Members of the Women in Strata Steering Committee
Amanda Farmer - Lawyers Chambers on Riley
Amanda is the founder and director of Lawyers Chambers. A graduate of the University of Sydney’s law school with first class honours and an undergraduate major in English, Amanda has natural talent with language and a flair for creative problem solving.
With over 16 years’ experience in the strata legal sector, Amanda is both a Fellow and Council Member of the Australian College of Strata Lawyers.
Amanda is the host of the Your Strata Property podcast, the world’s first podcast dedicated to exploring and explaining the legal complexities of strata titled properties. The podcast is downloaded thousands of times each month and has expanded to include an online membership community for property managers and strata owners seeking reliable information and resources for peaceful and profitable community living.
Amanda is also the founder of Women in Strata, a networking group for women working in strata management.
An increasingly in demand speaker and educator, Amanda has been educating strata managers, strata owners and residents for many years, through round table workshops, seminars, large scale presentations and guest speaking opportunities.
Amanda has presented webinars, including for the Real Estate Institute (NSW), presented at REI’s annual Women in Real Estate conference (2017), presented for Strata Community Australia (NSW) and The Owners Corporation Network, as well as the Australian College of Strata Lawyers. Amanda has been interviewed as a guest expert on the television program Sky News Real Estate, demystifying the complexities of apartment living.
Amanda’s opinions on community living, as well as the legal cases she has led to success, are regularly quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Real Estate Conversation and on Domain.com.
Karina Heinz - Progressive Strata Services Pty Ltd
Karina has over 28 years of experience in the strata industry and founded her own company, Progressive Strata Services in 1999.
Over the years she has acquired an in-depth knowledge of strata law and keeps abreast of recent court decisions relevant to the industry. She has considerable hands on experience in strata and company title management, BMC’s and has undertaken several S237 (compulsory) appointments.
It was her desire to help owners that lead her to become part of a panel of professionals to answer owners’ questions with Jimmy Thompson (Flat Chat – part of the Domain magazine in the Sydney Morning Herald) at the 2013 and 2014 annual conference for Strata Community Australia (NSW).
In 2013/14 Karina was a member of the SCA (NSW) – Policy and Legislative Committee and in 2016 she joined SCA (NSW) Professional Standards Committee, to provide guidance to its members as to the standards the Association expect.
Karina has spoken on ABC radio less than a month after the new legislation was enacted in December of 2016 on ABC Radio – answering caller’s questions on strata living.
Selected to be on the Strata Managers Committee (SCA – NSW) for 2018 and 2019 – allows Karina to pursue her passion to give back to the industry she loves so much.
To compliment this, she was a mentor for the inaugural program for Women in Strata in 2018.
Sarah Smith - Strata Central
Sarah has a strong administrative background in strata, having been involved in many facets including working in the compliance and records team; property assistant team; new business team; and the management team. She was previously the Deputy Branch Manager at the highly awarded Dynamic Property Services which included her being responsible for the training and supervision of the property assistant team and assisting the then Licensee In Charge, Reena Van Aalst.
Now working at Strata Central, Sarah is a Senior Licensed Strata Manager with experience managing all aspects of the management of diverse entities such as residential and commercial strata schemes; community & neighbourhood associations; and building management committees. She takes pride in providing her clients with the highest level of service at all times.