JOURNAL/ Future Focus/2018


New leadership appointments

Expanding the custodianship of the firm’s capabilities, commitment to quality and industry relationships


Announcing our new independent Advisors

 “We welcome our newly appointed Advisory Board and their strategic guidance that draws on their diverse skills ”

Simon Swaney

Managing Director, Bates Smart

The Directors of Bates Smart are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Advisory Board to provide strategic guidance for the Practice.

Formed in August this year, the Advisory Board comprises five prominent Australian business leaders with diverse experience spanning sectors including property, legal services, finance and corporate business management.

The board members are: John O’Neill AO, Chair of the Advisory Board and Chairman of The Star Entertainment Group; Fiona Hindmarsh, Non-executive Director of Hindmarsh; Julie Levis, Partner of Clayton Utz; Greg Paramor AO, Non-Executive Director of Charter Hall Group and former Managing Director of Folkestone; and Colin Smith, Managing Director of Phoenix Consulting.

Bates Smart Managing Director, Simon Swaney said the Advisory Board will establish a clear strategy for the future and ensure the practice is well equipped to respond to opportunities while maintaining exceptional design quality.

“Our Directors are delighted to have their experience spanning various sectors, regions and genders available to them as well as their immense capabilities to support the cultural and fiscal success of our practice.”

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2018 Promotions

Congratulations to our new Associates and Associate Directors

Our practice has experienced considerable growth over the last five years to service clients’ needs and the expansion in the leadership team reflects that growth and the goal of ensuring this continued high standard of service.

The Directors of Bates Smart would like to congratulate the following staff on their promotion. Each of these individuals adds their own combination of talent and passion to the team and we are very proud to recognise their contribution to our thriving practice.

Associate Directors
Anna Ancher, Peter Charter, Alex Dircks, Amelia Donald, Wai Fong Chin, Brendan Grayson, Johan Hermijanto, Terry Mason, Anke Pfeiler, Lucy Sutton, Denisa Syrova.

Jane Carter-Key, Naigel Carusi, Marinel Dator, Tania Di Lizio, Jane Foley, Hayley Jaffer, Seona Kelly-Pearce, Linda Mason, Will Miller, Chris Prince, Brett Staples, David Strange, Alberto Sunderland, Claire Williamson, Tammy Yu.

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Congratulations to our new leaders

Bates Smart's next generation leadership team

2018 has been a year of significant progress for Bates Smart and we are delighted to announce three key leadership appointments in recognition of their contribution to design excellence, exceptional client service and nurturing the growth of new and existing talent.

We congratulate Kellie and Cian, who now join our directorship, for their dedication and achievement and Rachael who will skillfully continue to develop our Melbourne workplace strategy and design capabilities.

Our business has undergone a significant generational change and the new appointments to the leadership group continue this change and will be supported by our talented teams in their respective architecture and interior design fields.

Kellie Payne, Director | Kellie works across the studios, bringing strategic direction to a wide range and scale of commercial, education and workplace projects. In addition, Kellie leads our research capability, including the critically received Legal Workplace White Paper and intensive examinations of topics such as Wellbeing and Liveability.

Cian Davis, Director | Cian has significant concept design skills and over 15 year experience across a broad range of architectural projects and typologies, his projects include the multiple award-winning Bendigo Hospital, The Club Stand for the VRC, the new Australian Embassy in Washington D.C., the Queen Victoria Market redevelopment and the new Westin Darwin Hotel.

Rachael McCarthy, Studio Director | Rachael’s expertise lies in managing the strategy, interior design and client liaison aspects of our projects, including leading the workplace design team. She has worked across a diverse range of projects including many workplace and commercial buildings, recently leading the design of the workplace for the new Australian Embassy in Washington. Rachael’s experience extends to the multi-award winning new Royal Children’s Hospital, the recently completed Club Stand, Victoria Racing Club and the masterplan for the Royal Botanical Gardens

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Studio holidays 2018 - 2019

Holiday closing dates

Our studios will be closed for the holidays from close of business on Friday December 21 and will reopen on Monday 7 January.

We would like to wish all our colleagues and friends a safe and happy holiday.


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