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Curtin University has appointed Professor Josh Byrne as its first dean of sustainable futures in the faculty of humanities. The environmental scientist, researcher and author has been responsible for running nation-wide research projects with Curtin University and the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, and is a presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program. He is also director of Josh Byrne and Associates

Property fund manager ISPT has announced Chris Chapple as the next chief executive officer to replace existing chief executive Daryl Browning. Mr Chapple is currently chief executive officer of 151 Property Group, which manages Blackstone real estate investments across Australia and New Zealand. 

Luiz Amaral has become the first chief executive of corporate climate change standards setter the Science Based Targets initiative, amid criticisms of the accuracy of its ratings and governance. He has worked in environmental issues for more than a decade in the corporate and non-profit sectors, most recently at the World Resources Institute research group.

Peter Langfelder has been appointed acting chief executive of Australian home building company Metricon, following the passing of company co-founder and chief executive officer Mario Biasin.

Olivia Lynch has been appointed chief executive officer of Keep Victoria Beautiful. She is making the move from Auckland Council’s customer and community partnership team. 

Industrial and logistics property group ESR Australia has appointed corporate sustainability strategist Simon Carter as head of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) in Sydney. Mr Carter is also the founding chair of the Sustainable Digitisation Project and managing director of independent sustainability strategy consultancy Morphosis

Kirsti Simpson has started at global workplace interiors team Woods Bagot as the executive studio chair in its Brisbane office. Ms Simpson previously worked at design practice Hassell for an impressive run of 26 years. She will work closely with associate principal David Lee ahead of the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games. 

Amanda Fyfe has been appointed to partner at architectural practice Gray Puksand‘s Canberra studio. She previously worked at Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn for eight years and has 25 years of experience in projects including for Services Australia and the Department of Home Affairs

Kit Boochangkool has joined architectural practice dwp (Design Worldwide Partnership) as worldwide group sustainability leader. Mr Boochangkool has a background in law and immigration in Thailand, and studied a Master of Science in global energy and climate policy in London before making a career change to work at KPMG Thailand in climate change and sustainability services. 

Melbourne-based architecture and design studio Carr has promoted Sam Stefanou to associate after six years at the practice. 

Bharat Ravuru has been appointed group sustainability advisor at LOGOS Group. He previously served KPMG Australia in sustainability and has experience in built environment ratings tools and certifications. 

CBP Contractors has hired a new Victorian and Tasmanian manager of sustainability in Priya Pathmanathan. She previously worked at Public Transport Victoria and the Victorian Department of Health over the past four years. 

Ben Ziser has joined BWD Strategic as head of strategy for the B corp certified sustainable business advisory firm. He previously worked at Allianz Australia as senior manager of consumer strategy.

Legal expert Nadia Campbell has been appointed to the Accounting for Nature board. Ms Campbell is director of Goondicum Pastoral Co and has experience in entrepreneurship, conservation within farming and knowledge in nature accounting. 

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  1. I’m curious about your choice of lead pix for this item. One hetro-normative conversation just right of centre, and an east Asian woman talking with a pregnant south Asian or middle eastern woman to their right, and the rest of the subjects are looking past the people they’re grouped with. It’s so contrived and selectively focussed on superficial inclusivity.