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Lucy Turnbull AO steps down as chief commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission and will be replaced by Geoff Roberts AM. MRS Property expands in Victoria and Allan Jack+Cottier announces two new owners.

Lucy Turnbull AO has stepped down as chief commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission and will be replaced by Geoff Roberts AM. Turnbull championed the Commission’s plan to divide Sydney into three 30-minute cities. Former lord mayor of the City of Sydney, Turnbull was appointed the first chair of the NSW government's advisory body in 2015. Roberts has been central to the development of the Greater Sydney Commission’s as economic commissioner and deputy chief commissioner.

Independent advisory, management and investments company MRS Property has expanded its operation into Melbourne. The new Victorian venture, based in Collins Street, will be led by director Lloyd Ioannou.

Allan Jack+Cottier architects has announced two new owners, Brian Mariotti and John Whittingham, who join Michael Heenan as principals and custodians of the business. Mariotti led the AJ+C team on the transformational Darling Square 1 and 2 projects for Urbanest in the Sydney CBD, and is currently leading a major project in Redfern combining two 18-storey student living towers with a laneway and public art space connecting to Redfern-Waterloo art trail. Whittingham is using sport as an agent of social change, focused on a statewide reduction in youth depression, incarceration and suicide, by revolutionising sport, education and community facilities. He is currently working alongside the Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) to radically reconceptualise their facilities state-wide. Mark Louw has joined the three owners on executive leadership team, which is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the practice. Peter Ireland remains with AJ+C, continuing to contribute to design and talent development, and he has now passed on the baton of ownership to the next generation.

JLL has appointed Charlie Betts as an associate office leasing in Melbourne. Betts makes the move after nearly four years at Savills and brings six-plus years’ experience in CBD middle markets.