Lisa McCutchion

Stockland managing director Mark Steinert is calling it quits and retiring after heading up the company for more than seven years.

Steinert’s long career in property includes a stint as president of the Property Council of Australia and senior roles at UBS, including as global head product development.

Under Steinert’s leadership, the company built up its residential business, reshaped and expanded its workplace and logistics portfolio, and significantly repositioned its town centre business.

Steinert has agreed to a “flexible period of transition” to allow for a “smooth handover” through the COVID- 19 recovery period.

Ending an even longer gig last month was Lisa McCutchion, who left Frasers Property Australia after a massive 13 years, most recently as general manager, innovation, communication and sustainability. The move is understood to be part of a retrenchment program, which has been an outstanding leader in sustainability.

Industry sources say there will be no let-up in the commitment to sustainability from the company and the move was part of logical job shedding in an industry that is being pummelled by the coronavirus.

It’s likely Paolo Bevilacqua, who has been heading up the Real Utilities business as general manager, will return to his former leadership role in sustainability.

It’s understood that the well regarded McCutchion helped plan her transition out of the company and was happy to look forward to a long-deferred “three or four month” sabbatical before deciding on her next move.

Her background included a communications and journalism degree, a graduate degree in commerce and work at development companies Waltcorp and Australand, and a marketing role with Seymour Strategies.

The Fifth Estate suspects that despite the dark clouds building on the industry’s horizon that she’ll be fending off offers to cut short her break.

More cuts? That would be a mistake

Last week we noted some people expect sustainability jobs will be singled out for cuts because they will be seen as non-essential. However, in recent conversations with industry leaders, it’s clear that the skills and remit of this crowd are precisely those that differentiate the wheat from the chaff in the built environment, in an investment world that will be more hungry than ever for quality.

Kathy Jones has been well known as an influential figure in the world of development and stakeholder engagement. In recent weeks she’s completed her agreed remaining time with the company she founded, Kathy Jones and Associates, after a buyout by ERM.

Jones founded KJA in November 2000 after working in the construction and infrastructure sector, both private and public, for seven years. Before it was bought by ERM in late 2018, KJA had 70 employees in offices in both Sydney and Melbourne.

KJA’s specialties, particularly for major infrastructure and urban regeneration projects, were seen as important for the global company’s plans to keep growing its presence in Australia and the pacific region. It’s understood she will be exploring new opportunities.

The Green Building Council of Australia is waving goodbye to Jonathan Cartledge, its head of public affairs & membership. He’s taken a role as director of policy and research at Infrastructure Australia as director of policy and research.

After almost four years, Cartledge leaves a significant legacy at the GBCA, including his work with partners to lead public debate, seeking out new partnerships and amplifying the success of its members.

It’s the second time GBCA talent has made the jump to Infrastructure Australia, with the former chief executive officer Romilly Madew joining the independent statutory body last year.

Infrastructure Australia advises to all levels of government and industry on the infrastructure Australia needs.

Michael Nolan has joined Aurecon as climate risk and resilience lead, based in Melbourne. He’s had over 25 years’ experience in managing environmental sustainability and climate change outcomes for cities, government and business.

After over 21 years at Aurecon, Peter Turner has joined LCI Consultants as a consultant. Turner joins the building services engineering as principal to be based in the Sydney office.

Turner held a number of roles at Aurecon, including his most recent as client director, property Australia and New Zealand.

The engineer has worked on projects in the UK, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Our pick of the jobs

WWF is looking for a land restoration project manager for the Northern Rivers region, to be based out of the Sydney or Brisbane office. The full time, fixed term contract will include managing large-scale ecological restoration of forests and woodlands on cleared, degraded and burnt landscapes in the Northern Rivers region.

The Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC), a not for profit collaboration of Australian and New Zealand investors focusing on the impact that climate change has on the financial value of investments, is looking for a manager of finance and governance.

The Northern Territory Farmers Association (NT Farmers), the peak body for all plant-based industries in the Northern Territory, is looking for a water use efficiency, sustainability and productivity development officer to work on a project for a period of three years. The project will involve developing and implementing programs to monitor and benchmark efficient crop water use for optimum productivity.

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