Hydro Tasmania CEO Ian Brooksbank (second from left) with staff

JOBS NEWS: Hydro Tasmania gets new CEO 

Hydro Tasmania has announced Ian Brooksbank as the new chief executive officer. Mr Brooksbank has been the acting CEO at the energy business since September 2021 and was the chief financial officer for two years prior to that. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry, starting with Country Energy in NSW before going on to hold executive finance roles at Blue NRG and AGL Energy, where he led the Torrens Island Power Station and the Bayswater and Liddell Power Stations. 

Chairman Grant Every-Burns said: “over the past nine months, Ian has provided strong leadership to the Hydro team and worked closely with government to kick start the Tarraleah upgrade works as part of the Battery of the Nation initiative. He has delivered strong financial performance and demonstrated a high level of care for our people and the Tasmanian community.” 

WalkerBai Consulting grows team 

Brisbane engineering consultancy WalkerBai has named its new chief operating officer in Gus Nainu. He joined the company in March 2021 to lead its NSW branch as managing director, after leaving Norman Disney & Young. He has more than 25 years of experience in the built environment sector having originally studied architecture in the UK before embarking on a career in building services engineering. 

He was project director of New Sydney Fish Markets, Crow’s Nest Metro Station, Powerhouse Parramatta, and the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania. In his new role he will lead the delivery of the company’s strategic plan, with further growth planned in building services, fire safety engineering, and facade design across Australia, the UK and the Philippines. 

The WalkerBai team

As it continues to grow as a national practice, WalkerBai has made a sweep of promotions; Milissa Mari Magpayo to assistant general manager in the Philippines, Loris Mikhail to projects delivery manager, Jeb Wiseman to state manager in Queensland, Barry Robertson to associate director in mechanical engineer, Alexander Kudriavcev to associate fire safety engineer, Mark Dangla to senior mechanical engineer, Rogelio Montante to senior electrical engineer, Jennifer Ignacio to senior electrical engineer, Harrold John Maranan to senior electrical engineer, and Karen Guazon to hydraulic engineer. 

Aurecon bolsters team with new appointments and promotions 

Design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon has bolstered its team with three new design directors Evelyn Storey, Dr Alecs Chong, and Christian Bodner

Ms Storey has over 34 years of experience in the delivery of built environment projects across transport, commercial, health and laboratory, education, residential and retail sectors, both in Australia and overseas. Dr Chong was a technical director in bridges and civil structures at the company, with 23 years’ experience in the field of advanced structural analysis and design. Mr Bodner was a principal in tunnelling at the firm, with 30 years’ experience in heavy civil engineering design and construction. 

Evelyn Storey, Dr Alecs Chong, and Christian Bodner

Aurecon chief executive William Cox said that the trio “bring fresh perspectives and impact to clients through their unique ability to question and innovate to bring new ideas to life. I am excited to see how the depth and breadth of their experience across projects and regions will push the boundaries of design and design thinking.”

The company has also appointed Vanessa Visman as principal in asset management and performance to establish and lead an operations performance and assurance team, aiming to assist organisations operate new and existing assets at peak performance. 

Hayley Eske has been promoted to a new position as associate in environment and planning, after being a manager at the company for three years and a town planner at the company for ten years. The firm has also promoted Adrian Lu to a senior engineer position after being in the role of civil engineer and senior consultant. He was previously at Cardno

Group GSA makes suite of promotions 

Award winning multi-disciplinary design firm Group GSA has announced the appointment of Liam Higginbotham as principal in the firm’s Sydney studio, joining the executive team from a previous role as associate director in the Sydney studio. 

“The opportunity to have a positive and lasting influence on the studio’s future direction and focus is such an exciting one,” said Higginbotham, who joined the firm in 2016. “I’m looking forward to GroupGSA’s next 12 months of growth.”

Liam Higginbotham

This comes as part of a suite of promotions at the global design practice, including the assignment of two senior interior designers earlier this month (Grace Davidson and Jordan Ottley) and four new associates: Izabella McFadden, Jai Negi, Neda Sabet and Pooja Arora

Director Peter McCamley said: “These promotions are recognition of the meaningful contribution these individuals make in our studios each and every day, and our confidence in them as potential future leaders in the business”.

And more:

Cedric Conde has been made carbon projects delivery manager at Corporate Carbon, leading best practice delivery of project technical design, modelling, measurement, verification and reporting. Prior to taking up this role, he took a sabbatical sailing around the world during the Australian COVID lockdown. But before this exciting career break, he was at Jemena. 

At The Property Council of Australia, Tim Wheeler has been made national policy manager after being with them for almost three years. He was previously at the Green Building Council of Australia and before that the International Energy Agency

The chief executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, Davina Rooney has been elected to the World Green Building Council‘s board of directors. She is also a board member of Evolve Housing

David Epstein has been appointed deputy chair of Open Gardens Victoria, taking over in 2023, when inaugural chair Liz Fazio steps down. The not-for-profit organisation that promotes the benefits of gardens and gardening will benefit from the former Prime Minister chief of staff who has more than 30 years’ experience in a range of leadership roles, including as executive director of the Chifley Research Centre, chair of communications at Compliance Ltd, and also non-executive director of The Asia Society and the European Australian Business Council

David Epstein and Liz Fazio

Rachel Todd has been appointed company secretary at professional services company GHD, moving from global building materials company Holcim. The employee-owned enterprise has 10,000 employees globally and Ms Todd says she was drawn to the role because of a passion for sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and diversity within the company’s leadership teams. 

Rachel Todd

Engineering, management and development consultancy SMEC has promoted Alexandra Kelly to associate engineer in the transport planning and advisory team, after holding the role of senior engineer in transport for six years. The Brisbane-based professional previously worked for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and Engineers Australia

Management, engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has promoted Michael Calcoen to technical director of built environment, after previously holding the position of principal mechanical engineer. The company also promoted James Hargreaves as technical director of structures, after previously holding the position of principal structural engineer. 

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