This month’s workforce highlights include Conrad Gargett reshuffling its leadership team, Gray Puksand signalling a restructure, and Techne welcoming back a valued former colleague.


Architect Andrew Fong (pictured above) recently joined AJ+C bringing over a decade’s experience in design and delivery, and a passion for projects that make a difference. In the education sector, Andrew worked on the landmark Arthur Philip High School in Parramatta (BVN and Grimshaw), the first high-rise public high school in New South Wales, plus new schools and campus additions in the ACT and Sydney, and upgrades to primary schools in Western Sydney and Wollongong.

Conrad Gargett

International design studio Conrad Gargett has announced several key appointments and expanded its leadership team.

Geoff Cordingley, an expert in resolving project complexities, has been named Principal of Design Technology. In his new role, Geoff will work closely with the practice’s project teams as a proactive collaborator. He will be charged with instigating efficiencies and strengthening project delivery.

In addition, the studio has named the following new Senior Associates: Rik Tinning (Finance), Brooke Tranberg (People and Culture), Amit Sharma, Kirsty Galloway, Rey Bolivar and Edward Armstrong; as well as these new Associates: Katrina Tolhurst, Greg Harper, Nic Allen, Chris Wardle, Belinda Williamson, Ryan Browne, Taylor Wu, Raymond Chan and Kris-Tanya Louca.


dwp has appointed David Stoneley to its Australian Health Architecture and Clinical Planning Team.

On top of his expertise in the management and delivery of Australian hospital projects, David brings with him specialist skills in engagement with clinicians and stakeholders during the design phase of this work.

Having previously worked with Ron Bridgefoot (dwp’s global health sector leader) – and sharing with Ron an understanding that meeting client expectations regarding program, cost and quality are fundamental to health sector projects – David is a natural fit for his new role.

On the move – David Stoneley
David Stoneley of the dwp Australian Health Architecture and Clinical Planning Team.

Gray Puksand

Gray Puksand has announced several senior appointments, and in so doing, signalled its intention to extend its national reach.

Stephen Turner has been named National Managing Partner; Amanda Fyfe, Lead Partner (ACT) takes on a leadership position in the nation’s capital; Heidi Smith, Lead Partner (VIC) steps into a leading role in Melbourne; and Natasha Lauricella joins the practice as Commercial Business Manager.

Meanwhile, founding Partner Robert Puksand has moved away from his role as National Managing Partner to work on strategic projects and the establishment of new sectors. At the same time, he will continue as Chair of the Board.

On the move – Stephen Turner
Stephen Turner, National Managing Partner of Gray Puksand.


International design practice Hassell has announced the appointment of Samantha Peart as its Global Head Of Sustainability.

Samantha has established an international reputation as an entrepreneurial leader in sustainability consultancy and driven organisational transformation for a world-wide roster of clients. For Hassell, she will be leading the push for innovation in sustainable design.

“What excites me most about this role is ensuring that sustainability practices are in the DNA of Hassell processes, and building on the great work the firm is already doing — from the way the practice designs to the way it does business,” says Samantha.

Related: Kirsti Simpson joins Woods Bagot Brisbane as its new Executive Chair

On the move – Samantha Peart
Samantha Peart, Global Head Of Sustainability at Hassell.


Techne Architecture and Interior Design has welcomed the return of Dana Hutchins as Associate Director and Albury Studio Leader.

Having taken a break and spent time freelancing, Dana was previously Head of Techne’s Interiors Team. During these six years she was largely responsible for The Esplanade Hotel, Global Professional Services firm, and MRC medallion bar projects.

Having returned, Dana is primed and ready to work on some of the exciting projects on the drawing board for Albury and surrounding regions, including All Saints Winery and Monumental ice creamery.

Dana Hutchins, Associate Director and Albury Studio Leader of Techne
Dana Hutchins, Associate Director and Albury Studio Leader of Techne.


Unispace has announced the appointment of Amanda Tham as its Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Amanda has more than 25 years’ experience in executive leadership positions across multiple industries and countries – including serving as Group CFO of the Asia unit of Hiscox Ltd, Managing Director of Business Development for State Street Bank, and CFO for General Electric.

Amanda will work across all regions Unispace operates in – Asia, EMEA, ANZ and the Americas – with her base at Unispace’s London and Singapore studios. As CFO, she will play a pivotal role in spearheading Unispace’s next stage of growth, and in driving operational excellence.

Amanda Tham, Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Unispace
Amanda Tham, Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Unispace.

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