JOBS NEWS: The Australian Passive House Association (APHA) has announced Alexia Lidas as chief executive officer, taking over from outgoing CEO, Paul Wall. Ms Lidas has 20 years of experience in senior appointments at various built environment peak bodies, most recently general manager of strategic innovation and enterprise at the Australian Institute of Architects.
“With Paul’s leadership over the last three years, APHA has been able to more than double our membership, staff, certified professionals and, ultimately, our impact in the industry too. We thank Paul for his hard work and perseverance over the course of his tenure, and look forward to where Alexia will be able to take our purpose driven organisation next. On behalf of the board, staff and membership, I would like to formally welcome Alexia to APHA,” chairperson Kate Nason stated.
Corporate strategy, transformation, consulting and operations professional Glenn Neill has taken over as the group manager of climate and sustainability at building materials company Adbri (formerly Adelaide Brighton Cement) in Adelaide after serving at mining firm South32 for almost a decade.
Sian Edwards has started at KPMG Australia as the associate director of sustainability services after a year of self-employment in the sustainability sector. She also has prior experience at South32, as well as BHP Billiton.
At South32, David Low has stepped up to the role of principal in carbon and energy solutions in Perth, while Caio Gomes Lopes has moved into principal of group decarbonisation in Brisbane.
Kurt Winter has been appointed director of corporation transition at the Carbon Market Institute in Brisbane, after five years at AGL Energy.
New Aboriginal housing lead for SA
The SA Housing Authority has appointed a new head of Aboriginal housing in Cheryl Axleby – a Narungga woman and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Ms Axleby’s previous roles include chief executive of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and co-chair of the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.
Her career spans 35 years in the non-profit sector, and 10 years in government – including the Aboriginal community sector, law and justice, human rights, women’s issues, Aboriginal family violence, youth justice and child and family services.
The SA Housing Authority recently partnered with the Adult Multicultural Education Services to house Ukrainian, Spanish, Burmese, Afghan and Iranian migrants in nine Housing SA properties.
Cundall makes more than 90 appointments in response to ESG demand
Engineering consultancy Cundall has announced the appointment of two new partners to its global leadership team in Rob Turner in Manchester and Alejandro (Alex) Saez in Singapore, bringing the number of partners to 44. Saez joined the Madrid office in 2011 and the Singapore office in 2017 having previously led engineering design teams for projects in the UK and Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.
At the same time, Cundall’s Brisbane-based head of sustainability for Australia, David Collins, will become a director within Cundall Australia, and Marcus Kan is stepping up to the role of new managing director for Singapore. Collins joined Cundall in 2007 and has worked on projects in Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands as a sustainability consultant, energy auditor, Independent Commissioning Agent and Green Star Accredited Professional, and is a member of the NABERS Independent Design Review panel.
APAC digital engineering lead Celine Cannam has been promoted to the role of associate in building services in Sydney, working on critical systems and data centres, heritage building refurbishments, major commercial buildings, and multi-residential and institutional buildings.
There have been an additional 21 promotions within the APAC engineering and technical team and across the global business, more than 90 people have been rewarded with promotion.
“In the past 12 months Cundall has seen an escalation in demand for integrated, multi-disciplinary engineering design that incorporates zero carbon and ESG as fundamental,” APAC managing director Julian Bott said.
“We are also increasingly working across portfolios that span national and international borders, and our new executive appointments all have substantial expertise in coordinating global teams and working within a variety of sectors and geographies.”
Sustainable asset management software expands in APAC
Brightly has announced a new vice president for Asia Pacific, Shaun Butler to accelerate growth plans in the region, following the company re-brand from Assetic to Brightly in March this year. Butler has more than 20 years of experience growing businesses across APAC, and was most recently global chief executive for Priava, a software as a service venue and event management software solution for large venues with clients across thirteen countries.
“We are experiencing an exciting growth phase at Brightly and Shaun’s extensive expertise will help shape our strategic vision for the company,” senior vice president of international operations, Steve Wilkens said.
“We are committed to leveraging software and data to power smarter assets and sustainable communities with intelligent asset management solutions to close the global renewal infrastructure gap. Shaun can help us achieve this objective within the APAC region.”
Cleantech start-up poaches from AGL
Brendan Whelan is another bright spark that has recently left AGL Energy for a more renewable career in Sydney as head of energy products at Aussie-based climate tech company UPowr. Also joining the start-up from the embattled energy supplier as chief of staff in London is Assem Ongarbayeva. Catalina Gana, Sam Gelwyn, Peng Cao, Tim Forster have also recently joined the start-up.
Funnily enough, working for AGL in the past seems to be a trend for this start-up as both chief executive officer and co-founder Stu Philpot and chief technology officer and co-founder Daniel Friedman also previously worked for AGL as well before founding this company in 2018.
The company has recently completed the Amazon Web Services Clean Tech Accelerator 2.0 where it was one of 12 clean energy start-ups selected from more than 400 globally. It has also recently established partnerships with EnergyAustralia, Amber Electric and Hanwha Q Cells to electrify millions of Australian homes. The company continues its expansion with several jobs up for grabs. Let us know if you make the switch too!
New hires for bushfire resilience
Melinda King has joined Habitat for Humanity Australia as strategic partnerships manager. With a background in the hospitality, entertainment and travel industry and leadership experience in partnership and social impact program management, her previous role was as manager of the Event Hospitality and Entertainment Charity Committee. Riekie du Plessis has also joined the non-profit in the role of office administrator in Sydney.
The charity has seen an expansion recently with greater demand for volunteers and some staff roles now available in the Southern Highlands NSW, after more funding was welcomed for its on-the-ground programs in bushfire resilience. Its recovery program has been going since 2013 in response to bushfires, storms and other climate-related disasters.
But new funding from the federal and NSW governments has now allowed the organisation to branch out into work on resilience in Australia, such as deploying volunteers to clear overgrown bushland, set up fire breaks in high-risk areas, educate the community, and strengthen partnerships with local firefighting services.
The new program is funded via the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund and the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund through joint Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. It’s the first time the organisation has delved into resilience work in Australia – although it already has successful resilience programs overseas in the Asia-Pacific region.
ESG and social procurement capability strengthened
Social entrepreneur, innovator and impact investor Geoffrey Gourley has been appointed director of ESG at Apricot Consulting, scaling up its ESG and social procurement capability. He will lead a team of 15 to provide key services to leadership, change and ESG across a broad range of industries.
He will also sit on the executive leadership team with chief executive officer James Natsis, director of leadership and change Lana Johnson, head of digital and operations Annie Leong, and head of partnerships Ben Hellstrom.
The company’s founder Derek Linsell said, “Geoff’s appointment is the culmination of [the companies social impact and ESG] experience, accelerating the natural progression of this trajectory.”
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