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Karen Jamal Karen Jamal September 21, 2021

Former Mirvac CEO Nicholas Collishaw joins Lendlease’s board, while Mirvac nabs Stockland’s head of stakeholder relations Amy Menere and Michael Ross returns to Napier & Blakeley.

Former Mirvac CEO Nicholas Collishaw has been appointed to Lendlease’s board as an independent non-executive director. Sydney-based Collishaw will take up the post in December. Collishaw is currently the joint chief executive officer of Lincoln Place Pty Ltd, a boutique funds management entity focused on affordable retirement accommodation. He is also chairman of ASX-listed hospitality group, Redcape Hotel Group, and was until recently a non-executive director of ASX-listed investment management firm, Centuria Capital. Collishaw was also chief executive officer of Centuria and held senior leadership positions at Greg Paramor’s stable of companies James Fielding Group, Deutsche Industrial Trust and Paladin Commercial Trust.

After more than 17 years at Stockland, Amy Menere is moving to Mirvac as head of stakeholder relations. Menere was most recently Stockland's general manager of stakeholder relations, and has held several senior positions with the diversified property company in stakeholder engagement.

Michael Ross has returned to Napier & Blakeley as its national head of tax. Ross was with the independent property, development and sustainability consultant in the early 2000s and has since developed his career providing depreciation and asset based services. The firm’ managing director Rob Howells says the appointment “enables clients to assess and manage the cost, risk and returns from their property investment decisions through improved efficiencies, integration of services and technology based solutions”.

In a speedy elevation, Kivanch Mehmet has been promoted to head of institutional capital at Qualitas. Mehmet joined the real estate financier in May as co-head of institutional capital. He will work closely with global head of capital, Tim Johansen, to build relationships with institutional clients.

Dr Dominique Hes is the City of Melbourne’s new zero carbon buildings lead, taking the baton from Sarah Reid, who moved on to the Suburban Rail Loop Authority and a role as senior sustainability development and delivery advisor. Hes, who spent 14 years investigating city-shaping with the University of Melbourne, is the chair of Greenfleet and an adjunct fellow at Griffith University's Cities Research Unit. She was also a founding director of the Living Future Institute Australia. Hes will implement the council’s decarbonisation plans for buildings.

Paul Brock has been appointed managing director of Ganbara Facility Service. Brock, who has been a director of Ganbara since its inception in 2017, will strengthen relationships with clients and employment providers, and grow the Indigenous headcount within Ganbara and its capacity partner ServiceFM. Brock was most recently employed as chief executive officer of 100% Aboriginal-owned registered training organisation Carey Training. Ganbara, currently has 13 per cent Indigenous employment within its ranks and Brock has set his sights on a target of more than 20 per cent “in the near future”.

Dr Kate Nguyen has joined Cladding Safety Victoria, or CSV, as its chief engineer. CSV has cladding removal and replacement projects complete or underway on 200 residential apartment buildings in Victoria with another 53 to commence over coming months. Nguyen’s appointment follows CSV’s work with the CSIRO to develop a new risk assessment approach to combustible cladding. Nguyen is a senior lecturer at RMIT with a specializing in advanced construction materials. She will work closely with CSV’s CEO Dan O’Brien.

Arcadis has a new technical director and national discipline lead for sustainability, Ken Lunty, who joins the engineering firm after eight years with Edge Environment. Lunty’s experience lies with climate change adaptation and mitigation, risk assessment, data analysis, environmental reporting and sustainability strategy.

Another sustainability movement is Simon Dormer, who is now Northrop’s life cycle design leader with responsibility for leading the internal climate action work and supporting a variety of sustainability projects. After a decade in architectural firms and more than five years with Hobsons Bay City Council, Dormer was most recently outside the industry with Bupa.