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Bill is the co-founder and Managing director of Investors Direct Financial Group (IDFG), the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Australian Education City (AEC).

Bill was educated in China, Australia and the United States and is fluent in both English and Chinese. His tertiary education includes Civil Engineering at South China University of Technology (1985-1988, full-time), Bachelor degree of Computer Science at RMIT University (1990-1992, full-time), MBA program at Monash University (1995-1997, part-time).

After a long corporate career covering locations in Australia, Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, Finland and New Zealand, Bill left PwC Melbourne in 2000 to found IDFG.  IDFG has wholly owned subsidiaries in financial services, funds management, property development, and property construction.

Between 2014-2019, Bill lead the AEC team to win the international tender for the 412ha Victorian government owned land at East Werribee Employment Precinct in Melbourne, and secured AUD$3Billion equity and infrastructure investment to develop the proposed $31Billion, 6 million sqm GFA education city & innovation district that can deliver 90,000+ long term local jobs.

With the AEC vision now ready to deploy across Australia, Bill is working closely with the AEC executive team and its global consortium partners to deliver the much needed local jobs and innovative urban solutions for local communities.

Vivien Lin was educated in Accounting and Financial Management in China, Australia, Canada & USA and is fluent in both English and Chinese.

Over the past 28 years, Vivien’s business career has included extensive corporate experience in various Chartered Accounting firms including KPMG Australia, as well as entrepreneurial and management experience in directing finance and business operations in both Australia and Asia.

Vivien co-founded IDFG in 2001 and has been instrumental in building IDFG into an integrated development and investment firm comprising financial services, property development, construction and funds management.

John Tabart has 35 years CEO private and public sectors experience with full profit centre responsibility in  Australia, the UK, the US, South East Asia and the Middle East. John’s career includes notable global roles such as:

  • CEO of the delivery authority for the $10B Barangaroo Precinct, together with Board membership of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority for over 5 years where John was responsible for governance, management, funding, financial and risk management, marketing, planning, design, contracting, JV partnership  management, delivery, public and media relations, and operations of the precinct
  • Managing Director of Explore Capital Ltd and Explore Investments Ltd (the London based property development and funds management subsidiaries of Laing O’Rourke Plc) where John was responsible for management, creation and delivery of the GBP £2Bn, residential, commercial, retail, education and mixed-use  developments
  • Non-executive Director of the Dubai based sovereign fund Sama Dubai LLC and Chairman of its Investment Committee. In addition, he was the Chief Portfolio Officer and Executive Director of Sama Dubai LLC responsible for initiating, creating and managing the development of Sama’s new real estate development  investments and JV’s in Dubai, Morocco, Turkey, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, China and Vietnam.
  • CEO of the Docklands Authority and VicUrban (a 2003 merger of the Melbourne Docklands Authority and the Urban and Regional Land Corporation)
  • Development Director for the Federal Airports Corporation for the Brisbane International Airport Complex
  • MD, Singapore, Manager Queensland, MD Residential, Lend Lease Corporation

Ross is the General Manager of Investors Direct Financial Group and Australian Education City. He holds a full licence in Real Estate in Victoria and New South Wales.

Ross studied Applied Science and Photography at RMIT, and completed a Diploma of Property at Academic  Pavilion, and a Certificate IV in Mortgage Broking from AAMC. He was the head of the Property Investment  Division for one of the largest building groups in Victoria and directed a number of land subdivision and  property development projects within his own business before heading up Investors Direct Property Advisory  (IDPA) in 2010.

Ross has a track record in delivering high performing investment properties and his expertise is well sought  after by property investors across Australia. In the last few years alone, Ross has been responsible for securing  and delivering a range of residential property transactions and developments to property investors. As a  director of Investors Direct, a key stakeholder in Australian Education City, Ross has oversight and management  of the intergrated property development and investment business. Ross has been the responsible executive for  bringing Australian Education City to its current status of realisation from the origination of the vision, through  to the current negotiation period. He will continue in this role to ensure the Australian Education City is  delivered and true to its vision and stakeholders expectations for the initiative.

Shane is a highly astute and result driven Senior Developer and Construction Executive with over 30 years’ experience delivering a diverse range of projects throughout Australia. Shane is also a registered Unlimited Commercial and Domestic Building Practitioner.

Shane has managed many large project teams from inception through to completion, delivering across various sectors from residential, commercial, retail shopping centres, government buildings, recreational resorts and land sub-divisions. Shane has worked as an executive for over 18 years with a number of development and construction companies and notably delivered several signature projects such as; Waterfront City, Docklands, Silverwater Resort, Aerial Apartments, Bendigo Market Place Shopping Centre, Monash Green, Clayton.

Shane is a Director of the Development and Construction business unit at Capitol Property Group as well as the Project Director for Australian Education City. Shane is responsible for the vision, direction and management of the business unit and to ensure that all projects are completed on time, on budget, to a set quality standard and that the internal rate of return is achieved across all developments and investments.

Shane’s personable approach, methodology, eye for detail and his drive and ability to deliver projects brings confidence and reassurance to all stakeholders.

Otto is a commercially-astute Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer with over 25 years of experience across various market sectors such as civil engineering and construction, manufacturing and import distribution. His key career roles include Chief Financial Officer Akron Roads Pty Ltd and Lund Construction Pty Ltd, Group Financial Controller Fulton Hogan Australia, and Group Treasurer and Taxation Manager Incitec Pivot Ltd and Nissan Australia. Otto has rigid financial acumen and an intimate knowledge of the development and construction industry.

Otto possesses robust cost analysis skills and has extensive experience in capital raising, mergers and acquisitions having been involved in a number of acquisitions and joint ventures. Otto is also on the governance team to ensure that corporate, commercial and finance governance is maintained across the Australian Education City operations. Otto brings security and comfort to the Australian Education City and IDFG operations and is highly passionate about the success of the Australian Education City vision.

Brett advised clients in the banking and funds management industry for over 20 years as a partner in a significant east coast legal firm and then a partner in an international accountancy practice. He has managed commercial mortgage funds for over 15 years. 

He has been the principal of a number of commercial mortgage real estate equity funds, and currently sits on the board of three licenced trustees.  He is the responsible manager for these licensees.  He is an experienced compliance officer and investment committee member.

In recent years he has been a key principal in funds with currently over $4b of property under development and management.  This includes developments such as neighbourhood commercial and retail centres (including development of a major supermarket) , 2000 lot residential sub-divisions , industrial parks, apartment buildings as well as direct property investments.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws. 

Jarran has worked in the Property Industry for over 20 years and has extensive experience in development management with his main area of expertise being in large residential land sub-divisions.

Jarran is a strategic property professional with particular experience in urban economics, planning and marketing.

Jarran’s career has seen him in roles with a rapidly growing property developer, private consulting, local government and a start-up graphic design agency.

Jarran has a track record of delivering high quality projects, including a UDIA (Victoria) award winning subdivision.  Jarran has a keen attention to detail and fosters collaborative working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including investors, financiers and government agencies.

Peter has worked in the Building and Construction Industry for over 30 years and has extensive experience in Project Management having worked as both a consultant (Client side) and as a Building Contractor for some of Australia’s largest firms.

Peter’s specific project sector experience is wide ranging and includes residential, commercial, government, health, sporting and recreational, educations, refurbishment and industrial projects. Peter has particular experience in pre-construction activities including town planning processes, design development, building approvals, tendering and head contractor appointments.

Peter also has particular experience in delivering complex projects, many of which have been delivered under difficult conditions such as continued occupation of buildings, staged construction works, special industry site agreements and high security sites.

Particular skills include marketing and business development, project and construction management, project programming, estimating and budget control, tendering, contract preparation, design management, project planning, authority negotiations, constructability reviews, value management and coordination of ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) principles.