Senior Leadership Appointments Support Ongoing Growth

WSP has made three senior leadership appointments in Australia and New Zealand.



Melissa Gunnsmith joins as the Director of Clients, Marketing and Communications for Australia from Deloitte where she was National Marketing Director. Prior to this, Melissa held business development and marketing roles with leading professional services firms including Piper Alderman, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Sparke Helmore. Click here to read Melissa’s bio.



Rob Clarke has been promoted to Director of Property and Buildings for Australia, following 24 years with the firm working on projects of significance both nationally and in the UK. Since the start of 2017, Rob has led our national Building Services business and before that he managed our Brisbane Building Services team for nine years. Click here to read Rob’s bio.



Robyn Gillespie has taken on the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). She was formerly the GM of IT & Operations for WSP Opus and before that held the role of GM of IT at Downer. In this new and expanded role across the region, Robyn will help optimise the firm’s shared technology and operations. Click here to read Robyn’s bio.

All three professionals become part of the ANZ Executive Leadership Team.


“These appointments are another building block in our firm’s growth and help us to deliver unparalleled levels of client service,” says Guy Templeton, President and CEO of WSP in ANZ.


“As we take our business to the next level and continue to strengthen our position in the market, we are systematically building deep leadership bench strength.


“Melissa, Rob and Robyn will play an integral part in supporting our role to help communities thrive. Collectively, they bring decades of experience to the table and diversity of thought to challenge the status quo. Importantly, we have now achieved our target of 30% female leadership on our Executive Leadership Team, ahead of our 2021 timeframe, which demonstrates our commitment to improving gender balance in our business.”


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