ColLab 7 – Meet the Panel
Siân Willmott, Sustainable Design Leader, Hassell
Siân Willmott recently joined Hassell as a Sustainable Design Leader. With extensive experience ranging from technical project delivery to leading integration of sustainability into policy at a national, state and local level, she has previously led teams for multi-national consultancies. With a firm grasp on sustainable delivery across a diverse portfolio, she is currently helping Hassell enhance their project environmental and social sustainability capability and to deliver on their regenerative design framework. Siân deeply believes that scaling impact relies on honest and frequent communication and early phase multi-specialist collaboration; and that building a culture of trust, cooperation, and collective intelligence, can help to create meaningful and lasting change.
Bobby Wei, Associate Director, Bates Smart
Bobby Wei is an Associate Director at Bates Smart and a leading specialist in façade design. He is a key member of the practice’s façade team working on the external fabric of buildings and has experience across commercial, hospitality, institutional and residential sectors.
Bobby has contributed to significant projects including the new Australian Embassy in Washington DC, 171 Collins Street, as well as the benchmark sustainable office development, 435 Bourke Street. Through his rigorous approach, meticulous attention to detail and strong design sensibilities, Bobby is committed to resolving complex architectural issues and achieving high-quality design outcomes.
Tom Dean, Director, Carbon Planning, Slattery
Tom Dean joined Slattery as a Quantity Surveyor in 2007, and now acts as Carbon Planning Director, overseeing projects nation-wide. He played a pivotal role in the development of Slattery’s Carbon Planning services, and now leads a team of specialists who assist clients with their carbon goals as part of an industry shift towards a net-zero future.
Tom identified that the risk of not managing carbon in developments becomes a cost of doing business on future projects. The development of the Carbon Planning tool was a natural extension to Slattery’s service offering, as managing embodied carbon through the process of design is interlinked with cost advice. Launched in 2021, Slattery’s Carbon Planning service was the first of its kind offered in Australia, which received endorsement by the GBCA and the Property Council of Australia.
Lee Yates, Technical Manager – Façade, Integrated Solutions, Lendlease
Lee Yates presently holds the Technical Manager – Facade role within the Lendlease Applied Insight business unit. The Technical Managers are trade discipline SME’s whose role beyond knowledge banking is to assist Lendlease businesses in the management of trade specific risks and enhance multi-disciple opportunities in a coordinated manner. The Technical Management role broadens the façade knowledge base beyond glass and aluminum and includes more broad façade elements such as precast concrete, the broad range of cladding materials roofing materials, GRC / GRP and other emerging materials and techniques.
Lee started in the glass and aluminum industry in trade contractor design and project management roles. In his 35 years in the construction industry, he has worked in Australia, Asia and the Middle East in varied trade contractor and consultant roles. He has also worked in Design Management roles within Lendlease Building separate to his Applied Insight role. Beyond the supply chain, procurement, contractor and consultant liaison duties in Lendlease, Lee is particularly interested in Low CO2e façade materials and how the Australian construction industry can access such materials with consideration of present or emerging supply chain models.
Bruce Wymond, Moderator and Executive Director, Inhabit
Bruce Wymond is an Executive Director and Founding Partner of Inhabit and leads technical excellence across the company. He is based in Sydney.
With a formal background in engineering, Bruce has 30 years of experience across many different countries for some of the world’s foremost consulting practices. With an increasing interest and awareness of the impact of environmental and sustainability issues in the built environment, Bruce uses this outlook to influence Inhabit’s next generation of engineers and enhance Inhabit’s industry leading reputation.
Bruce believes strongly in leading by example having developed outstanding multi-disciplined capabilities. He has adopted a highly consultative and mentoring approach to all clients and employees, where he contributes technical expertise, managerial focus and thought leadership to the Inhabit business and the wider consultant engineering industry.