Job newsManagement appointments at SKM

Leading global engineering, sciences and project delivery firm Sinclair Knight Merz have announced three appointments to its senior management team.

Geoff Linke

Geoff Linke has been appointed General Manager, Strategy after several successful years as General Manager, Water & Environment. Mr Linke has more than 25 years experience in project management, investigation and engineering of water resource and land management projects, and has filled a range of business leadership roles at SKM over the past 10 years. Mr Linke has a keen interest in strategy and is passionate about the way that SKM connects with its clients to deliver exceptional service

Mark Clarke

Mark Clarke was previously General Manager, Power & Energy and remains a Director of the SKM Management and SKM Holdings Boards. Mr Clarke has 25 years experience in the power, water, heavy industrial and mining industries. In particular, he has worked with water and power utilities on most aspects of their business. Prior to his role in the Power & Energy portfolio, Mr Clarke was COO, Asia, based in Kuala Lumpur.

Patrick Hill

Patrick Hill was previously Regional Manager, Western Australia/Northern Territory. Since joining SKM, he has held process engineering, project management and site commissioning roles on major water infrastructure projects. Prior to his appointment to regional management, Mr Hill managed the integration and leadership of SKM’s three Water & Environment Operation Centres in South East Australia. Additionally, he has held key alliance leadership roles on major projects in the Utilities and Energy sectors. Most recently, he has served as a member of the Project Board on Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project. In 2007, Mr Hill was named National Young Professional Engineer of the Year by Engineers Australia.

An appointment to the Regional Manager role for WA/NT will be announced shortly.

ACT appoints Government Architect

Alastair Swayn

28 June 2010 – Professor Alastair Swayn, principal director of Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Pty Ltd has been appointed ACT Government Architect. He will also be appointed as a Professorial Fellow in Architecture and will teach one architecture class each semester at the University in addition to his role as Government Architect.

Professor Swayn is a well known leader in sustainable design, with a  portfolio that includes thet 5 Star Green Star building, 8 Brindabella Circuit, in the Brindabella Business Park as well as the 4 Star Green Star interior project, the Australian Research Council, and the 5 Star Green Star Education building at the University of Canberra. He also designed the Australian Greenhouse Office (the recycling of the DFAT Communications Centre) in 2000.

ACT Australian Institute of Architects Chapter President Sheila Hughes said the Institute congratulated the ACT Government on the appointment of Professor Swayn.

“Now is a moment in time when the future form and performance of our cities and buildings is a core issue for the community.”

National President of the Australian Institute of Architects,

Karl Fender, said he believed the model of a joint professorial  role and Government Architect would work well, as demonstrated in Queensland and WA.

Gunther Graeve joins Parsons Brinckerhoff 23 June 2010 – Architect, contractor and project manager Gunther De Graeve has joined Parsons Brinckerhoff as health sector leader.
At his recent presentation at the Hospital Build Asia Conference in Singapore in May, Mr De Graeve concentrated on the need for highly adaptable and flexible healthcare facilities to meet needs in the future.
“Current facilities will fall short of meeting population demands, presenting a formidable challenge to care providers and professionals,” Mr De Graeve said.
“Integration between healthcare and future digital medical technologies will contribute significantly to how we cope with resource shortages and Australia’s ageing population demands.
“It is only through close interaction with clinicians, nurses and health executives that truly innovative outcomes are reached.”

New electrical engineer for Sustainable Built Environments

June 23 2010 – Nick Bishop, a qualified electrical engineer with  experience in the areas of building services, residential energy auditing and electronics has joined ESB after several years working in Australia and overseas. Nick has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Engineering in Sustainable Energy at RMIT.

Senior climate public servant joins Ndevr18 June 2010 – Matt Drum, a former assistant director with the Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Office of the Department of Climate Change, key participant in developing the NGER Regulations 2008 and author of the NGER Guidelines has stepped into a role in the private sector, with Ndevr.

Mr Drum will be a senior environmental consultant with the company which is the developer of GHG accounting software and will work as part of the newly created environmental consulting division established to assist  clients with National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting needs.

His background includes working to develop sector-specific reporting methodologies with groups such as the Australian Constructor’s Association, the Property Council of Australia, the National Generator’s Forum and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association.

A media statement from Ndevr said Mr Drum also worked closely with the teams drafting the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation, and “gave a voice to the practical concerns of industry groups from various sectors.”

Chief executive officer of Ndevr Maureen Clifford said Mr Drum had “A rare combination of legislative knowledge and consulting skills specific to environmental compliance and reporting which makes him a very welcome addition to the Ndevr team.”

Ms Clifford said Mr Drum’s “intimate knowledge of the NGER regulatory office, personnel, policies, and legislation (including policy intent) mean he is well placed to provide advisory services to companies seeking to measure and manage their environmental footprint.”

Other areas of expertise include knowledge of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program and how this links with NGER requirements, the voluntary Carbon Disclosure Project, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and various other International schemes.

Mr Drum holds a Bachelor of Business in International Business, and Management from the James Cook University in Cairns, as well as a Diploma of Government, and additional qualifications in Environmental Auditing from the University of NSW.

Westfield hunts at home for new sustainability manager

9 June 2010 – Westfield said today that the position of sustainability manager vacated by Corin Millais has been filled by an internal appointment, that of senior executive Sue O’Malley

GBCA recruiting in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne

9 June 2010 – The Green Building Council of Australia has four vacant positions at its Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne offices after mainly internal re-shuffles.

One position, to work in either the Sydney or Canberra office, is for a policy coordinator to provide policy development, research and administrative support to the GBCA executive. The ideal candidate must have a demonstrated ability to manage issues and projects and possess relevant tertiary qualifications, a GBCA spokesperson said.

A Green Star Category Manager is also in demand for the Sydney office, but the ideal candidate must have three to five years experience in building services engineering to help develop technical content for Green Star. Also in Sydney is a vacancy for an executive assistant to work with the the chief executive and the executive director.

In Melbourne, the GBCA seeks a technical coordinator to manage Green Star registered projects, answer technical queries related to the Green Star rating system and support the Green Star assessment process.

The ideal candidate must have demonstrated project management experience as well as experience with environmental ratings systems and ESD concepts.

The vacant positions can be viewed here.

It’s musical chairs in sustainability jobs, with moves and new appointments at Westfield, Stockland, Mirvac, Jones Lang LaSalle and Landcom.

Corin Millais, right

2 June 2010 – Corin Millais will be leaving his role as sustainability manager with Westfield to take up a similar role with Mirvac.

Mr Millais, a former Greenpeace activist, will fill the gap left by the departure of Shauna Coffey earlier this year (and expected to soon announce a new role) and Matthew Clifford, who has moved to Jones Lang LaSalle following Anita Mitchell’s departure for Lend Lease to work on the massive Barangaroo redevelopment project on the edge of the Sydney CBD.

Jones Lang LaSalle

Matthew Clifford’s new role is sustainability manager (property and facilities management), reporting to Peter Hilderson, head of engineering and operations Asia-Pacific.

Matthew Clifford

Mr Clifford comes to the position armed with an unusual and handy set of qualifications in environmental science and Chinese. It’s the sort of combination of studies that raised eyebrows when he was an undergraduate but which now looks eminently sensible in view of China’s huge importance in the global environmental challenge.

So how did such foresight come about?

“I went to China on a whim,” Mr Clifford said. “I went there to take some time off uni and visit a friend and I ended up loving it and developing a great love for the country and the language … and that took me back there again.”

He did his final undergraduate year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is studying for a Master of Business Administration.

Mr Clifford will look after the owner-occupier part of the JLL business and “co-ordinate a community of knowledge and information and look at a number of the smaller accounts”, he said.

In his role as sustainability manager at Mirvac, Mr Clifford worked on the investment division of the property trust, helping to implement initiatives such as National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System, Energy Efficiency Opportunities and NABERS.

William Buck

Accountant Tony Rose, who lists among his work a string of climate change related interests, has moved to chartered accountancy and advisory firm William Buck after leaving PKF where he headed the Sydney climate assurance team.
Tony Rose

His new role will be as audit and assurance partner, and he will also work on National Greenhouse Energy Reporting Sydney assurance projects, and undertake internal and external audits.

Mr Rose is a member of the Liability Reform Group, the accountants industry lobby group for climate change issues and of the sustainability committee of the Australian Direct Property Investment Association.

His background blends qualifications as a chartered accountant with a degree in chemistry.  Former roles included with WHK Horwath, Deloitte, and KPMG.

William Buck is a member of international accounting network Praxity. In Australia and New Zealand, William Buck has over 60 Partners and about 700 staff, with more than 100 in Sydney.

Matthew Napper is now well settled in at Stockland since his Easter start as national environment manager for residential and retirement living. He was previously employed by Landcom.

His new role supplements and expands the capability of  sustainability manager Ramana James in the residential and retirement area, Amanda Steele in the commercial area and Siobhan O’Toole at the corporate level.

“My role, in the first instance, is trying to ensure the reporting metrics – that the indicators we are reporting on are the ones we should be reporting on and [that] the way we collect our data is accurate and consistent,” Mr Napper told The Fifth Estate.

Matthew Napper

“It got to the point [in the residential business] where there was too much to do and an array of specific climate change and natural resource initiatives that needed to be pursued.”

There are certainly plenty of challenges — such as rolling out more of Stockland’s modest-sized houses (144 square metres, land 212.5sqm) for $269,000 at its Highlands community at Craigieburn, north of Melbourne.

With 565 councils in Australia, and a huge range of planning regimes to tackle between them, that’s no easy task.

In one Queensland council, for instance, blocks smaller than 350sqm are not permitted. “Smaller homes kick a lot of goals,” Mr Napper said. “They use less resources and less energy to produce.”

At Craigieburn, a major part of Stockland’s goals is to influence the five builder partners on the project — “to get some of our builders across the line and bring our suppliers across the line”, Mr Napper said.

“It’s not just having discussions up the food chain with the approval process, but down the food chain to the suppliers.”


Duncan Fraser joined Landcom’s sustainability and policy team as a sustainability officer in May 2010, after designing and implementing large data collection and analysis programs at the GPT Group and the Green Building Council of Australia.

As part of Landcom’s graduate program, the sustainability and policy team also has a graduate, Michelle Chiu, on rotation for the next three months. Ms Chiu will assist the team in compiling information that will form this year’s triple bottom line report.

Landcom is interviewing graduates for its next intake. More than 80 applications were received.

Caroline Noller

Caroline Noller

6 May 2010 – Caroline Noller has been appointed sustainability manager at Australand after 10 years at the helm of GPT’s sustainability drive. Dr Noller, who we profiled here last year, is known for her visionary commitment to not just an ecological but a social sustainability agenda in her work. At Austral and her newly created position is designed to coordinate the sustainability strategies between each of the company’s separate divisions and to develop longer term plans for sustainability, including better communications of achievements, Dr Noller told The Fifth Estate. Dr Noller said managing director of Australand Bob Johnston had nominated sustainability as one of four key planks for Australand but that the company had already made significant achievements, such as the recently completed Corporate Express distribution centre at Erskine Park in Sydney, the first Green Star (Pilot) Industrial project. Communicating Sustainability in general was “back on the upswing” after the industry put many strategies – including her new role – on the back burner during the GFC crisis. So are any new positions likely? “Lets’ get the strategy in place first,” Dr Noller said. Other Australand appointments this year include former GPT Group executive, Kieran Pryke, as chief financial officer and former Lend Lease Primelife head Rod Fehring as executive general manager of the residential division.

CB Richard Ellis May 4, 2010 — CB Richard Ellis Group has nominated Peter Scarpelli as vice president, global leader of energy services global corporate services organisation to “oversee the firm’s global energy and sustainability offerings, assisting CBRE account teams and clients in identifying and implementing portfolio-wide energy reduction, alternative energy and cost savings initiatives,” the company said. Mr Scarpelli was previously business development manager at Schneider Electric, where as a member of the Demand Response Resource Center, he was responsible for identifying and developing smart grid and demand response opportunities in the US and global markets.

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Alex Cutler

New chief at NZ Green Building Council

30 April 2010 – The New Zealand Green Building Council has appointed former PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand associate director Alex Cutler as new chief executive officer, after Jane Henley left the position to take up a lead role with the World Green Building Council, according to NZ publication Celsias Weekly. However, an NZGBC source declined to confirm or deny the news to The Fifth Estate on Friday (30 April) and would not provide a copy of a media release cited by the news item until a media officer was available on Monday. According to the news item, Ms Cutler founded and headed a sustainability practice at PwC and has also worked for strategy consultancy and think-tank SustainAbility Limited. In her new role she would steer development of a performance rating tool forcommercial buildings this year as well a residential rating tool. “The development of a Green Star performance tool this year will mean the industry can assess the energy and environmental performance of the majority of New Zealand’s commercial buildings so they can be benchmarked, managed, rated and improved,” Ms Cutler is quoted as saying in the alleged media release.

Patrick Ibbotson

Maddocks appointment 30 April 2010 – Leading environment and planning lawyer Patrick Ibbotson has joined Maddocks Sydney office as partner after 22 years with Blake Dawson Waldron. The appointment was expected to strengthen Maddocks’ planning and environment team and two areas of focus, infrastructure and government, according to chief executive officer David Rennick. A note from Chambers Global (2009) said:”Patrick Ibbotson is well regarded in the market … He is sought after for his expertise in urban renewal projects, contaminated land and rail and water infrastructure projects.”

New CEO wanted for solar company 30 April 2010 – Michael Green of recruiter Bradman’s energy and carbon desk is on the look out for a general manager for a commercial solar power company that wants to expand its business but is already a “a force in renewable energy solutions”. A knowledge of tendering and asset management is important, he said. (Contact: 02 8243 0500)

Linda Selvey

Mr Green would not name the company but said the interest in green issues was growing. Most recently Bradman has run a series of briefing/meeting sessions between business and new Greenpeace chief executive officer Dr Linda Selvey. Audience members have included people from AGL, Aecom, Aurecom, Brookfield Multiplex, Brotherhood of St Lawrence, the Clean Energy Council and Carbon Planet. Next session on the list will be in Brisbane, Mr Green said. Dr Selvey came to Greenpeace last year with a background that included a career as a medical doctor, cancer researcher, public health advocate and public health administrator.

CBRE grows its sustainability credentials 22 April 2010 – CB Richard Ellis has recruited former Westpac and Cox Richardson sustainability professional Rebecca Pearce to the newly created position of associate director, sustainability, based in Sydney. Ms Pearce has a long string of high level and international experience. Prevoius roles include co-leadership of Westpac’s 2017 Sustainability Strategy and its property division, plus a senior role with Cox Richardson. For the past 18 months, Ms Pearce has been working in the UAE as a senior associate with Sustainability Advisory Group, an international alliance of specialists who advise organisations on business strategy, performance and governance. CBRE president and chief executive officer Australia & New Zealand, Tom Southern said: “Our industry leadership carries with it an ethical responsibility to our clients, employees, shareholders and the community at large to minimise our environmental impact and to assist our clients in doing the same at their properties.” CBRE in February appointed of Dr Richie Lee to the newly created position of executive director, energy and sustainability, Asia

Jane Jose joins Elton Consulting Jane Jose who played a key role in developing the Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision and is a former journalist, Lord Mayor of Adelaide and member of the Central Sydney Planning Commission, has joined Elton Consulting. Her new roles include as specialist consultant in strategy, public policy, communications, community engagement and facilitation. At the City of Sydney Ms Jose was responsible for writing the City’s Local Action Plans and editing the final Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision. She also focused on urban, community and cultural development and as a facilitator and chair. At Elton Consulting Ms Jose has taken on roles as high level strategy and community consultation projects including at the Sydney Harbour National Park Management Vision, the Chinatown Public Domain Study and land use planning for the Northern Territory Government. In addition Ms Jose mentors in leadership programs for women at WSP Lincolne Scott and for McCarthy Mentoring and is on the boards of the Belvoir Street Theatre, The Australian String Quartet and Object and the Centre for Australian Craft and Design.

14 April 2010 – Anita Mitchell will be Lend Lease’s sustainability manager for Barangaroo.

The move comes after nearly two years as head of energy and sustainability services at Jones Lang LaSalle. In the end, Ms Mitchell told The Fifth Estate this afternoon, the objectives for Barangaroo to be “carbon neutral, water positive and have zero waste,” was “an opportunity too hard to resist. “I’m very excited about the possibilities,” she said. Ms Mitchell will sign onto the new position on 31 May, reporting to Stuart Eagleton. See our article

AIRAH’s new president

Sean Treweek is the new president of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating, taking over from John Bosci at the AIRAH annual general meeting held April 12 in Sydney. Mr Treweek, a director of WSP Lincolne Scott, is a mechanical engineer and has served in a variety of roles throughout his career.

Start doing the numbers

Dexus’ Alex McKenna tips the next phase of property recruitment in the

Alex McKenna

sustainability space will be employers looking for financial skills along with the environmental. “The skills set they will need next is financial,” she told The Fifth Estate recently. “If I can’t pitch the benefit of sustainability [on a project] then I will never get it across the line, said Ms McKenna, who holds both scientific and financial qualifications. “If you want to inculcate sustainability in an organisation and demonstrate value then you have to make a value proposition.”

Mirvac Mirvac may soon be searching for a replacement for the role left byShauna Coffey after she winged her way to the US for an extended period last month.

Vodafone calling Vodafone has hired Allison Murray as a corporate social responsibility manager, in a direct hire.

NDY’s healthy promotion Norman Disney and Young’s Keith Davis has been appointed general director of health

Keith Davis

services in Australia and New Zealand following the recent growth spurt in the amount of health related work, especially in Australia. NDY’s biggest job in the sphere is the services component in the $1 billion Royal Children’s Hospital rebuild in Melbourne, on track for a 5-Star Green Star rating. Mr Davis was previously in charge of the Victorian health services before being appointed associate director about 18 months ago. He told TFE more health related work could be on the way. NDY was part of the bid team lead by Brookfield Multiplex for the Peter Mac or Peter MacCallum comprehensive cancer care centre, another $1 billion project in Melbourne and in a separate bid for the South Australian medical research Institute.

Hornsby Lisa Tarry of Turning Green has been busy with several placements recently. Included is Eva Egan who previously worked for SB Environmental placed in a temporary sustainability officer role at Hornsby Council in Sydney. Acting manager for environmental sustainability at Hornsby, Rebecca Maiden, said the council had also employed a new project officer, Ashley King, as part of a regional program with Willoughby, Ku-ring-gai and North Sydney councils to help improve sustainability performance among local businesses. Ms Maiden said other programs involved water catchment programs and sustainable energy policies for the council’s own buildings in an attempt to “practice what we preach a bit more and really lift our game.”

Adaptation Other placements by Lisa Tarry include two appointments for Sydney based consultancy Adaptation.Sarah Kinsela has joined as senior consultant from a previous role as sustainability engineer with the City of Ryde and John Gethin has joined as junior consultant from a similar role in the UK. Managing director for the company, Lara Barclay, told TFE that work for the company has been strong. Clients include government departments and private companies in the manufacturing and supply chain industries. A current project comprises producing a guide for sustainable buildings for a manufacturing client soon to seek new premises, including how to assess the competing options of buying or leasing, Ms Barclay said.

Poaching already? Recruiters report a busy period since January, but we’ve heard one engineering firm took the easy way out by poaching an entire team from a rival company.

Carbon skills in demand Turning Green’s Lisa Tarry has tipped long term growth will continue in the employment prospects for people who can skill-up in the carbon stakes. In a recent note to TFE she pointed to amended legislation for the Renewable Energy Target scheme passed by the Federal Parliament which means 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity generation is set to come from renewable energy sources by 2020, plus the Federal Government’s $4.2 billion funding for renewable energy. “Employment opportunities within the sector will continue to rise well beyond the 30,000 jobs quoted earlier in the year,” Ms Tarry says. Key employers in this area are the banks. Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and HSBC have already established carbon trading desks while nabCapital has developed a Carbon Solutions Group and Investec acquired Rothschild’s natural resources team a few years ago and it has since been at the forefront of the renewable energy market in Australia, Ms Tarry added.

Carbon capture Genevieve Sovereign has been hired by Lawrence Creative to work in a project management and communications role for a carbon capture and storage website under development by an international institute which wants to promote the technology. She previously worked in Canada for the Code Project, a Wikipedia for programmers in a similar communications and project management role. Scholarships?The International Facility Management Association Foundation is calling for Australian university students to join its inaugural International Student of the Year award program and other related scholarships to be held in the United States in 2010. Open to students from around the world, the program will run alongside the 2010 undergraduate and graduate scholarships, aimed at recruiting university students completing a degree in facility management (or related disciplines). Applications for the award program close on 30 June, while scholarship applications close 31 May. See the website for more details

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