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Anne Bach

Regional Principal, People & Culture

Anne is our Regional Principal of People & Culture for Asia Pacific, and is based in Sydney. With a passion for building and developing high performing cultures, Anne is focused on ensuring our people have the opportunity to grow within the business. Having experience as a business partner, Anne and her team work together to transform Unispace by supporting the development of our people and culture.

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Amy Bailey

Regional Principal, People & Culture
Amy is responsible for all aspects of People & Culture across EMEA. She brings demonstrated experience of working in private and commercial sectors and has significant experience in Coaching, Employee Engagement, Organisational Development, Culture Change, and Stakeholder Management.
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John Bechara

Regional Principal, Head of Client Partnerships, APAC

Based in Sydney, John brings over 15 years of experience to our team. He has a strong sense of our global reach, having worked with clients across each of our regions. With a background in accounting and project management, John combines his analytical thinking and attention to detail to his role as Client Executive, sourcing creative solutions that achieve measurable results for our clients.

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Phil Bock

Regional Principal, Marketing & Communications

Phil uses knowledge and experience gained across 10 years of working in the AEC and design industries to enable meaningful marketing initiatives for Unispace. He works across disciplines with a collaborative spirit to oversee projects and drive a high performing team. Phil works to not only showcase our people and thought leadership through marketing initiatives and channels, but to make sure our client's projects are shown in the best light possible.

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Ryan Caffyn-Parsons

Managing Director, Americas

Ryan leads the Americas region, managing the United States and Latin America. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Ryan has led teams to execute complex workplace projects, driven global initiatives, and redefined Unispace standards. With a strong knowledge of local and global markets, he brings his strategic vision to drive growth and improve operational excellence across all aspects of the business.

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Nicola Carey

Regional Principal, Marketing & Communications

Nicola is the Regional Principal, Marketing and Communications for Asia Pacific. A beacon for the Unispace brand, Nicola seamlessly collaborates with all disciplines to share our compelling narrative internally and externally. Her dynamic approach encourages innovation and excellence across the regional and global marketing and communications teams.

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Michael Casolo

Global Chief Revenue Officer

With over 25 years of commercial real estate experience, Michael has established a reputation as a strategic problem-solver, achieved through laser-focused relationship building. Previously at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, he oversaw workplace environments for their 1,000,000 sq ft portfolio. Prior to this, Michael held global business development leadership roles at Cushman & Wakefield and JLL. As CRO he leads our global client partnerships and business development teams with a solutions-based approach. His core business philosophy being centred on the customer and employee experience will ensure our corporate partners can seamlessly resolve their global workplace project challenges.

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Amelia Christie

Operations Director and Regional Principal, Technical Delivery

London-based Amelia joined us in early 2020 to lead up the Technical Delivery team across EMEA. Originally from New Zealand, Amelia has over 15 years of experience under her belt and is keen to focus on maintaining delivery excellence and high levels of health and safety across all projects.

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Jason Cole

Global Director of Payroll

As Global Director of Payroll, Jason brings his comprehensive background in human resources, talent acquisition, public service, and office management to oversee payroll functions and processes. His knowledge of staff development practices, cost savings, and workplace safety as well as his ability to establish and manage relationships support our goals to create an ideal working experience for our teams.

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Ilana Como

Regional Principal, Marketing & Communications

Based in London, Ilana leads the Brand, Marketing and Communications function across EMEA. A seasoned professional, Ilana has extensive expertise defining and leading a wide range of global go-to-market strategies across the entire customer lifecycle. Prior to joining Unispace, Ilana worked for a range of global multi-nationals in leadership roles across EMEA and the Americas.

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Yvette Costi

Global Principal, Marketing & Communications

Sydney-based Yvette sets our global brand, marketing, communications and digital strategies. She ensures that Unispace is aligned with prevailing market needs, and leads our marketing teams around the world. Prior to joining us, she spent 11 years in London and has worked on significant property and interior design projects from Latin America to Russia, India and China.

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Rebecca Crouch

Global Operations Director

Since joining Unispace in 2017 Rebecca has been instrumental in leading operational activity across APAC and overseeing our expansion into Asia. She guides the leadership team with strategic operational initiatives and oversees business operations globally – managing our current and new studios and leading key strategic business initiatives including our CSR activities.

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Albert De Plazaola

Global Principal, Strategy

Based in San Francisco, Albert is a strategy consultant with extensive experience in people-centered design and change strategies for private and public institutions. By leveraging design thinking and a user-centric approach, he moves beyond the typical motivations to explore how meaningful change can occur to foster greater organizational responsiveness, adaptability and innovation.

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Robin Dey

Regional Principal, Client Relations

With 20 years of experience in commercial property, design and construction, Robin has been working with clients and project teams to deliver business change and transformation through real estate solutions. He has experience working with global clients on complex projects that include business planning, workplace strategy, and design development through to project construction. Robin works closely with our teams to ensure we have a clear understanding of our clients’ key objectives and a plan to deliver these exceptionally.

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Heidi Duncan

Finance Operations Director, APAC

With more than 20 years of experience in finance and operational roles, Heidi leads our APAC finance team. A people-focused leader, she is passionate about developing high-performing teams, driving success through transformation to realize opportunities. Heidi is also an MBA-qualified graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Stuart Finnie

Regional Principal, Design

Based in the London studio, Stuart is a skilled designer responsible for managing design operations across EMEA and specifically the UK, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome and Madrid. He is creative and practical with a focus on managing the team in a strategic and effective way.

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Bill Friel

Regional Principal, Client Relations

A national leader in construction management, Bill has over 30 years of experience guiding projects from initial financing to project closeout, while constantly value engineering along the way. A strong advocate for the Unispace Methodology since its inception, Bill leverages his vast network of connections to create projects which meet client deadlines and budgets across the Americas.

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Luke Greenwood

Global Principal, Strategy and Enterprise

Based in our Sydney studio, Luke leads the Strategy and Enterprise teams and develops new global business strategies and opportunities as we seek to consolidate our position at the forefront of work and office innovation.

Luke’s real estate industry background spans two decades and includes a mix of development and landlord experience, having held senior positions at Lendlease, OpenText and Ludine Group. Most recently he was Group Head of Corporate Real Estate & Head of c-suites at Lendlease, where he led a series of award-winning projects across the region, from Barangaroo in Sydney to developments in Manilla, UAE, Singapore and Tokyo

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Hannah Hackathorn

Regional Principal, Design Operations

Hannah lends 15 years of large-scale corporate workplace expertise to the design of progressive environments for a myriad of client types. Human-centered in her approach, Hannah believes that workplaces should function for the people who inhabit them. She encourages her team to challenge the industry‚ pre-conceived notions, leading to greater learning opportunities for our people, clients and collaborators.

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Nicola Harris

Chief People & Culture Officer

Based in our London studio, Nicola is the Chief People & Culture Officer for Unispace. With 22 years of HR experience in professional services and real estate, Nicola and her team support the business to succeed through the contribution of our people. At Unispace every role matters and each individual has the opportunity to reach their greatest potential. Nicola wants every Unispace employee to be passionate about what we do and engages leaders and managers to align daily activity to our ultimate business goals. And, we have to have fun too, so celebrating our successes together as one team is always high on the agenda.

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Thomas Helliwell

Regional Principal, Strategy

Based in London, Tom leads the strategy discipline across Unispace EMEA and is vastly experienced in workplace strategy and change management. Having worked on multi-scale projects across many sectors, his expertise lies within articulating and translating client aspirations and business objectives into unique working environments, responding to the individual culture and values of our clients.

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Jacob Kent

Regional Principal, Business Development

Based in New York, Jacob is an entrepreneurial creative who leads our business development team in the Americas. He is an accomplished sales leader who has worked with some of the largest organizations in the world supporting their global real estate portfolios. As a dynamic leader, Jacob takes a human-centric approach to clients, understanding their needs and shaping Unispace’s services around providing solutions and lasting relationships.

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Nectarios Lazaris

Global Chief Information Officer

Backed by over 10 years strategic IT and design technology experience within the AEC industry, our Global CIO Nectarios is passionate about using technology beyond efficiency increases. Based in Sydney, Nectarios works with our Board to redefine how technology supports business strategy and operations. He encourages innovation and business performance improvements to support our people and clients to succeed globally.

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Max Lishmund

Regional Principal, Technical Design

With over 18 years of experience in a broad range of high quality projects, Max is a versatile professional designer who is well qualified to lead design teams. With a great eye for detail and considered approach to solutions, Max’s depth of knowledge helps achieve optimum results in every project.

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Erik Loberg

Regional Principal, Delivery

Erik successfully steers the life cycle of projects from initiation through move in. He manages the delivery team to ensure efficient and flawless execution of each project. Erik excels as a Regional Delivery Principal through his proficiency in contract negotiations, estimations, building codes and material procurement.

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Kane Mannix

Regional Principal, Design - Digital Integration

With extensive global experience leading design technology for the retail and workplace sectors, Kane heads up our Asia Pacific digital integration team. Training and mentoring our designers to be proficient with Revit and the application of uniBIM, he also works within project teams to enhance outcomes for our clients.

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Lester Martinez

Global Head of Digital Marketing

Based in our Sydney studio Lester heads up the global digital marketing function for Unispace. His digitally-focused career spans project management, creative development, technical execution, analysis and reporting across a multitude of sectors. He brings his expertise to guide the global team in creating engaging, human-centred digital experiences that allow our clients to connect with the business in a rich and meaningful way.

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Abi Roni Mattom

Principal, Client Relations, India

As an experienced thought leader within the corporate real estate industry in India, Abi is passionate about building teams that deliver organisational objectives with conviction and best in class results. With strong strategy and operational experience, Abi has the proven ability to foster strong business and professional relationships which has helped him win numerous prestigious large-scale projects.

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Kevin McCabe

Regional Operations Director, APAC

Kevin has over 15 years experience within the construction industry. After graduating in Ireland and gaining invaluable experience, he relocated to Australia where he has delivered projects for a wide range of clients including commercial, landlord, financial and government projects. Currently based in our Sydney studio, Kevin is a project delivery leader across Unispace‚ Asia Pacific region.

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Marjorie McCarthy

Global Principal (interim), Marketing and Communications

Marjorie leads the global marcomms team while Yvette Costi is on maternity leave. Based in our New York studio, she’s a B2B marketing leader who is passionate about building and growing great brands, and connecting them with the right audiences. Marjorie has nearly 20 years of experience developing successful marketing and communications strategies for large global brands, as well as rapidly-scaling, high-growth companies, across a number of industries and markets – from India to the US to Latin America and everywhere in between.

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Christine McClure

Operations Finance Director, North America

Christine is the Operations Finance Director for the Americas, with over 25 years of experience across a variety of industriesHer background includes leading initiatives in strategic consulting, business partnering, and team building. Her role includes examining strategic ways to move business forward, forecasting, and new integrations.

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Lawrence Mohiuddine

Managing Director, EMEA

Based in London, Lawrence leads the EMEA region including key studios in Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich, London and Milan. Lawrence brings a hands-on, consultative approach to client engagements. With over 20-years of experience, Lawrence leads the strategic vision for EMEA, orchestrating national and local teams to the delivery of complex commercial office projects.

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Tracy Lea Neff

Operations Director, Americas

 

Leading operations in the Americas, Tracy is known as an innovative real estate leader who leverages a unique mix of strategic, practical, operational and analytical expertise, Tracy has extensive experience managing large teams and multiple vendors. She has helped lead and execute some of our largest workplace projects, while driving regional initiatives to improve processes for a seamless end-to-end client experience.  She is focused on investing in our people, supporting clients in new and existing markets, and improving operational excellence across all aspects of the business. 

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Philip Nye

Regional Principal, Head of Client Partnerships, EMEA
Philip is responsible for leading the client partnership team in EMEA. This is comprised of sales, marketing, strategy and enterprise accounts across 14 studios. His role and expertise include managing organic growth, capital expenditure, construction procurement, corporate real estate, project management, principal contracting, and mergers and acquisitions. As part of the Global Leadership Team, Philip ensures global connectivity and experiences for our multi-national client base, while driving innovation and best practice processes across the team.
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Simon Pearson

Regional Principal, Delivery

Simon has overall responsibility for the successful delivery of all projects within the UK and EMEA region and ensures our principles of Delivery Excellence are maintained. He is an expert in the management and delivery of Commercial office refurbishment and fit-out. With experience across multiple countries, Simon is strong and clear with skills such as approachable leadership, attention to detail, drive for excellence in delivery and a passion for client satisfaction on all successfully completed projects.

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Mike Pelletier

Regional Principal, Pre Construction

Mike is a construction industry professional with a broad depth of experience in project management. His attention to detail and client-centric approach have consistently resulted in superlative projects. Mike guides teams across the Americas through all stages of project delivery including focused budget and schedule management for clients in the fields of law, technology and finance.

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Adam Petersen

Regional Principal, Delivery

Adam manages multi-million dollar projects, successfully coordinating trades and maintaining costs while developing positive and proactive relationships. Adam excels as a Regional Delivery Principal and team leader through his proficiency in contract negotiation estimates, building codes and material procurement. Adam oversees site management from project initiation through certificate of occupancy with an eye towards efficient planning, budget analysis and quality control.

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Chloe Petherick

Global Head of Brand & Communications

With over 10 years’ international experience in marketing and communications, Chloe’s primed to tell the Unispace story through the clever marriage of image and word. She’s responsible for developing innovative brand marketing and communications strategies that create a consistent brand experience for our people and clients—and to ultimately grow our presence globally.

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Simon Phillips

Regional Principal, P&C, Head of Business Partnering

Simon leads the Americas People and Culture team, bringing over 20 years of experience as a trusted HR partner. He is dedicated to fostering a people-first culture with a strong sense of purpose, navigating complex situations, and establishing and maintaining relationships with clients. Simon is an expert in helping leaders, managers, and employees develop personally and professionally in their careers.

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Simon Pole

Global Director, Design

With 20 years’ experience leading exceptional and complex projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, Simon’s ideas enhance workplace performance and change the way businesses do business. He is a global leader in agile workstyles across multiple industry sectors, delivering ground-breaking concepts and award-winning environments for his clients.

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Vincent Poon

Regional Principal, Design - Digital Integration

With more than 15 years experience in architectural design‚ 10 of which have focused on building information modelling (BIM) ‚ Vincent heads up Unispace‚ Design Technology. He provides direction and strategic leadership to BIM across the firm and is skilled in developing execution plans as well as establishing methodologies and best practices for design-technology integration.

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Tom Prasky

Regional Principal, Delivery, Central and West

Tom is a high energy, results-oriented professional with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. His leadership and communication skills benefit the project team in all areas, while Tom’s thorough understanding of the design-build process ensures that even the most complex designs are successfully brought to fruition.

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Steven Quick

Global CEO

A thought leader & accomplished executive, Steve’s 25 years in the industry makes him well equipped to lead Unispace’s second decade of growth. In his last role, Steve led 13,000 employees and over US$1 Bn turnover as CEO, Global Occupier Services for Cushman & Wakefield. Steve brings a unique perspective into the challenges faced by global clients, the evolution of workspaces, and the future of the industry. He will lead our growth efforts around longer-term client relationships and workplace concepts that keep human behaviour top of mind, while also cultivating a culture that allows people to thrive, is inclusive and provides stretch opportunities for people to grow.

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Toby Rakison

Managing Director, Asia

Toby has worked extensively with a broad range of institutions across Asia Pacific over the last 15 years, helping multi-national organisations enhance and optimise the productivity of their people and teams to support the achievement of key business results. As the Managing Director of Unispace’s Asia business, his goal is to help global brands in Asia create high-performing spaces for diverse workplaces of all scales.

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Peter Rendall

Global Chief Financial Officer

Peter leads our global finance discipline by driving continuous business improvement while focusing on creating value and leading with a strong sense of purpose. With over 25 years of demonstrated ability building and leading highly motivated and high performing global teams, his energetic and creative personality is a valuable asset to our global team.

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Dean Rikanovic

Regional Principal, Design

With highly developed conceptual design skills and 15 years professional experience, Dean is an innovative designer with a passion for high-end design. He has practised across Australia and internationally, working on a number of award-winning projects.

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Jonathan Ross

Regional Principal, Business Development

Based in London, Jonathan has over 15 years’ experience in the commercial office market having worked for many of the leading contractors and architects in the world, helping clients create spaces where people do their best work. Jonathan provides strategic direction for our business development teams across EMEA, connecting to our regional offices globally and driving the business forward.

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Harry Rowntree

Regional Principal, Design

Harry's early design experience was shaped by a number of residential projects across New Zealand, followed by several years working in Japan on a range of exciting projects including headquarters for Microsoft and Accenture. Currently based in our Auckland studio, Harry has worked alongside renowned Japanese designers such as Masaki Kasuya and Taiji Yamamoto.

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Sam Sahni

Regional Principal, Enterprise

Highly experienced within the consulting and construction industry, Sam's knowledge comes from exposure to a variety of sectors including Finance, FMCG, Real Estate and Engineering. He's a dynamic leader and thinker, with the ability to build business, develop client bases and take accountability for complex projects. Based in our London studio, Sam has also authored a number of organisational white papers and presented at industry conferences.

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Belinda Scott

Regional Principal, Marketing & Communications

Belinda brings an ideal blend of Asia connectivity and deep ANZ experience to our team. She has held senior marketing roles at Colliers, and AMP Capital, and has worked across nearly every sector of the property industry.

 

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Peter Shannon

Client Partnerships Director, North America

Bringing his expert experience in strategic consulting, workplace strategy, capital program advisory, architecture and design, and team management, Peter leads our Americas Client Partnerships team alongside his global counterparts. He focuses on building true global partnerships and guiding the business into its next phase of growth.

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Neville Simmons

Managing Director, New Zealand

A knowledgeable industry leader and founding Director, Neville’s career began in the engineering sector, later encompassing all aspects of design and construction. His insights and commitment to establishing client relationships for life inform Unispace’s future direction and ongoing recruitment strategies in New Zealand.

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Laurent Soulat

Regional Principal, Client Partnerships

Laurent utilises his marketing and sales background in the industry to push the boundaries for the team. He brings a holistic approach to the client journey, sourcing creative solutions that continuously exceed client expectations and maintain Unispace’s high benchmark.

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David Staerck

Global Operations CFO
David is responsible for leading the Operational Finance team globally which supports the Regional Leadership Teams to deliver sustainable growth. Prior to joining Unispace, David spent 11 years in Corporate real estate, specifically within Facilities Management, where he was responsible for leading Finance teams across multiple geographies.
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Barry Standford

Regional Operations Finance Director

As Regional Operations Finance Director, Barry is the finance lead for Unispace EMEA. With 15 years’ experience, Barry has led his teams to execute ‘best in practice’ in financial reporting, compliance and business partnering looking to provide true financial and commercial support. He brings well-rounded experiences across strategy, finance, and operations, which will enable the EMEA leadership team to continue to grow sustainably.

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Emily Watkins

Head of Enterprise

Emily is the Head of Enterprise in North America. She is a commercial and retail real estate and development leader with 23 years of experience with global and national organizations. As an innovator and transformational change agent, she's built a reputation as an effective catalyst to help companies stay ahead of the competition and industry disruption. Her experience spans senior real estate and cross-disciplinary innovation leadership roles in B2B and B2C environments.

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Chely Wright

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Chely brings an incredible background that fuses advocacy, business, real estate and communications, including vast experience advancing DE&I efforts and partnerships, working with companies such as Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, Southeastern Grocers and Morgan Stanley. Chely has deep established relationships with organisations such as GLSEN, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign and Interfaith Alliance, and is a long-time media analyst on LGBTQ issues for outlets such as MSNBC and CNN.

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Luisa Young

Chief Risk Officer

Residing in Sydney, Luisa is our Chief Risk Officer and is a qualified lawyer, specialising in the development and implementation of governance, risk and compliance frameworks. Luisa is highly driven and commercially focused, and her key strength lays in leading diverse teams to deliver results. Her excellent interpersonal and communication skills have aided in her ability to drive change, integrate policies and processes seamlessly into business operations, devise practical internal controls and uplift Health and Safety standards, ensuring business continuity. 

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