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Mirvac chief Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz is the new chair of the Green Building Council of Australia, David Chandler OAM is the new NSW building commissioner and Esther Bailey is NABERS’ new head of market development.

Mirvac chief Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz has been appointed chair of the Green Building Council of Australia, taking the reins from Frasers Property Australia’s CEO Rod Fehring who steps down after two years in the role. Lloyd-Hurwitz has led Mirvac since 2012, and recently completed her two-year term as national president of the Property Council.

David Chandler OAM has been appointed NSW building commissioner as the Berejiklian Government overhauls building laws. Chandler, who has four decades under his belt in the construction industry, will be responsible for investigating misconduct within the building industry, overseeing disciplinary action, managing licensing and auditing, and driving legislative reforms. An adjunct professor at Western Sydney University, Chandler is also the industry engagement lead for the university’s Centre for Smart Modern Construction.

070819 - People on the Move - Esther BaileyAfter eight years as sustainability engagement manager at the City of Sydney, Esther Bailey is joining NABERS as head of market development. Bailey, who drove market transformation through the Better Building Partnership and the national CitySwitch Green Office program, is now tasked with doubling the number of NABERS ratings while accelerating the uptake of energy, water and waste efficient buildings.

Hayball, one of Australia’s largest design practices, has made a series of promotions with the addition of six senior associates and seven associates. Hayball’s new senior associates are: Erin Collins, Yuyuen Leow, Yip Kok Peng, Alex Ray, Liza Ringdahl and Heidi Sinclair. Associates are: Andrew Fong, Lynette Julian, Natalia Krysiak, Jade Lew, Jeremy Marsden, Oliver Monk and Jolyon Sykes.

Two of the industry’s leading sustainability specialists, Bruce Precious and Paul Wall, have joined the advisory board of data and analytics company, Envizi. Precious headed up The GPT Group's sustainability and property services for a decade until last March, while Wall led sustainability and energy for Dexus for nine years. Wall is also the CEO of the Australian Passive House Association.

Sarah Gamtcheff has been promoted to projects development manager for Asia Pacific at acoustic 070819 - People on the Move - Sarah Gamtcheffsolutions company Acoufelt. Gamtcheff is an interior designer with experience in the UK and Australia. She spent nearly five years as director of design firm Studio Tonic, and another five heading business development for architectural hardware specialist Häfele. Gamtcheff joined Acoufelt in early 2019 as projects development manager in South Australia, and this new promotion expands her remit to major projects Australia-wide.

Knight Frank has expanded its private office to Australia in response to a growing demand from high-net-worth individuals. The private office, based in Sydney, is led by joint national partners Sarah Harding and Kymbal Dunne, and will advise and transact for high-net-worth clients, family offices and their advisers. Knight Frank expects the number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals in Australia to increase by 20 per cent over the next five years.

Savills Australia welcomes David Howson as state director to lead the Queensland office leasing division. Howson was most recently national head of office leasing at Knight Frank and has previously been named ‘Agent of the Year’ by Dexus. He will be based in Sydney before relocating to Brisbane in early 2020.

After nearly four years as a senior manager with EY, Karen Billington is moving to AECOM, where she will direct the ACT office. A well-known sustainability specialist, Billington spent nearly a decade with Northrop Consulting Engineers, including two years as operations manager in the ACT.

Sven Ollmann is architecture firm Warren and Mahoney’s new principal in its Sydney studio. Ollmann was the director of Martin & Ollmann for eight years, with a career that spans Europe and Australasia, and work in sectors from commercial offices to infrastructure.

Mick Savage is retiring after 15 years as manager for roads and transport at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia.