AILA Staff

AILA’s hardworking team deliver member services, administer continuing professional development, communicate the work of members to members and the wider community, and implement directives from National Board.

AILA Staff

Ben Stockwin, AILA CEO

Ben Stockwin

Chief Executive Officer

Through previous roles, Ben has gained a tremendous skill set in managing a diverse national organisation and gained an appreciation of the intersect between the natural, managed, and constructed environments. Issues around sustainability, nature deficit disorder, increasing population and climate change were at the forefront of Ben’s work and he looks forward to integrating these into his role as CEO of AILA.

Gemma Fischer

AILA Events & Marketing Coordinator

Gemma completed her Bachelor of Tourism Management at the University of Canberra back in 2007. Since then, she has gained over 10 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, working predominantly in events, partnership engagement and marketing. She loves exploring the great outdoors with her young family and in her spare time, she runs a photography business.

Georgina Scriha

AILA Events & Partners Manager

Georgina graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce and has over 12 years’ experience working in membership associations. Her past positions at the Taxation Institute of Australia and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners saw her focus on member engagement, events, education, and sponsorship. Georgina grew up in the regional Queensland town of Mackay before relocating to Brisbane. She is a mum to two very happy, active little boys.

Kaye Hall

AILA IT & Digital Comms Lead

Coming from a background working in the Higher Education sector and freelance Tech/New Media Design, Kaye brings her passion and experience in technology, design, and marketing to AILA. She also adores her family, and in no order whatsoever loves; cats, books, and nerd-things. Kaye has a Bachelor of Creative Arts & Industries New Media Design (Web Development), Master of Information Technology, and is studying Data Science. 

Louise Hain

AILA Support Officer - Accreditation

With a strong background in corporate governance and compliance including board and committee executive support, Louise coordinates AILA’s Landscape Architecture (LA) University Accreditation Review program. Louise works closely with the National Education Committee and AILA’s National Accreditation Review Teams (NART), comprising LA practitioners, academics and students, who are responsible for undertaking the University accreditation reviews. Louise is completing a Diploma in Sustainable Living, focussing on biodiversity, sustainable house design and sustainable landscapes. Louise enjoys walking, pilates, yoga and gardening.

Michela Secci

Executive Officer

Michela graduated from Torrens University with a master’s degree of Business Administration (MBA). Her 17 years career experience with extensive background in marketing, finance, IT, and business development offers AILA a range of skills to support the CEO, Committees, and the Board.  Michela loves her family, cat, and chickens; she’s an avid gardener, dyi and crafts, motorbike rider and bushwalker.

Nicole McCue

AILA Finance and Admin Officer

Nicole studied Education at the University of Canberra and spent a number of years studying and working in Childcare before becoming a full-time mum to 3 children. Since joining AILA, Nicole is enjoying learning about Landscape Architecture. Nicole is an invaluable team member, providing support across various key business areas including administration, finance, and membership. She and her family love to go on walks and do puzzles together.

Stella Elia

AILA Membership Administration Officer

Stella graduated with a Bachelor in Sociology. Having cultivated her education and experience in Canada, she is now calling Australia Home. She brings forth years of experience in client services in the Academic sector as well as Regulatory, this includes her most recent role working with the regulating body of Architecture in Ontario, Canada. She looks forward to applying her skills and interests, specifically to the field of Landscape Architecture. She is a mum of three beautiful children and loves spending time with her young family.

Tannelle Leathley

AILA Membership and Admin Coordinator

Tannelle has spent the past 9 years working in the not-for profit sector. She has enjoyed working in various departments at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, giving her experience with marketing and events, accreditation, membership and CPD. Tannelle has two cheeky little monkeys, and they spend their spare time exploring the outdoors together.

Nathan Whittingham

AILA Finance Manager

Nathan, who after a decade in mid-tier Chartered Accountancy Practices, has worked in CFO and Financial Management Roles in the Mining and Property Development Sectors. Now running a CFO Advisory Service, consulting across all industries on a wide range of areas, including internal controls, automation, and efficiency, he brings to AILA a talent for solving complex business problems whether they are financial, operational, or directional.

Rosie Halsmith

Communications Consultant

Rosie Halsmith is a communications and co-design consultant and a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the UWA School of Design. Throughout her project experience, Rosie has gained a range of skills that have developed her understanding in both the implementation and communication of the design process, specialising in engagement, strategy, communications, and research. She is committed to projects that are grounded in a process of community and stakeholder engagement, ensuring sustainable outcomes that are directly aligned with user needs.

Fiona Anderson

Membership Administration Officer

Fiona has a extensive experience in administrative roles within diverse industries, including tourism for the Great Barrier Reef, Local Government with Mayor and Councillors and more recently co-ordinating theory and practical skills conferences for General Practitioners. She is now happy to put her energy and skills to good use for an organisation with the same values as her own of preserving the planet and encouraging sense of community. Having hailed from the West side of the country, in her downtime she enjoys discovering the East coast through road trips, camping, beach walks and bush trails


NSW Chapter

Tessa Faucheur

Chapter Manager - NSW

Originally from Paris, France, Tessa has been calling Australia home for the last 15 years. She brings many years’ experience having worked in account management, sales, marketing, and client services roles here and overseas. Raised in a creative family with a passion for Street Art, she looks forward to immersing herself in the Australian landscape architecture profession and adding a touch of creativity to the NSW Chapter and its events. Tessa’s favourite place to retreat and relax with her young family is her home along the Hawkesbury river. She graduated from University Rene Descartes, Paris with a bachelor’s degree in Law.

Georgiana Love

NSW Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Georgiana graduated from USYD with a Bachelor in Japanese Language and has since worked in Japan teaching English, as well as having experience in office management, event coordination, and communications. Her most recent roles have been in the areas of events and partnership engagement, and she is enjoying applying these skills to the field of landscape architecture with AILA. In 2019, she is hoping to only improve on making the NSW event calendar bigger and better than 2018! She is a mum of 2 and enjoys spending time with her young family in Sydney.

Claire Versace

NSW Event and Communications Manager

Beginning my working Career in the Travel Industry I quickly developed a love of Customers and delivering exceptional Customer service. With the arrival of 3 children under the age of three I had my hands full and relished my new role of being a Mum. Returning to the workforce after they were at school, I worked for many years in Sales for 2 Australian companies. Running my own business, an engaging child craft activity using sand, enabled me to draw on my skills to grow the business in Victoria- delivering events for Corporate, government and independent clients. My love of events and my passion for Sport saw me secure the Role of Venue Coordinator at the MCG, whilst delivering all communications for all Victorian venues for the AFL.


QLD Chapter

Melanie West

Chapter Manager - QLD

I am a customer-focused Manager with over 15 years' experience in non-profit organisations. I have extensive experience in management roles covering, Membership, Partnerships, Event Operations and Ticketing. Previous positions include Membership and Ticketing Manager at the Brisbane Lions, Firebirds Operations Manager at Netball Queensland, and Commercial Coordinator for AFL Northern Territory.

Melissa Griffin

Chapter Communications and Events Coordinator - QLD

Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Property Economics at QUT and has over 10 years’ experience as a marketing professional with a focus in Residential Project Marketing. Since becoming a mother, she has been a freelance marketing specialist and has enjoyed working on various non-profit events and e-commerce roles before commencing work with AILA.


SA Chapter

Sally Bolton

Chapter Manager - SA

Sally completed a Bachelor of Architecture at The University of Adelaide. Her career has included practicing as an architect and also working to support the design professions in advocacy, professional development and member engagement roles, most recently at the Australian Institute of Architects in SA.


VIC Chapter

Martha Delfas

Chapter Manager - VIC

Martha Delfas is an all-round marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience in public relations, event management and sponsorship. She has held national senior roles in both corporate and not-for profit sectors at Kmart, Myer and Cancer Council Australia. Her consultative business style has been sought by organisations such the NSW Department of Family and Community Services where she created and successfully negotiated a growing portfolio of sponsors that included Woolworths, News Corporation, Commonwealth Bank and Harvey Norman. Having returned from Sydney to Melbourne, Martha’s strong interest in best practice sponsorship and special events have proven a great asset for building and nurturing AILA’s network and partners in Victoria.


WA Chapter

Carmen Williams

Chapter Manager - WA

Carmen has been a Marketing and Events Manager for over 20 years. She has a passion for Marketing and Development in the not-for-profit sector, she delivered the National Awards, competitions and prizes for the AIA for nearly 3 years and has worked at Cancer Council and Playgroup WA in Perth. She has a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Marketing and Tourism Management. She loves spending time outdoors with her young family and enjoys travelling both in Australia and overseas.