Peter Ireland, left and Michael Heenan

9 August 2012 – Allen Jack+Cottier Architects principal and architect Michael Heenan has been appointed CEO of the practice. He takes over from Reg Smith who continues as a member of AJ+C’s design board.

Mr Heenan won the best sports building in the World Architecture Festival for the Berry Sports hall, and has chaired state and international architectural juries. He will take part in the World Architecture Festival this month in Singapore as both an international judge and designer of a short listed project.

Principal Peter Ireland, a winner of international and Australian design awards, will take on the role of general manager.

The firm has also strengthened its project delivery, finance, resources and management systems with two appointments to its executive team. Michael O’Brien will take on the new role of practice manager and Martin Clapham is chief financial officer.

Mr O’Brien has a background in practice management having handled strategic planning, resource management, tenders and project delivery for the $1.6 billion New Royal Adelaide Hospital, a number of Building the Education Revolution projects and the Inner Northern Busway, Brisbane.

Mr Clapham has a background in financial planning, strategy and enterprise management in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he worked as operations director for UK-based residential development and hospitality company Towercrest, and prior to that was finance manager and a director of New Zealand hospitality company, Calibra Enterprises.