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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.

Natalie Fitzgerald - Strata Sense

Beginning her career in strata in 2001 Natalie is an award winning strata manager dedicated to innovation and driving change in an ever-fluid sector. Natalie joined Strata Sense in 2014 as Partner, bringing her experience and commitment to professionalism into her leadership role.
 
In 2012 Natalie was the foundation content expert for the City of Sydney ‘Strata 101’ workshops, which she continues to present. Natalie is often called upon to speak on all things strata, or to facilitate strata events and has done so for the Owners Corporation Network, Strata Communities Association (NSW & National), City of Ryde, and UNSW. Natalie has been a guest on the Your Strata Property Podcast.
 
As an advocate for women in the sector, Natalie spearheaded the Women in Strata mentoring program and contributes regular blogs to Women in Strata, offering career advice and guidance to women in the sector. In her non-strata time Natalie volunteers for Share the Dignity, all while being Mum to a unsurprisingly feisty daughter.

Reena Van Aalst - Strata Central

Reena Van Aalst has 27 years of management experience, 19 of that
in strata.

Reena holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Sydney University) and recently
graduated with a Masters in Professional Accounting (UTS). She also
holds a Diploma in Business Management (Real Estate Management)

In 2015 Reena Van Aalst was appointed Vice-President of the Strata Manager (Licensed) Chapter of the Strata Community Association (NSW) until 2017. She gave a presentation on Annual General meetings and the new legislation at the SCA (NSW) annual conference in October 2016.

In 2011 and 2012 Reena was named SCA (NSW) Strata Manager of the Year. Reena served on the Board from 2004 to 2006 and was Senior Vice President of the then Institute of Strata Title Management.

Until September 2016 Reena was the General Manager and Licensee-in-Charge of the multi
award-winning strata company Dynamic Property Services (DPS) where she worked for over 13 years. In November 2013, DPS was acquired by Prudential Investment Company of Australia (PICA) and Reena was appointed Associate Director until she resigned to commence her new practice Strata Central.

Reena was appointed as a member of the Real Estate Institute Strata Management Chapter Committee in November 201.

In January 2015 she was invited to sit on the steering committee of Women in Strata a position she continues to hold. Reena was the first guest speaker on the podcasts produced by Your Strata Property and is a regular presenter at strata related forums such as the Owners Corporation Network (OCN).

Reena is passionate about strata becoming a profession and is a strong advocate of women being an integral part that change.

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