About Kate.

CORPORATE AND EXECUTIVE ADVISOR. ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER.

PhD Scholar | MA (Hum. Geo.) | MLS (Comm. Law) | BPropEc.

Dr Kate C. McCauley is an experienced Senior Property Development Executive with a strong track record specialising in the design and delivery of high-end mixed-use built product. She has extensive leadership experience in all phases – acquisition, design and delivery – of large‐scale, complex, major and master planned projects such as Central Barangaroo (>$2b) Parramatta Square (>$1bn), Darwin City Waterfront (>$1bn) and Rhodes Waterside (>$1bn). And offers a track record of success in commercial negotiations, stakeholder engagement and thought leadership including the successful engagement of diverse audiences – executive decision-makers, project teams and communities. She was an elite gymnast as a child, is an accredited yoga instructor and barre enthusiast.

LEADER with a collective/collaborative leadership style, emphasising cross-disciplinary fertilisation and generative thinking for the realisation of shared organisational and project objectives.

STRATEGIST with proven experience in negotiating and administrating complex large-scale development arrangements exceeding a value of $2bn in the public and private sectors of the Australian region.

COLLABORATOR proven ability in communicating across disciplines such as design, planning, finance, legal, sales and marketing. Highly-developed interpersonal skills with a focus on effective and timely collaboration and consultation.

SPECIALIST experienced in project, stakeholder, risk and financial management up to and exceeding $2bn. Strong background in financial modelling, feasibility analysis, bids and tendering, due diligence, negotiation, planning and authority approvals, project sales, branding and marketing, architectural design, value engineering, delivery and divestment across a suite of major projects.

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT (PhD) in experiential aspects of problem solving, design and negotiation. Intricate understanding of the development cycle from preliminary feasibility analysis, site acquisitions through sales and marketing to delivery, practical completion and divestment.

Expertise

Expertise.

MAJOR PROJECTS. GOVERNANCE. STRATEGY. NEGOTIATION. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT. EXECUTIVE DECISION-MAKING AND KNOW-HOW. SOLUTIONS DEVELOPMENT.

  • Strategy Development and Execution of Large-scale, Complex, Major Projects.
  • Thought Leadership: Executive Decision-Making and Know-how, Innovation, Design Thinking, Creative Practice, Negotiation, Teamwork, Stakeholder Engagement and Solutions  Development.
  • Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement.
  • Governance Structures, Principles and Processes.
  • Team Leadership and Project Management.
  • Interpersonal and Business Communications and Negotiations.
  • Project Planning, Risk and Financial Analysis and Management.
Publications

Select Publications.

GOVERNANCE. HOLISTIC THINKING. LIVED EXPERIENCE OF EXECUTIVE KNOW-HOW AND DECISION-MAKING.

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

Problem-solving, design thinking, creative practice, reflective practice, negotiation, tacit knowledge, felt knowing, the felt sense, intuitive experience, philosophies of the implicit, phenomenology, grounded theory, systems thinking, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, systems, processes, ethics, conduct and culture, urban planning, architectural design and built environments.

FELT KNOWING, TACIT KNOWLEDGE AND CREATIVE PRACTICE

PhD Thesis Title: ‘Felt knowing, tacit knowledge and creative practice: Insights from architects and private developers in urban settings’.

Focus/conceptual framework: Philosophies of the implicit, the felt sense, felt knowing, tacit knowledge and intuitive experience, practice theory, constructivist grounded theory, phenomenology, communicative planning, problem-solving, creative thinking, design thinking, negotiation, architectural design, property development and urban planning.

A full copy of the PhD thesis is available here: http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1266634

SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSSSMENT: TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY

McCauley KC, Howitt R (2014) ‘Integrating social impact assessment into the planning regime of Parramatta City Council’, Local Government Law Journal, Thomson Reuters.

Testimonials

Testimonials.

HOLISTIC THINKER. SKILLED AND ETHICAL NEGOTIATOR. SOLUTIONS-FOCUSED COLLABORATOR.

“Kate is a passionate and focussed Development Manager with extensive financial and analytical skills. Her project management experience provides an organisational framework to drive complex and demanding project outcomes. With a holistic approach to strategic thinking and an empathetic understanding of stakeholder positions, Kate is a skilled facilitator as well as a commercial negotiator. Having worked with Kate for over six years in two organisations, I can confidently say she is a disciplined researcher, ethical negotiator and experienced development manager who I am delighted to recommend.”

SCOTT GREGG, EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER AT LANDCOM

“Kate is a thoughtful and experienced negotiator at complex interfaces between urban development, regulatory approval and creative thinking. Her experience encompasses deep thinking and practice around the ways in which creative design, inclusive engagement and critical thinking can work together to produce sustainable and equitable urban futures. Her thinking around social assessment, phenomenological experience and the different approaches of planners, developers and architects is a fertile arena for rethinking how we work together for desirable futures. Her emerging PhD is a ground-breaking exploration of practice in urban architecture and development. She is highly recommended as a thoughtful, creative and generous team member in any complex settings requiring careful negotiation and discussion.”

RICHARD HOWITT, EMERITUS PROFESSOR AT MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY

“Kate and I worked closely together on the Central Barangaroo project for over 7 months. Central Barangaroo is a highly-complex mixed-use development with an estimated end value of over $6 billion. Kate is highly organised, intelligent and professional. She is very articulate and incredibly knowledgeable. She constantly impressed me with her in-depth understanding of complex development issues. Kate’s ability to provide insightful analysis to complex issues and form a structured approach to resolution is unparalleled. As an individual, Kate is very pleasant to work with. I greatly benefited from her inspiring words of wisdom. Based on my experience in working with Kate, I would highly recommend her to any business looking for cutting-edge expertise in large-scale and/or complex property development.” 

NATALIA PLETNEVA, DEVELOPMENT ANALYST AT AQUALAND

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