The Property Council is committed to building a diverse and inclusive industry having formed the Women in Property and Diversity Committees across Australia, with their work encompassing conducting female mentoring programs, research initiatives, new event formats and professional development initiatives.
The Property Council's 100 Women in Property is a program running concurrently around Australia providing participants with sponsorship by an experienced colleague.
Participants gain valuable insights into the role of a committee member through attendance at a committee meeting of their preference during the year. Sponsors assist the participant in growing their industry networks, gaining visibility in their organisation, role model and advocate together with key influencers with a view to enhancing the participant’s future opportunities and career growth.
The Property Council has set itself a target of female committee representation across the Property Council of 40 per cent by 2017.
Below is a small selection of some of the 100 Women In Property participants.
Grace started at AECOM as a graduate in 2012, in the building services team. She has worked on new and refurbishment projects for clients in the education, health and commercial sectors. These projects have ranged from entirely new buildings right down to specialist office fit outs in existing towers. Grace has completed her first design work for the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre which is now near completion. Recently her focus has turned to hospital services design and logistic assessment for both private and public clients.
Lauren joined the Global Real Estate team at QIC as an Investment Analyst working directly with the Investment General Manager and Investment Manager on a retail asset located in NSW. In connection with the Investment and Centre Management teams, growing the underlying value and performance of the retail asset is a core objective of her role. Prior to her current role, Lauren spent seven years as an accountant working in various roles, including most recently as a finance manager supporting the Global Real Estate team. Lauren graduated with distinction from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business majoring in accountancy and advertising. In addition Lauren is a qualified CPA.
Anna is an Associate Director at Urbis. She is an Urban Planner and has been in the property industry for ten years working in local government prior to joining Urbis in 2012. She joined Urbis as a Senior Consultant and was promoted to Associate Director in 2014. Anna works with a range of clients in the property industry to obtain development approvals. She has experience in a variety of development areas in inner and central Melbourne. Anna specialises in residential and mixed use developments in particular medium and high density apartment developments, mixed use precincts and aged care. She is interested in the current trends in apartment amenity, design and housing affordability.
As Director at Deloitte Real Estate, Simone operates across the all aspects relating to capital and real estate transactions primarily in New South Wales. With 18 years in the property industry, Simone’s experience is across a range of areas with focus on real estate and capital transactions, advisory, finance and development. Simone has been travelling extensively throughout Asia using the Global Deloitte network connecting clients and opportunities in the Australian real estate market.
Lauren joined Arup in 2013 as a Building Physics Engineer, having graduated with a double degree in Aerospace Engineering and Arts (German major) from Monash University. Lauren’s background in fluid dynamics, combined with her passion for the built environment, has made her a valued member of the Arup team. Since joining Arup, Lauren has developed her understanding of daylighting, indoor environment quality, thermal performance and comfort, microclimates, environmental wind and building energy. This collective set of skills enables Lauren to help clients achieve more comfortable environments and holistically designed buildings.
Sarsha Durham is a Development Manager at Mirvac in the Residential Division and joined the business in 2013. Sarsha has 10 years’ experience in property development ranging from complex planning through to delivery of a range of residential outcomes. Following her Bachelor Degree in Property at RMIT, Sarsha started her career as a cadet at Wilbow Corporation. She then progressed to Development Manager at FKP being responsible for the Aerial Development at Camberwell Junction. Through her role at Mirvac Sarsha had been responsible for the development and delivery of the Enclave Project in Ascot Vale, a joint venture with Gresham Investment House valued at $155 million.
Nellie first joined Grocon as an undergraduate in 2001 whilst completing her first year in a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Construction Management at Deakin University. For Nellie, this period clarified the benefits of a double degree and highlighted the importance of the emerging role of Design Management. In particular, she appreciated the value of good design while understanding and balancing the commercial realities of projects. During her time at Grocon Nellie has had the opportunity to work on some of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings including the QV Development, the MCG Northern Stand Redevelopment, AAMI Park and the Swanston Square Apartments.
Julieane Bull is a Senior Associate in Environment & Planning at Allens. Julieane advises clients in the retail, residential, industrial, education and transport sectors about their planning approvals. Experience includes due diligence for student accommodation and infrastructure projects; advising government on a highway upgrade; representation in the Planning and Environment Court for a shopping centre, specialist psychiatric facility and a residential tower and train station upgrade. Julieane has a Master of Laws from the Australian National University.
Rebecca is a project architect at Sunland Group. With over 10 years of experience in the property industry, she specialises in residential design and development. Since joining Sunland Group, Rebecca has contributed at all levels in the design and delivery of a range of multi-residential projects. Her involvement has included design and project management, feasibility and procurement through to construction. Rebecca’s current role is in Research and Development where her skills at strategic planning are utilised to develop the future direction in residential design for the Sunland Group.
Erin has spent 3 years working in the Retail Services team at ISPT supporting the General Manager, Retail Portfolio Manager and the wider Retail Services and IRAPT teams. In 2015 she participated in the Future of Everything company initiative to expose ISPT to the possible future disruptors facing the property industry. Facilitated by an internationally recognised Futurist, teams were challenged to predict and prepare the wider company for future disruptors. Erin joined the Digital Services team to help establish and drive the ISPT Digital Strategy across the company and promote our new way of working and thinking externally. Prior to working at ISPT She supported the Chief Technical Officer at Aconex. Erin has a background in aviation spending five years living and working in Dubai as a private flight attendant for the Royal family at Dubai Royal Airwing and First Class cabin Crew for Emirates Airline.