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  • December 20, 2023
  • by Property Australia

Real estate investor and fund manager Cromwell Property Group has promoted Fund Manager and Executive Team member Michelle Dance to the role of Chief Financial Officer from Monday 1 January 2024.

Ms Dance’s previous roles have included Treasurer for AMP Capital Investor’s Listed Property division, Group Executive, Corporate Finance and Strategy at Investa Property Group, Head of Capital at Leighton Properties and Executive Director of Institutional Real Estate for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Prior to joining Cromwell as Fund Manager for Cromwell’s Australian office portfolio in March 2022, Ms Dance was Fund Manager for the Dexus Office Partnership, a A$5.3 billion joint venture between Dexus and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.

Gross Waddell ICR announced the appointment of Mark Coster as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to this he was the Managing Director from Jamala Property, which he joined after more than 21 years at CBRE where he was most recently Senior Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets – Pacific.

AJC Architects announced the appointment of Kelly Green and John Gunnell as Studio Directors.

Ms Green, who joined AJC as a Studio Lead in 2022, brings over 20 years of experience from the UK and Australia.

Mr Gunnell has led and delivered award-winning projects include Milson Island Indoor Stadium, Abbotsleigh Multipurpose Hall and Sports Field and the John Phillips Library and Kingswood Campus in Western Sydney.

Opteon, a property valuation and advisory firm across leading Australia, New Zealand and the US, announced the appointment of Sam Lipshut as the new Head of Department – Middle Markets & Portfolio, within its Specialised Real Estate division.

He spent the last 13 years at Charter Keck Cramer, where he served as Director and headed the Office Valuations Practice Group, specialising in valuations of suburban office buildings and city fringe commercial development sites, and establishing strong relationships with major banking institutions and private clients.

CBRE has appointed Stephen Thomas to head its market-leading Commercial Valuation & Advisory Services business in Australia.

Mr Thomas brings over 26 years’ experience to the role, most recently as CBRE’s National Director of Institutional Valuations.

In tandem, Kyle Richardson has been appointed to a new senior role as National Director – Government & Specialisations to drive strategic opportunities in new market sectors while Jane Devereux will take on a on a newly created position as National Director, Commercial Metro, Valuation & Advisory Services.

Jason Staines has joined UnitingCare Queensland’s Property Investment team in the new role of Manager Property Investment, where his focus is to drive value from the organisation’s large and diverse property portfolio.

He moves to UnitingCare from his role as a director with Knight Frank Australia.

The Australian Government has announced the membership of the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council.

Susan LloydHurwitz will be Chair of the statutory Council. She will be joined on the Council by Dr Marcus Spiller as Deputy Chair.

 They will be joined by Council members:

  • Michael Lennon, current Chair of Regional Housing and Planning at the University of South Australia
  • Gail McGowan PSM, current Chancellor of Murdoch University and Director of Foundation Housing WA
  • Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ, a housing economist and incoming 2024 Vice-Chair and member of the Steering Committee for the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research
  • Carolyn Viney, CEO Super Housing Partnerships which focuses on build-to-rent housing with a mix of affordable, social housing, market rate and specialist disability accommodation
  • Helen Waters Silvia, CEO of the Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre, a specialist homelessness service for women and families in crisis including escaping domestic violence
  • Neil Willmett, CEO Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Queensland.

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