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Karen Jamal Karen Jamal March 23, 2021

Allan Mason joins the City of Perth as general manager for infrastructure and operations, GHD appoints a global inclusion and diversity leader and Savills bolsters its national hotels offering.

City of Perth has made several major hires. Allan Mason will join the city as general manager of infrastructure and operations replacing Chris Kopec who moved on to Fortescue Metals Group. Mason was with Arup for nearly three decades, and also spent two years as chief projects officer with the Perth Airport. Michelle Antonio takes on the role of general counsel after three years as general manager of legal and risk with project service provider AusGroup.

Professional services company GHD has appointed Sadaf Parvaiz to the newly-created role of inclusion and diversity leader. Parvaiz was previously director for diversity, inclusion and belonging with EY for the Americas. She will be based in Toronto and will work to advance inclusion across the company’s global operations, spanning 10,000 people in over 200 offices.

Savills Australia has bolstered its national hotels offering with the internal appointments of Nick Lower as state director for hotels and Selin Ince as senior executive of hotels, both in NSW and Victoria. Savills says these strategic appointments come as Australia’s hotels and pubs sector is being watched by the entire world, as restrictions ease and investors shift their focus back to the hospitality industry. The appointments follow the internal promotions of Tony Bargwanna and Leon Alaban to national directors of the hotels division in August.

CBRE has recruited Paul Kernan to a newly-created role leading specialised property management for industrial and logistics in Victoria. Kernan joins CBRE after seven years at Colliers International, where he was associate director with responsibility for a mixed office, retail and industrial portfolio in Melbourne’s south east city fringe. CBRE has also hired capital markets broker Tom Ryan, who was recently a director in Knight Frank’s capital markets team. As director for Melbourne middle markets, Ryan will work alongside senior director Scott Orchard in the $10 million to $100 million metropolitan office investment sector.

Gary Weiss is the new chair of Cromwell, succeeding Jane Tongs, who has retired from the board. Tongs, who sat on Cromwell's board since 2014, had been chair since a board spill in late 2020.

Built to expand its sustainability team with two internal hires: Haneen Jaber and Pippa Harrison. The pair joined the team of six led by national sustainability manager Joe Karten. Jaber joined Built as a graduate project coordinator and is now a sustainability project engineer. Harrison takes on a new role as program manager for social impact.