Two new directors, several promotions at Fender Katsalidis
Fender Katsalidis has named two new members to its board of directors, as well as seven internal promotions at its east coast studios.
The firm intends to nurture its next wave of design talent and hopes that strengthening its leadership structure will help it in this process. Tanya Cox and Greta Thomas have been appointed as non-executive directors, ensuring further diversification of skills and backgrounds for professionals outside the architectural sector.
The Fender Katsalidis Board of Directors will soon restructure to ensure it has the right size, skills and experience to implement the company’s strategy, while ensuring a balance between gender among executive and non-executive directors. 2022 marks the tenth anniversary of the start of succession planning.
“I believe it takes a decade to design, implement and execute a meaningful succession plan. We have already done this successfully with the current generation of senior leaders, and now we are taking our next steps to ensure that our future emerging leaders have pathways in place to move into key leadership positions in the years to come.” , says Fender. Managing Partner of Katsalidis, Mark Murphy.
“This will require the best stewardship from a reformed Board and its Executive, as we develop new and improved ways to employ and incentivize our team, underpinned by initiatives such as our parental leave, our talent development programs, ESG and maintaining a positive and vibrant culture we value in each of our studios.
Tanya Cox has over 15 years of board experience with a background in sustainability, real estate, finance and fund management, formerly COO at Dexus Property Group and Rothschild Australia.
“Having established its first office in Sydney in 2003, the Sydney market offers tremendous growth potential for Fender Katsalidis over the next decade, along with the company’s commitment and focus on sustainable design and Public activation, while creating a diverse and inclusive workplace for its team members, aligns closely with my background and values,” says Cox.
“Having spent over a decade as COO of Dexus Property Group and another 10 years as a non-executive director of early and mature stage real estate, prop-tech and sustainability businesses, I hope my experience can be leveraged to help FK achieve its growth aspirations.
Greta Thomas is the co-founder of Full Potential Labs, a leadership development company. In addition to her consulting experience, she has held senior marketing positions at the Sydney Opera House and eBay Australia. Thomas believes the practice’s decision to appoint non-architects will allow it to continue to be one of Australia’s leading design firms.
“Throughout my career, I have embraced the right balance between creative creation and commercial realities. The challenge for the Fender Katsalidis Board of Directors is to create an even more optimal environment for the greatest design to emerge, in a sustainable way, and for the company’s presence and reputation in the market to grow,” she says.
In addition to the board appointments, Fender Katsalidis also announced a series of staff promotions. Rod Uriarte has been promoted to director, a position which will see him play a vital role in the growth of the Sydney studio. Sydney-based Aleksie Villis has been promoted to partner, along with Brisbane-based Anna Moldt.
Additional promotions from the Melbourne studio include Amanda Calvert, Melinda Chan, Mohd Hussin and David Robertson, all elevated to Associate Director.
Fender Katsalidis has implemented a promotion program to strengthen female representation within its management team. The practice recently adopted its Reconciliation Action Plan, committing to informing, promoting and facilitating respect for the cultural practices of First Nations peoples and their connection to the country.
“As a progressive practice, we believe having a greater diversity of perspectives and approaches can help break convention and improve productivity outcomes and our team’s well-being. Gender equality is one example, and we are introducing a series of initiatives to continuously monitor and shape fair standards across the business,” concludes Murphy.