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30 May 2011 – Carmelo San Gil has been appointed vice president business development Australia and New Zealand for BuildingIQ after five years with BlueScope Buildings. Mr San Gil, an architect and engineer by training has also been involved in a number of stat up companies designed to commercial technology for the property sector.

His new role is an opportunity to blend these interests with the company’s focus on using technology originally developed by CSIRO for energy management.

Republic of Everyone

20 May 2011 – The Sydney based uber green marketing gurus at Republic of Everyone are looking for new account directors, senior account managers and account executives. Send  CVs to

Carmelo San Gil


The Australian Institute of Architects is looking for its next creative directors for the Venice Architecture Biennale after signing up for the event for the next six years.  Its latest exhibition the 2010 NOW and WHEN: Australian Urbanism exhibition attracted a record-breaking 93,000 visitors – an increase of 60 per cent on the 2008 Exhibition, the institute said.  The exhibition is currently showing at the Seoul Museum of Art as part of an ongoing tour post-Venice.

Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association chief executive officer Andrew Blyth stepped down from his position on Friday 20 May after leading the ENA for much of its history. ENA director for regulation, Jim Bain, has been appointed acting chief executive.


Julia Park

Woodhead in Singapore

19 May 2011 – Sydney design company, Woodhead has recruited more staff at its Singapore office to meet the growing demand of major projects.

Australian interior designer Julia Park has relocated from Shanghai.  She is the project leader for DBS Bank’s new headquarters at Tower 3, Marina Bay Financial Centre. Another Australian interior designer, Kelly Harvey has relocated from Dubai.

With increasing work in the hospitality industry, the company has also appointed Glenn Cornelia who has more than 40 years in international hotel design to lead the hospitality portfolio in Asia.

Woodhead’s first major Singaporean project was the interior development of the new $1.75 billion Changi Airport

Kelly Harvey

Terminal 3 in 2000.  Three years later it was the lead architect and interior designer for Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 design $500 million upgrade, completed in 2008.

The company next provided workplace design services for Standard Chartered Bank Singapore – one of the largest banks in Asia. It was claimed to be the largest workplace fit-out in the market at that time.  It included interior design and planning for the Marina Bay Financial Centre Headquarters and Changi Business Park in Singapore, which have both since been completed.

The Woodhead designed Park Regis Hotel has also recently opened on Merchant Road in Singapore. In India, the company is designing the new international 5-Star Pullman Hotel in Delhi and also will design the five star Radisson Hotel in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa.

Glenn Cornelia


6 May 2011 – The NSW government is searching for a new recruit who is well immersed in the property sector to manage the NABERS ratings program after former manager Matthew Clark was appointed to a wider managerial position within the department.

The position, manager built environment program, will be within the Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Premier and Cabinet,  Climate Change, Policy and Programs, Water Energy Programs, Built Environment

Mr Clark, who told The Fifth Estate about plans for the NABERS team said, “We are hoping that the field of candidates for the job would include enthusiast people from across the built environment sector who would like to have a big say in helping to shape Government policy in this space.”

Programs within the responsibility of this position include: NABERS, the home saver rebates, the home power savings, programs and the environmental upgrade agreements.

See the website for details or call Jeanette Baptista 02) 9995 6350


Salary Survey: what is your job worth?

14 April 2011 – Take part in Australia’s first widescale (confidential) salary survey for greencollar jobs, the Sustainability Salary Survey 2011 by Lisa Tarry’s Turning Green recruitment specialists, The Green Building Council of Australia, The Association Of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Australian Green Infrastructure Council and Environmental Jobs Network.


5 May 2011 – Michelle Spiteri has joined Buildcorp as sustainability manager  to assist with the company’s commitments in NSW and its recent expansion into Queensland. She joins after four years with Lend Lease as a site engineer. At Lend Lease, Ms Spiteri worked on two five star Green Star projects and the  six star Green Star project, Darling Walk in Sydney. She holds a Diploma of Building.


City of Sydney

Allan Jones

5 May 2011 – The City of Sydney’s energy expert, Allan Jones, has been appointed to the board of a national climate research body.

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility studies how Australia can adapt to the impacts of climate change such as more frequent and severe droughts, floods and sea level rise.

Mr Jones has accepted a two-year appointment to the 10 member NCCARF board which is expected to meet quarterly at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus.

Mr Jones, who implemented major climate change mitigation and adaptation programs in the UK (London and Woking), was appointed to the NCCARF in November 2007 by the Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet.

NCCARF says that Australia is already experiencing impacts from recent climate change with increasing stresses on water supply and agriculture and is expected to face more severe extreme events with intense and frequent heat waves, droughts, floods and storm surges,  according to a City of Sydney statement,

Acording to a City of Sydney statement, Australia has experienced a warming of 0.4 to 0.7°C, since 1950, with more heat waves, more rain in the north-west and less rain in the southern and eastern regions and an increase in the intensity of droughts.



13 April 2011 – Sonya Ku is Mirvac’s new recruit as sustainability manager, operations. Ms Ku hails from two years with Good Environmental Choice Australia, where she was standards manager, responsible for the recent opening up the systems to multiple auditors. Her previous roles include national technical manager – Green Star at the Green Building Council of Australia and she is a winner of the UBS Future corporate Leaders scholarship for 2011, which would involve mentoring, leadership training and voice/media coaching.


At GECA, Ms Ku’s role has been taken over by Jill O’Keefe, a former standards manager with Environmental Assurance, formerly sole auditor for GECA, and more recently she worked in the federal government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

Also joining GECA recently has been Anne Marie Byrne as business and marketing director, after a role with Planet Ark.


Sustainability manager for Metcash Louise Rhodes is close to appointing a new sustainability officer in an expansion for the team. The job is located at the Gateway Business Park at Silverwater in Sydney.

Sustainable Business Australia

Andrew Peterson has been appointed chief executive officer of Sustainable Business Australia following the departure of long term CEO Fiona Wain and a name change from Environmental Business Australia.  Mr Petersen was formerly the Legal and Advisory Lead of PriceWaterhouseCoopers Australia’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice.

Uplift on the way

Recruiter Joe Fitzpatrick who specialises in off market senior property roles told The Fifth Estate last week the mood in the property sector for sustainability roles was to start hiring again.

He said it would be “naïve to think it was not at the forefront” of many property owners.  Government tenants for instance were demanding Green Star ratings so ownes needed to address the issue.

“I think the commercial reality and the feel-good green influence and are starting to come together.”

He said there was more movement among top sustainability jobs because some of the trusts had “de-emphasise the importance of sustainability” during the global financial crisis, which led to change – that is, some departures.

The mood had now reversed.

“Government and not for profits are starting to address the issues and the commercial reality is that sustainability is now at the forefront and it’s now a commercial imperative.”

Adrian King


Adrian King has been appointed KPMG’s new national leader, climate change & sustainability services, after former head Jennifer Westacott took the top job at the Business Council of Australia replacing Katie Lahey.

Mr King, a partner in the firm and a specialist in assurance, has been with the company for 20 years.

He told The Fifth Estate that he was looking to expand the team, which  at times it could reach up to 100 people and was considered the biggest in the country.

“It can grow and shrink, it really depends on the jobs we are working on,” Mr King said. “It’s a large team and we are appointing people. We are out in the market looking.”

KPMG recently advertised for an experienced sustainability practitioner  for its Perth office.

Mr King said work handled by the team varied from sustainability consulting and strategic work to carbon measurement and assurance over various reporting requirements.

Ms Westacott, a former director general of the NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, is expected to continue to be based in Sydney and divide her time between Sydney and Melbourne.


Maddocks has recruited one of Sydney’s leading construction and major projects specialists, Mathew Stulic, to its growing government and construction team. Mr Stulic was previously at Clayton Utz and holds more than 10 years experience advising on the delivery of major construction and public infrastructure such as the Epping to Chatswood Rail Line, Chatswood Transport Interchange and the Rail Clearways Program.

He is also the 2009 winner of the prestigious SCL Hudson Prize essay competition, awarded by the UK’s Society of Construction Law for the best essay on a construction law topic, on the topic of the allocation of the risk of project delays. He will be working with practice group head for construction and development Mal Fielding.

Maddocks has also recruited Scott Mannix, as part of its growing Government team, as Special Counsel in the State Government group. Mr Mannix was previously with the NSW Government’s central financing authority, The New South Wales Treasury Corporation where he was general manager legal & strategy.

Andrew Petersen

Sustainable Business Australia

Andrew Peterson has been appointed chief executive officer of Sustainable Business Australia following the departure of long term CEO Fiona Wain and a name change from Environmental Business Australia.  Mr Petersen was formerly the Legal and Advisory Lead of PriceWaterhouseCoopers Australia’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice.


A former vice president environment at BHP Billiton in Australia and in the US Charles (Chuck) Taylor has joined MWH as director of development for the natural resource sector. Mr Taylor will be based at MWH’s Broomfield, Colorado headquarters and will focus on expanding the natural resource market for MWH globally through organic growth and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining MWH, Mr Taylor also founded CGT Associates, an environmental consulting firm.


Caroline Noller

31 March 2011 – Updated 4 April: Caroline Noller has joined principal – sustainability. Dr Noller was previously with Australand and before this held a long term role with GPT as head of sustainability.  Commenting on her new appointment Dr Noller called for a “second revolution” in sustainability.

She said: “In terms of the property industry, sustainability has come full circle from being an aspiration to a novelty and finally to a genuine business practice. However, it’s now time for a second revolution, where sustainability is subjected to the same degree of economic scrutiny as all other investment and expenditure.”

Dr Noller is author of a two part series on the history and evolution of building materials in The Fifth Estate. See Part I and Part II

University of Technology Sydney – The business school at the University of Technology in Sydney has created a new chair in sustainable enterprise to be headed by Suzanne Benn that it says will help business leap ahead

Suzanne Benn

of expectations or regulations and fare best in the face of growing environmental, social and economic stresses.

Professor Benn said the chair would be a springboard for collaboration with external stakeholders in business, government and non government organisations.

“Business has a long-term vested interest in getting it strategically right when it comes to responsible management practice – as it relates to people, the environment and financial accountability,” Professor Benn said in a media statement.

UTS dean of business Professor Roy Green said that  “creating meaningful and cooperative links will be a key to developing innovative research that guides future strategy and models of sustainable business practices.”  See separate  article

Karen Davis

Tassie goes for first female head of AIA

Tasmanian architect Karen Davis has become the first woman to head Tasmania’s peak architecture body in its 108 year history.

Ms Davis takes over from Richard Crawford as Tasmanian president of the Australian Institute of Architects.



25 March 2011 – Mike Zimmerman’s BuildingIQ is searching for an “outstanding sales manager” and happy to pay up to $200,000 for the right person.  Mr Zimmerman told The Fifth Estate that the company was struggling to keep up with all the leads for its energy software products for buildings starting up in 2009 to commercialise a CSIRO developed technology in energy efficiency for buildings. “Frankly we’re looking for a leader in the industry who’s got the contacts,” he said.

More on this company coming up.

Lisa Chung

Maddocks on a roll

21 March 2011 – Legal firm Maddocks, newly named Employer of Choice for Women by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency, has snared Lisa Chung and Bronwyn Badcock from Blake Dawson to its Sydney property team as partners.

This brings the number of female partners in the firm to 12 or 22 per cent of the partnership, which is “well above the legal industry average” the firm said, adding that it offers “equal opportunity to all its people irrespective of gender.”

It is the seventh consecutive year that Maddocks has won the award.

Maddocks chief executive officer David Rennick said the firm was ” genuinely committed to the personal and professional growth of its people irrespective of gender and actively encourages work-life balance by providing a supportive and flexible environment.”

The firm has doubled in size form 200 people in 2002 and now employed 300 people in Melbourne and 100 in Sydney, the majority of whom are women.

“However, Maddocks is far from content with this number of women partners and we are actively looking at ways to increase the representation of women at the

Bronwyn Badcoc

partnership level,” Mr Rennick said.

Maddocks  also recently appointed former Victorian treasurer and current federal president of the Liberal Party Alan Stockdale to its government sector team as a key adviser.

Mr Stockdale was treasurer in the Victorian Government from 1992 to 1999 and implemented one of the “most far-ranging public sector reform programs in Australian history,” Maddocks said in a media statement.

Other appointments include Scott Mannix who has come from the NSW

Government’s central financing authority, The New South Wales Treasury Corporation. Construction and major projects specialist, Mathew Stulic has also joined the firm’s construction group, after a role with Clayton Utz, where he worked on the delivery of major projects including the Epping to Chatswood Rail Line, the Rail Clearways program and recent rollingstock projects.


Green jobs are hot stuff

19 March 2011 – According to recruitment consultant and publisher of the Avdiev Remuneration Report Rita Avdiev sustainability had made an appearance in mainstream property and a sustainable jobs category will be included in next year’s report.

“About three quarters of respondents replied that their company placed a mid to high level of importance on sustainability, with 30 per cent indicating a rank at the highest levels of 8 to 10,”  Ms Avdiev said announcing the latest update of the report.

However, one contributor tied their company’s involvement in sustainability to the bottom line saying, “We want to target and build sustainable projects as long as they are financially feasible,” Ms Avdiev reported.

She said: “One third of companies surveyed have specific sustainability positions, although many would also have positions with sustainability as one of several responsibilities. One example: ‘As a town planning and urban design consultancy, sustainability is embedded within the advice we provide to our clients.’

“Specific sustainability positions are most frequently found in the corporate real estate areas (71 per cent of contributors in that sector have these roles), real estate agency/advisory/facilities management (50 per cent report these positions), shopping centre management (45 per cent) and property development (42 per cent).”

See the whole story >>>


Jayne Paramor

11 March 2011

Jayne Paramor will take over the reins as executive officer at the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council from 28 March.

Ms Paramor  is currently policy adviser for NSW minister for Youth and Volunteering Peter Primrose and previously worked for a number of years at Green Capital, an initiative of the Total Environment Centre initiative, to assist in corporate sustainability programs and green initiatives.

Her background is varied and includes 15 years in the corporate sector in market research and fast-moving consumer goods industry both in a technical role, analytics and customer profiling. This includes work in Argentina in market research and  in Mexico in “territory distribution” for a software company.

Ms Paramor comes with qualifications including degrees in Arts and Business and a Masters of International Law, focusing on international environmental law, the Kyoto Protocol, human right and refugees.

She told The Fifth Estate that her environmental interests were awakened with her travels to “the most amazing places on Earth” including several months in Antarctica working on a Russian icebreaker and shipboard hotel.

On ASBEC and the built environment in general, Ms Paramor said there appeared to be growing interest in the property and development sector in working with all levels of government and “an obvious recognition by government that they need to be at the table.”

Of the current political environment for a carbon tax, Ms Paramor said that “the rhetoric coming out from politicians is concerning but there’s also good momentum in the marketplace and the community more generally have enough conscience to drive this in the right direction.

“Business would like some certainty… it would give them a set of parameters to work with and manage their business accordingly.”

Cathy Zoi

US connections

Cathy Zoi, well has left the US Whitehouse where she was Obama administration’s Acting Under Secretary for Energy and Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and will join Silver Lake, a global private investment company focused on technology in the energy and resources sector through a new strategy known as Silver Lake Kraftwerk.

Soros Fund Management LLC will join Silver Lake as a strategic partner in the new initiative, the company said in a media announcement. The venture would be led by Adam Grosser, an investment veteran who served for a decade as a General Partner at Foundation Capital.

The company will operating from Silicon Valley and China and invest in companies that “leverage technology and business model innovation to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and emissions, harness renewable energy, and more efficiently use natural resources.”

Ms Zoi is known in Australia through high profile roles she has held in the environmental area. She will commence her new role in April.

WSP Lincolne Scott

WSP Lincolne Scott has appointed leading fire and life safety professional Wayne Bretherton, who will head up the company’s fire team as national group leader.

Mr Bretherton will be joined by Carl Voss, who will manage fire engineering in the Sydney office. Both have recently held senior positions with the WSP Group in Europe and have significant international experience.


25 February 2011

Cundall Perth

Cundall is on the hunt for a state manager at its new Perth office.  The job is for a “committed and  motivated” individual to project manage major projects, handle financial management, business development and industry engagement

Details: or

Geoff Gedge

The Australian Direct Property Investment Association has appointed Geoff Gedge to the newly-created role of chief executive, as pat of its strategy to enhance key industry relationships.

Mr Gedge, who has previously worked in the financial services sector as a fund manager and corporate trustee, will be responsible for actively engaging regulatory and industry decision makers as well as seeking to more closely align with professional groups, such as the Financial Planners Association and superannuation bodies, president Robert Olde said.

Kirsty Kelly

Kirsty Kelly

Adelaide planner Kirsty Kelly has been appointed as chief executive officer of the Planning Institute of Australia ahead of the PIA 2011 National Congress to be held in Hobart.

Ms Kelly was previously chief operating officer for PIA, acting CEO, as well as a policy manager and division manager for PIA SA.

Ms Kelly has experience both in local and territory government as well as private consultancy. She received her urban and regional planning degree at QUT in Brisbane and has a graduate diploma in urban and regional planning from the University of South Australia. Ms Kelly is currently doing her Masters degree.

PIA President Neil Savery said the planning industry had entered an “extremely challenging and dynamic period” and having the right key people such as Ms Kelly, in the industry’s peak body was  vital.

John Dillon

Lend Lease managed Australian Prime Property Fund Series has appointed John Dillon as fund manager – APPF Commercial and APPF Industrial, effective March 2011.

Mr Dillon has 25 years in the property and funds management industry. He joins Lend Lease from Colonial First State Global Asset Management where he most recently held the positions of head of commercial and industrial operations for the listed and unlisted businesses, and senior portfolio manager – Commonwealth Property Office Fund. He will be working with managing director of the Lend Lease Australian investment management business, Carmel Hourigan.

The APPF Series comprises three sector specific unlisted wholesale property funds across the retail, commercial and industrial sectors. Combined, the APPF Series has A$5.5 billion in funds under management.

Gavin Newman

Gavin Newman has joined the Brisbane team of Floth Sustainable Building Consultants.  Mr Newman has a particular interest in alternative and sustainable energy and has more than four years experience in the areas of thermo-fluids, and the design of chilled/condenser water reticulation systems, including at Triple “M” Mechanical Services. Mr Newman previously has worked on 111 Eagle Street and the SW1 A series development in South Brisbane and since joining Floth early this year, the Queensland Children’s Hospital – Central Energy Facility and the QUT Science & Technology Precinct. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Medical) from the Queensland University of Technology.

Ben North

Ben North who has moved to the Sydney office of national engineering and building services company Umow Lai after working on major projects in the Brisbane office of the firm and previously in the UK.


21 February 2011 –

New Zealand

Just in: The New Zealand Green Building Council is seeking a Technical Manager for the operation and delivery of environmental rating tools for buildings in New Zealand, and be “a key contributor to a highly influential and rapidly growing, national, industry organisation, whose mission is to transform the New Zealand property industry.”   NZGBC says this ” diverse, varied and dynamic role” is ideal for someone with an “excellent technical background, and outstanding project management and organisational skills”. Details


18 February 2011

David Palin

David Palin has joined Bovis Lend Lease team, now to lose the Bovis moniker and to be absorbed within the one Lend Lease brand. Mr Palin was previously with Jones Lang LaSalle

Rick Walters


Australian Green Infrastructure Council has appointed Rick Walters as technical manager. Mr Walters has 20 years of experience in sustainability, environmental management, operations management and process engineering with companies such as Thiess, John Holland, Worley Parsons and Rio Tinto. In the last few years he has specialised in sustainability assessments and advising on carbon management for major infrastructure owners and developers around Australia. Most recently he has assisted in the development of the new rating tool for AGIC.

Phil Williams

Parsons Brinckerhoff  has appointed Phil Williams as director of strategic consulting to lead PB’s business development across the Australia-Pacific, Asia and Southern Africa. Dr Williams was previously general manager – strategy at SKM, as a member of the firm’s senior executive leadership. Prior to this, he held positions including chief executive officer for Snowy Hydro Trading and senior executive/partner at Accenture.


Mirvac’s Alicia Maynard, who has taken over the role of sustainability manager – group strategy following the departure of Corin Millais from the position at the end of last year, is on the hunt for a sustainability manager operations, through Capstone Recruitment. Capstone principal Evan Stevens said the industry was still in recovering mode from the recession in terms of hiring for sustainability positions. He said the market was “patchy”.

Matthew Clark


The NABERS team within the Department of Environment Climate Change and Water has been growing and changing. NABERS manager Mathew Clark has been promoted to director of water and energy programs within DECCW, with Yma ten Hoedt acting in the position of manager ahead of a permanent appointment. Meanwhile NABERS  staff numbers have grown to 22 to handle additional demand spurred by the commercial building disclosure program (mandatory disclosure).

New recruits include senior program officer Amy Hill, previously liaison officer for DECCW’s Ministerial and Parliamentary Services, and before that for the US Environment Protection Authority on waste and Energy Star initiatives. Ms Hill has a Masters degree in Public Administration and Environmental Science and Policy.  Stephen Ransom, appointed project officer, holds a Master of Applied Science (Environmental Science) and comes to the NABERS team from the Green Building Council of Australia where he worked for two and a half years as a category manager on the Tool Development Team. Erin Heinrich has also been appointed project officer after her return from the UK where she worked with the London Ambulance Service and previously in Sydney for the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority. New senior auditor, Michelle Aguas, holds a Bachelor of Business, and was previously employed by the Department of Justice and Attorney General as a heritage and environment officer.

Mystery company

At Talent2 Richard Whitington is searching for a senior sustainability recruit for a large but mystery company in Sydney. Phone:  (02) 9087 6229


Buildcorp Group is searching for a sustainability manager to work out of its Camerpdown Sydney offices in the Inner West. 02) 9565 0000

Bank job

Recruiter Martin Preece is hunting for a technical expert for one of the top four banks to meet a specific commitment to reduce carbon footprint by 20 per cent in its large portfolio of 1500 buildings. Salary of $120,000 to $130,000 (“at a push”) is on offer. ?Contact (02) 9929 3000 or


Enviro salaries hit pay dirt

Excerpt: 10 February 2011 – Salaries for environmental professionals in top listed companies have surged ahead of those of their peers in the safety sector by a massive 25 per cent, according to the latest 2011 SafeSearch and EnviroSearchGlobal annual salary survey released yesterday (Wednesday).

Average salary for a head of environment role leapt to  $289,000, up from $194,000 in only 12 months, according to the survey, which captures the experiences of 898 people in 62 companies, mostly from the ASX 200.

In the property sector the head of sustainability in a major company could today expect between $200,000 and $230,000 a year as a base salary plus super and bonuses.

“It really depends on the organisation; if it’s a large organisation with a team [to manage] you would expect around $250,000 plus super and bonuses but you wouldn’t expect much less than that,” Mr Evans said.

“If it’s smaller, it’s probably just you, maybe with an analyst so you’re stretched a bit thinner. You would expect $200,000 to $210,000 plus super and bonuses.

“From my observations with the movement in the market salaries were jumping by 15 per cent to 20 per cent [in the past 12 months].  This has been necessary to extract key staff out of existing roles and into new challenges.

Mr Evans said that among the sectors he worked in – from resources to manufacturing and property, property was ahead of other industries.

“Property is leading the market in terms of sustainability: in terms of initiatives it’s more proactive. Everyone else seems to be compliance driven.” Read the whole story in our post at The Fifth Estate


4 February 2011 – Alice Spizzo has left Sydney office of Herbert Geer and joined Lander and Rogers, Lawyers to start the planning and environment practice within the property, projects and Infrastructure Group. Ms Spizzo is a former senior executive in the NSW Department of Planning.

Nick James

Legal headhunt at the top

4 February 2011 – Former Melbourne Freehills lawyer Nick James is on the lookout to bolster his growing team with some hand picked  lawyers from the top tier firms. They need to be specialists in property sustainability and to be passionate about the subject, he said.

“We are at the very early stages,” Mr James said. The firm is only three years old but has already won gongs including law firm of the year from a popular legal blog and Mr James has also been named one of Sydney’s most influential people by the Sydney magazine.

Clients tend to be companies such as Climate Friendly, and Big Switch with about 60 per cent in the “green space”. Contact:


Guy Pahor joins Frasers Property Australia

27 January 2011 – Frasers Property Australia has appointed Guy Pahor as its new chief executive officer, after his role as chief operating office at the Melbourne based Melbourne headquartered MAB Corporation and elevated its current CEO Stanley Quek to Chairman. Nicholas Wolff remains Frasers chief operating officer.

Mr Pahor comes with more than 25 years of property experience in Australia, the UK and the US.  He has worked extensively in property development, project management, funds management and project finance, with “a strong track record in delivering large scale residential, commercial, retail and mixed-use projects,” a Frasers media statement said to announce the appointment.

He was also a co-founder and executive director of Citta Property Group and also held various senior roles at Lend Lease over a period spanning 13 years.

The Sydney based company said it was in expansionary mode. It has the $2 billion Central Park site under construction – with its stated high environmental outcomes – and it recently acquired the Royal Rehab site at Ryde, also in Sydney, as part of a portfolio that now includes residential high rise, house and land packages, retail and commercial products.

“The appointment of Guy Pahor as CEO builds on the achievements of Dr Quek in Australia and New Zealand and reflects Frasers Property Australia’s strong desire to grow the business in these important markets,” said Lim Ee Seng, CEO of Frasers Centrepoint Group, Frasers Property Australia’s major shareholder.

Dr Quek said, “With so many projects in the pipeline, it is important that Frasers Property Australia has a full-time Australian-based CEO. These moves are important elements of Frasers’ succession planning initiatives for our Australian and New Zealand businesses to underpin our long-term growth and continuity”


Richard Weller

Richard Weller

12 January 2011 – Leading-Australian landscape architect, academic and author Richard Weller has been appointed as the new director of the Urban Design Centre of Western Australia, after a career with the University of Western Australia.

Professor Weller has notched up a stream of international design competition awards for his work over the past 25 years; including a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and a monograph by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

A recent work  by Professor Weller is Boomtown 2050:  Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City, published by UWA Press in 2009.

His current research concerns urban growth scenarios to meet Australia’s predicted mid-century population growth, and he is a lead consultant on the new Perth waterfront development.

Professor Weller said rapid urbanisation was the “single greatest change occurring in the Australasian region this century.

“As a centre devoted to creatively exploring urban issues the UDC is well placed to become a major research hub, and lead the conversation about the future of our capital cities and regional centres,” he said.

The appointment follows the departure in September last year of former UDC director Ruth Durack who has  who has been with the UDC from when it first started in 2004, will continue her work with the centre.


AMP Capital Investors

10 January 2010 – AMP Capital Investors in the London office has appointed two infrastructure investment professionals to its European infrastructure team: Juhani Sillanpaa as investment director and Adam Ringer as senior investment analyst.

AMP Capital’s head of infrastructure Europe, Boe Pahari, said, “With our growing team we are well positioned to capitalise on the increasing need to build and replace essential services at a time when governments are seeking private capital.”

Mr Sillanpaa has 10 years investment and infrastructure experience with strong experience in direct and listed investments in the energy, transportation and public-private partnership sectors, with Power Project Finance at Royal Bank of Scotland in the UK, and ABN AMRO, Conventum/Pohjola and Citigroup.

Mr Ringer will specialise in origination, modelling and structuring of investments and deal analysis, with a focus on renewable energy, road and power transactions, and has a background with ABN AMRO’s structured funding and investments division based in the UK, Barclays Capital and Foreshore Global Capital.

In the Sydney office, Chris Wade has joined as portfolio manager separate accounts, and comes with more than 15 years infrastructure investment experience globally, covering projects in a range of sectors including toll roads, power generation, water treatment plants, electricity transmission, airports, seaports and railways, with RREEF Infrastructure and Hastings Funds Management.

Aviiid Third-age Living

Retirement asset management specialist, Aviiid Third-age Living, has moved another step closer to formalisation of its flagship fund, A-CARES No 1, with a series of appointments. Eve Crestani is now chairman of the Aviiid board and Andrew Kentmann is non-executive director. Industry researcher and advocate Lois Towart is new senior research analyst.

Aviiid managing director Scott Marinchek said Aviiid was moving to launch an “innovative and holistic retirement asset management model.

“Our aim is to …[achieve] strong reliable returns for investors and provision of high quality lifestyle experiences for Australians entering their ‘third-age’ of living,” Mr Marinchek said.


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City of Sydney is on the hunt to fill four new sustainability related jobs:

Sydney Council is offering some plumb sustainability related jobs right now, among them:

  • Sustainability Engagement Officer
  • Waste Programs Coordinator
  • Sustainability Marketing Officer
  • Project Officer – Local Action Plans

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Cundall is on the lookout for senior engineers who want some experience in the hot spots of China, according to  Cundall Asia Pacific chief Simon Wild.

According to Mr Wild the company is now back to its pre-global financial crisis numbers of 400 but could be a lot bigger, especially with the growth expected in China.

Gold Coast

Don’t think for a minute that climate change isn’t being taken seriously in places like the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast City Council has a climate change policy team of 35 people. And it’s now searching for a team leader to oversee implementation of GCCC’s Climate Change Strategy on a salary offer of $91,145 to $102,715 a year. Contact 1300 737 962.

In Brisbane, BDA Management Pty Ltd – chief executive Rob Braunack is looking for a new manager – climate change and environment, in a new role as part of the expansion of its management consulting and project management business. New roles in other states could also be in the air. Call 07 3223 3400.

Fujitsu Australia‘s sustainability practice in Sydney is looking for a number of professionals in the field, including a lead consultant for its growing business. Contact 61 2 9113 92.

In the big league, worth more than $200,000 a year plus shares if you like, is this new role with a “well established environmental consultancy” with a more technical bent. Again in Sydney, this job is as head of environmental management and sustainability, and is through a recruitment company Barnett & May. Contact Michelle Witt on 02 9406 0000.

Simmonds Group – In Melbourne, in what could be a sign of the big changes about to hit the residential sector with mandatory disclosure due to start by the end of 2011, the Simmonds Group is looking for a sustainability person to help advise clients on what features they need to include in their home packages. Contact Michael Gerolemou, group HR manager, on and quote SIM027.


ABSA – The Association of Building Sustainability Assessors is searching for three people for its Melbourne and Sydney offices – an accreditation officer, a program project officer, and a technical support officer. Phone 1300 889 438.

Green comms

Here’s a new twist on new green jobs: a leading real estate business based in Sydney is searching for a sustainability communications manager (not any sort of communications manager). Contact recruiter Will Duce on 02 9641 2490, or email

SA Water

Adelaide SA – Principal climate change and sustainability advisor – SA Water is seeking to appoint a principal climate change and sustainability advisor to lead the further development and implementation of SA Water’s Climate Change Strategy and other sustainability initiatives across the organisation. Contact Athena Seltsikas on 08 7424 2040 or email

Melbourne – A national climate change business manager – verification and validation, at a salary range of between $110,000 and $120,000, is being sought through Andrew Kilgour at AustCorp Executive Recruitment. Contact 1300 574 575.

ESD expert – A large company based in Sydney’s eastern suburbs is looking for an ESD technical expert as an associate director to lead four “well trained and ambitious ESD engineers”. Contact Nick Blake on 0404 887 880, or email



In Arup’s existing buildings team Eric Serret has appointed five people this year. In addition, John Duffin has been appointed to head up the team’s Melbourne operation, and likewise Richard Fairhead in Melbourne.

Arup principal Andrew Pettifer and his building services team says he thinks the market is in “tickover mode”.

“Architects have lots of inquiry but that’s in the relatively early stages. It’s wait and see if that translates to construction work,” Mr Pettifer said in the closing days of 2010.

The health sector, he said, was still “pushing out a lot of projects.”

His team had grown by up to 15 people during 2010, including well regarded mechanical engineer Julian Soper from the UK where environmentally sustainable design is not a separate skillset, as tends to happen in Australia, but “very much” integrated into the category, Mr Pettifer said.


Job news archives to December 2010



Jobs News Archives – Where they went; what they said

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