Property Australia

People on the Move


The Green Building Council of Australia has a new CEO, Stockland’s Davina Rooney. Meanwhile Paul Martin passes the baton to Mark Ross at Kador Group and Diona Rae moves on from The GPT Group.

200319 - People on the Move - Davina RooneySustainability leader Davina Rooney (pictured left) takes on the top job at the Green Building Council of Australia following the departure of Romilly Madew AO to Infrastructure Australia. Rooney joins the GBCA from Stockland, where she has driven the sustainability agenda for more than a decade, most recently as general manager of sustainability and corporate procurement. and has driven sustainability at one of Australia’s largest diversified property groups, Stockland. Rooney started her career as a site engineer with Lendlease and has also held various roles with Arup. She served as chair of the Property Council's National Sustainability Roundtable from the last two years, and has taken home a raft of awards, including the Future Leader Award at the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards in 2014.

Paul Martin has announced his retirement as managing director of Kador Group after seven years in the role and 21 years with the company. Mark Ross will take over from Martin in August. Ross has been with Kador for 13 years, joining the board last year. Richard Poore will join the company as manager of development and projects, commencing in April. Poore has held previous roles with Cedarwoods, Lendlease and GHD, and was most recently development manager at Stockland. Kador's portfolio currently consists eight properties with 150,000 sqm of office, industrial and retail space in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.

After seven years with The GPT Group, chief risk officer Diona Rae is leaving to join the Commonwealth Bank. Rae takes on the role of chief controls officer for CBA’s enterprise services. The hunt for a new chief risk officer at GPT is underway.

Arcadis has appointed Trudy-Ann King as its new business leader for buildings design. The former director of market engagement for AECOM in Australian and New Zealand, King spent eight years at the Green Building Council of Australia, driving market engagement and development.

CBRE has appointed Zoe Ferrari (pictured right) as managing director of its Canberra business. Ferrari200319 - People on the Move - Zoe Ferrari commenced her property career in CBRE’s Sydney office in 2005, before relocating to Canberra to work in the agency market and deliver major fitout projects. She re-joined CBRE in late 2016 to lead the Territory’s office leasing division. Ferrari replaces Michael Heather, who is now JLL’s head of sales and investments in the ACT.

CBRE has also appointed a new head of Pacific global workplace solutions, Emma Forster Mitrovski, who was most recently head of corporate real estate for Broadspectrum. Forster Mitrovksi will lead the corporate outsourcing business segment, which serves corporate occupiers across Australia and New Zealand. In 2015, Forster Mitrovski played a key role in JLL’s acquisition of the Five D business, which then created the largest corporate real estate services provider in Australia.

Meanwhile, CBRE has also expanded its specialist retirement and healthcare valuation team in Victoria with the appointment of Mars Njoo. Joining CBRE from Cushman & Wakefield, Njoo will be responsible for developing new business relationships and the valuation of retirement, health and childcare assets within Victoria. 

Property group Optimus Developments has a new chief executive officer. Alex Windsor brings 15-plus years of industry experience to the role and previously worked as Optimus’ development director on the EQ Tower, a 65-level residential project in Melbourne’s CBD. Most recently, Windsor helped the company make its début into the Queensland property market with the $65 million 31 Broadbeach development.