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Karen Jamal Karen Jamal May 18, 2021

Long-serving executive director of ASBEC, Suzanne Toumbourou, will lead the Australian Council of Recycling, Greg Lapham joins Savills Investment Management, CI Australia appoints James Michail and Plenary Group bolsters its team.

The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council is on the hunt for a new executive director, following Suzanne Toumbourou’s appointment as chief executive officer of the Australian Council of Recycling. Toumbourou, who joined ASBEC in 2012, will conclude her tenure at the end of June. ASBEC president Professor Ken Maher AO says Toumbourou has guided numerous projects of “impact and influence” including the delivery of the Built to perform report. This had informed the COAG Energy Council’s ‘Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings’, “paving a cross-jurisdictional pathway for net zero buildings in Australia,” Maher says. Alison Scotland, former senior stakeholder engagement manager at Standards Australia, will step into Toumbourou’s shoes as interim executive director until a permanent appointment is announced later in the year.

International real estate investment manager Savills Investment Management has launched a pan-Asian income and growth fund. Alongside the fund’s launch, several senior appointments have been made in the Sydney office. Greg Lapham has been appointed as head of investment for Australia and will manage the Asia-Pacific Income and Growth Fund and lead the four-strong investment team. Lapham joins Savills IM from BlackRock, where he was a managing director and chief investment officer of the Asia Pacific real estate business. He will be supported by investment director Guy Sainsbury, who has held general manager roles with Lendlease for the last five years. Anthony Lupis, investment manager, and Jacob van Egmond, investment analyst, also join the team. The fund has already completed several acquisitions, including the $144 million purchase of Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre in Toowoomba and $150 million for 241 O’Riordan Street in the Sydney suburb of Mascot.

Real estate advisory firm CI Australia has appointed James Michail as a director of commercial leasing in its Sydney CBD office. Michail joins CI with Australia-wide office leasing expertise, having held roles at Savills, Dexus, Knight Frank and FKP Property Group. He has spent the last five years as a director at OMNI Property Services, specialising in leasing transaction management and property development in all asset classes. Michail joins Ben Kardachi, fellow director of commercial leasing.

Plenary Group has bolstered its integrated property capabilities with a new four-person team – executive directors George Rolfe and Tom Roche, director Jon Kavali and senior origination manager Zac Freeburn – to focus on infrastructure-related property opportunities. They join Plenary with more than 80 years of combined experience across integrated property origination and delivery, most recently leading John Holland Group’s property team. The team has particularly strong experience in transport-related developments, including the Waterloo Metro Quarter project, an integrated station development that is part of the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project. Plenary’s business in Asia Pacific has grown to more than 140 across offices in Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Edwina Maloney is moving from AMP Capital to AMP Australia to take on a new role as director of wrap and SMSF platforms. Moloney has been AMP Capital's global head of product for the past six years, managing products across Australia, China, Korea, Japan, and Europe. She leads a team of more than 30.

190521 - Property People - ServicesFM board

Dr Mal Hemmerling and Jennifer Ma have joined the board of ServiceFM, a new business established after the merger of Academy Services, eSafe and UniversalFM. The facility services company’s board will be led by former Adelaide Grand Prix, Bob Jane Corp and Sydney Olympics chief Hemmerling. Other board members will include Ma, managing director of Chapman Capital Partners, ServiceFM owner Glen Browne and revenue director Mauro Viola.

Nuveen Real Estate, one of the largest real estate investment managers in the world, has appointed Ben Taylor as director of Asia Pacific housing to build on its existing housing strategy in Australia and explore new opportunities in the region. Taylor has spent the last five years with AXA Investment Managers and was previously a fund analyst with Charter Hall.