10 October 2012 — Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Joanne Nugent as director of People and Corporate Sustainability for its Australia-Pacific operations and its Global Mining Business. Ms Nugent has been with Parsons Brinckerhoff for more than 10 years. She said as a major projects and infrastructure company, it was critical human resources was a project-oriented function. “HR strategy and practice in a project-oriented business require different areas of focus and capability than a more traditional organisation. The differences relate to leadership style and our attraction, development and retention strategies.We aim to engage people to the core business and also re-ignite new levels of commitment with each new project assignment.” Before taking on her new role, Ms Nugent was the organisational change executive for Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia and involved in significant change programs, including restructure and acquisitions.