Australasian design group MODE announces the appointment of new senior leaders and the promotion of existing staff members in a bid to raise the firm’s capability throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Edward Lynch, a highly experienced and well-known design business executive will fill the newly created position of National Director.

Lynch’s three-decade career spans the architecture, design, engineering and construction industries in Australia, the Americas and throughout Asia and the Middle East. Lynch’s background has a strong focus on business consolidation, expansion and generation.

Chief Operations Officer, Martine Menerey who has been with the practice for just 4 years has been promoted to Director of Operations. Menerey works closely with the group’s leaders overseeing and guiding business management and strategic planning nationally.

Associate and leading correctional designer Stuart Young has also been promoted to Director, supporting MODE’s Justice team expansion with the recent appointment to a number of secure environment projects in Australia and New Zealand last year.

The company’s Sydney and Darwin offices also welcome the promotion of Studio Directors Paul Oreshkin and Dr David Bridgman. Oreshkin and Bridgman fill newly created roles as design mentors and client relationship managers within these offices. They oversee their dedicated local teams and projects, forming key players in MODE’s national platform.

Rhonan O’Brien, MODE’s Managing Principal says the appointments and new job roles reflect the firm’s continued expansion and progress into new project typologies.

“For two decades we have guided MODE to be a progressive and responsive business, and through these important promotions and appointments, support our commitment to further developing MODE as a leading design solution specialist,” he said.

“This year you will see an exciting new range of services expanding our capabilities, particularly in the areas of solution focused innovation.”