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Strategic moves made by Fender Katsalidis and Assemble

Architecture practice Fender Katsalidis and build-to-rent developer Assemble both announce strategic changes amongst personnel as 2020 draws to an end.

Strategic moves made by Fender Katsalidis and Assemble

Fender Katsalidis

Fender Katsalidis has announced the strengthening of both its Queensland operations and interior design offering with two strategic hires at principal level.

Rosie Morley is joining to lead the firm’s interior design team with Megan Rodgers joining to take charge at the existing Brisbane studio.

Other changes announced include:

  • After 10 years at FK, Mark Murphy takes on a new role as managing director
  • Three internal team members, Jacqueline Bartholomeusz, Jessica Lee and Joe Venuto, have also been elevated to principal
  • Seven team members have become associate directors and a further seven have become associates


Build to rent developer, Assemble Communities, has experienced extensive growth, with 15 new staff appointed since March 2020, at a time Victoria was in lock-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Growing the team to 36, this injection of expertise will bolster Assemble’s position as a leading build to rent developer focused on social and affordable housing.

In response to the developer’s significant $3b privately funded mixed-income rental housing portfolio — the largest portfolio of its kind in Australia — key appointments have been made across Development, Operations, Marketing & Commitments, Communications, Community Engagement, Partnerships, Finance, Placemaking & Experience and Publishing divisions.

Key new hires include Director – Relationships and Marketing, Rebecca Shackleton, who joins Assemble with over 15 years of experience in sales and marketing with leading developers including Satterley and Stockland.

Respected design advocate and urban designer, Andy Fergus will join as Head of Urban Design, after advising the business on a range of projects including the East Village site in East Bentleigh.

This focus on design excellence, place and neighbourhood development continues with the appointment of Ingrid Langtry in the newly created role of Place, Retail and Experience Manager.

Maggie McKeand joins as Community Engagement & Partnerships Manager, reinforcing the developer’s commitment to purposeful community engagement and in delivering resident services and support.

Senior Development Manager, Simon Denny joins with 17 years’ experience in residential, retail, education and commercial development in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 

Other changes announced include:

  • Brendan Smee – Senior Project Manager
  • Cameron Quinn – Associate Director, Partnerships
  • Emma Fox – Commitments Coordinator
  • Jainy Dave – Management Accountant
  • Leona Li – Property Accountant
  • Lucy Goldsmith – Executive Assistant & Office Manager
  • Matt Roper – Associate, Partnerships
  • Nat Burcul – Media & Communications Manager
  • Nicola Fawl – Senior Operations Manager
  • Sophie Rzepecky – Editor, Assemble Papers


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