Property Australia

People on the Move

PROPERTY AUSTRALIA December 17, 2019

151 Property expands its team with Jillian Khoo and Sharon Woodley, Ben Parkinson takes the reins at JLL in South Australia, and CI Australia promotes Anthony Merrett and Todd Jackson as directors.

Jillian Khoo has been appointed chief operating officer at 151 Property. Khoo has two decades of industry experience, most more recently as COO at UrbanGrowth NSW and previously in senior roles at Frasers Property Australia and its predecessor Australand. Sharon Woodley joins 151 Property in a newly-created position as head of talent. For the last five years, Woodley has been group director of people and culture for Knight Frank. In this new role, Woodley will develop and implement the real estate management firm’s people, talent and development agenda.

After 10 years leading JLL in South Australia, managing director Jamie Guerra will step down from the role to move his focus back to industrial and office capital markets. Ben Parkinson, formerly of Savills, will replace him as managing director for JLL in South Australia. Parkinson moves to to his home city of Adelaide from Melbourne, where he has held the roles of director capital transactions for Savills in Victoria and national head of retail sales.

Commercial real estate agency CI Australia has promoted two directors: Anthony Merrett and Todd Jackson. Merrett, director of commercial leasing in the firm’s North Sydney office, joined CI in 2006. Jackson, director of engineering and operations, joined in 2011. Prior to this he held roles at Dexus, Five D and UGL.

Clayton Utz has appointed new partners in its real estate and construction business. Alison Close is responsible for major projects and construction in Melbourne, and Eva Oraham for real estate in Sydney.

Lim Swe Guan has retired from his role as non-executive director of The GPT Group. Lim has held the role since 2015. Mark Menhinnitt was appointed to the board in October and will stand for election in May 2020. Menhinnitt was with Lendlease for nearly 18 years, including two as managing director for property, urban regeneration and infrastructure development.

Dexus has appointed independent non-executive director Patrick Allaway to the board of Dexus Funds Management Limited. Allaway held executive roles with Citibank and Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS). He currently holds non-executive directorships with Nine Entertainment Co, Domain Limited and Bank of Queensland.

Kirsty Kelly has been appointed inaugural CEO of the AITPM, Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management. The former long-time CEO of the Planning Institute of Australia, Kelly also leads IESANZ – The Lighting Society one day a week.

Kaitlyn Davidson is Built's new national strategy manager for clients and new business. Davidson has spent the last three years managing client relationships with Rider Levett Bucknall. Prior to this, she was national awards manager with the Property Council.

Nicholas Wolff has been appointed program director for Transport for NSW’s Central Renewal Project, as the NSW ups the ante on major projects. Woolf was chief operating officer of Frasers Property Australia for six years, and then COO of Landcorp in Western Australia for three. He was also the project director for the $350m Sydney Modern Project at the Art Gallery of NSW, and was engaged by Infrastructure NSW to help deliver the $200m Walsh Bay arts precinct.

Global infrastructure, environmental and social development firm Cardno has appointed David Demillo as ESD team leader. Demillo has previously led sustainability initiatives at ADP Consulting and Wood and Grieve Engineers.

Danielle Wood has been appointed the new chief executive officer of public policy think tank, the Grattan Institute. Wood assumes the reins from Professor John Daley after he retires in July 2020, and currently oversees budget policy and institutional reform program.

Andrew Allsop, formerly director of architecture at GHDWoodhead, joins Gray Puksand’s Brisbane studio as a partner, following recent education and retirement living project wins. Allsop has held roles with Woods Bagot, HBO+EMTB and led his own practice, Allsop Architects for several years.

Jennifer Cunich has been appointed a part-time independent director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute for the next four years. Cunich was CEO of the Australian Institute of Architects for two years, until August 2018, and was with the Property Council for 20 years, including 14 as executive director in Victoria. She is currently chairperson of WoodSolutions’ mid-rise construction management committee.

And finally, in sad news, former City of Perth commissioner Eric Lumsden has passed away. Lumsden, who stepped down from his role in August, made an enormous contribution to Western Australia’s property industry. Lumsden’s 45-year career included five years as chairman of the WA Planning Commission, six years as director-general of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, and time as chief executive of the cities of Melville and Swan. “Eric was a courageous, outspoken advocate for Perth and its economic development,” says Property Council WA president Scott Nugent. “He was integral to many of the improvements to WA’s planning system, including development assessment panels, establishing the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and, more recently, in backing a co-ordinated approach to developing long-term solutions to homelessness and anti-social behaviour in Perth’s CBD. We are thankful for the extraordinary contribution Eric made to our state over so many years.”