Victorian People in Property Awards winners announced

by Sophie Berrill
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People in Property Awards 2023.

Victoria’s property industry recently came together to celebrate excellence at the People in Property Awards. 

Using the theme ‘The Power of People’, the Property Council of Australia, hosts of the event, wanted to shine the spotlight on exceptionally talented individuals driving the industry at this year’s awards. 

“As an industry, we have the power to influence the built environment of our cities and urban areas, and it’s crucial that we continue to innovate and achieve,” the Property Council’s wrap-up reads.

“We must constantly strive to find new and better ways to shape our environment, to make it more liveable, workable, and enjoyable for everyone.”

Winners were announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne on 22 June.

The People in Property Awards winners

Rising Star 

Winner: Megan Cullen, assistant project manager at Pomeroy Pacific

With less than five years of direct property industry experience, the Rising Star is an individual who has already made a mark in their organisation and industry. They demonstrate an aptitude and desire to develop their property career with forward-thinking efforts – bringing new ideas or practices to the surface that make the industry better.

People First 

Winner: Simône De La Harpe, head of people experience at Lifestyle Communities 

This award recognises individuals who have implemented and delivered outstanding initiatives that benefit the people within their organisation.


Winner: Sarah Tozer, general manager strategy and new business (building) at John Holland

The Pathfinder award is for individuals finding and delivering creative solutions to business challenges. They demonstrate operational excellence and innovative spirit that may not otherwise be recognised.

Industry Impact 

Winner: Monica Fontaine, national health sector lead – southern region at Built

Industry Impact recognises individuals who contribute significantly and consistently to the property industry beyond their own organisation, over an extended period of time, and for the purpose of advancing the industry and its people through knowledge sharing, advocacy and/or leadership. 

Team of the Year

Winner: Goulburn Valley Health project team at Built

Team of the Year has delivered consistently high levels of service to internal or external stakeholders. The team demonstrates excellent collaboration in the creative and effective ways they discharge their responsibilities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Winner: Kristy Megaw, senior account director – National Australia Bank at Cushman and Wakefield

This award recognises an individual who has been instrumental in integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into their business, subsequently leading to an inclusive workforce.

ESG (environmental, social, and governance)

Winner: Steven Peters, chief sustainability officer at ISPT

This award recognises and rewards outstanding internal or external campaigns, projects and/or case studies within the context of ESG. 


Winner: Jennifer Cunich

This award recognises a respected individual who has embodied the vision of the Property Council to support prosperity, jobs and strong communities.

Read our interview with Kristy Megaw about her career achievements and why she thinks facilities management has a diversity problem.

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