Gray Puksand national managing partner Stephen Turner
Gray Puksand national managing partner Stephen Turner

JOBS NEWS: John Dawson has been appointed to the newly created role of general manager of NSW operations at Frasers Property Australia based in Sydney, effective immediately. Mr Dawson will provide leadership and operational management to Frasers Property’s development directors in NSW as well as the development management teams responsible for delivering the company’s projects in the state. 

Mr Dawson has been with the company for almost five years, with two years as development director. He has been involved in several high profile projects including the $2.1 billion Midtown MacPark project, and the $3 billion Central Place Sydney development, a joint venture with Dexus. He previously worked for Savills as an associate director, where he was involved in the delivery of Discovery Point and Centrale. 

The new role was created to improve the capacity of the company’s NSW teams, general manager of NSW development Cameron Jackson said, commenting that Mr Dawson was chosen for the role due to his “broad skill set, extensive experience and deep understanding of all aspects of the development process and the property lifecycle”.

Victoria Hart has started a new position as manager of sustainability and climate at Moreland City Council in the inner north of Melbourne, where she has served for three years in the area of sustainability. She previously worked at the Moreland Energy Foundation and the City of Melbourne

MRA Consulting Group has hired Maša Vahldieck as circular economy lead and Catherine Smith as consultant in the circular economy team in Sydney. Ms Vahldieck is moving from the NSW Environment Protection Authority, and is currently working on a Canadian project exploring regenerative kelp and bi-valve co-cultivation as a local sustainable food source, while monitoring changes in biodiversity, acidification levels and carbon sequestration. Ms Smith is transitioning from 20 years as a graphic designer to focus on waste reduction and sustainability. 

Managing director of MRA Mike Ritchie commented that it was “excellent” timing. “The coming years will be crucial for the sector, with changes to waste policy, from landfill and export bans to a stronger focus on climate change policy and the wide implementation of FOGO. Maša and Catherine will be on the forefront for MRA to provide the industry with advice on the management of Australia’s transition to a Circular Economy”.

Stephen Turner has stepped into the role of national managing partner at Gray Puksand based in Melbourne, having served the design firm since 1996. Turner has worked on a range of projects including Greater Shepparton Secondary College. Amanda Fyfe has been made lead partner in the firm’s Canberra studio, while Heidi Smith steps into the lead partner role in Melbourne. 

Founding partner Robert Puksand will move away from his role as national managing partner to work on strategic projects and the establishment of new sectors and will continue on as chair of the board.

Natasha Lauricella has been named new commercial business manager at the firm, moving over from head of finance at Quest Apartment Hotels. She will drive development of commercial, education, workspace, and health projects, worth in excess of $750 million nationally. The firms’ new CSR plan looks to ensure balanced gender representation across all levels with a plan for fifty percent gender parity by 2030. 

Emma Thomas is the new group environmental sustainability manager at Stockland and will be based in Sydney. She was previously at APA Group as manager of sustainability governance, after over six years at Lendlease

Also in the supermarket space, Elliott Rusanow has been announced chief executive officer for Scentre Group Limited, a shopping centre company operating under the Westfield brand in Australia and New Zealand, while Andrew Clarke has been announced chief financial officer, to replace Rusanow. Rusanow first joined the Westfield group in 1999 after moving from investment banking. Clarke has been with the Westfield group for more than 16 years, and is currently in the role of director of finance and capital markets.

Carole O’Neil has been named Cundall’s new managing partner based in the UK. She joined the business in 2008 as human resources director and in that time the team has grown from 450 to 1000 people. She has been a member of the board for over a decade.

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