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As part of our recent series of promotions we were delighted to announce Janine Graves as our latest Director, a move that bolsters the company’s leadership across the eastern seaboard.

Already with a distinguished 20-year career in architecture in England, Sydney and now 12 months with Hames Sharley, Janine is excited about her most professional career highlight to date.

“I feel honoured to accept the role and with the full support of the directors and shareholders, I’m excited to be a part of a talented, forward-thinking leadership group.

“Together, we are contributing to the growth of our community, strengthening our relationships within the property industry and continuing to be at the forefront of innovation and positive change within the built environment,” she said.

Caillin Howard, Hames Sharley Managing Director said Janine’s promotion was another example of the practice’s commitment to backing great people and performance within the practice.

“This is a significant promotion within Hames Sharley and we’re thrilled to welcome Janine as Director and having her vision play a key role in shaping our future.

“Janine has been an integral part of our growth within the Sydney studio and our Office & Industrial portfolio.

“Janine leads the way with her empathetic style of leadership that not only inspires our people, but for our internal and external communities, shows that connection between the philosophy of our brand and how we function as professionals,” he said.

“Investing in our people is critical to a design practice such as ours; a national leading inter-disciplinary group, we must forge a path to better the world through the people we empower – to elevate our work for the betterment of all,” he said.

Janine said that she was looking forward to continuing her contribution across multiple portfolios while playing a senior role in the practice’s future direction and Sydney Studio.

“One of the great things about Hames Sharley is its deep understanding of social value within design and how to truly integrate it into process and outcomes.

“Our world doesn’t draw lines between design disciplines, so we must support our people to embrace true inter-disciplinary design.

“For me, this means continuing to support people and culture within Hames Sharley and accelerate growth in some of our key portfolios including Office & Industrial, Interiors and Education, Science & Research.

“These are spaces I hope to support further, having delivered large-scale commercial, Government and emergency services projects, international projects in sustainable and affordable housing, and more recently heritage and adaptive-reuse projects,” she said.

For Janine personally, developing strong relationships with clients and stakeholders, truly understanding their aspirations and challenging the norm are at the forefront of how she drives the best outcomes.

In practice, she spends time and focuses on each user group in what is often a multi-faceted environment, and builds on her existing industry relationships with others who trust her knowledge base.

Within the business, her vision aligns with Hames Sharley’s values to continue building relationships, including nurturing younger team members to help them strive for excellence. Janine’s most recent contribution in this space includes sponsoring a team member as part of the 500 Women in Property initiative by the Property Council of Australia.

“I’ve always felt supported to pave my own pathway to success and I’m excited by the prospect of taking the opportunity to enable accelerated career growth within and outside of Hames Sharley,” she said.

Right now, she’s looking forward to continuing her role within key portfolio and thought leadership groups, further bolstering Hames Sharley’s East Coast depth and working alongside the executive management team to contribute positively to the direction of the practice.