFO


Gender Equity Committee

AILA is committed to our leadership role to ensure the landscape architecture profession is as inclusive, diverse, and equitable as it can possibly be.

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Committee members

Janis Fischer | VIC, Chair
Alia Khan | NSW
Andrea Siedl | WA
Ben Stockwin | AILA CEO
Ben Willsmore | AILA Board
Gabriella Dias | QLD
Julie Lee | NSW
Kate Grant | VIC
Lara Westcott | VIC
Michela Secci | AILA Executive Officer


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee’s role is to review current policy regarding AILA membership, and to develop strategies to improve membership growth and benefits. The committee’s work includes reviewing membership fees and categories, as well as providing advice and recommendations on the future direction of AILA membership and registration.

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Committee members

Ashley Sheldrick | Chair
Anil Arslan | VIC
Ben Stockwin | AILA CEO
Claire Martin | AILA Board
David Warwick | NSW
Marg Sangalli | VIC
Michela Secci | AILA Executive Officer
Robert McIlroy | QLD
Stella Elia | AILA
Tannelle Leathley | AILA


People Recognition (ex Honours) Committee

Recognition and awarding of members. The role of the Honours Committee is to make recommendations to the AILA Board on matters regarding recognition and awarding of members, both internationally and externally.

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Committee members

Liam Mouritz | Chair
Ben Stockwin | AILA CEO
Claire Martin | AILA Board
Leigh Trevitt | Committee Member
Michela Secci | AILA Staff 
Revati Shivatare | Committee Member


Practice Committee

The Practice Committee’s role is to review AILA’s current policy and practice support and to develop strategies to improve the support, services and benefits that AILA provides to those in private practice.

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Committee members

Heath Edwards | Co-Chair
Tim Hart | Co-Chair
Ben Stockwin | AILA CEO
Ben Willsmore | AILA Board
Cathryn Kohn | Committee Member
Enrique Castillo | Committee Member
Matthew Drury | Committee Member
Meihui Li | Committee Member
Michela Secci | AILA Staff
Miriam Enoch | Committee Member
Peta-Maree Ashford | AILA Board
William Birt | Committee Member