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Elizabeth Mildwater will lead the Greater Sydney Commission, former Cbus Super CEO David Atkin moves to AMP Capital, TSA Management joins forces with ProManage and Assemble Communities makes key appointments.

The Greater Sydney Commission has a new chief executive: Elizabeth Mildwater, who joins the Commission in January after four years at Transport for NSW as deputy secretary for Greater Sydney. She was formerly director of Australian programs for Save the Children Australia, and held senior roles with Transurban Group.

Carmel Hourigan, Charter Hall’s new office chief executive, has been appointed as executive director for Charter Hale WALE Limited. Hourigan is currently a director of the Property Council of Australia and was formerly global head of real estate for AMP Capital. She was also the managing director for investment management at Lendlease and was the head of core and open funds at Colonial First State.

Former Cbus Super CEO David Atkin will join AMP Capital as deputy chief executive officer. Atkin will assume operational leadership of the organisation while they continue their search following Boe Pahari’s departure earlier this year. Meanwhile, AMP Capital’s Asia Pacific managing director, Craig Keary, has departed and will not be replaced. Keary had been with AMP Capital for nearly nine years.

TSA Management has joined forces South Australian project management consultancy ProManage. The announcement follows a recent successful joint bid by TSA and ProManage to oversee the redevelopment of defence facilities in the state. ProManage’s three director Scott Schiphorst, Josh Smith and Gary Neave will remain with the business. TSA has doubled its staff to 400 over the last two years and now has nine offices, including four in New Zealand.

Build-to-rent developer, Assemble Communities, has made several key appointments in response to rapid growth. Assemble’s $3 billion privately-funded mixed-income rental housing portfolio is the largest portfolio of its kind in Australia. Key new hires include director or relationships and marketing, Rebecca Shackleton, who joins Assemble with over 15 years of experience in sales and marketing with leading developers including Satterley and Stockland. Andy Fergus is head of urban design, after advising the business on a range of projects including the East Village site in East Bentleigh. Ingrid Langtry has been appointed in the newly created role of place, retail and experience manager, while Maggie McKeand joins as community engagement and partnerships manager. Senior development manager Simon Denny is also on board with 17 years’ experience in residential, retail, education and commercial development. The business has also launched a dedicated partnerships division, overseen by partnerships director, Tom Billings, who has held roles with Plenary, Goldman Sachs, and RBS/ABN AMRO. Billings is supported by associate director, Cameron Quinn, and associate, Matt Roper.

Knight Frank has made two key appointments to its team in Western Australia as optimism returns to the Perth market. Jeremy Robotham, currently Knight Frank partner for asset management services in New South Wales, has relocated as partner for office leasing. David Ivey has been appointed as partner for valuation and advisory in Perth. Ivey was formerly head of valuations and advisory for JLL in Perth, and has spent the past two years working with Vicinity Shopping Centres as leasing executive. He will be responsible for building the retail valuations business nationally for Knight Frank Australia.

The Property Council has appointed Danni Hunter, currently CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria), as its new Victorian executive director. Hunter has represented the urban development industry for the past six years, has previously worked with the Property Council and held senior positions in the Victorian Government and the private sector. Hunter steps into the shoes of Cressida Wall, who was appointed CEO of Office of Projects Victoria last month. Deputy executive director Matthew Kandelaars who will continue to lead the Victorian division in an interim capacity until the new year.

Lauren Conceicao has joined the Property Council as NSW deputy executive director. Conceicao has a strong policy, advocacy and communications background, having held senior roles with membership organisations in Australia, including as CEO of the National Apprentice Employment Network. Conceicao has spent the last two years in the UK where she had roles with the Greater London Authority and the Association of Colleges.

Trinity and Tanya McNamara have launched Raine & Horne Adelaide City, which will specialise in sales and property management services. The husband and wife team have transitioned their real estate independent Choice Your Property Partners to the national real estate group. 

The Future Fund has appointed Canadian real estate specialist Doug Cain has head of unlisted property. Cain was most recently a senior director with PSP Investments, based in Montreal.