Appointments – archive

Lend Lease Solar

Chris Carolan

19 August 2010 – Chris Carolan’s latest venture at Lend Lease, Lend Lease Solar, is scouring the market for 100 talented people to help roll out the new solar panel business in partnership with AGL for the retail and commercial property market.

Mr Carolan already has about 30 people in the team, largely sourced from the mothership, but he is now looking for assessors and people to work in the call centre, based at the company’s headquarters at 30 The Bond in Sydney.

Two to three new staff are being added a week in preparation for the 1 September rollout, Mr Carolan said. For details  Contact

Cundall/Rob Lord/Ben O’Callaghan

Ben O’Callaghan joined Cundall’s Brisbane office as an associate in July. Previously a director of Neco, Mr O’Callaghan lectured in Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) at Bond University’s School of Sustainable Development and has been heavily involved in the award-winning sustainable community, The Ecovillage at Currumbin. He has 18 years’ academic and project-management ESD experience.

Meanwhile, Rob Lord has left Cundall after deciding he wanted a different role in pursuit of his passion for “sustainability engineering and innovation”, he says.
“It was an amicable split and I wish them well. They have a lot of exciting changes planned and they will continue to make a mark on the Australian property industry.

“I am taking a long break and considering my options. I am sure to be in the sustainability engineering space, though… It is great to work alongside such earnest people.”

Cundall is recruiting. In Brisbane it’s looking for a graduate-level staffer in environmentally sustainable design, a senior ESD consultant and a mechanical engineer.

Dave Martin has joined Arup in Australia as an associate electrical engineer, after running his own consultancy in Dublin. Arup principal Andrew Pettifer said there had been a very long wait to fill the position. “We don’t compromise,” he quipped. “We need to have the best in the industry.”

Andrew Cowley

S4B Studio
Building services consultancy S4B Studio formed just two months ago by Andrew Cowley, Mark Henderson and Luka Vulic, after the trio left WSP Lincolne Scott – hasn’t wasted much time picking up interesting new work.

How about a project for Westfield to warm the engines? Or two? The outfit has won a fit-out for a 1800-square metre retail tenancy in Westfield’s new Sydney CBD project, which The Fifth Estate understands to be none other than the high-profile Spanish retailer Zara.

Another Westfield project, involving peer review, is for a new five-star building at 85 Castlereagh Street in Sydney.

Luka Vulic

Mr Cowley said the building was originally designed three years ago and the company has now decided to “pull the trigger on the construction”.

Elsewhere S4B has picked up a 5000 sq m building project at Albury in regional NSW, aiming for a five-star Green Star outcome. The building is in a precinct favoured by government tenants. However, it will be built on a speculative basis.

Other work includes a recycled water project at Discovery Point for Australand/Landcom at Arncliffe, involving sewer mining.

Mr Cowley said the project would not only process the water for its own use but export some to the local council to use on parklands.
Commenting on the market, Mr Cowley said it had been a “rough 18 months”.

“It’s been pretty tough in Sydney, and I don’t know if this is mirrored

Mark Henderson

in Brisbane and Melbourne. Now everyone is starting to look up a bitand seeing some fresh opportunities.

“My personal view is that … we will come out looking a bit different, and [different] in the way building services engineering is delivered.”

In Mr Cowley would like to see a new approach emerge. Most sustainability outcomes were originally driven by architecture, he says, and now perhaps too much, by engineering.

“I feel like you need to be independent of engineering and architecture to take that next step forward. It’s what I’m really passionate about; creating that next generation of buildings.”

Carrathool Shire Council

11 August 2010 – Carrathool Shire Council in country NSW has appointed a new manager of planning and environment. Garry Stoll, who was previously director of environmental services at Tumbarumba Shire Council for three years will head the Shire’s sustainable planning and building services.

Patrick Cowie

Patrick Cowie, former national advertising manager of the Property Council of Australia, has accepted a role with Marston & Cook real estate agency as director of commercial and development.

Jeremy Deal

28 July 2010 – Jeremy Deale has moved to Woodhead  as regional principal and commercial portfolio leader after a role with Fitzpatrick + Partners where he was project leader on Macquarie Bank’s new six-star  Green Star building, One Shelley Street.  Maria Asenjo has also joined the team in Brisbane after leaving Argentina and working for a number of year in the UK involved in PPP (Private Public Partnerships) projects.


28 July 2010 – MWH has appointed Keith Uebel as sustainability and environment business operations leader. Mr Uebel comes from Storm Consulting, and previously senior roles with the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, the former Department of Land and Water Conservation, NSW State Forests and the Minister for Forests and Minister for Land and Water Conservation and Sydney Water.

Gabrielle KuiperGabrielle Kuiper

20 July 2010 – For Gabrielle Kuiper it was clearly an offer “too good to refuse.”  Only nine months after heading down to Melbourne to join VicUrban from a role with Investa, Dr Kuiper has been snared for a top job with ANZ Bank, which is still enjoying the laurels of its new sustainable workplace at Docklands.

In conversation today Ms Kuiper confirmed this week’s rumours that she was on the move. The job, head of environmental sustainability at ANZ, will start on 17 August, after a break.

So why jump, exactly?

ANZ’s position as number one on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index helped, Dr Kuiper said.

“I paid particular note when they reached number one. Previously it was Westpac. There must have been a particular corporate commitment when they reached that goal in the banking sector. It’s also the opportunity to work for a large organisation- and one in the financial sector – that I haven’t done before.”

IFMA Foundation

Stephen Ballesty

20 July 2010 – Rider Levett Bucknall’s Sydney based head of advisory, Stephen Ballesty CFM, has this month been appointed international chairman of the IFMA Foundation.

Mr. Ballesty is the past chair of the Facility Management Association of Australia, former deputy chair of the Australian Government’s FM Action Agenda initiative and the first person outside of North America to serve as the foundation’s chair.

“It’s a particularly exciting time for us as we work to take the foundation to the next level and seek recognition of facility management as the foremost contributor to a more productive and sustainable built environment worldwide,” said Mr Ballesty.

Members of the IFMA Foundation board of trustees serve a two-year term and are tasked with managing the foundation and guiding its efforts to serve the facility management profession though education, research and scholarships.

Umow Lai

15 July 2010 – Engineering company Umow Lai has been busy with some new appointments and a swathe of upgrades to current roles as it prepares for new work on the horizon. (See our main story in News from the front desk Issue No 32.)

New on the block include Andrew Jenkinson and Warner Brunton from Aurecon who will join the newly revamped Brisbane office.

Mr Jenkinson has been involved in a number of high profile Queensland projects over the past decade and is a specialist in electrical and communications engineering. Umow Lai director Ken Loh describes him, however, as an “all rounder”.
Joining the two will be Anthony Marklund and Brian Mcdonnell heading to Brisbane from Melbourne, promotions in tow. Another “re-recruit” has been Leon Han who left for a stint on the massive $4 billion Dubai Pearl – the “world’s largest project”.

Andrew Jenkinson

Engineer Michael Shaw will join NDY in Melbourne, a position he secured on the same day as retrenchments were announced over his former position at Meinhardt, which also involved eight other people from the building services division. (See main story). Mr Shaw, by the way, provides seminars on how to interpret the quite challenging new Section J of the Building Code of Australia, which relates to sustainability features of commercial buildings.

Anika McManus

Lion Nathan National Foods
Anika McManus has been appointed to the role of group sustainability leader at Lion Nathan National Foods, reporting to sustainability director Duncan Makeig. Ms McManus said there was a swag of environmental processes under way at the company, especially in water and energy savings initiatives and product stewardship.

In New Zealand for instance the company’s new brewery in Auckland, where there is a surfeit of glass being recycled but a dearth of uses so that much of it has ended up as landfill, the company has insisted project contractors find a use for the glass. The result was “glasscrete” used in the foundations and road surfaces around the site.

Temperature is still lukewarm

15 July 2010 – Recruiter to the stars in Sydney sustainability Mike Skelding has moved from Judd Farris and away from transactional side of recruitment altogether for a business development role at HRX which “assists clients source the range of products and services to enable them to improve their direct hire,” as he put it. The company, owned by Katrina Leslie, now with 130 staff, has a strong social sustainability agenda internally with several of its key staff at present assisting with a project in Tanzania, said Mr Skelding.

Leon Han

Meanwhile Stephen Lording has been appointed the new managing director of Judd Farris and recently moved to Sydney from Melbourne where he headed the Victorian  office, while former MD Clive Brown has left to start Capstone Recruitment along with three other partners.

Mr Lording told The Fifth Estate that there was now a bit of uncertainty in the market in terms of recruitment, which was a shame because confidence had started to bounce back after the Global Financial Crisis had hit everyone for six.

“From a recruitment process when it comes to the commercial reality again for business it’s nice to have [a sustainability professional] but it’s not a necessity.

“When the GFC came along [activity] stopped because it was a cost factor. It’s gathered a bit of momentum again, but once again there is a bit of stalling with people waiting to see what the government’s intentions are. A Labor/Liberal government will have a different views on how they want to push sustainability in the market.”

Robert Mitchell

1 July 2010 – The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at Sydney University, creator of major research work such as low energy high rise project which proved big savings could be achieved with low capital investment is losing its chief operating officer,  Robert Mitchell. Mr Mitchell will join Capstone Partners, an Australian management consultancy specialising in the commercial application of technology.

However, that means an opening for new talent- on the CV you should demonstrate the ability to “step out from your comfort zone and help spearhead this prestigious organisation” supported by “hundreds of volunteers who are also stakeholders from industry, government, universities and other research institutions,” according to the new job ad. Contact:

Ben McCluskey

Ben McCluskey

Sydney based Big Switch Projects has hired Ben McCluskey as project manager. Mr McCluskey has moved from Melbourne where he previously worked at Ironbark Sustainability, advising local governments on “improving the sustainability of building stocks, both on the technical aspects and policy.”

He has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from RMIT, which involved time at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade University in Shanghai. Among his interests are karate, in which  Mr McCluskey is a  black belt and restoring of vintage bicycles.

Casino takes no chances Crown Ltd, which owns Crown Casino, has appointed Jonathan Wood as sustainability and environment manager. Mr. Wood, a mechanical engineer, previously worked for building services consultancy Umow Lai for five years before a stint in the UK with Fulcrum Consulting. Recruiter was Jonathan Hill of Hays Engineering. On the way up The Reed Group has appointed its first head of environment and sustainability in a signal that it intends stepping up from a second tier building contractor to first. Vince Chaplin, Reed’s new appointment, comes with all the right credentials. He was the former president of the Australian Council of Recylers, he worked for the Olympic Co-ordination Authority, introduced Qantas to the sustainable side of development and at Onesteel, worked with the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star rating system on the treatment of Onesteel products to be eligible for credit points. According to Mr Chaplin Reed has grown from about 60 staff to about 400 today and is still hiring and being able to offer clients a sustainability strategy is part of stepping up to

a Tier I company, he said. In the past two weeks Mr Reed has appointed two environmental co-ordinator site reps and will be hiring more if the company wins the number of contracts that it anticipates. Current work includes for Defence, in mining, hospitality and the Building Education Revolution where the company is a lead contractor in NSW and South-East Queensland. Hassell

Alun Chapman has moved to the HASSELL Adelaide studio to join the Architecture team as Principal Urban Designer. Mr. Chapman, who has been with HASSELL for over 20 years and has worked on major projects in the UK, Hong Kong, Sydney, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne and Adelaide, most recently led the Bowden Village master plan project, a major component in the future growth strategy for Adelaide.

Arup Eric Serret has joined Arup to head up its Existing Building Survival Strategies aimed at re-energising older buildings. He was previously a senior manager at E P & T where he implemented portfolio-wide energy and water management programs for property companies, including Investa, GPT Stockland and Colonial.

Contaminated land engineers hard to find In Melbourne, Jonathan Hill at Hays Engineering, says he is struggling to fill a position for a senior contaminated land practitioner for Sinclair Knight Mertz. But that’s not unusual, says Jonathon. There is “…a huge shortage of people in this field after laws toughened up requiring more intensive scrutiny of suspect land,” he says. Senior engineers in the field can expect salaries of $170,000. But auditors can expect $320,000 a year or more. “Auditors are very hard to find. There are probably only 25 auditors in Victoria and senior contaminated land engineers and project managers are very rare commodities. You don’t get a very good response. As soon as I get people like that I can place them very quickly.”

No consistency Judd Farris’ Mike Skelding couldn’t see a pattern in the current sustainable jobs market in the past two months, reporting “no consistency in what clients require.” He is still searching for a smart contender to head up an Asia Pacific business, based in Sydney. The client is confidential however the fees are swirling around the $220,000 mark plus bonuses.

Penrith City Council Bernadette Riad has stepped into the temporary position as sustainability co-coordinator at Penrith City Council in an internal appointment while

Carmel Hamilton is on maternity leave. Penrith’s sustainability chief Paul Grimson says there are; four people in the team, and “probably a fifth if you include the trainees.” The way sustainability is approached, he says, is that it “runs across everything. Most people have a core focus and a large part of what we do is training and education.”

ACT job still open Tony Mahar at the Australian Food and Grocery Council said he is still on the search for an experienced policy developer with tertiary qualifications in environmental science, resource management, economics or a related field to assist with development of policy and programs related to the environmental and social aspects of food and beverages sector with an emphasis on waste, water and sustainability. Contact Mr Mahar at

Blue goes green

21 February 2010 – While architects, engineers and developers are learning the “green” game, so too are Australia’s blue collar construction workers. And at the forefront of change will be plumbers who deliver the majority of energy consumed in buildings. According to the Green Building Council of Australia major re-training is under way in a variety of trades delivering buildings in the commercial and residential sphere. “Plumbers are considering ways to save water, bricklayers are recycling whatever they can and electricians are laying cables in buildings without ceilings in a revolution which is changing building sites right across Australia,” the GBCA’s executive director of education and marketing, Tania Crosbie said. Blue collar building jobs, estimated to be around 1 million Australia-wide, now feature a wide range of jobs considered “green” Ms Crosbie said. “The green economy in Australia is believed to be worth about $17 billion and forecasts indicate that another 850,000 green collar jobs will be created over the next 20 years,” she said. “In the past five years, the GBCA has trained over 14,500 people working in property and construction in the use of the green building environmental rating system, Green Star.” Plumbers could well be leading the way. Vin Ebejer, general manager of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre, which opened in Melbourne’s inner suburb of Brunswick last year, more than 70 per cent of the energy consumed in a house was delivered by the plumbing system. See the whole story

25 February 2010

Sydney $110k – $125k Package. Reporting to the AsiaPac Head of Sustainability, and to the Regional Director, you will be responsible for developing and driving sustainability programs across numerous corporate accounts. Submit your application to Sydney As the head of sustainability and strategic development involved in this global program, you will be integral in delivering hands-on consulting to a portfolio of client and properties across Australasia. email

Sydney Principal environmental planner, $170,000 – $150,000. Your signature will sign-off on impressive road, rail, and water infrastructure EIA/EIS reports. A very strong team of scientists, ecologists, planners, and engineers are coordinating both niche and mainstream projects at the envy of major competitors. Contact

Western Australia Environmental sustainability consultant, $155K – $134K With the level of expertise and knowledge in sustainability fields you have developed, you will recognise the difference between simple carbon counting, and large scale sustainable design systems. Make sure you sink your teeth into something significant. Contact

Melbourne Assistant Policy Adviser Resources and Infrastructure Branch. Assist, analyse and contribute to complex policy issues for key stakeholder, $51,818 – $62,917 a year plus 9 per cent employer superannuation contribution CBD Location. Apply

The jobs market in sustainability is hot. 12 February 2010 – Jones Lang LaSalle’s Anita Mitchell is interviewing for seven new positoins, partly to deal with a new facilities mangement contract for Telstra just won from United, but also for the number of projects clients are suddenly saying “Go” to. See News from the Front Desk for more. Rosemary Kirkby at GPT

Rosemary Kirkby

28 January 2010 –GPT has appointed Rosemary Kirkby to a new role as head of communities with a brief to “cultivate the conditions for the development of strong communities by engaging people in the co-creation of those environments,” a media statement from GPT said. Kirkby was the woman who put MLC on the workspace map with her leading influence on its ground-breaking headquarters at North Sydney. Later she blended her human resources background with work in project management, cultural change, leadership development and organisational behaviour with design. Over the past few years Kirkby has been running her own consultancy, Rosemary Kirkby & Associates, with clients such as the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Pfizer, Challenger Financial Services, Stockland and the University of Adelaide. Gongs have included the CBRE-Corenet Global Aust/NZ Real Estate Executive of the Year in 2008 and she is a Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.


February 2010

Melbourne Engineering facilities manager. Circa $90-$95,000. Experienced Engineering Facilities Manager to run a 20,000 sq metres commercial property in Melbourne Please forward your resume to Louise Rowe on or telephone 03 9620 2717.

Melbourne National Sustainability Manager Responsible for driving Sustainability and Energy Management as a service line delivering to a significant blue chip client submit your application to

Sydney National Sustainability Manager responsible for driving Sustainability and Energy Management as a service line delivering to a significant Blue Chip client submit your application to

Melbourne Senior Facilities Manager Six Figure Package you will be responsible for the delivery of the day to day management of services including contracted and in-house aspects. To apply, please forward your resume complete with covering letter to Louise Rowe at; Tel: 03 9620 2717


Melbourne Sustainability Analyst – Jones Lang LaSalle seek applicant with tertiary qualifications in energy or utilities background, sustainability credentials to prepare assestments for national sustainability management team and a major corporate client. Online application form available.

SydneyInner Sustainability leader – Lend Lease require experienced manager to drive sustainability initiatives and provide strategic and technical advice to Project Managers, stakeholders and external clients. Successful applicant will have tertiary qualifications in engineering, construction, architecture or related field along with Green Star sustainability training and a minimum of five years experience in property project management. Apply online or contact Adrian Donohue at 1800 732 972

Sydney – Penrith Sustainability Co-ordinator, $82,900 – Penrith City Council are looking for a” passionate and experienced” sustainability specialist to coordinate the development and delivery of innovative and effective sustainability programs.Visit website for more details or contact Paul Grimson on (02) 4732 7701

Canberra Sustainability Analyst, $80,000-$100,000. The Australian Food and Grocery Council seek experienced policy developer with tertiary qualifications in environmental science, resource management, economics or related field to assist with development of policy and programs related to the environmental and social aspects of food and beverages sector with an emphasis on waste, water and sustainability. Contact Tony Mahar at

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