Chris McCormack, Kane Murray and Lily Pepper have joined the JDA Co. team. Image: Alex Chomicz

JOBS NEWS: JDA Co. grows team to meet demand for climate adaptive design

Brisbane architecture firm JDA Co. is expanding its studio with the appointment of three new team members to meet demand for climate adaptive design services and consultancy. 

Kane Murray has joined as a technical detailer, bringing more than 25 years’ drafting experience in North Queensland and remote island locations, the UK, and projects linked to the 2012 Olympic Games. Lily Pepper and Chris McCormack have been appointed architectural graduate and architectural student, respectively. 

Director James Davidson said the firm is experiencing rapid growth due to its expertise in disaster resilience, with clients including governments, councils and private enterprises looking to adapt urban environments to withstand floods, cyclones, bushfires, storm surges and extreme heat. Following the floods and bushfire events in recent years, demand has increased three-fold. The firm has been appointed the main advisors to the Queensland government’s Resilient Homes Program, and earlier this month informed the QLD government’s recently announced flood resilient design guidelines alongside QLD Government Architect Leah Lang.

“We are committed to informing the developments of systems to help deal with the legacy issues of building in floodplains,” he said. “There are more than 150 built examples that went through the recent floods and they’ve all been extremely successful, with most homeowners back in their homes [within] a few days.”

Growth in demand for ESG sees Alpha Consult appoint first managing director 

Sydney-based agency Alpha Consult has promoted senior account director Sari-Elle Kraemer to the newly created role of managing director. Senior account executive Andrew Stewart has also been promoted – to account manager. Since its launch five years ago, the company has seen a growth in demand for ESG (environmental, social, governance) as well as the change in federal government since which the company says has resulted in an increase in requests for support. 

Founder and chief executive offer Liza-Jayne Loch said: “I’m very pleased to be promoting Sari-Elle to the role of Managing Director. Sari-Elle has been instrumental in Alpha’s ongoing success and brings to life the Alpha commitment to being the difference for those we choose to work with. We are proud of our commitment to embedding ourselves in our clients’ teams and going above and beyond to drive home the Alpha advantage each and every time.”

Alpha Consult’s Sari-Elle Kraemer has been promoted to the newly created role of managing director

LAWD’s new chief executive Enda Foley

National real estate and advisory firm LAWD has appointed Enda Foley as its new chief executive officer, replacing interim chief executive Paul Quinlan as the company continues to expand.

The company’s senior director Tim McKinnon said Mr Foley will start in mid-August, moving over from 14 years at the commercial real estate service, where he most recently held the role of global chief financial officer in the company’s Global Workplace Solutions business segment. 

“Enda has an exceptional background in the real estate industry and will bring key expertise and experience to support LAWD as it takes its next step as a best-in-class professional property firm for our clients and our team,” Mr McKinnon said.

“He also has a demonstrated ability to successfully develop and grow newly formed service lines within a wider organisation which, as we seek to expand the LAWD offering, will be instrumental to our growth and the spectrum of services we deliver.”

New CEO for Nightingale Housing as it moves beyond Melbourne

Dan McKenna is taking over the role of chief executive officer for the Melbourne-based not-for-profit Nightingale Housing. Head of operations at the sustainable affordable housing provider since 2017, McKenna is taking over the top spot from longstanding managing director and co-founder Jeremy McLeod, and will serve alongside partner Tamara Veltre

The non-profit recently announced its expansion into Sydney with a partnership with Fresh Hope Communities to deliver a one-off development designed for renters in Marrickville.

Ethinvest invests in Blair Palese as director of philanthropy

Blair Palese has been appointed to the new role of director of philanthropy at ethical investment company Ethinvest, to maximise environmental and social impact in the company’s philanthropic funds. 

And more… 

Brenton Reynolds recently joined consulting firm Buro Happold in Melbourne as a sustainability and energy advisor, after living in Germany for the past 12 years. The firm recently expanded its global reach into the Asia Pacific with the opening of its Melbourne office last year.

Bree Trevena has been appointed senior manager of urban development at the Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation, overseeing and coordinating the delivery of 18,000 square metres of new public space between the Arts Centre Melbourne, NGV international and the new NGV Contemporary.

Michelle Tabet, founder of agency Left Bank Co., has been appointed to the City of Sydney’s Culture and Creative Sector Advisory Panel to provide strategic advice on creative culture and employment in Sydney.

Henrik Jensen is taking a sabbatical and stepping down from his role as area managing director of Oceania at A.P. Moller – Maersk after six years at the leading shipping company. He is relieved by Kylie Fraser, who has a life-long career in freight and logistics, and 20 years experience in key management roles including as president of consumer and healthcare at Linfox, and as chief executive officer at BevChain. Mr Jensen said of Frasers appointment, “I wish you all the best – keep driving Maersk to greater heights”.

Director at Greenaway Architects, Jefa Greenaway has started an additional position as board member at the Australian Tapestry Workshop – a South Melbourne open studio, gallery and contemporary tapestry workshop featuring artist collaboration, and one of a few workshops that practice hand-weaving.

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