22 December 2011 – Cundall i
s seeking an environmentally sustainable development consultant for its Melbourne office. The role is to “create ESD solutions for new and existing buildings through the use of analysis tools including thermal, energy and daylight simulation, airflow modelling in and around buildings, and solar access and shading studies,” a Cundall advertisement says. Contact

Peter Mould

19 December 2011 – Peter Mould, NSW government architect and general manager of the government architect’s office who retires from the position in January advises his successor to “do it your way.”  See story

Angelo Di Marco, Jenny Saliba, Geoffrey Lee, John Churchill, Woodhead

Angelo Di Marco

14 December 2011 – Angelo Di Marco has been appointed chief executive officer Woodhead, as part of a major restructure and refocus of the architectural practice.

The move is part of a “generational shift” that will position Woodhead as a “vibrant and design focused” company, after a number of resignations and retirements have seen total employee numbers fall from about 250 to about 210 nationally, a company spokesperson said.

Mr Di Marco replaces Geoffrey Lee who was managing principle since 1993 and had been with the company for about 30 years. He recently relocated to Shanghai.

Woodhead chairman John Churchill said the appointment of Mr Di Marco to the leadership role, after 16 years with the company, was recognition that design firms “must be led by designers who are not only skilled in their profession but understand and have a global outlook.”

Mr Di Marco had worked on “large, complex and business critical projects designed to provide sustainable competitive advantages to his clients,” Mr Churchill said.

Recent projects handled by the company include Sydney Airport Terminals 1 and 2, the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne, Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, and the new campus for Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast and international projects such as Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.

The company has also appointed Jenny Saliba as a chief operating officer. Ms Saliba has previously worked with Lend Lease, Savills, Multiplex and ING Real Estate.

Craig Price and four new directors of NZGBC

13 December 2011 – Craig Price, regional manager of engineering consultancy group Beca is the new chair of the New Zealand Green Building Council.

Mr Price brings a wealth of property experience and knowledge to the role as a chartered professional engineer, a fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers and chair of IPENZ’s Competence Assessment Board.  See story

NZGBC has four new directors. They are:

Lincoln Fraser, development director, Newcrest Group.  He has been responsible for a number of commercial and residential projects including Auckland’s KPMG Centre, Vodafone venue and the 5 Green Star – Office Design certified NZI Centre.

Teena Pennington, director of strategy, planning and urban design, Wellington City Council. Ms Pennington has more than 12 years’ experience in urban planning, planning, urban design and engineering across public and private sectors in Australia and New Zealand.

Mary-Jane Daly, executive general manager, State Insurance, IAG

At IAG Ms Daly has overall responsibility for the state Insurance business.

Simon Wilson, project manager, RDT Pacific

Mr Wilson has provided industry support to the NZGBC in the development of rating tools and his experience includes construction project management across local government, healthcare, commercial and industrial buildings, including the first 4 Green Star certified industrial building – the CourierPost mail centre.

Steve Hennessey, Nick Deeks, Hermanus Louw

Steve Hennessey

7 December 2011 – Sustainability engineer Steve Hennessey will head up a new sustainability unit for WT Partnership along with Nick Deeks who will be director in the unit and Hermanus Louw as sustainability manager.

Mr Hennessy, credited as one of the leaders of the sustainability movement (See our profile) has most recently been running his own business AHA Management and previously was a director with Steenson Varming where he worked on buildings such as the Sydney Opera House, the National Gallery, the High Court of Australia and Parliament House in Canberra.

Mr Deeks is a quantity surveyor and cost manager with specialist skills in infrastructure and building services engineering. He has worked with Drake & Scull Engineering and Gleeds Chartered Quantity Surveyors in the UK. He joined the  WT Partnership’s Sydney office in 1995 and has headed WT Partnership’s Infrastructure Group and is now a senior director of the company.

Mr Louw is an accredited LEED professional and trainer and has extensive in the Middle East, Asia, the UK, South Africa and Australia.


Jobs on offer


8 December 2011 – World Wildlife Fund  Australia is seeking a skilled manager to coordinate the Australian component of the Global Forest and Trade Network  The role promotes the uptake of sustainably sourced palm oil, policy reforms and consumer outreach to support WWF’s global network efforts to transform markets and production methods for key tropical forest products. Six months, potential for one year.  Contact enquiries to Nadja Hasenauer  +61 (02) 8202 1210

And in academe…


Sydney’s University of Technology needs a lecturer/senior lecturer in sustainable management. Closing Friday 9 December. Details Dr Antoine Hermens on (02) 9514 3641.


The ACT may soon announce a new director sustainable land strategy, if its recent search, now closed, has gone well. The direct report to deputy director-general, Land Development, Strategy and Finance will facilitate the delivery of “complicated land matters”  associated with land release and the need for affordable and sustainable development of the ACT. Details Ian Thomson +61 (02) 6205 3997


Lecturer sustainable energy systems. Griffith School of Engineering is recruiting a lecturer to contribute to teaching and research in sustainable energy systems engineering. Details, associate professor Steven O’Keefe +61  7 3735 5380

South Australia

University of Adelaide is looking for a lecturer/senior lecturer in sustainable energy engineering. Details

Apply by 23 December 2011.


Dexus, Victor Hoog Antink, Darren Steinberg, Colonial First State

28 November 2011 – Victor Hoog Antink announced on Monday that he would retire as CEO of Dexus Property Group in March next year, with his position to be filled by Darren Steinberg, whose position as CEO of Colonial Funds Management will be filled internally by Angus McNaughton. See full story

22 November 2011 – David Haythorn will join the Australian Property Institute on 5 December as the

David Haythorn

new national director/chief executive officer.

Mr Haythorn joins the API from his most recent role as general manager, Building Management Australia

Mr Haythorn is also the founding partner and shareholder in the Australian Real Estate Finance Group establishing the Raine and Horne Financial Services National franchise network.

API  national president, Mr Philip Western said  Mr Haythorn’s diverse property industry experience, expertise, skills and qualifications placed him in good stead to lead the API into the future.

21 November 2011 – Saul Eslake is leaving the Grattan Institute to take a new offer at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch. For details on the job opening see

Chris Carolan, Grocon,  John Spitznagel, MacquarieBank

Chris Carolan

16 November 2011 – Chris Carolan has joined Grocon as NSW head of development after leaving Lend Lease Solar.*

Mr Carolan, who joined Grocon three weeks ago said that from his point of view the core values of Grocon aligned with his own.

“Grocon’s core value is sustainability and they very much live it and breathe it, with buildings such as Pixel [in Melbourne] and 1 Bligh Street [in Sydney]. There’s a resonance between what I’ve done in the past and what they do as an organisation.”

Mr Carolan was at Lend Lease for 15 years, most recently as general manager Lend Lease Solar, and previously in roles including chief strategy officer Asia Pacific, Bovis Lend Lease, head of sustainability Asia Pacific, Bovis Lend Lease and project director of  ANZ Centre, The Gauge and The Bond.

In other Grocon appointments John Spitznagel has joined Bevan Towning in the funds management area after 14 years with Macquarie Bank as head of development’s capital division.

In Melbourne Sean Sweeney recently joined as national construction manager after a role with Major Projects Victoria and earlier in the year Brian McAdam who worked for Grocon in the Black Saturday bushfire cleanup at Kinglake joined in Sydney as NSW construction manager.

Recent activity for Grocon includes the opening of Common Ground, a facility of 104 beds for homeless people in Sydney’s Camperdown, to be run by Mission Australia.

Another Common Ground is due for completion in Brisbane in April and also in Brisbane construction continues on 55 Elizabeth Street for the Australian Tax Office.

In Melbourne Swanston Square is the new name for the former Portrait, the multi rise timber residential building still under construction, which features a large portrait of Wurundjeri elder William Barak.

Work is also under way to redevelop the Myer store in Bourke Street from Colonial, with the proceedings visible in time lapse images on

In Sydney the company is still waiting for approval for the off-grid Legion House.

[*Lend Lease Solar was launched in August last year with great expectations (See our article on the launch but according to industry sources suffered under the twin blows of erratic feed-in tariffs decided by state governments and an influx of cheap low grade imports to the market. It is understood the residential side of the business is no longer operating but that the commercial side is still open.]

Paola Bevilacqua, Australand

Paolo Bevilacqua

Also in a new role after leaving Lend Lease Solar is Paulo Bevilacqua, now national sustainability manager with Australand.

He was previously business  development manager with Lend Lease Solar and during his eight and a half years with Lend Lease has also been sustainability leader commercial with  Bovis Lend Lease.

Mr Bevilacqua said that in his new role a key focus would be on achieving Green Star ratings with industrial property.

Foremost with these would be the Corporate Express headquarters at Eastern Creek in Sydney, now sold, where Australand was hoping for a five star Green Star rating under a pilot rating and a development at Keysborough in south east Melbourne that was on track to achieve four stars, and possibly five.

Were tenants drivers in this? Mr Bevilaqua said yes to some extent  in the case of Corporate Express but not for the Melbourne projects which were  initiated as a speculative development..

Mr Bevilacqua was on route to Singapore when The Fifth Estate spoke to him this week. He was scheduled to attend one of the quarterly meetings of sustainability managers employed by CapitaLand, Australand’s parent company.

John Thwaites is appointed new chair of  Australian Building Codes Board

John Thwaites

16 November 2011 –Former Victorian Deputy Premier and sustainability champion John Thwaites has been appointed as chair of the Australian Building Codes Board.

Federal Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said: “Mr Thwaites’ work on building sustainability and climate change issues through the Green Building Council, Monash University and Maddocks law firm made him an ideal person to lead the ABCB through the key challenges ahead.

“The ABCB will also benefit from Mr Thwaites’ broader experience in relation to planning and local government, particularly with his former portfolio responsibilities of health, planning, and the environment, water and communities.”

The ABCB is responsible for developing a nationally consistent approach to building and plumbing regulations through the National Construction Code.

Outgoing chair is Graham Huxley who has held the role since 2006.

“Mr Huxley has successfully guided the ABCB through one of its busiest periods of building regulation reform.  These achievements include implementation of the COAG initiated NCC, energy efficiency provisions for commercial and residential buildings, improved access for people with disabilities, as well as responding decisively to a number of natural disasters,” Senator Carr said.

Mark Pitman to head up new Cundall office in Perth

Mark Pitman

16 November 2011 – Mark Pitman has been appointed to head the new Perth operation for specialist ESD consultant Cundall, after the firm’s involvement in a number of WA projects including the recent fitout of 140 William Street in the CBD

The announcement is another step in a steady build up of sustainability capacity in the west by eastern seaboard companies, as the mining boom stimulates demand for more development generally and  mining companies increasingly seek a sustainability-minded profile.

Dr Pitman said: “This is a critical time for the building industry in Perth as the city is literally evolving as we speak. There are numerous major projects in progress that have the capacity to change the face of Perth forever and the opportunity to have an impact from a sustainability point of view on the future of the city is both rare and exciting,” he said.

Dr Pitman will blend his new role at Cundall with his own ODS Engineering business, which develops software for energy efficient building design, and as a lecturer in Building Science in the Architecture Department at Curtin University.

His track record includes work on a number of high profile projects in Western Australia including the six-star Green Star Durack 2, the five star Green Star 140 William Street, Fiona Stanley Hospital, the Northbridge-link masterplan and the Port Oakajee development.

Cundall chief executive officer, Australia, Simon Wild,  said Dr Pitman’s wide range of experience – and passion – for sustainability would be a perfect fit with Cundall’s drive into more collaborative innovation and knowledge sharing throughout the industry.

Dr Pitman said the company’s new offices at 40 Pier Street in Perth, would demonstrate its philosophy in terms of innovative techniques and technical development. The offices feature natural ventilation and extensive use of recycled materials and furniture.

“We are committed to making Cundall a focal point for leadership in sustainability in the Perth market. By facilitating an open door policy for the industry in our new office, we want to encourage everyone with a passion for sustainable design and development to leverage our national and international experience and help realise a sustainable vision for Perth,” Dr Pitman said.


Nicola Woodward

Nicola Woodward, Apex, MBM

16 November 2011 – Nicola Woodward‘s Apex Property Consulting has merged with MBM, a quantity surveying and technical advisory firm, with Ms Woodward now associate director.

Ms Woodward, a contributor to The Fifth Estate on taxation issues has been a director at Taxnology Pty Ltd, director at Apex, manager research and tax co-ordinator at Napier & Blakeley, and has also worked at Andersen’s and at the Valuation Office Agency.

RICS in Asia push

Quah Lee Kiang

28 October 2011 – The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Oceania has appointed Singaporean Quah Lee Kiang to its new sustainability board to better tap into the burgeoning work on offer in the Asian region.

Dr Quah Lee Kiang director of the Real Estate and Construction Academy in Singapore. She is also an Honorary Fellow of Oxford Brookes University in the UK.

Sustainability board chair John Goddard said the board was formed from the Oceania sustainable steering group, which has been in operation for five years and has generated RICS’ global suite of sustainability guidance notes.

Other board members includeJudith Knott, Nick Deeks, Sara Wilkinson, Mark Willers, David Waldren, Peter Moon and Clive Warren.

Shailesh Tyagi, Deloitte

Deloitte is looking to build up its sustainability and climate change practice, searching for recruits to establish a Perth office and for senior manager level  a senior analyst recruits for the  Melbourne office.

Technical lead for the group Shailesh Tyagi described his group as a “niche practice” which would work with companies on “high level strategic work” to offer energy and sustainability related solutions.

Mr Tyagi, who has a background in sustainable property advisory work for the New Zealand Green Building Council, said expected focus of the team would be specific impacts of the carbon price, and green building and energy assessment work.

The firm recently promoted Shauna Coffey, to director, sustainability & climate change at Deloitte, from her previous role as manager.


Sacha Coles

Tim Conybeare, Peter Phillips, Sacha Coles, Aspect Studios

28 October 2011 – Landscape architecture firm Aspect Studios is opening an Adelaide office to be staffed by directors Tim Conybeare and Peter Phillips who recently joined the company from Swanbury Penglase architects, plus a third employee.

Aspect’s national studio director Sacha Coles said it was part of steady “organic” growth by the firm, which was now about 60 staff strong. In Shanghai, China, however, the firm had doubled in size in the past 12 months to about 25 the staff.

The majority of Australian staff were in Melbourne, with more than 20, with three added recently, and Sydney about 18.

Mr Coles, a principal of the company along with major shareholders Chris Razzell in China, Kirsten Bauer in Melbourne plus digital director Jesse Sago, said staff numbers tended to fluctuate in line with projects.

Asked what the outlook was for his industry, Mr Coles said that in Sydney, “I don’t think it’s great, it’s stable at the moment. There are a few really big projects but they are not moving as fast as they could.”

He said Melbourne had not seemed very active earlier in the year but in recent times activity “has really picked up.”  Adelaide was very quiet. “We have enough [work] to keep us going but we’re pretty conservative; we’re not in it for a strategy of growth in the case of Adelaide.”

He said the firm overall had three to four months of forward work, but that in landscape architecture, with its short and smaller value projects, this was considered “pretty good.”

“If you are healthy for four to six months, it’s really good.”

“Our projects are so much smaller. Architects might have $1 million in fees, but we need 20 [typical sized] projects [to bring in that amount.] ”

Biggest projects at present was the redevelopment of the southern portion of Darling Harbour – about 12 hectares in size, dwarfing the seven ha that would be offered with the Barangaroo project.

Michael Corcoran

Michael Corcoran, UDIA

Executive chairman of Clarendon Residential Michael Corcoran has been re-elected as President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW.

UDIA council members also includes Simon Basheer (Lend Lease), Barry Mann (Stockland), Tony Pizzolato (Australand), Martin Wells (Cardno), Judy McKittrick (Boral), Trevor Jensen (Mirvac), John Georgas (BCS), Paul Hedge (BMD), Brendan Maier (Colin Biggers & Paisley) and Stephen McMahon (Inspire), Gabrielle Morrish (GM Urban Design & Architecture), and Toby Tames (Brown Consulting).

Ari Petrovs, Grocon, CBRE

13 October 2011 – Ari Petrovs has moved to CBRE in the Melbourne office, in the role of national projects director – office services.

Mr Petrovs, a planner, was previously with Grocon for 10 years and managed “complex mixed use projects such as Grocon’s $600 million QV development and $1.3 billion Carlton Brewery project,” a CBRE statement said.

CBRE regional director, office services, James Patterson and Victorian senior managing director, Matt Haddon, said the appointment was part of CBRE’s strategy to raise the level of service available to clients.

jlllian Broadbent

Jillian Broadbent. Clean Energy Finance Corporation

12 October 2011 – [Updated] The new Clean Energy Finance Corporation will be headed by Reserve Bank board member Jillian Broadbent, the federal government announced on 12 October as the carbon price legislation passed through the Lower House.

Deloitte is expanding its sustainability and climate change capability starting with a search for a director for its Perth office in the newly established assurance and advisory – sustainability and climate change.

Bunnings is advertising for a new marketing sustainability co-ordinator for its Melbourne office to replace Hanna Hope who is leaving for overseas. The job requires a blend of environment and sustainability with public relations and marketing skills. Contact

Dual finance and sustainability role difficult to fill

Ben Gregg of Redpath Partners is seaching for a rare blend of skills: finance and sustainability for a leading Australian real estate investment trust.  The job is to analyse at a sophisticated level what financial outcomes can be expected from a given  NABERS energy rating. Mr Gregg said there probably only “a handful” of suitably qualified people for the job in Sydney. He said one candidate, ready to make the leap, was  lured back at the last moment by their current employer.. Contact: or 02) 80714260


Urban Taskforce, Chris Johnson, Aaron Gadiel

Chris Johnson, at a Taskforce event

5 October 2011 – Former NSW Government Architect, Chris Johnson has been appointed as new chief executive of the Urban Taskforce following the move of former CEO Aaron Gadiel to a senior role at Gadens. Mr Johnson was NSW Government Architect for 10 years and was later appointed executive director in the NSW Department of Planning. He is also a former member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee and has written and edited 14 books on urban planning and architecture.

Mr Johnson has embarked on the job with a promise to make development more central to the community and to tackle density. “I am also keen to change the simplistic debate on density, from being either for or against, to an understanding that there are a range of at least a dozen types of density and each has a place in the city of the future,” Mr Johnson said.

See our report

Sustainability Victoria, new CEO wanted

Sarah Hill

4 October 2011  – Sustainability Victoria is on the hunt for a new chief executive officer, despite a review of the organisation by the Coalition Government that has kept the outfit on ice since election of the Coalition Government last November. See our article Details: Jo Fisher or Kate Wheeler of Jo Fisher Executive, Ph: +61 3 9016 6000

Sarah Hill, Hill PDA

28 September 2011 – Sarah Hill, who will this week be announced as new president of the   NSW Planning Institute of Australia, is looking for two or three new staff for Hill PDA, the property consulting firm she manages.

Ms Hill said the appointments were partly to expand the company’s reach.

“We’re looking for a young graduate planner to mentor,” Ms Hill said. “We have long term goals here and we just opened an office in Melbourne and want to open an office in Perth or Brisbane but the staff needs to be born out of our culture first. We are not in a rush.” The firm currently has 16 staff.

Ms Hill has managed the practice since returning from a six year working stint in the UK. Her father Martin, a land economist, started the company 20 years ago, but now concentrates on the firm’s sister company Estate Master whose key offering is a software system to run development feasibilities.

“You plug in all the costs and projected sales and see how to shape the development and how much profit you can make – or how ugly it could be. It tells you what you should pay for the land,” Ms Hill said. Key clients in 42 countries includes the Australian Department of Defence.

Anita Marriott, City of Vincent

Anita Marriott

27 September 2011 – According to Anita Marriott, who  has recently been appointed projects officer, sustainability, at WA’s City of Vincent,  there is a shortage of  suitably qualified individuals for sustainability jobs in WA, despite many university courses now incorporating sustainability streams in their degree.

“There is a rapidly growing demand for “green-collar” workers, including  sustainability officers, not only in local government but also in business and industry,” Ms Marriott The Fifth Estate.

Ms Marriott started her working life as a veterinarian, but after five years in practice decided that she wasn’t making enough of a difference in the world.

“I had always felt concerned about food-animal welfare and the degradation of natural environments, and decided to change to a field of work that addressed these problems, “ she said.

“ Realising that they stemmed from unsustainable systems of production, consumption and development, I decided to learn more about natural systems and sustainable alternatives.”

She spent three years at Perth’s Kings Park, working with WA’s native flora and studied horticulture, landscape design and sustainability.

She now works on amending and developing policies to align with the City’s sustainability commitments; promoting sustainable design to professionals involved in urban planning, design and construction;  organising a range of sustainability courses, workshops and lectures for the community; and,  more broadly, implementing the City’s Sustainable Environment Strategy.

Her predecessor moved interstate for personal reasons.

23 September 2011 – Recruiter Kay Farnell is searching for two junior mid-level community consultation roles in Newcastle, NSW – one permanent, the other for six months. The positions are with a government organisation dealing with major infrastructure projects. Contact: 02 9966 0969.

April Pressler, SBA

21 September 2011 –April Pressler has been appointed national manager secretariat, communications, member services and events at Sustainable Business Australia.

Chief executive officer Andrew Petersen told The Fifth Estate, the position of national manager had been now expanded to include communications and membership.

About to celebrate its 20th year in November SBA wants to get its message across to a broader market segment through its communications role, Mr Petersen said.

Ms Pressler is  a former government journalist and public affairs officer, specialising in Australia’s international media programs and visits to Australia.  She was head of public affairs at Australian embassies in Mexico, Italy and the Philippines.

19 September 2011 – The Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating is in the market for a “gun conference and event manager,” according to chief executive officer Phil Wilkinson.  ?”A love of air conditioning, refrigeration and heating is not required,” he said. “That will come with time.” Contact

14 September 2011  –

Left to right: Amanda Zappia, Jessica McCartney, Meg Wrixon

Amanda Zappia, Jessica McCartney, Meg Wrixon, WSP Lincolne Scott

WSP Lincolne Scott has named Amanda Zappia as group marketing and pubic relations co-ordinator in an internal appointment following the departure of Jessica McCartney from the role after five years. Meg Wrixon has also been appointed marketing and communications manager with the group after seven years with Energetics. Ms McCartney’s new role will be as national brand manager, Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

According to Ms Zappia WSP Lincolne Scott  is currently recruiting for a number of new roles: two senior ESD consultants to join their environmental specialist division Built Ecology and also a senior public health/ hydraulic engineer. [Update: a correction has been made in relation to Ms Wrixon’s former company]

Aaron Gadiel

Aaron Gadiel, Urban Taskforce

Aaron Gadiel, tireless and ubiquitous combatant for development issues through his chief executive role with  The NSW Urban Taskforce said on Wednesday that he was leaving the post after four years. He has been appointed as  director in the planning, environment and government team of Gadens.

Taskforce’s secretary/treasurer, David Tanevski said Mr Gadiel had made “a significant contribution” to changes in urban development policy that favour his members. Mr Gadiel described the Taskforce as a “counter-balance to the vast array of anti-development bodies that regularly appear in the media and lobby government.”


8 September 2011 –


Bruce Taper’s Sydney based sustainability consultancy Kinesis is on the expansion trail, searching for a new senior consultant. The company currently has a team of 12 plus three students.

Colliers Perth

Colliers in Perth has recently signed a new recruit to deal with increasing demand, but Bruce Thompson, director strategic building solutions, said the name was still under wraps until the October starting date.

Mr Thompson said the appointment was both replacement for John Perovich who was part time in the role and an expansion to a full time position.

He said the new role would also be supported by another recruit in the near future as demand for services in the sustainability field continued to increase.

“I think there will be a lot to cover in this area,” Mr Thompson said.

“Demand will increase. First of all there is the NABERS legislation [mandatory disclosure of energy ratings] and we feel that the amount of reporting and new legislation will flow onto all buildings. It will become all encompassing. The trends are there.”

RICS, Julieanne McIntyre

Julieanne McIntyre, a former executive director of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, has moved into a new role at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, as NSW manager and RICS Oceania standards manager NSW Manager NSW Manager, where, she says, “sustainability is a critical part of mandatory standards and competencies for all the professions alongside ethics, leadership, business planning.”


7 September 2011 –

Danielle McCartney

Danielle McCartney, UTS

Danielle McCartney has been appointed manager, sustainability at UTS with responsibility for implementing sustainability policies in the $1 billion development program currently under way at the campus, including the Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building.    (See our report )

Ms McCartney said the role would also include “improving UTS’ operational sustainability performance, particularly with reference to our greenhouse gas reduction targets as part of our Australian Technology Network commitments.” The ATN commitment is for an 11 per cent reduction of greenhouse gasses on 2007 levels by 2012-13 and a 30 per cent reduction on 2007 levels by 2020-21.

Ms McCartney previously worked at sustainability consultants SBE, establishing the Sydney office of the Melbourne based company in 2006. Her former role is now held by Chris Begert in an internal appointment.


DEXUS, Tonianne Dwyer

Tonianne Dwyer

7 September 2011 – DEXUS Property Group has appointed Tonianne Dwyer to the board as independent director. Ms Dwyer Dwyer is a

member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was director from 2006 until 2010 of UK listed company Quintain Estates and Development involved in funds management, investment and urban regeneration and was previously head of funds management from 2003. Chairman of DEXUS Property Group Chris Beare said Ms Dwyer had “an outstanding track record across listed property, funds management and corporate strategy.” She replaces Brian Scullin.


Andrew Borger

Andrew Borger, Leightons

16 August 2011 – Leighton Properties’ Andrew Borger has been promoted to national head of commercial for the company from his previous role as Queensland state manager. Mr Borger is a member of the board of the Green Building Council of Australia.


Tosh Szatow, Cape Paterson

Tosh Szatow has recently joined the Cape Paterson Eco-village design team as an independent consultant. For the last five years Mr Szatow  has worked as a researcher, advocate and consultant in the area of local energy systems, most recently as project leader of the Intelligent Grid Project at CSIRO.

Mr Szatow said he was attracted to the Cape Paterson project, near Phillip Island in Victoria, by the holistic approach to sustainability adopted by developers Brendan Condon and Mike O’Mullane.

Tosh Szatow

He said the project aimed to find ways to make clean energy more affordable than the alternative and his hope was that it would “catalyse innovation across the property sector.”

Key features will include large scale revegetation of natural habitat, re-establishing wetlands, new walking and cycling tracks, high performance housing, on site power generation, electric vehicles, community gardens and community workspaces. “Somewhere amongst the site will be 220 residential lots.”

HFM Management, Ian Knox

Perth based building efficiency consultants HFM Asset Management is searching for three more staff to add to the company total of 25 to deal with a spike in demand for his company’s services caused by mandatory disclosure and steep energy price rises in Western Australia.

Two of the positions will be based in Perth and another is in Melbourne.

Mr Knox said that Perth businesses had recently been hit with energy price rises of 30 per cent.

“Small commercial users such as my office, of up to 4000 square metres are now paying 30 cents per kilowatt hour…it’s quite unheard of,” Mr Knox said. “Melbourne and Sydney are averaging half of that. It’s really quite extraordinary, what’s occurred.

“I personally don’t know of any other place in the country that charges that much for electricity.”

Mr Knox said the blame lay in the failed electricity privatisation program which has left major infrastructure in poor repair.

The upside for businesses such as his, though, is that there was major interest in cutting energy costs.

Other sources of work would emerge from the latest – and last – round of Green Building Fund grants; his firm had been involved in five of the grants, all for hotel upgrades.

Mr Knox said skilled staff was very hard to find and would become more scarce as projects such as the Chevron’s $25 million Gorgon gas project at Barrow Island got under way.

Roger Walker, Walker EcoStrategies

Roger Walker

Roger Walker of Walker EcoStrategies has moved his new team of four staff, including himself, into new digs at 28 Margaret Street, Sydney. Mr Walker was previously worked with Napier & Blakeley and will continue consulting work with a range of property owners on work ranging from strategic advice to upgrades of existing buildings.

He also contributes to number of industry associations on a voluntary basis, including the Property Funds Association, the Australian Property Institute, the World Economic Forum project for financing and retrofits of buidings and Asia Pacific Real Estate Association

Mr Walker said the prevailing mood in the industry was one of caution. “People are becoming very cautious about spending their money and taking more time to make decisions. They are seeing the need to review things on the longer term outcomes.”

There was also caution around the selection of technology, Mr Walker said. “The biggest impact we are seeing is the desire to have technology upgrades that don’t disturb the tenant. It’s a move away from total refurbishment of buildings to upgrade of plant rooms and technologies to improve the existing infrastructure.”

Steve Coster, Hassell, DEGW

Steve Coster has joined Hassell as new principal of the practice, after leaving his former role as managing director of DEGW. Mr Coster brings “extensive experience in developing workplace strategies, strategic briefs, design management/selection frameworks and workplace change management plans,” for organisations including ANZ Bank, Google, KPMG and SA Water, Hassell said in a statement announcing the appointment.

He will be joint leader of the HASSELL Knowledge & Sustainability team with Brett Pollard.


James Redwood

James Redwood, Michael Shaw, NDY

26 July 2011 – Chair of the Property Council of Australia SA’s sustainable development committee, James Redwood has left NDY where he was director, manager, South Australia,  to take up a new role as information and communication technology manage for the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, which he describes as a “$1.8 billion digital hospital”. Mr Redwood has been an active organiser and participant of the KnowChange network.

His previous position will be filled by George Balales who is  returning to Adelaide, after heading up the company’s office in Manchester in the UK.

Also leaving NDY is Michael Shaw who authored a popular article for The Fifth Estate on Section J of the Building Code of Australia.

Melbourne based Mr Shaw has now joined Connor Pincus Group of building services consultants as its inaugural environmentally sustainable design manager. The company has several major projects under way including an expansion of the Roxborogh Park Shopping Centre and a new project for the Nonda Katsalidis team at Fender Katsalidis, called the Fulton Lane residential apartments, in the Melbourne CBD.

Architects on the hunt

Australian Institute of Architects NSW chapter is searching for a new events and marketing manager after four staff were retrenched this month. Contact  02 9246 4055.

Call of the wild

The Wilderness Society Australia is searching for business manager $59,850 to $62,000, depending on skills and experience, full time, applications close 15/008/11.

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