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Introducing our first FRONT Ambassadors

FRONT is shaping up to be an action-packed event filled with tangible innovations, leading-edge businesses and brands, new learning and networking opportunities as well as actionable knowledge. Meet the Ambassadors heading up FRONT 2019.

Introducing our first FRONT Ambassadors

First FRONT Ambassadors (L-R): Andrew Pettifer (Arup), Sandra Furtado (Furtado Sullivan), Fiona Young (Hayball), Niell Johanson (Davenport Campbell), Liam Timms (Lendlease International Towers Trust) and Amanda Stanaway (Woods Bagot).

At the core of good design lives a thirst for knowledge, an openness to new ideas and flexibility of thought. That ability to address gaps of knowledge and embrace new and sometimes challenging ideas, goes hand-in-hand with an ability to engage and learn from your peers.

Taking place in International Towers’ Tower Three at Barangaroo, 29-30 August, the FRONT commercial design event is one of the most business-oriented and learning-driven events Australia has ever seen. In 2019 it returns for its second year, bringing with it an exhibition component of new products and innovations from the country’s leading suppliers, as well as plentiful networking and relationship-building opportunities, and two full days of FRONT Forum sessions which celebrate thought-leadership and ideas-generation.

We’ve already captured some of the new innovations which will be on show at FRONT 2019, as well as its relocation in 2019 to one of Sydney’s most flourishing precincts at Barangaroo. One of FRONT’s most exciting drawcards will be the two-day CPD presentations and FRONT Forum that run alongside the event. The former tackles technical topics and equips attendees with essential industry-relevant knowledge; while the latter explores hot button issues within sectors of workplace, healthcare and aged care, hospitality, and city and culture.

The Forum engages speakers – including FRONT’s newly appointed Ambassadors for 2019 – who represent a broad cross-section of industry, from architects to designers, developers, property managers and end-users (in the form of business owners, executives and facilities specialists).

The opportunities for knowledge-sharing and growth could not be more exciting, particularly given the growing culture of interdisciplinary partnerships we see building a symbiotic ecosystem around what is a complex specification chain.

FRONT provides a much-needed space amidst rapid industry transformation, offering plentiful opportunities for skill and knowledge exchange, as well as uniting professionals across disparate disciplines with a common call to action – to learn, knowledge exchange and building lasting relationships.


Meet the Ambassadors

Critical to FRONT and its learning-driven program is our Ambassador panel of industry leaders and advisors. They have been critical in providing feedback and input as the FRONT program develops, contributing behind-the-scenes and also gearing up to take part in our Forum and other FRONT activities.

We’re incredibly excited to announce the first of our FRONT 2019 Ambassadors and advisors.


Amanda Stanaway – Principal, Woods Bagot

Amanda Stanaway sits at the forefront of workplace design and has been instrumental in creating some of the world’s most cutting-edge workplaces.

Andrew Pettifer – NSW Buildings Group Leader, Arup

Andrew is a building services engineer with extensive international experience. He works with the Sydney office leadership team to support Arup’s unique culture and showcase Arup’s impressive range of services.

Fiona Young – Sydney Studio Director, Hayball

Fiona is an architect and researcher in the field of learning environments. As Studio Director at Hayball Sydney, Fiona’s focus is on education and the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums).

Liam Timms – Head of Fund, Lendlease International Towers Sydney Trust

Liam Timms has been an influential player in Australia’s property investment landscape for more than two decades. He is currently the Fund Manager of Lendlease International Towers Sydney.

Neill Johanson – Director, Davenport Campbell

As the co-owner of Davenport Campbell, Neill has spent the last 30 years working with organisations and exploring ways in which the work environment, technology and workplace culture can transform an organisation.

Sandra Furtado – Director, Furtado Sullivan

Through her practice Sandra enjoys the challenge of translating a project’s complexity into a design that works with its environment, combining large-scale efficiency and sophistication with a bespoke design approach.

Simone Oliver – Principal, National Sector Leader | Interior Architecture, Architectus

With a career spanning 25 years, Simone has led creative teams to develop award winning workplace, hospitality and learning communities for some of the world’s foremost companies and institutions.

We’ll bring the innovations and the learnings so you can focus on knowledge and growth. Sign up for registration updates.

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