I began my journey with WT back in 2007 in Melbourne, Australia as a Senior Quantity Surveyor gaining valuable technical experience across a diverse range of sectors, including high rise residential projects, commercial portfolios, education, aviation and infrastructure which gave me a strong foundation that set me up for the rest of my career.
Following my time at WT, I spent several years working for Australia’s largest ASX listed Real Estate developer, Stockland and then Westpac Institutional Bank. In both roles I was their in house technical advisor. The variety in my career has allowed me to view projects through several different lenses and this has shaped my ability and passion for understanding our client’s requirements and delivering favorable outcomes for projects.
During my time in banking, my role included reviewing Lenders’ Technical Advisors reports, understanding and identifying risks in the proposed deals and formulating risk mitigation strategies with teams in the Property (Institutional, Mid-market, and Commercial) and Project Finance spaces.
Since arriving in Boston, I have been leading the redevelopment and expansion of a campus for a large tech company based in Cambridge, MA which upon completion will occupy almost a million square feet. This includes capex planning and ongoing cost management services from concept stage right through to close out. I am also responsible for growing WT’s Lenders’ Technical Advisory footprint in the US, in collaboration with WT Canada.
With a mandate for growth on the Eastern Seaboard of the US for all service lines, I continue to test my organizational and business strategy skills in leading the teams responsible for client relationships, cost management, and business development.
Additionally, I lead WT’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative which includes a comprehensive DEI on boarding program for all new staff. I am committed to continuing WT North America’s DEI journey by keeping all WT staff members informed and educated on all matters related to DEI.
Most Enjoyable Project:
Aurora Tower at Melbourne Central – This 90- level show-stopper, constructed over the underground train station at Melbourne Central Shopping Centre is now the highest building in Melbourne CBD. Costing more than $650m and with over 1,000 apartments, commercial and retail space, it has become the focal point of Melbourne’s CBD. The project was funded through a Syndicated Facility Agreement with 2 other Banks. As well as the height of the building, the added complexities of the project resided with numerous stakeholders including rail and tram authorities, local council, aviation authorities and the interface with the existing subterranean train station. Communication and collaboration between Client, Builder, Consultants, and Lender was crucial to make this project a success, Due to finish, mid-2019 beautiful Aurora has now become one of Melbourne’s Iconic Buildings.