“My focus will be on the continued development of our strong connections to government infrastructure areas such as transport, social housing, education and health,” says Mark.
“Victoria is experiencing unprecedented State Government led infrastructure investment to support continued record population growth and to ensure Melbourne maintains its position as one of the world’s most liveable cities. I will be utilising my experience within government to provide leadership and direction to complex, place-based transport, property and urban renewal precinct projects, to strive for integrated outcomes that deliver great precinct and place-based solutions.”
Previously Mark was the Manager, Productivity and Future Stages with the Suburban Rail Loop Authority in Victoria - one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects. He also oversaw the day-to-day management of the Arden Urban Renewal Precinct which is creating up to 34,000 new jobs and 15,000 new residents and is being catalysed by the Melbourne Metro project in inner Melbourne. Prior to joining government, Mark had 25 years’ experience in the property and construction industry both in Australia and Europe.
Sara says, “My focus will be looking at how we can bring the global expertise of WSP, particularly the projects we have been involved with in the USA and Canada, and apply this perspective to our Australian city centres and precincts.
“I am a city shaper with a multi-disciplinary approach to urban and transport policy. The built environment and streetscapes have always been my passion, particularly how we can improve the health, wellbeing and liveability of our communities. People’s lives are shaped by the streets and places they interact with on a daily basis. With 75 per cent of the Australian population living in a city, my aim is to find ways to improve the built forms that shape our cities through a broader economic, social and environmental lens.”
Sara is recognised internationally and nationally as a true game changer in raising the profile and success of urban, place and sustainable transport strategies. She has written and co-authored twenty publications including for the United Nations and the Australian Government, and won more than a dozen national and state awards for excellence in project delivery, program management and contribution to the public sector. She has worked in all three levels of government, as well as the finance, property and architecture sectors; and chaired national and international boards on urban mobility, smart cities and active transport.
Melinda Hewitt, Director of the Strategy, Community and Place team, says, "It is great to have Sara and Mark join our team with their broad experiences working on many major projects. These appointments offer support for our local clients and partners across all stages of the project lifecyle, creating sustainable and liveable cities. I look forward to working with both Mark and Sara."
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