Through client engagement and specialist engineering, facilities and sustainability initiatives, Kate seeks to drive growth and guidance for the Real Estate Management Team.
Kate leads and delivers solutions for clients in all areas of technical and commercial advisory, asset re-positioning, due diligence, engineering design, renewable developments and operational performance across Asia-Pacific.
Q: How long have you been in the real estate industry and how did you come to join Colliers International?
I started my career in the built environment sector, as an electrical engineer with engineering consultancies such as Aurecon, Mott Macdonald and NDY. I then sought to diversify my experience and focused on project management, design and construction and energy efficiency at AGL Energy, developing and delivering projects for major customers. Following this, I moved into the real estate industry in 2016. Prior to joining Colliers, I developed consulting and advisory offerings with a key focus on business growth and engineering excellence with a commercial emphasis.
When an opportunity became available to join the Colliers team, it was an exciting prospect to contribute to a strong and growing team in the Real Estate Management business.
Q: Tell us a bit more about your current role with Colliers. What do you find most fulfilling about it?
I am the Head of Engineering, Facilities Management and Sustainability within the Real Estate Management team. My role entails working with clients, property managers and facility managers to identify and implement operational improvements, technical solutions, risk mitigation processes and value opportunities such as new services offerings.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to work with multiple teams and clients across multiple asset classes and services to bring about positive change in Colliers’ service delivery and technical capability. The challenges requiring solutions are varied each day, which leads to a rewarding and interesting working environment.
Q: From your experience of working with private investors, do you have any tips you could share with them when they re-evaluate their real estate strategy in the current environment?
In these present challenging times; the ability to maintain a site presence and focus on delivery has been significantly impacted by organisations and the need to ensure that their staff are adequately protected by organisational practices.
We see that there are key opportunities available by engaging with reliable service providers in property to streamline services and introduce further operational efficiency. This could include operational technology platforms that minimise technical administration and allow an increased focus on specialist facility management services such as strategic procurement, project delivery and energy efficiency.