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The Property Education Foundation (PEF) is an industry-led initiative which provides funds for the development and ongoing support of tertiary education of property disciplines in Western Australia.

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Meet the Board

Leaders with broad industry influence


Joe Lenzo

Joe Lenzo retired from the position of Executive Director at the Property Council in 2016 after 18 years in the role. Prior to that position Joe was the Director of Industry, Trade and Commerce at the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (1988-1998).


Col Dutton

Col Dutton is the General Manager Residential for Stockland Western Australia, the largest developer of residential communities in WA with a portfolio that includes seven active developments and over 16,000 residential lots across the State. Col is responsible for leading Stockland’s extensive development opportunities across WA including award-winning masterplanned communities located in growth areas of greater Perth. He was appointed to his current position in 2011 and heads a team of more than 70 staff.


Lee Pinkerton


Lee Pinkerton is the General Manager of Cape Bouvard Investments Pty Ltd. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.

He has over 30 years’ experience specialising in the property, finance and investment sectors. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a former President of the Property Council Australia, WA division. He joined the Board of Property Education Foundation in 2017.


Rowena Ong

Rowena Ong has a multi-faceted professional career, commencing with clinical instruction to UWA dental students and post-graduate dental nurses in Dentomaxillofacial Radiology. She then joined the South Metropolitan Mental Health Service as the Clinical Governance Coordinator auditing healthcare, conducting clinical trials, and standardising policies and procedures to meet accreditation standards and processes.

From 2005, Rowena was the Education manager at Property Council where she successfully developed a comprehensive series of professional development courses and seminars for property professionals. These were accredited by the WA Department of Commerce. Rowena had established the WA Retirement Living Committee and had published a Policy & Procedure Manual for Retirement Villages to guide village operations and to prepare retirement villages for village accreditation.

Rowena also managed the PEF Secretariat from 2005 overseeing the foundation’s scholarship and internship programmes, organising promotional career events at high schools and the annual fundraising regatta. She was nominated to the Board in 2018 and continues to manage the Secretariat.


Andrew Byars

Andrew has been in the property industry for 25 years and is currently the General Manager for Property Investment at The Perron Group, with over $3B of property under management. He holds a Bachelor of Business from Curtin, a Master of Business from the University of South Australia, and he is a Director of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia.


Frank Marra

Frank is the Chief Executive at DevelopmentWA, the Western Australian Government’s development agency, and is central to strategic planning, the evaluation of projects and risk analysis to business development, corporate planning and project delivery.

DevelopmentWA operates throughout Western Australia with a portfolio of more than 120 projects spanning industrial, commercial, tourism and residential market segments.

An economist and accountant, and having completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University, Frank’s strategic contribution has been recognised through industry awards.

Frank is currently a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Infrastructure Coordinating Committee and Central Perth Planning Committee; he is a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) in WA; a non-executive director of the Property Education Foundation; a Fellow of CPA Australia and a graduate of AICD.

The Committee

  • Dr. J-Han Ho, Curtin University
  • Mark MacKenzie, Westpac Bank
  • Tory Packer, Colliers International
  • Nathan Varma, DevelopmentWA
  • Emily Young, Property Council of Australia
  • Peter Agostino, Ascot Capital
  • Julian Lodge
  • Simon Browne
  • Tanya Steinbeck, UDIA
  • Nick Charlton
  • Patrick Lilburne

Leave of Absence: Natalie Davies and Jo Little


Peter Agostino

Peter Agostino has been involved in the property industry for almost 30 years. He commenced with JLL in 1988 climbing through the ranks to become Managing Director of the Western Australian business and a Regional Director of the Asia Pacific Region.

In 2002 he joined CBRE as Senior Managing Director of SBRE’s Western Australia, South Australia and ACT businesses and a member of the Australia & New Zealand Executive Committee and Senior Leadership Board. Peter also ran the Capital markets – Institutional Investment Properties Department in Perth. Peter joined Ascot Capital as a Director in February 2016.

Tanya Steinbeck

Tanya Steinbeck

Tanya has a wealth of property development industry experience in WA across the private, government and peak body sectors. She has worked in various communications, project and management roles for over 20 years.

Tanya currently holds the position of Chief Executive officer at the Urban Development Institute of Australia in WA (UDIA WA) where she leads a strong team representing the development industry.

Tanya uses her expertise to focus on working collaboratively with government and other stakeholders to achieve a policy environment that enables industry to effectively deliver smart, sustainable and liveable communities. She was previously Executive Director of Regional Services Reform and Transformation at the Department of Communities. Prior to that, Tanya led the successful implementation of the $560 million Social Housing Investment Package. Tanya has also worked for over six years with large listed property developers, Stockland and Mirvac after seven years at the Property Council of Australia (WA).

In December 2016, Tanya was announced as the inaugural winner of the UDIA WA Women in Leadership Award. The award recognises her personal and professional contribution to the development industry over the last 20 years.