Dan Hill, Arup and Sitra

Dan Hill

25 July 2011 – Dan Hill has joined Sitra, Finland’s innovation fund four years in Australia with Arup. Mr Hill had been part of the Helsinki Design Lab and in comments on his blog, City of Sound said, “Suffice to say the reasons that Newsweek chose it as ‘best country in the world’ last year are probably all valid – even accepting the faintly ludicrous notion of such a ranking system in the first place – and there are many other more subtle reasons too, not usually captured in ranking systems. ”

On Arup and Australia, he said: “While I’m incredibly excited about the move to Sitra, I have mixed feelings about moving on from Arup. They’re a fantastic firm – the best in the built environment business – and I’m immensely proud to have worked there. They gave me a fabulous platform upon which I could pursue my ideas, and I’m immensely grateful for the support; I learned a huge amount. And a word for my great team too: Jason McDermott, Michelle Tabet and Pei-Hong Jessie Hsu. Watch that space; they’re going far.

“As for Australia, we had four great years there, and we leave with numerous fond memories. Some have suggested that my previous essay same-old-new-world-cities.html was a parting shot of sorts – it wasn’t that at all, or at least it wasn’t written consciously as that. While it does summarise some strategic thinking about Australia, it in no way captures the warmth I feel for the place, and for our numerous good friends and able colleagues there. ”

Debra Berkhout moves to GPT

Debra Berkhout

18 July 2011 –Debra Berkhout has been appointed to a new role with GPT to focus on social sustainability and community engagement. Ms Berkhout will also work on strategy development, management and implementation of the more complex and strategic urban renewal opportunities and projects. Ms Berkhout comes well prepared. Her background includes 15 years with Lend Lease and major roles in the strategy development and master-planning for the Olympic Village, Jacksons Landing, Campus MLC workplace and Rouse Hill.

Ms Berkhout has also been development director urban renewal for Landcom, and strategic advisor to the City of Sydney. At Landcom, Ms Berkhout prepared urban renewal strategies for surplus government owned land, and identified catalyst projects to facilitate urban renewal in Sydney and regional centres. She led the master-planning team for the re-development of the Royal Newcastle Hospital and prepared strategies for key urban renewal locations in the metropolitan area and Gosford.

Total Environment Centre, Matt Fisher
Matt Fisher has joined the Total Environment Centre to manage a new program that will create case studies and hold workshops based on energy efficiency upgrades to C and D grade buildings in Sydney.Mr Fisher previously worked for seven years with the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree and Master of Sustainable Development.  The project is funded by the  NSW Environment Trust, whose committee is appointed by the state government.

Job Listings

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17 July 2011 –

is searching for a senior analyst, sustainability and climate change, to be involved in quantification of greenhouse gases and consideration of impacts of a carbon price. Contact Erin Wilberforce on +61 8 9365 7195

Murdoch University, Perth, has a five month contract for a sustainability officer. Contact: c.minton@murdoch.edu.au

CSIRO is searching for a communication manager  – climate adaptation in its environment group with a choice of location either in Canberra or Brisbane (preferred). https://csiro.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?event=jobs.home,

AECOM  is recruiting an applied research and sustainability team leader, based in Sydney to be part of a team working on a range of sectors including commercial, multi-unit  residential, healthcare, education, entertainment and defence. Contact Irene Prasad,  + 61 2 8934 0660.

Fuji Xerox graduate program – sustainability stream, Sydney is now recruiting graduates with a tertiary qualifications in sustainability and 12 months experience. See www.fujixerox.com.au

A year’s contract is available as sustainability communications manager – financial services, for a Sydney based investment bank. Contact ch@apsleyrecruitment.com.au

Talent2 is recuruiting for a communications role in the corporate responsibility & sustainability team of a “highly respected company that is a leader” in this area. Salary offer is $80,000 Contact, Di Treble 9087 6228. Reference number is 49145.

Transfield Services is seeking a sustainability analyst. You will implement and maintain carbon management systems across the company and provide expert advice on legislative compliance issues. See www.transfieldservices.com

8 July 2011 – Ashak Nathwani wrapped up 33 years with Norman Disney & Young last month with a rousing farewell in Sydney at the Sergeants Mess in Chowder Bay and some reminiscing thanks to a Q and A session organised by his daughter Rehana. His next role will be as  lecturer in mechanical engineering at the University of Sydney, in the faculty of architecture. See story

Leichhardt Council, David Wilson
29 June 2011 –
Urban planner and contributor to The Fifth Estate, David Wilson, has been appointed manager environment and urban planning with Leichhardt Council in Sydney. Mr Wilson will lead a multi-disciplinary team with a broad ranging portfolio for this inner city local government area with a population of 50,000 people.

He has broad ranging experience in leading inner city urban and metropolitan planning and environmental projects for the public and private sectors in Australia, Europe, Africa, North America and Asia.

David Wilson (left) at a function last year with (L to R) Julie Bindon, Bob Meyer, Stephen McMahon

He told The Fifth Estate that his main priorities are “responding to community and stakeholder requirements to deliver strategy through developing sustainable buildings, housing affordability, and integrated public transport provision.”


27 June 2011 – Roch Cheroux has been appointed chief executive officer of water services company Degrémont, Australia New Zealand, which recently won the $1.1 billion Adelaide Alliance contract to supply water and waste water services.


Mr Cheroux has 20 years’ experience in the water industry in design, construction, financing and operating activities including as CEO of a listed water company in Europe and more recently, managing director of United Utilities Australia until it had a change of ownership in November last year.

Degrémont was incorporated in Australia as Australian Water Services in 1991 and is a subsidiary of Degrémont, a subsidiary of the SUEZ Environnement Group.

Roch Cheroux

Major work under way for the company also include the $3.5 billion public private partnership Victorian Desalination Project, a reverse osmosis desalination plant in Perth and operation of Sydney Water’s water filtration plant at Prospect.

Mr Cheroux said growth in the Australia and New Zealand markets has been significant during the last few years and the executive team expected this to grow.

Current managing director of Degrémont Christophe Comte will become executive vice president in charge of development.

Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd
Timber engineer, Boris Iskra has been appointed standards manager for Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd to manage FWPA’s activities in building codes and material standards,  replacing Neil Evans, who has a new role with the Housing Industry Association.

Boris Iskra

FWPA managing director, Ric Sinclair said Mr Iskra has an extensive understanding of the Australian forest and wood products sector with over 24 years of direct involvement. He was previously the technical manager with the Timber Promotion Council Victoria before it co-founding TPC Solutions (Aust) Pty Ltd.

Mr Iskra will be responsible for managing FWPA’s activities in building codes and material standards.

Davina Rooney?has been appointed senior business manager, operations and sustainability, commercial property, within Stockland as a signal that sustainability has jumped up several notches in the property world. According to Ms Rooney the strategy is to embed sustainability more deeply within the business of property. Her previous role was sustainability manager, commercial property.

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