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Karen Jamal Karen Jamal March 9, 2021

Kim Gregory is the Property Council’s new chair in New South Wales, Matt Long takes the reins for RLB in Queensland, Arup has new co-chairs for Australasia and Mainbrace appoints John Brunette.

Kim GregoryKim Gregory steps into the chair’s role for the Property Council in New South Wales. The new state president is fund manager for mandates with Investa Property Group. Gregory has been with Investa for more than a decade, and has served on Property Council committees since 2013. She was vice president of the Property Council in New South Wales from 2017 onwards. Fabrizio Perilli, CEO of TOGA Building & Construction, was elected senior vice president and Matthew Faddy, head of office and logistics at The GPT Group as vice president. Gregory takes up the role from outgoing president, Carl Schibrowski, who will continue to serve as immediate past president.

Matt Long takes the reins for Rider Levett Bucknall in Queensland. Long is just the fourth person to step into the role of managing director in Queensland, succeeding David Stewart, who has held the position since 2014. Long has spent the majority of his 20-year career with RLB in Queensland, with the last eight years as director. Long has worked on some of Queensland’s most iconic projects such as Queens Wharf, Treasury Casino, Howard Smith Wharf, and Q1.

Arup has appointed Kerryn Coker and Kate West as new co-chairs on its Australasia board. The pair succeed Peter Chamley who is retiring after a distinguished career in global senior management. Murray Kretschmer also takes on the role of chief operating officer from Bruce Tanner who will move to a new executive role after seven years as COO. Coker was most recently leader of Arup’s NSW Buildings Group. West has led Arup’s consulting group in Western Australia for four years. Kretschmer is the Australasia infrastructure leader. As members of Arup’s Australasia region board, they will lead more than 2,500 people across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Retail specialist Mainbrace Constructions has appointed John Brunette as its early contractor involvement manager. The new role reflects Mainbrace’s focus on ECI as a key service offering with considerable growth potential. Previously of Cerno Group and Lendlease, Brunette joins Mainbrace with an extensive track record in construction and national rollout projects.

The Property Council’s deputy executive director Matthew Kandelaars is moving to the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Victorian division. Kandelaars replaces Danni Hunter, who left UDIA’s Victorian branch to lead the Property Council’s Victorian division. Kandelaars held several key advisory roles in the South Australian and Victorian governments before joining the Property Council in 2018.

Cushman & Wakefield has made five new appointments in Victoria. Kosta Filinis (director), Gareth Jackson (director) and Alex Andrews (manager) join Andrew O’Connell’s industrial sales and leasing team, following six-plus years with Savills. Alex Moffatt (director) also joins with extensive real estate experience gained from CBRE, Development Victoria and KPMG. Following a stint at Colliers International, Chris Meehan joins the office leasing team as an associate director. This follows seven new hires in Cushman & Wakefield’s national valuations and advisory team, all based in Victoria. Josh Phegan, Niall Ashley, Lily Lachal and Peter Bath joined the agency as institutional valuers, while Linda Sharkey, Hugh Davies and Patrick Mulcahy were appointed as the self-storage valuation & advisory team.

Knight Frank strengthens its Victorian capital markets team in anticipation of an increase in activity over 2021. Paul Kempton, who joined Knight Frank in early 2020, has been promoted to head of capital markets for Victoria, while Trent Preece has come on board to fill Kempton’s former role as the state’s head of institutional sales. The follow the appointment of four new operators last month: Langton McHarg, Stephen Kelly, James Thorpe and Myles Neville. Preece has moved to Knight Frank from Colliers International, where he was director of capital markets.

Warren and Mahoney’s Melbourne studio has a new principal, Simon Topliss. An industry expert in tertiary education, Topliss joins Warren and Mahoney after 10 years at Jackson Clements Burrows where he was an associate director. Topliss has significant experience in mass timber technology and Passive House buildings. He joins existing studio principal Daryl Maguire and principal Nick Deans.

APP, an integrated infrastructure and property consultancy with 10 offices around Australia, has been sold to private equity fund Five V Capital. APP’s teams are working on $24 billion of capital value across more than 800 projects, including WestConnex, Parramatta Light Rail and Sydney Metro in NSW, Cross River Rail in Brisbane and Chadstone Shopping Centre in Victoria. The transaction includes APP’s commercial real estate subsidiary CI Australia. APP’s CEO Adam Castro says the sale “enables APP to remain truly independent, whilst leveraging the benefits of reinvigorated ownership”.

Real Capital Analytics has hired Benjamin Martin-Henry as a senior analyst in Sydney. Prior to this new role, Martin-Henry was at CBRE where he was responsible for managing the capital markets research and the Australian platform.