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Carl Schibrowski steps into Louise Mason’s shoes as NSW president of the Property Council, while Consolidated Properties adds three industry heavyweights to its frontline and Wood & Grieve Engineers joins Stantec.

The NSW division of the Property Council has a new president. Carl Schibrowski, head of development for Brookfield Properties, takes over from Stockland’s Louise Mason, who steps down after three years in the top job. Investa’s fund manager Kim Gregory and Madison Marcus chairman John Elvy are the new vice presidents. Schibrowski, who has held senior roles at Charter Hall, Macquarie and Lendlease, is the immediate past vice president of the NSW division and a current member of the National Cities Roundtable.

The Property Council’s long-serving president in South Australia, Steve Maras, has been re-elected by his peers. Maras, managing director and CEO of the Maras Group, will provide strong leadership with vice-presidents Adrian Esplin, general manager of Sarah Constructions, and Nick Emmett, managing director of Emmett.

Chelsey Blount Clinton Amble (standing) Rob Clifton

Consolidated Properties Group has added three industry heavyweights to its frontline. Rob Clifton – who has 20 years of experience, including senior positions with Stockland and QIC – has been appointed national manager for retail leasing and will sharpen occupancy and drive future expansion. Project director Clinton Amble, formerly of Lendlease and Mirvac, will take charge of the developer’s residential work book, which includes the $850 million Yeerongpilly Green urban village and the $600 million Cornerstone Living project in Coopers Plains. New marketing chief Chelsey Blount, who will run the company’s communications strategy, was most recently in roles with Ray White and SSKB. The new recruits have been appointed as Consolidated Properties Group begins its 40th year in business, with a $2.1 billion portfolio boasting more than 200 residential, retail and commercial projects. (Chelsey Blount, Clinton Amble and Rob Clifton pictured above).

Wood & Grieve Engineers has completed due diligence and confirmed it joined global consulting firm Stantec on 1 March. The process will be a “gradual one” with WGE retaining its name throughout the transition. WGE’s managing director José Granado will continue to steer the ship in Australia. Stantec is a multi-disciplinary, publicly-traded company, led by president and CEO Gord Johnston, with 22,000-plus employees working in more than 400 locations across six continents.

Cushman & Wakefield has acquired of one of South Australia’s largest trade services businesses, Smith Brothers Group. The 200-strong team, servicing a national portfolio of 6,000 customers, will join Cushman & Wakefield’s Australian occupier services platform. Chris Smith, Smith Brothers founder, will lead Cushman & Wakefield’s trade services business in Australia and New Zealand.

Carmel Hourigan has been appointed deputy chancellor of Western Sydney University. Hourigan, AMP Capital’s global head of real estate, sits on the board of the Property Council and serves as a special advisor to the Property Male Champions of Change. Hourigan is university board member and alumna. Hourigan is joined by Christopher Brown AM, who has been appointed pro chancellor. Brown has previously led the Tourism and Transport Forum and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

Brisbane-based development advisory specialists DMA Partners has welcomed a new associate director, Matthew Cummins. An experienced property specialist, Cummins has managed the Royal Bank of Scotland’s $200 million inner city accommodation strategy at 280 Bishopsgate and Premier Place in London. He was also involved in the initial development phase of the 32,000m2 Santos Place project at 32 Turbot Street in Brisbane. DMA Partners says Cummins appointment follows high demand for development services, due to the increasing level of complexity in mixed-use projects.

Savills Australia is expanding its service offering with the appointment of 12 industrial specialist including directors Michael Wall, Nick Crothers, Brad Esler, Scott Nienhuis, Jeremy Cooper and Edward Washer (pictured at top) who move across from JLL. The news follows Savills’ announcement of a strategic alliance with Queensland-based proptech start-up company, SA1 Property, late last year, in a move to command greater market share of the industrial and occupier services sectors.

Suzanne Little has joined Perth-based waste, recycling and resource efficiency firm Encycle Consulting. As principal for resource recovery, Little will expand Encycle’s specialised waste management consultancy into the eastern states. An environmental scientist, Little was previously the environment manager of AGL, Vodafone Australia and SAI Global. During construction of Sydney’s Olympic venues she led implementation of sustainable development at 20 sites.

Andrew Oxley has been appointed managing director of engineering consulting services firm Umow Lai. Oxley has been with the business for 13 years, most recently as a director. Company founder Dominic Lai takes on the executive chairman role after 27 years as managing director.

Peter Steele is moving to global energy-tech company Greensync after co-founding boutique sustainability consultancy HIP V. HYPE with Liam Wallis in 2015. Steele has previously worked at AECOM, Moreland Energy Foundation and Maribyrnong City Council. HIP V. HYPE, which creates sustainable and socially responsible solutions in cities, has also appointed Gavin Ashley as better cities lead and green building engineer Steve Moller.