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Karen Jamal Karen Jamal February 9, 2021

Stephen Mee is RLB’s next managing director in NSW and we say a sad farewell to Jane Montgomery-Hribar AO long-serving executive director of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council, who passed away on the weekend.

Property industry veteran Stephen Mee is Rider Levett Bucknall’s next managing director in New South Wales, just the sixth in RLB’s 67-year history in the state. Mee takes the reins from Matthew Harris, who has held the top job for six years. During his 37-year career with RLB, Mee has made large contributions to landmark developments including Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney, the Greenland Centre, Sydney’s highest residential tower, and the Sydney Fish Markets. Mee will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of RLB in NSW, while Harris will remain RLB’s director and representative with Property Champions of Change.

Jane Montgomery-Hribar AO, executive director of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council for 17 years, passed away on the weekend. Montgomery-Hribar was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2018 for her “distinguished service to the building and construction sector, particularly in the areas of project procurement and industry standards, through executive roles, and as a mentor of women”. Montgomery-Hribar helped to establish the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry which remains the gold standard today. She also helped to set up and then champion the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. She was also a founding member of NAWIC, the National Association of Women in Construction. Montgomery-Hribar was a great friend to the Property Council and its members and will be missed.

CapitaLand’s wholly owned lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited, has appointed David Mansfield as managing director for Australia. Mansfield joined Quest Apartment Hotels as chief operations officer in July 2019, following Ascott’s 80 per cent stake in business in July 2017. Mansfield will be responsible for overseeing Ascott’s managed operations throughout Australia, in addition to ongoing global operations for Quest, which has 170-plus hotels around the world.

Supply chain specialist TM Insight has made two major appointments to its rapidly growing property division. Matthew Frazer-Ryan and Danny Green, both former national directors with Colliers, join TM Insight as director and senior consultant, respectively. Frazer-Ryan and Green will work alongside executive director of property, Justin Fried.

Independent valuer and advisor m3property has secured the services of former CBRE commercial property valuer, Iain Henshaw, to head up its Adelaide office. Henshaw takes the managing director reins from industry veteran Kym Dreyer.

Real estate investor Cromwell has promoted Chris Hansen to head of development, overseeing initiatives in Australia and Europe. Hansen joined Cromwell as a project manager in 2013 and became head of development for Australia in 2019. Among his projects with Cromwell are the $131 million refurbishment of the Qantas Global HQ and the redevelopment of Northpoint Tower in Sydney.

Tanya Trevisan, the Property Council’s immediate past president in WA, has commenced a new role as development director at Frasers Property Australia. Trevisan brings 30 years of national and international property experience to the role.

Karen Wright has been promoted to regional director at Urbis, taking over from Ray Haeren. Wright will lead the Urbis team in WA while also rejoining the Property Council’s Industrial Lands and Infrastructure Committee. Haeren will continue at Urbis in his role as national group director for planning.

NS Group has appointed Anna Broughton as a director. She was previously the WA and Northern Territory state manager for NS Group.

Amber Crosthwaite has been promoted to partner in seniors living, aged care and disability law at WA law firm Lavan. Crosthwaite sits on the Property Council’s Retirement Living Committee having joined Lavan from Thomson Geer. Rebekah O’Brien is now special counsel in Lavan’s property and leasing team, Jennifer Keane special counsel in the construction and infrastructure team, while Jesse Way returns to Lavan as senior associate in the construction and infrastructure team.

Global property services and tenant advisory provider Franklin Shanks has promoted directors Scott Berriman and Kyle Hutchin. Berriman specialises in CBD office markets, while Hutchin works with a growing base of fast-growing startups and scaleups. Meanwhile Badier Kubis has been appointed managing director of the firm’s project management arm. Ross Chaplin is the new associate director for the not-for-profit sector and Jaymie Rowland, as associate director, heads up retail solutions.

Century 21 Australasia has a new CEO: James Bell, the former head of services. Bell has 23 years of industry experience including a stint operating his own business, Brad Bell Real Estate. He takes the reins from Warren McCarthy, who spent 18 months in the role.

Cushman & Wakefield has strengthened its national valuations and advisory team with four new hires in Victoria. State director Josh Phegan joins the agency after six years with m3property, while colleague Niall Ashleigh was previously an associate director. Lily Lachal joins Cushman & Wakefield as a senior valuer and Peter Bath as an assistant valuer. The appointments follow three hires in the self-storage practice, Linda Sharkey, Hugh Davies and Patrick Mulcahy, who move from Urbis.

Raine & Horne has expanded its network management team. Travis Wentriro will be managing an extensive portfolio of Raine & Horne’s offices in Sydney, regional NSW, and the ACT and identifying and recruiting new offices to the network. Wentriro joins the agency from Laing+Simmons.