Celebrating International Women’s Day
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Clockwise from top left: Fatmanur Ilhan and Jasmine Ong, Alexandra Brown, Simon Eakin and Thais Pimenta, Alexandra Brown and Winnie Ong and John Prentice.
8 March 2018

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Today marks International Women’s Day (IWD) which recognises and celebrates the achievements of inspirational women worldwide.

In its 107th year, IWD is now an all year round campaign for gender parity, which is something that we strive for as part of our business’ inclusion and diversity focus.

Today we’re celebrating IWD by acknowledging some of our exceptional team who are campaigning for change and leading the way as outstanding technical experts and business leaders.

Our Principal Surveying Business Unit Leader, Kellie Dean has led the charge within the surveying and property industries, having held senior roles at notable organisations after graduating from The University of Melbourne with two bachelor degrees. More recently, she was elected as the President of the Institution of Surveyors Victoria (ISV). In the ISV’s 143 year history, Kellie is the first woman to be elected to this role, which will open an exciting new chapter for ISV and the broader surveying industry. Kellie has been a longstanding advocate for inclusion and diversity within the workforce, and this will be a key area of focus in her new role.

As a team leader within our Integrated Water Business Unit, Alexandra Brown is passionate about incorporating intelligent water solutions into communities bringing a combination of technical, strategic and managerial skills when working on projects. Alexandra was recently appointed to the Melbourne Water Urban Development Water Advisory Group Sub-committee, and has also taken on a new leadership role within Spiire. She was also one first participants along with Morne Henderson in the Property Council of Australia’s (PCA) inaugural 100 Women in Property program.

Alexandra Brown running a training workshop on construction and maintenance on WSUD assets.

As General Manager of Spiire’s Melbourne and Geelong teams, Morne has been actively helping to promote women within the property industry. As a mentor in the inaugural PCA 100 Women in Property program he helped women to identify goals, work on professional development and facilitate networking.

In what is now titled 500 Women in Property, Associate Urban Designer Emily Robson will participate in this year’s program as a mentee. Emily has over 10 years’ experience and has worked on greenfield communities, inner city subdivisions and business centres. Emily will be sponsored by Lisette Schlesinger-Hunt, a Senior Associate Urban Designer who will mentor Emily until the program’s conclusion in December.

Jane Macey is a Principal Planner with over 20 years’ experience in both private and public sector development. Based in our Shepparton office, Jane was recently elected onto the Committee for Greater Shepparton. Her passion for rural and regional development has driven her involvement, and she hopes to encourage progress and recognition of what her local area has to offer. Jane also holds a key leadership role at Spiire within our Planning team.

Spiire would like to congratulate our inspirational team on their successes. We’re excited to see the impact you’ve had on the business and the wider industry.

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