Get to know 2022 Board Nominee Matthew Francis

Matthew is a Senior Lecturer at RMIT University

Visit Matthew's LinkedIn profile here.


Strategy and Governance Experience:

"In my 25+ year career in the property and construction industry, my experiences providing strategic advice span industry, academia and government sectors. In industry, I have advised clients on all aspects of property design and development including some of Melbourne’s highest performance buildings as well as many outside of Australia. In academia, I have provided strategy and advice on carbon reduction strategies for campus development, space utilisation and property management whilst researching the lived experience of Passive House buildings. I presently sit on the Standards Australia air quality committee advising changes to national standards and was asked to contribute to ventilation strategies for COVID risk minimisation during the pandemic. In government, I have advised various state and federal departments on developing strategies for engaging China for Australian businesses. I was a founding member of the Property Council’s Future trends and innovation committee."

Career history demonstrating experience and insight that you will bring to the leadership of APHA

"Prior to joining academia, as an office leader and manager I helped build an engineering consultancy business from 4 people to over 50 staff specialising in high-performance buildings and laboratory projects reporting profitability and business strategy at the board level.

I was elected by my peers in 2017 to represent all PhD candidates across the university within the executive-level Research Council comprising all faculty deans to develop research strategies. I am presently an active member of my faculty’s indigenous reconciliation committee developing scholarship opportunities for indigenous students seeking to enter the construction industry."

Please provide an example to demonstrate your strength as an influential leader that is able to drive change and outcomes? 

"My appreciation for, and expertise within, both the physics of buildings and the psychology of space has helped me develop a strong network within the property sector. I am often asked to speak at conferences and on public radio about related issues. As a chartered building services engineer, a certified Passive house designer, and an expert in environmental psychology (my PhD and research interest), I have demonstrated influence by engaging stakeholders through policy, consultancy or advocacy."

Why does this opportunity attract you? 

"The opportunity to work with the APHA board attracts me because I see the Passive House standard as the best mechanism for Australian buildings to address our growing climate change concerns. There exist many opportunities for this standard but also many barriers – I would like to contribute my expertise in developing strategies to identify and remove as many of these barriers as possible."

Please list any prior association committee or board experience or anything else you would like to add. 

"I presently sit on other boards that are charities and not related to property or construction.
This nomination is made with the endorsement of other APHA members (and some board members) to whom I have spoken with and have let me know they have my support."


Which role are you applying for? 

General Board Member

The building industry accounts for almost 40% of all global carbon emissions worldwide. The buildings we design today will still be operational by 2050. Reaching net zero will require huge changes to our houses, offices, and schools and the way we live in them.