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Sustainability stalwart Tony Arnel steps down from NDY, Knight Frank appoints Andrea Roberts as national head of leasing and ClarkeHopkinsClarke bolsters its team.

Tony Arnel is stepping down from his role as global director of sustainability at Norman Disney & Young after driving the engineering firm’s sustainability strategy for eight years. Arnel was Victoria’s building commissioner for 12 years, leading national regulatory reform for energy-efficient buildings. He was also chair of the Green Building Council of Australia and the World Green Building Council. In 2014 he was presented with the WorldGBC’s prestigious Chairman’s Award for championing sustainability in the built environment. Arnel will continue to contribute to the industry in his professorial role with Deakin University, as president of the Energy Efficiency Council and as non-executive director of Forest and Wood Products Australia.

Knight Frank has boosted its national leadership team, appointing Andrea Roberts as national head of leasing. Roberts, also a partner at Knight Frank, was previously head of investment management for office at AMP Capital. She’s also held roles with The GPT Group and Colonial First State Global Asset Management.

WSP has appointed Rebecca Davis as director of the newly formed advisory, environment and digital business group. The combined group brings together more than 600 people from WSP’s existing environment, advisory and digital teams along with Elton Consulting, which WSP acquired in November. Davis’ most recent role was running the largest business unit of data analytics company Quantium. Prior to this, she held senior positions with Qantas, Bain, Cap Gemini and Ernst & Young.

Architecture firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke has made three new appointments. Aram Lello, formerly of dhk Architects in Johannesburg, has moved to Australia to take up the new role of senior architect and studio leader in Sydney, where he also assists mixed use partner Jordan Curran with strategic management. Tina Huynh returns to ClarkeHopkinsClarke, after several years at Hayball, as a senior architect in education. And Kyal Erdman is a designer of multi-award-winning commercial, civic and tertiary environments who recently joined ClarkeHopkinsClarke’s interiors team from Hassell.

Professor Kate Auty is the new chair of the Victorian Environment Protection Authority, replacing Cheryl Batagol who had held the position since 2009. Auty was commissioner for sustainability and environment in both Victoria and the ACT. Auty will oversee the EPA during a period of major reform.

Michael Nolan has joined Aurecon to lead climate risk and resilience. Based in Melbourne, Nolan spent 11 years with AECOM and the last four as director of the UN's Global Compact Cities Programme. Aurecon is also saying farewell to Peter Turner, who moves on from the firm after 21 years. Turner has joined LCI Consultants as building services engineering principal in Sydney. Turner’s most recent role with Aurecon was client director for property in Australia and New Zealand.

Real estate sales and marketing company Oliver Hume has appointed Julian Coppini as chief executive officer of its project marketing division. Coppini is currently the division’s chief operating officer and first joined Oliver Hume as chief financial officer in 2015. Coppini will be responsible for a team of more than 100 employees managing a portfolio of projects valued at more than $5 billion. Coppini has previously worked as CFO for Grocon.

CBRE Group has promoted Tim Dismond to the newly created role of chief diversity officer. Dismond will join CBRE’s executive committee and report to Bob Sulentic, the company’s president and CEO. Dismond is currently a division president in the company’s Global Workplace Solutions Enterprise business and oversees more than 5,000 professionals. Sulentic has said the appointment will “add energy, focus and sharp thinking to our diversity and inclusion efforts”.