Shaping our next generation of leadership

Shaping our next generation of leadership

McGregor Coxall welcomes professional services experts’ Suellen Fitzgerald and Lisa Thorpe-Apps to the global Board of Directors as external advisors.

A former Chief Executive of NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Parklands, Suellen brings 30-plus years’ experience in private and public sector governance while Lisa, formerly the Global People and Culture Leader of McGregor Coxall, brings a wealth of experience in executing the company’s mission and building growth globally.

“These appointments reflect McGregor Coxall’s continued commitment to creating prosperous and resilient cities,” said George Panos, Chief Executive Officer of McGregor Coxall.

“McGregor Coxall is built upon a diverse cultural mosaic and an inclusive approach to governance, and Suellen and Lisa’s contributions will help shape our future growth as a business.

“Combined, Suellen and Lisa bring several decades of industry experience and be pivotal in shaping the organisation’s next generation of leadership.”

A highly regarded landscape architect, Suellen brings expertise in open space planning, recreation, park management, and nature-based tourism and has led private and public organisations across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and Northern Australian markets. Suellen is a renowned authority on strategic financing, public lands, and organisational development and became the first-ever Executive Director of Western Sydney Parklands Trust prior to her tenure as inaugural Chief Executive of Greater Sydney Parklands.

A former client, Suellen is relishing the opportunity to steer McGregor Coxall’s strategic direction.

“I first became aware of Adrian [McGregor] and Philip [Coxall] 20 years ago when I started working in government,” said Suellen. Throughout the years, I’ve seen the organisation grow and thrive globally, striking a good balance between high aspirations and the ability to deliver on them. I feel honoured to have been asked to join and to help continue this momentum for a better future for our cities, citizens, and environment.”

Lisa’s insight and HR expertise will enable her to build on a five-year legacy as McGregor Coxall’s former Global People and Culture Leader. With over 15 years of experience from tenures at AMP, Louis Vuitton and CUE Clothing in Australia and abroad, Lisa welcomes the chance to influence change as an external advisor.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the exciting journey ahead for McGregor Coxall as we strive for growth, exploration, and innovation with limitless possibilities,” said Lisa. “I am eager to explore the opportunities that lie ahead and to play a role in steering a business driven by positive legacies for our environment, clients, and people.”

Executive appointments complement McGregor Coxall’s global design leadership team which spans all locations and disciplines, totalling five new leaders and 11 promotions for 2023.

Global Leadership Team

Mike Cowdy | Director, UK

Miranda Wilkinson | Associate Director and Co-Studio Leader, Melbourne

Nick Griffin | Associate Director and Co-Studio Leader, Melbourne

Katie Earle | Associate Director Landscape Architecture, Melbourne

Dr. Yazid Ninsalam | Associate Director and Discipline Lead, Melbourne

Dajon Veldman | National Urban Design and Business Growth Leader, Sydney

Ben Norris | Associate Director and Urban Design Discipline Lead, Sydney

Phi Bang Do | Associate Director and Environment Discipline Lead, Sydney

Joel Dalberger | Associate Director Environment, Sydney

Steve Buck | Associate Director Environment, Sydney

Andrew Langford | Associate Director and Discipline Lead, Sydney

Fraser Halliday | Associate Director, Sydney

Board of DirectorsGeorge Panos | Chief Executive Officer

Adrian McGregor | Chief Design Officer

Phil Coxall | Chairman and Director of Design

Leon Stone | Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary

Suellen Fitzgerald | External AdvisorLisa Thorpe-Apps | External Advisor

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