Julian Frecklington

UrbanGrowth NSW has made three recruits to newly created senior roles. The most senior is Julian Frecklington, appointed as the chief operating officer.

UrbanGrowth NSW chief executive David Pitchford said the new role was created because the organisation’s portfolio had grown under the state government and demanded a new governance structure.

Mr Frecklington joined UrbanGrowth NSW in January 2013 and has more than 15 years experience in the real estate sector and a diverse background in strategy, property and law.

He has worked for leading property groups such as Stockland and Brookfield Multiplex, where he held senior positions in funds management, business development and acquisitions. He has also worked as a lawyer at Clayton Utz and as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company.

Mr Frecklington has a double degree in law and civil engineering from the University of NSW where he graduated with first class honours. He recently completed his MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management with the Vice Chancellor’s Award and Dean’s Merit List.

Two other newly created executive positions at UrbanGrowth NSW include a General Counsel and General Manager, Commercial Management Office, which have gone too Jillian Khoo and John Richmond.

The Commercial Management Office will lead and coordinate financial modelling, provide financial oversight for feasibility and forecasting, and ensure efficiency and standardisation of agreed commercial process and practices.

Jillian Khoo has a strong background in project-specific financing, development and joint ventures in the property and development industry across a variety of real estate sectors. Most recently she was national head of legal services for the residential division at Australand. Ms Khoo previously worked at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King and Wood Mallesons), where she specialised in structured property finance, capital partnerships and development.

John Richmond has 15 years’ experience in the property industry spanning architecture, property development and investment banking. Prior to joining UrbanGrowth NSW, John spent nine years as a lead real estate equities analyst at Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch and also previously worked at Stockland as a development manager.

UrbanGrowth NSW describes itself as the NSW Government’s “city transformation arm” charged with driving urban renewal, housing, jobs growth and improving cities’ liveability.