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Aurecon leaders shaping the future of Australia’s property industry

Nine Aurecon leaders have been appointed to key Property Council of Australia committees.

The appointments provide an opportunity for Aurecon to work closely with the Property Council of Australia, which is currently the leading advocate of Australia's biggest industry

11 February 2019 – Nine Aurecon leaders will help shape the future of Australia’s property industry, following their selection onto key Property Council of Australia committees. 

The appointments provide an opportunity for global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon to work closely with the Property Council of Australia, which is the leading advocate for the property sector, Australia’s biggest industry, at AUD 2 billion or 13 per cent of GDP, and employer, of 1.4 million people.

Over a two-year period, Aurecon’s appointees will collaborate with the property council, and other industry leaders, on policy, advocacy, events, industry research, professional development and awards programmes, as they strive to create a thriving and prosperous industry, jobs and strong communities.  

“The property council’s committees act as an important connector between the council and the broader industry. As the property sector continues to grow and evolve, being involved at this strategic, influential level has great potential to drive positive change,” said John McGuire, Managing Director, Built Environment, Aurecon.

“Aurecon’s successful appointments recognise the technical excellence, industry knowledge and leadership qualities of our staff across Australia and we are proud to have our current and emerging leaders appointed to these important roles,” he added.

The committees, to which Aurecon delegates have been appointed, align with a range of Aurecon’s key areas and company attributes – sustainable development, buildings and facilities, future directions, trends and innovations, and diversity.

“These committees are at the centre of the property council’s work. They support diversity of industry perspectives and provide opportunities to build professional networks and knowledge,” McGuire said.

“We wish our leaders luck as they contribute to the important work of the council and help to shape a thriving property sector in Australia.”

Aurecon’s appointments to Property Council of Australia committees 2019

Sally Gee, Future Directions Committee (SA)

Structural Engineer and currently participating in the Property Council Mentoring Programme

A structural engineer at Aurecon for over six years, Sally has played a role in realising some significant projects including the Adelaide Festival Centre redevelopment and Modbury Hospital – Transforming. She has a strong interest in timber design and the potential that the developing area of timber high-rise buildings holds.

Sam Johnsson, Buildings and Facilities Committee (SA)

Buildings Practice Leader, Adelaide

Sam is a structural engineer and leads the buildings team at Aurecon in Adelaide. He has worked on many South Australian projects including the structural design of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) building, strengthening works for the Tonsley Park Redevelopment and project lead for the WEST Apartments Stage 1.

Jane Joubert, Diversity Committee (SA)

Structural Engineer and currently participating in the Property Council Mentoring Programme

A structural engineer at Aurecon since 2015, Jane brings a unique international perspective to the Diversity Committee, with her professional experience focusing on the industrial and commercial sectors of South Africa. A relatively new resident to South Australia, Jane looks forward to this role contributing to making her the best engineer she can be.

Annie Potts, Future Trends and Innovations Committee (SA)


With more than 12 years’ structural engineering experience, Annie has contributed to many commercial, entertainment, retail, industrial, defence and health buildings, with major projects including the Adelaide Convention Centre redevelopment, and the Adelaide Airport Terminal expansion. Annie was a participant in the inaugural Property Council of Australia 100 Women in Property programme in 2016.

Jeffrey Robinson, Sustainable Development Committee – Chair (Vic)

Technical Director and Global Sustainability Leader

With over 32 years' experience as a designer and project leader, Jeff is a regular expert contributor to the sustainable building and precinct design industry through articles, conference presentations and committees and through his membership of and contribution to the Victorian and South Australian Design Review panels, the Heritage Council of Victoria and  the Victorian Property Council Sustainable Development Committee which he has the privilege of serving on for several terms. He has enjoyed contributing to the Property Council NCC 2019 working group and the group involved in the updating of the council’s Guide to Office Building Quality.

Phillip Saal, Diversity Committee (Qld)

Senior Project Engineer

Phillip is a skilled building services engineer who is experienced in leading multi-disciplinary teams across education, commercial and retail projects. He has worked on projects such as the Building Education Revolution - New School Halls, and the Sir Samuel Griffiths Building Refurbishment, Griffith University. With a particular talent for complex analysis, Phillip is passionate about working with others to deliver exceptional results.

Pratik Shrestha, Future Directions – Chair (WA)

Senior Structural Engineer

Winner of the Property Council WA Future Leader of the Year 2018 Stan Perron Award, and the WA Future Leader Award 2018 in the 'Design' category,  Pratik is a Senior Structural Engineer at Aurecon with a passion and commitment to the property industry. He has led major iconic projects, including the Perth Children’s Hospital and Brookfield Place Tower 1, in Perth. He mentors four young professionals at Aurecon and is actively involved in digital engineering, which sees him championing and applying automation to some of Aurecon’s engineering processes within the built environment.

Justyna Suplewski, Industrial Lands and Infrastructure (WA)

Manager, Infrastructure Advisory

A civil engineer with over 10 years' experience in the infrastructure and mining sectors, Justyna advises both private and public sector clients on asset related issues including strategic asset needs assessments, options analysis and decision making frameworks, procurement and project/program delivery strategies.

Amy Sweeney, Future Directions Committee (VIC)

Project Manager, Program Advisory

Amy holds a Master of Property and a Master of Urban Planning and has also sat on Melbourne University’s Academic Advisory Board for Urban Planning and Design. Starting her career as an urban planner, and moving into project management, Amy has broadened her skills in her four years working with Aurecon. She has contributed to major city shaping projects including Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year Strategy, and numerous medium and large scale national projects in the Health and Defence sectors.

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