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Sustainability professional Rochelle Phillis has joined climate change advisory firm Andefena launched by former Lendlease executive Simon Wild, after seven years at Mirvac as a residential sustainability manager and previously working at Cundall (where Wild was previously chief executive) as an ecologically sustainable development consultant. 

Dr Matthew Parnell is back teaching sustainability at Insight Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, with students from Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Japan and Korea. The sustainability professional and educator is also an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University, and runs the website

Sustainability scientist and engineer Kate Meyer has decided to shift from her role as business sustainability director at professional services consultancy firm Beca to focus on her role as chief executive officer and director at the not-for-profit research and education centre The Planetary Accounting Network, which she founded in 2018. Consequently her previous role is now available – more details below. 

Senior architect Lina Ayala has recently relocated from NYC to Melbourne for an associate position at architectural design firm Gensler. The build to rent specialist has been at the company since 2015. 

Anthony Boyd, chief executive officer of Frasers Property Australia, has been appointed a member of the board of the Property Industry Foundation for a three-year term. The foundation has been working for over 25 years to bring together the property and construction industry to solve youth homelessness, and aims to build 300 bedrooms for homeless youth by 2025.

“Every night an estimated 44,000 young Australians do not have a safe and secure place to call home. The Property Industry Foundation is focused on making a tangible difference to this issue and the passion to do so among the Board, and in the industry more broadly, is evident,” Boyd said.

Frasers Property and the Property Industry Foundation recently collaborated to build a new home for disadvantaged youths in Melbourne’s south-east, in a partnership with the Lighthouse Foundation. They previously collaborated on two other homes in Victoria and NSW.

Sustainable development professional Joanne Chong has been appointed commissioner for the environment with the Productivity Commission. She previously worked as a research director of the Sustainable Pathways Program at the CSIRO, and prior to that a research director at the University of Technology Sydney Institute for Sustainable Futures.

“I am deeply honoured and absolutely delighted,” she shared in a LinkedIn post. 

Daniel Kernaghan has been announced the new chief executive officer of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Australia and New Zealand. He previously served the global commercial real estate services company as managing director and head of office leasing in NSW. He will take over from Stephen Conry, who served JLL for 40 years. 

Global engineering design and consulting firm Arcadis has announced senior executive appointments in Brisbane and Melbourne. Paul Allan will move up from client development leader into the role of cities director in Brisbane, spearheading Arcadis’ participation in southeast Queensland ahead of Brisbane’s hosting of the 2032 Olympic Games. Melissa Bellis has joined Arcadis from civil engineering company Jacobs as business area sales director for places.

“These are important appointments for Arcadis as we step up our involvement in the market for large-scale urban project consulting in Australia … underpinned by a core capability in sustainability advisory,” David Raftery, Arcadis country director and resilience business area director for Australia, said.

“We look forward to the role Paul and Melissa will play in taking the Arcadis’ integrated offering to market.”

Luke Drummond has started a new position as head of alliances at KPMG Australia and KPMG Asia Pacific, after three years in Singapore leading strategic alliances across Asia Pacific. He will be taking over from Renee DeLaine who has moved to a role at Dell Technologies as senior director of A/NZ global alliances.

At KPMG New Zealand, Nav Chandra Deo has started as director, after a decade in its Auckland office in consulting.

Carter Williamson Architects has made a bunch of internal promotions to its leadership team. They join the existing senior leadership team of Shaun Carter (principal), Julia English (project director) and Christina Banks (office manager). The studio has also hired Samantha Kirby from Eeles Trelease Architects.

Julie Niass and Nuala Collins have both been made senior associates, Thu Zaw and Elke Jacobson are now associates and Ben Peake, who has been at CW since 2013, has been made design director. 

“I’ve always had the view that architecture is not created by one person, but by many great minds,” Carter said. “These promotions are a recognition of the great work of our people.”

Some awards and opportunities: 

Entries for the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2022 close soon – on Sunday 1 May at 5pm AEDT – so get in fast if you would like to be considered! Last year’s winner was The Nature Conservancy Australia for its project: Bringing Back Victoria’s Lost Oyster Reefs. Community leader winners will have a pathway to the national Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria awards program, and all winners will be eligible for the National Banksia Foundation Awards

And speaking of awards, the World Sustainability Awards 2022 also closes shortly – get your entry in before 22 April for a chance to gain recognition on a global platform. The awards ceremony will be held in October in Germany. 

Another award closing on 22 April is Climate Launchpad Australia – a global cleantech pitchfest that provides successful applicants with full training to develop their ideas into scalable, investable business models. 

Applications for the 2021 COVID Land Tax Relief close on 30 April, so if you’re an eligible commercial owner-occupier, now’s the time to apply. 

Jobs on offer

Professional services consultancy firm Beca is looking for someone to fill the shoes of Kate Meyer, business sustainability director. The high-level role will operate out of Auckland, NZ. 

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is advertising a number of roles including Green Star certified assessor (a remote role offered on a yearly consultancy basis) and sustainability administrator (full-time in Sydney). GBCA has been awarded certification as a “Great Place to Work”.  If you’re looking for a career that gives you an opportunity to transform the built environment to one that’s healthy, livable, productive, resilient and sustainable – this might just do it.

The 100 per cent Aboriginal owned and managed consultancy firm Muru Consulting is looking for an environmental policy officer with specific experience in environmental or conservation policy development and implementation. The office is in Canberra but the role is remote. 

Bluefin Resources is looking for a manager in ESG and sustainability risk with the option to either work remotely, or in a hybrid role in its Sydney office. 

CSIRO is seeking a motivated and driven Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander senior projects officer to support the delivery of CSIRO’s Reconciliation Action Plan. The full-time role is a specified contractual period of two years at a negotiable location with flexible working arrangements available. The role is an equal opportunity affirmative measure only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian citizenship.

In Perth, Cundall is searching for an environmental, social and governance (ESG) consultant to work with teams and projects across Asia Pacific.

Good luck!

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