Philippa Sutherland

EUAs on the move

James Allston

28 March 2012  – James Allston has been promoted to a new global role at Siemens, based in Germany, where he will work on industrial energy efficiency. Mr Allston, currently marketing manager for energy efficiency at Siemens, has been leading the company’s push into Environmental Upgrade Agreements, especially with energy performance contracts. He is a trained engineer and a founding member of the Energy Efficiency Council where he was also vice president for more than two years. He graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours in mechatronics.

Mr Allston said he strives to combine a personal passion for environmental sustainability with understanding of the political, social, technological and economic structures that have impact on the industry.

20 March 2012 – At City of Sydney Philippa Sutherland was recently confirmed as program manager Environmental Upgrade Agreements, and Parramatta City

Philippa Sutherland

Council, which recently joined the EUA program, snapped up Matthew Fisher for a similar role.

EUAs are the funding mechanism, backed by special legislation in Melbourne’s CBD and in NSW, over the entire state, that enable repayments for the upgrade loan to be made as a special levy on local council rates.

Ms Sutherland has 10 years project management experience across both the public and private sector in NZ, the UK and most recently Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business degree and recently completed a post graduate certificate in sustainability from Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to joining the council, she was with Bupa, a private healthcare company.

Mr Fisher has recently completed detailed analysis of six retrofit projects of commercial premises which he undertook on behalf of the Total Environment Centre with the help of funding from the NSW Government Environment Fund.  TEC will release details of the projects and hold forums to discuss findings in coming weeks.

Mr Fisher has about worked in sustainability and energy efficiency for more than nine years. This included a role as accreditation manager at the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors, (ABSA) for seven years. He has completed a Masters in Building Sustainability at UNSW in 2001, and is an architecture graduate who has previously designed sustainable buildings.

Matthew Fisher

Dan Hilson
In another EUA related move, Dan Hilson has joined Dalkia Group as senior business development manager with a brief to pursue the emerging environmental upgrade agreement models of finance for building upgrades.

Mr Hilson was previously at Siemens in a similar role for two and a half years and has also worked with Clayton Utz in business development, Macquarie Bank’s airports operations and his own software business.


Lexia Wilson

Lexia Wilson

13 March 2012 – Lexia Wilson has joined Piper Alderman’s Sydney office as a partner in the property and projects team.

Formerly a partner at Norton Rose, Ms Wilson is a former national director of the Property Council of Australia as well as a current member of its sustainability committee.  She is involved in education within the sector, both for clients and industry associations.

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Lucia Cade

7 March 2012 – Lucia Cade and Stephen Answerth have been appointed by AECOM as directors to its water business in Australia and New Zealand.

Lucia Cade as director, strategy and development will lead strategic growth across ANZ.

Based in Melbourne  Ms Cade is national president of the Australian Water Association and a former director of Western Water Corporation, a corporatised water utility in Victoria.

Stephen Answerth is associate director of AECOM’s water and wastewater team in Victoria and Tasmania. He will responsible for securing and delivering projects, as well as providing coaching and support.


Ross Rolfe

Ross Rolfe

Ross Rolfe has been appointed as Lend Lease’s managing director for the company’s  resources  infrastructure business in Australia.

In this newly created role, Mr Rolfe will sponsor development and ownership opportunities in infrastructure within the resources sector, working with Lend Lease’s infrastructure development business unit, Capella Capital

Formerly chief executive officer at Alinta Energy, Mr Rolfe has also been director general and co-ordinator general with the Queensland Government and was chief executive officer of Stanwell Corporation, one of Queensland’s largest energy generation companies.

Tony Arnel, NDY

1 March 2012 ­ – Green Building Council of Australia chair and former Victorian Building and Plumbing Commissioner has joined Norman Disney & Young as global director of

Tony Arnel


Mr Arnel is also a former chair of the World Green Building Council and is a board member of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund.

NDY chief executive officer Ian Hopkins said Mr Arnel would bring important sustainability credentials to the group.

Over the past decade Mr Arnel had been a leader of the national and international sustainability debate, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, advocating sustainable building as a means of reducing greenhouse emissions without impacting economic growth, Mr Hopkins  said.

Mr Arnel said he had long admired NDY’s reputation for its engineering skills and for its commitment to sustainable solutions.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of the excitement around NDY’s growing global sustainability capabilities,” he said.

Mr Arnel is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. He is a past Chairman and Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Australia’s largest arts festival. In 2009 he received the Australian Financial Review’s True Leadership Award and in March 2010 he received the inaugural Leadership in Sustainability Award from the Australian Institute of Architects.


Patrick Dale

Patrick Dale
23 February 2012
Patrick Dale has left NAB to start Aeris Capital after more than two years helping to spearhead the development of environmental upgrade agreements finance mechanisms on behalf of the bank.

At Aeris Mr Dale will work to originate EUAs, which enable repayment of loans for environmental upgrades for buildings to be tied to council statutory outgoings.

The work will involve close association with Low Carbon Australia, NAB and Eureka Funds Management, which is manager and trustee of The Australian Environmental Upgrade Fund, he told The Fifth Estate.

Mr Dale said that despite EUAs being “a very powerful and incisive financing product, getting any sustainability project up, let alone funded in any modern large real estate investment enterprise is multidimensional and therefore difficult.

“The larger the business the more narrowly focused individual executives become on each aspect of the business.”

To bring a major project to fruition might require the commitment of a group of internal stakeholders that ranged from asset and facility managers, to portfolio managers, finance and legal teams, senior management and at times a board of directors.

“The same executive then needs to manage the needs of a variety of external parties such as local government, tenants, valuers, consultants and engineers.”

Navigating through this complex web, he said, required a great deal of passion and motivation from a skilled individual who could tailor the right language and address the correct issues relevant to each sector of the business.

Key for Aeris would be to build the business case for sustainability for all stakeholders, internal and external.


Deb Noller

Peter Rake, James Taplin, Chris Zamparo, Stefan Schmidt, Switch Automation

Switch Automation has made a number of appointments after it was awarded a $2 million grant from the Federal Government late last year.

These include Peter Rake as “channel developer” to facilitate integration of the firm’s technology platform for customers, James Taplin as business development manager, Chris Zamparo as technical sales engineer and Stefan Schmidt as development project manager.

Chief executive officer Deb Noller said the grant, which the company needed to match dollar for dollar, would enable further development of its cloud based platform aimed at green buildings.

Key to the platform is the ability to monitor a range of environmental metrics, such as how much solar energy has been produced, rainwater captured, and energy consumed, across an entire portfolio or different levels within a single building.

It will be able to assess the design of the building, Ms Noller said: “Did the design of that building actually result in energy savings or not?”

Ms Noller said other systems were available to monitor energy but many of these relied on expensive hardware. Switch’s cloud based and software platform, however, meant the technology was  scaleable.

“Others might be able to do it remotely but not in a scaleable platform like ours; we can potentially go to hundreds of millions of users,” Ms Noller said.


Leone Lorrimer

Leone Lorrimer

22 February 2012 – Leone Lorrimer is the new chief  executive officer of Suters Architects.

Outgoing CEO Robert Macindoe says Ms Lorrimer would bring a wealth of leadership and design management experience to the company.

She is internationally recognised for her 25 years experience in architecture and real estate development across Australia, UAE, Qatar, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and the UK.

Ms Lorrimer was formerly senior design manager at Tourism Development and Investment Company in Abu Dhabi. She managed the design of three museums on Saadiyat Island: The Louvre Abu Dhabi (Jean Nouvel), Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (Frank Gehry) and Zayed National Museum (Lord Norman Foster).

Luke Dixon

Luke Dixon

21 February 2012 – Luke Dixon has moved from the Property Council of Australia to a senior

research analyst position at David Langdon, an AECOM company, based  in the Melbourne office.

During his three years at the PCA Mr Dixon worked on projectsincluding Victoria’s infrastructure bottlenecks, an online sustainability feasibility tool and organised a nationwide public awareness campaign on mandatory disclosure. He says he is using his experience in public policy and economics to support the team  at his new job.


Victorian government
15 February 2012 – The Victorian government has thrown open a number of

Matthew Guy

positions in the building and plumbing industry, the planning fields, the Growth Areas Authority and the Heritage Council of Victoria.Planning minister Matthew Guy today (Wednesday) called for expressions of Interest in:

  • The Building Appeals Board – for a chairperson, deputy chairperson and 15 members
  • The Building Practitioners Board – for a lawyer and consumer representative
  • The Building Advisory Council – for a lawyer
  • Building Regulations Advisory Committee –  for member with building industry experience, a lawyer and a consumer representative
  • Plumbing Industry Advisory Council – for a chairperson and consumer representative
  • Heritage Council of Victoria – for four people with expertise in heritage, history, planning law and property management and heritage or management of heritage places.

Details here or Ph: +61 3 9223 1826.

Another position has also been made available in:

Growth Areas Authority ­ – for a chairperson, deputy chairperson and five other members. Contact: Peter Seamer Ph: + 61 3 9651 9600, or


9 February 2012 – Daniel Grollo and Siobhan Toohill have been appointed joint deputy chairs of the

Daniel Grollo

Green Building Council of Australia, joining Tony Arnel who has been reappointed as chair. Each of the terms are for12 months.

Mr Arnel has recently announced that he is stepping down from his position as Victorian Building and Plumbing Commissioner to pursue his passions in the green building space. (See our recent reports).

Daniel Grollo is chief executive officer of Grocon. He is a non-executive director on the Bluescope Steel Board, and is a former national president of the Property Council of Australia.

Ms Toohill is general manager, corporate responsibility & sustainability for Stockland, a director of the

Siobhan Toohill

Australian Building Codes Board, a member of the federal government’s Built Environment Industry Innovation Council and she also chair the Property Council of Australia’s national sustainability roundtable.

Jeff Connolly, Siemens

Jeff Connolly

8 February 2012 – Jeff Connolly has been appointed chief executive officer at Siemens Australia. He is currently senior executive vice president of Siemens North East Asia and takes over the new role on 1 March.

Mr Connolly was chief financial officer in Australia from 2002 to 2008, has been based in China for three years and has also lived and worked in Germany. He holds a commerce degree from the University of Melbourne University and broad international managerial background.

Mr Goller who has held the CEO role for nine years had recently implemented the company’s “Picture the Future: Australia 2030” research program which had provided “thought-provoking and world-leading research on global megatrends for the Australian context” and he has been recognised as one of Australia’s most influential engineers, Siemens said in a statement.

Siemens launched operations in Australia in 1872 and in New Zealand in 1876. It claims the largest environmental portfolio of any other company worldwide, a research budget of $A6.3 billion and 30,000 research and development employees worldwide.  In 2011, Siemens was ranked No 1 in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index DJSI as the most sustainable company in its industry for the fourth consecutive year.

Suzette Jackson

Suzette Jackson

Suzette Jackson has left Hassell after 19 years to pursue interests in research, sustainable design and communities and work with a number of universities and green building organisations.

Ms Jackson was most recently sustainability leader and knowledge leader at the firm and established its Sustainable Futures Unit, providing sustainability expertise and research internationally and speaking at numerous such as the recent SB11 World Sustainable Building Conference in Helsinki.
She has also been involved in key projects such as the ANZ Centre Melbourne, Deutsche Bank Hong Kong and the practice’s own Melbourne studio.

Tony Arnel has stepped down as Victorian Building & Plumbing Commissioner, after an inquiry into the commission which found issues of documentation in the building industry. He is currently Green Building Council Chair, in a term that was last week extended. Late last year he resigned as chair of the World GBC.


John Brogden
31 January 2012 – Former NSW Liberal leader John Brogden is the new chairman of  NSW state development agency Landcom. The move has prompted calls from some developers that given Mr Brogden’s planning interests and understanding of the state political system,  the opportunity be seized  to  reshape the agency into an urban development authority.

Mr Brogden replaces William Kirkby-Jones.

Nadia Woodhouse
Net Balance has appointed Nadia Woodhouse as an associate in its Melbourne office, pushing staff numbers to now more than 50. Ms Woodhouse has more than six years experience in the professional services industry, most recently working in sustainability consulting with ASX 200 companies in the manufacturing, retail, food and grocery, financial services and IT areas. Ms Woodhouse has also worked with Ernst & Young and with resources companies such as Woodside Petroleum; Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips.

She is also on the board of not for profit company Spark* International  and holds a Masters of Environment (Climate Change) from the University of Melbourne,  a degree in commerce/science from the University of Western Australia and qualifications as an accountant.

Geoff Gedge

Geoff Gedge

Former Property Funds Association chief executive Geoff Gedge will continue his work sourcing renewable energy solutions now that his firm Grenroc has joined Attila Fekete in Sydney and Anthony Warren in Auckland New Zealand in their Columbus Equity Partners operation.

The company will offer transaction services, support for mergers and acquisitions, fund establishment and administration, capital raising and other capital markets services.

Mr Gedge, a lawyer, has worked investment banking, funds management, property syndication and mergers and acquisitions in roles with Gadens, Axa, Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers.

Some of his sustainability work includes with a company known as Air From Water and its low energy systems for cooling towers. Mr Gedge said the company was initially interested in capital but he is now assisting it to roll out the systems to a number of properties in a government portfolio.

A challenge in introducing new systems in cooling towers included a high risk of voiding maintenance agreements.

“It’s about the ability to go in and negotiate with six or seven stakeholders along the way,” he said.

Current projects also included working with a US real estate investment trust Urban America in sourcing Australian property for its $10 billion portfolio in the hotel and government leased office sector.


Pick of the jobs

1 February 2012 – Investa is seeking a sustainability, safety and environment  administrator.

Campbelltown College is seeking a leader environmental sustainability – chief education officer, in the

Tourism, Hospitality, Primary Industry and Arts Faculty at a total package is up to $124,491 a year. Contact (02) 4620 1772

Officeworks is seeking a sustainability specialist for its East Bentleigh offices in Melbourne to work over 140 retail stores, two call centres and seven distribution centres.

The Green Building Council of Australia is recruiting for two positions – case manager and senior technical manager. Applications close 3 February. Contact:


Megan Dugdale

Megan Dugdale
24 January 2012 – Megan Dugdale has been appointed by The Planning Institute of Australia to create protocols for regional and remote area planners to better deal with natural disasters.

Ms Dugdale, a  former airport redevelopment manager will set up the PIA project aimed at supporting post disaster planning in flood affected areas, working out of the  Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

“With this system in place professional knowledge developed through post disaster recovery experience will be easily accessed by planners in affected areas,” Ms Dugdale said.

The project will include the establishment of web based links and resources on post disaster planning, educational seminars, volunteer support and outreach services.


Stan Krpan

Stan Krpan

18 January 2012 – Stan Krpan is the new chief executive officer of Sustainability Victoria.

Mr Krpan was formerly general manager of governance at Sustainability Victoria and led the Sustainability Victoria review.

He has held senior roles at WorkSafe Victoria and in 2010 undertook an independent review of EPA Victoria.

Alex Bruce
Perth-based eTool is seeking a tool client development officer for its national and overseas expansion.

Alex Bruce, one of the software company’s three directors, told The Fifth Estate: “Up until now I have been responsible for all of the business development (including marketing and sales) for eTool but really need a hand so I can keep up with all of the larger opportunities that are now presenting themselves both in Australia and internationally.”

Mr Bruce said the company was formed with the sole purpose of assisting in the development of a sustainable future.

“The eTool software is an innovative tool for conducting life cycle assessment of the built form for energy, carbon and cost,” he said.

The new position requires someone with a sales and marketing background. Details


Greenpeace in action

Greenpeace Australia-Pacific has created a new head of programs position as part of a restructure in the wake of funding difficulties.

Greenpeace spokeswoman Julie Macken told The Fifth Estate the Sydney based  headquarters which employs 75 staff had devoted the past six months to establishing a more cost effective model to counter financial issues she attributed to the effects of the global financial crisis.

It has merged communications and campaigns departments to save costs and created an overall position of head of programs rather than individual team leaders.

“The move away from the previous structure of team leader to a program model is a more integrated way of managing campaigns,” she said. “Rather than the silo system this type of model is more team based, more coordinated.” In the process about six staff were shed.

The new head of programs would  be managing Greenpeace’s four campaigns – oceans, climate, forests and genetically modified food – while, as Ms Macken put it, “keeping their head up sufficiently to look over the horizon.”

The head of programs will lead a large team of staff working across Australia, in Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

Applications close 26 January 2012.  Contact: +61 2 9263 0346

Greencross is looking for a “dynamic digitial content officer” to join its team.  It is also looking for an executive Support Officer will report to the chief executive. Contact 07 3003 0644


22 December 2011 – Cundall is 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,  NZGBC

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

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.