7 July, 2010 – Leading catalyst for the sustainable property movement Ché Wall has stepped down as managing director of WSP Lincolne Scott after 17 years with the company.
Replacing him will be Andrew Mather who has been managing director of the group for the Africa, Asia and Australia Region for three years and involved in other areasof the company for 23 years.
Mr Mather said he expected Mr Wall to continue to be involved in a consulting role with WSP Lincolne Scott.
Mr Wall told The Fifth Estate this afternoon that his move was the result of “an increasing sense of personal conflict between what I thrive on and what the business needs me to do.”
He said: “The business does demand certain things which I am happy to do but increasingly I feel the tension between these.”
Among his current interests are a recent re-engagement as chair of the international Common Carbon Metric project and an invitation to be a member of the advisory board of the Climate Positive, a joint initiative of the Clinton Climate Initiative and the US Green Building Council.
Mr Wall is considered one of the key catalysts in the green building movement in Australia and helped propel Lincolne Scott to a leading reputation in that field.
His achievements include co-foundation of the Green Building Council of Australia’, chair for five years of the World Green Building Council and winner of the Banskia award.
Mr Wall acknowledged some of the jobs he was involved in had created “incremental improvements” in the industry’s progress.
One of his first major projects after joining the company fresh from England in 1993 was at the University of Newcastle which embarked on world leading sustainability standards under the management of Philip Pollard, which included work on a geothermal systems and other innovative features for the Nurses Faculty building designed by architect Peter Stutchbury.
Mr Wall said the split was an “amicable decision” and he would continue to consult in some capacity to the company.
He said that “contrary to rumours” he would not set up a consultancy in building services.
“If I wanted to do that I would stay with WSP Lincolne Scott.”
Mr Mather said Mr Wall had made an “invaluable contribution” to WSP Lincolne Scott over the past 17 years, and had positioned the company as the leading green building services firm.
“We are poised to grow further, both in terms of geography and service offering, as evidenced by the opening last week of a new office in Ho Chi Minh City to better service a growing number of project wins in Vietnam,” Mr Mather said.
“Sustainability is a key value of the WSP Group, and green building services will always be a priority to WSP Lincolne Scott. In the coming years I hope to build on Ché’s legacy by expanding to a multi-disciplinary engineering firm with even greater reach across the Asia Pacific region.”