With a distinguished 20-year career in architecture in England, Sydney and now 12 months with Hames Sharley, Janine Graves says she 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 says.

Caillin Howard, Hames Sharley Managing Director says the 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 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 says.

“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 says.

Graves says 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, Workplace 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 says.

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