Today, Hayball announces a change in its leadership team; Sarah Buckeridge will join current Managing Director, Tom Jordan, who has been in the role since 2008, as Co-Managing Director.
Buckeridge and Jordan will share the responsibilities of strengthening Hayball and its ability to critically respond to the challenges and profound changes that are transforming the built environment. With comprehensive knowledge of the field—and its future—Buckeridge and Jordan bring together their architectural and urban design expertise, research and business strategy. Together, they will harness cross-sector intelligence across three locations to produce universally beneficial work and further diversify Hayball’s service offering and geographical expansion.
“Sarah has demonstrated exemplary leadership and broad influence across the culture of Hayball, as well as being a remarkable architect delivering award-winning projects for the past two decades. The appointment is part of the careful consideration we put into our long-term succession planning we recognise what she has accomplished to date but also our confidence in her significant contribution into the future,” says Jordan.
“Beyond the immediate challenge of overcoming the health crisis, we must also look ahead at our economic recovery and the actions that will help get us there. The past few months reaffirmed the importance of creating a culture that is strategically aligned and intensely valued. Interconnection between our studios and strong engagement has enabled us to innovate, experiment, and quickly take advantage of new opportunities,” says Buckeridge.
She adds, “Our new working practices will be further supported by our new Melbourne studio which has been designed to enhance knowledge sharing and collaboration. The variety of different settings embrace flexible and agile ways of working and promotes equality and wellbeing”.
In her new position, Buckeridge will work with Jordan to foster Hayball’s rich internal culture, building on its inclusive and diverse workplace ethos and implementing industry-leading initiatives, such as Hayball’s ongoing commitment to Male Champions of Change and the subsequent roll-out of new company policies aimed at improving equitable practice.
Further, as a signatory of Australian Architects Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency, the practice has undertaken a series of procedures to become carbon-neutral by the end of 2020. Other key pursuits include formal research with tertiary institutions, strategic partnerships with like-minded organisations and companies such as PowerHousing Australia, Imagine Intelligent Materials and Urban Waste.