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Karen Jamal Karen Jamal September 28, 2021

Stephen Bisseker joins Altus Group as Brisbane director, Christina Malcolm will head up AMP Capital’s office and logistics leasing, Leah Lang is Queensland’s new government architect and Knight Frank makes key hires.

Stephen Bisseker has joined Altus Group, taking up the role of director of the Brisbane office. Bisseker has 20-plus years of experience as a quantity surveyor in the UK, Middle East and Australia, and has worked most recently with Lendlease in Brisbane and Canberra. Bisseker has worked on several iconic projects throughout his career, including Abu Dhabi’s Zayed National Museum, designed by Foster+Partners. He also provided quantity surveying services for the Australian Federal Police’s state-of-the-art forensic facility designed by Hassell in Brisbane. Altus Group, with more than 2,600 employees around the world, provides software, data solutions and independent advisory services to the global commercial real estate industry.

AMP Capital has appointed Christina Malcolm as leasing director across its office and logistics real estate team. Malcolm has more than 25-years’ experience in the property sector and was most recently director of office leasing at Savills. Prior to that she held senior roles at CBRE and JLL. Malcolm will lead the team responsible for several key assets including Quay Quarter Tower, 33 Alfred Street and Collins Place. She joins the team in November.

After a decade in the role of Queensland government architect, Malcolm Middleton is handing the baton to Leah Lang. The first woman to hold the position, Lang was formerly the Gold Coast City architect and helped guide the development of infrastructure for the 2018 Queensland Commonwealth Games. Lang ran her own eponymous Gold Coast-based architecture practice for nearly a decade and is a member of Infrastructure NSW's design review panel. Middleton, a former president of the Property Council in Queensland, has returned to private practice to provide design review, master-planning, strategic urban design and architectural advice to private and public sector clients.

With more than $8 billion in assets, ESR Australia was on the hunt for a sustainability specialist – and has found that in Simon Carter. As acting head of ESG, Carter’s initial focus will be on setting standards for new developments, improving ESR’s environmental performance across its enlarged portfolio and advancing its solar strategy. Carter has provided strategic guidance to inform ESR's overarching ESG program since 2019. He started his career as an architect with a passion for green buildings leading into the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Senior sustainability roles followed, including regional head of sustainability with Colliers and national sustainable design manager at BVN, before setting up his own sustainability strategy consultancy. He is also the founding chair of the Sustainable Digitalisation Project, a collaboration between industry, academia and government to ensure digitalisation in the built environment is responsible, ethical and sustainable. ESR Group manages US$36.3bn in assets under management across 22.6 sqm of real estate globally.

Knight Frank has a couple of key people movements this week. Paul Roberts is its new leader in New South Wales. Roberts will also continue to lead the agency’s national capital markets business, with a new title of partner. His former role as national head of agency will no longer exist, with all national service line leaders reporting directly to Knight Frank’s CEO James Patterson. Roberts joined Knight Frank in 2017 as joint had of institutional sales. He was promoted to lead the capital markets team in February 2020 and again to national head of agency in March 2021 while also being appointed to the board. Roberts was previously a fund manager at Dexus, and has also held roles with Lendlease and Stockland. Meanwhile, Knight Frank also a new head of asset management services in New South Wales: Jeremy Prestoe. After nearly five years with JLL, the last two-and-a-half as head of retail, Prestoe will take over from Mel Morizzi, who takes up the role of partner and head of asset management services in Parramatta. Prestoe was previously managing director at Just Projects Group and a centre manager for Lendlease.

Janet Martin will be joining CBRE next month as its Pacific regional director of workplace strategy and change management. Martin began her career in placemaking before moving into the workplace strategy realm 15 years ago, providing executive leadership, strategic workplace direction, change and stakeholder management for the likes of Orica Mining Services, Boral Concrete, Resmed, several water authorities, the ABC, Victoria Police, UNSW and RMIT. In her new role, Martin will be one of eight country leaders within CBRE’s Asia Pacific workplace strategy business, which comprises 160 workplace and change management professionals across the region.

Architectus has announced two new senior leadership appointments. Mary Papaioannou joins its Melbourne Studio as a senior associate to lead strategic urban design projects, and Mark Bredmeyer joins its Perth Studio as a senior associate working across transport and infrastructure projects in Western Australia. Papaioannou joins Architectus following a successful 18-month collaboration with the studio on Melbourne’s city-shaping Suburban Rail Loop project. She has more than 25 years’ experience in urban design and landscape architecture and was previously a principal at Hassell’s Melbourne studio. Bredmeyer has designed and delivered new transport stations and infrastructure over the past eight years with GHD Woodhead. His project experience includes Airport Central Station for the Forrestfield-Airport Link project, and underground Perth Busport.

Leah McConville joins CBRE’s advisory and transaction services office leasing team next month, bringing 15 years of commercial property experience with her. After commencing her career with Fitzroys in 2003 and managing a portfolio of 300 strip retail sites, McConville worked with United Group Services, Colliers International, Ossa Services and Cushman and Wakefield in strategic client facing roles. She also spent four years with market research agency THINK Global Research.