Jeremy McLeod
Managing Director

Jeremy McLeod is the founding director of Breathe Architecture, a practice known for delivering high-quality design and sustainable architecture on projects of all scales. Breathe instigated the Nightingale Housing movement after trialling a new model for delivering housing through the award-winning project of sustainable apartments called The Commons. Jeremy believes that architects, through collaboration, can drive real positive change in our changing cities.

Dan McKenna

Dan McKenna
Senior Project Lead

Dan McKenna officially joined the Nightingale Housing team in June 2017. He spent the last five years at Breathe Architecture, where he worked as a project architect on various residential, multi-residential and commercial projects. Dan was closely involved in what has now become the Nightingale model, from its initial days in 2014. He now leads the project support for all Nightingale licensed architects, guiding them through the process of delivering a Nightingale building. He has also been involved with local university programs, teaching a subject on environmentally sustainable design at Monash University, as well as guest lecturing at the University of Melbourne. 

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Kate Ryan
Community Manager

Kate Ryan likes to tell stories to influence change and has a special interest in the way communities can shape and influence cities.

She has worked in corporate communications, public affairs and community relations in the corporate world, most recently managing community campaigns on large city-shaping infrastructure projects.

Kate holds a Master of Urban Planning and Environment from RMIT and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Board of Directors


Angela Perry

Angela Perry is a dynamic, passionate and committed leader with great relationship and business building skills. She is qualified as an English Barrister and an Australian Solicitor, and is currently the Chair of Employee Ownership Australia and New Zealand. She also sits on the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership Committee, and has presented on employee ownership issues all over the world, to people and governments.

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Peter Lalor
Deputy Chair

Peter started his career at Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) before spending seven years working in business advisory and tax with Grant Thornton. After spending two years as a Director of a mid-tier accounting firm in the Melbourne CBD, Peter co-founded Blue Rock alongside Grant Ralston. As a part owner of a hospitality business, Peter’s real life experience provides an in-depth understanding of the issues associated with running family and privately owned businesses.


James Legge

James is a founding director of Six Degrees Architects. A formative project for the practice in the early 1990s was Meyers Place Bar, the first of Melbourne’s back-lane bars. For this and other urban and hospitality projects, Six Degrees has heavily influenced urban design in Melbourne over the past 20 years. James has taught at the University of Melbourne, regularly undertakes guest lectures and has served on a number of AIA awards juries.

Andrew Maynard

Andrew is an internationally renowned architect and the co-director of Austin Maynard Architects. He has won a range of awards internationally, with his Zero Waste Table receiving recognition at the United Nations World Environment Day Awards, and his work has been exhibited at the Young Guns exhibition in New York City and at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He studied at the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architecture (with Honours).



Michael works where art meets commerce. Since his training as a Chartered Accountant, Michael has worked as an arts producer across most art forms, including film, television, theatre, radio, music, writing, visual arts and even puppetry. He co-founded year-round film festival Popcorn Taxi Melbourne, has been on a range of Arts boards, teaches Qigong (Chi Kung) and Taijiquan (Tai Chi), and is a professional investor.

Jason is Innovation Fellow within the Department of Design, Architecture and Building at the University Technology Sydney, He is also Director of Urban Apostles Pty Ltd, a start-up real estate development and consulting services business specialising in alternative workplace and housing models for cities.

Danny Almagor OAM is the CEO of Small Giants, a company he started to effect social and environmental change through business. He is the founder and former CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia, and the co-founder and Chair of the Impact Investment Group. Small Giants collaborated with Breathe Architecture to fund and deliver The Commons. 

Dave R is the founder of iconic bag company Crumpler, the producer of Footpath Guides (walking guides to urban architecture), and all round champion of the value and impact of good design.

Catherine has worked in the Property Development / Architectural management industry for nearly 30 years. She is a foundation Board member (Treasurer) of the International Woman’s Forum Australia (IWF Australia).


Dr. Mei Ling Doery Health and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Andrea Sharam Housing Affordability

Andy Fergus Urban Planning

Alex Oppes Social Impact

Justine Clark Equity, Architecture and Communications

Marcus Westbury Creative Urbanism

Hanna Ebeling Social Impact and Financing

Ben Morris Law

Licensing sub-committee

Jeremy McLeod
Director, Breathe Architecture
Chair, Nightingale Housing
Lead architect, Nightingale 1

James Legge
Director, Six Degrees Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 2

Andrew Maynard
Director, Austin Maynard Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 3

Clare Cousins
Director, Clare Cousins Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 4

Alex Oppes
Associate Director, Impact Investing - Social Ventures Australia

Jill Garner
Victorian Government Architect

Helen Lochhead
Dean, University of New South Wales Built Environment

Andy Fergus
Urban Designer, City of Melbourne

How we began

After Breathe Architecture’s nationally acclaimed sustainable urban housing project The Commons was completed, Breathe called on the Melbourne architecture community to help build on the initial concept. Six Degrees Architects, Austin Maynard Architects, Architecture Architecture, Clare Cousins Architects, MRTN Architects and Wolveridge Architects joined with the Robin Boyd Foundation to help fund the first Nightingale project and embark on spreading the idea.

Nightingale Housing was then established to support the growth of the Nightingale model. It was created from a steering committee co-convened by Jessie Hochberg and Dr Andrea Sharam, Research Fellow at Swinburne University’s Institute for Social Research. The Committee included Dr Tom Alves, Andrew Maynard, James Legge, Michael Roper, Jeremy McLeod and Tony Lee.