John came to Australia on a 457 visa in 2012 to work with the city as a Senior Building Surveyor in the City’s Building Department. This role was a Building Control role assessing plans and issuing building permits. He transferred to his current role as Manager of Assets and Procurement in May 2014. He now manages a team of five people and is responsible for the Management of the City’s Infrastructure Assets, ensuring the city’s procurement processes are compliant with the Local Government Act and the delivery of the City’s major building projects, excluding roads.
John is responsible for the procurement process within the City in compliance with the requirements of the Western Australian Local Government Act. He has implemented an e-tendering system for all purchases and projects over $100K which require to be tendered and is implementing an e-purchasing programme for purchases under 100K to ensure compliance with the Act and which maximises the use of local businesses and suppliers.
He is also responsible for the asset management of the City’s infrastructure assets. John coordinates between the officers responsible for the operation and maintenance of the various assets classes and the Finance Department. He prepares asset management plans with projections for future expenditure to maintain the assets at their current service levels or identify which ones need to be replaced or renewed. He also assists with the asset related elements of the City’s reporting requirements of the Department of local Government’s Integrated Planning Framework process which is intended to keep local Government’s finances sustainable in the long term.
Mark Scott-Jeffs MCIAT
Centre Councillor, Centre C3 Australasia and Centre Treasurer
Current location: Perth, Western Australia
Current Employer: Campion Design Group
Associate Design Director for Campion Design Group. One of three directors working closely with their cosmopolitan team of 20 graduate architects and designers. Mark's role is usually as lead designer for a given project.
Gerald Lockard MCIAT
Gill Armstrong MCIAT
Centre Education Officer
Gill's interest in the profession of Architectural Technology stems from its pragmatic approach of developing architecture from quantifiable concepts: responding to site, climate, policy and technical possibilities. Gill is a Chartered Architectural Technologist but started her professional career in design & technology education and an ARB registered architect. After over 10 years in private practice in Manchester (UK) working predominately on urban residential and healthcare architecture, Gill struck a balance between family & professional life by furthering her academic career, working at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Grenfell Baines School of Architecture, Environment and Construction at University of Central Lancashire promoted to Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Architectural Technology.
In 2012, Gill embraced a state sponsored opportunity to emigrate to Australia. Now residing in Adelaide and working internationally, she specialises in urban renewal, building control policy, and sustainable design. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Adelaide and tutor in architecture & design at the University of South Australia. Gill's long term ambition is to build upon existing international (eg: USA, South Africa, Canada, EU, UK) recognition of Chartered Architectural Technologists, focussing within the HE/FE education sectors to expand CIAT accredited degree and masters programs throughout Australasia.
The chief executive of the Chinese-owned Australian contractor John Holland has warned that the country's major contractors are too close to insolvency and that the industry was 'teetering on the brink of collapse', despite the country's infrastructure boom.