About Us

The Property Education Foundation (PEF) is a private sector initiative which provides funds for the development and ongoing support of tertiary education of property disciplines in Western Australia.

It was initiated in 1991 by seven founding members: David Lantzke of Ardross; Peter Solomon of Estates Development; John Simpson; Sir James McCusker; John Gadsdon of Perron; Max McDonald of Stockland Trust and Ross Holt of Landcorp.

They rallied the industry for support and by 2001 they had built a membership structure with 53 members with a total contribution of $500,000. The first Constitution was completed in 2003 by Mallesons Stephen Jacques and this formally established the Foundation.

As the main aim of the Foundation is to provide the property industry with a continuous pool of savvy and well-trained property graduates, it funded the Professorial Chair in Property Studies at Curtin University from 2002 to 2005. It has also awarded two annual scholarships to property students from 2003 on.

The Foundation also contributed $30,000 to UWA in 2009 as seed funding to commence their Town Planning Degree.

The internship program which had support from the industry was initiated in 2005. It was put on hold in 2007 at the height of the economic boom when industry professionals were too busy to supervise students, and was reinstated in 2017. It now has strong support from many in the industry.

An information kit to introduce property careers and career paths to Years 11 and 12 high school students was developed in 2007 and revised in 2012. These were handed out yearly to students at school career evenings in nine private high schools. A funky flash drive with an embedded property career video designed as a wrist band was an attractive marketing give-away at these evenings.

The Annual Regatta from 2005 up to 2013 brought the property industry together for a friendly sailing competition. It also connects students to the industry professionals. The regatta is a financial success and in total $250K was raised over the years.

A new marketing strategy was developed in 2015. This was revised in 2017 and introduced new initiatives, such as Meet the Leaders and other events, to connect and further enhance the relationship between students, young professionals and the industry. It also reintroduced the Annual Regatta.

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.


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.


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.

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
  • Rowena Ong, PEF
  • 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.

Rowena Ong

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.

The History of the Property Education Foundation

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