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Karen Jamal Karen Jamal April 27, 2021

Jane Fitzgerald is the Property Council’s new chief operating officer, Gallagher Jeffs welcomes Jonathan Downs to the team and Savills appoints two industrial “gurus”. 

Jane Fitzgerald has been appointed chief operating officer of the Property Council, following Kathy Mac Dermott’s recent resignation. Fitzgerald has spent five years as the Property Council’s NSW executive director and brings considerable senior experience in diverse roles. These include CEO of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, assistant secretary in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, deputy director general of the NSW Ministry for Police and chief of staff to several NSW ministers. Fitzgerald will remain in her NSW role for two months to ensure a smooth handover. Recruitment for a new NSW executive director is now underway. 

Jonathan Downs joins property advisory and project management practice Gallagher Jeffs as project director. Downs has held senior leadership positions with real estate consultancy and advisory firms, most recently as a regional director with Cushman & Wakefield. A trained engineer, Downs also worked with Jacobs, Sinclair Knight Merz and KPMG. Downs will work alongside NSW manager, Mark Georgiadis. 

Savills has appointed two “industrial gurus” as Melbourne demand heats up. Colin Tarlamis has been appointed director and will focus on the south east Melbourne market. Daniel De Sanctis has been appointed manager and will work on the northern industrial precinct. Tarlamis has more than 15 years’ experience within the Australian property market, most recently with Industrial Commercial Partners. De Sanctis has 13 years’ experience in Melbourne’s northern industrial market under his belt, the last two years with CBRE. 

Ehssan Veiszadeh has taken up a role with independent urban policy think tank Committee for Sydney, led by Gabriel Metcalf. Veiszadeh, who was most recently a senior strategist for the NSW Premier, starts as deputy chief executive officer and director of strategy at the end of May. Veiszadeh replaces Eamon Waterford, who is now chief advisor for Investment NSW. 

BlackRock has announced two co-heads for sustainable investing in the Asia Pacific: Emily Woodland and Geir Espeskog. Woodland was most recently head of sustainable investment for AMP Capital. She previously held various senior positions at UBS and was an impact investment advisor at ADM Capital. Espeskog is an internal appointment and has been with the fund manager for more than a decade. 

Lucent’s development manager Sophie Whittakers is moving to Austin Maynard Architects, after seven years delivering apartment projects in Melbourne. Austin Maynard Architects designs residential, retail and commercial buildings, and Whittakers takes on the role of general manager. 

Cromwell Property Group has hired Bonnie Rose as a sustainability officer. She joins the Brisbane based sustainability team. David Deller has been promoted to sustainability manager for property services.  

Samantha Meyer has joined Edge Environment as a senior consultant in its sustainability delivery team. She previously been a sustainability advisor with Downer in New Zealand and Auckland Transport. 

William Goldsworthy has taken a role with Colliers International’s retail leasing team in Brisbane. He was most recently operations manager at Rydges Hotels & Resorts. 

Mirvac has a new acquisitions manager in Queensland. Andrew Bradford previously acquisitions manager with Frasers Property Australia in Queensland and served a stint as general manager of Creation Homes.  

William Harburg has joined financier and investment manager Alceon as an associate in Queensland. He was most recently with Stamford Capital in an associate role and was also a negotiator with CBRE in its advisory and transactions office division.