James Calder


James is a practitioner, facilitator, author and part-time educator interested in all facets of the strategy, design and use of the workplace.

He has extensive experience in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific with the world’s pre-eminent organisations across most business sectors including extensive experience with the public sector. James has developed workplace strategies for lawyers, accountants, management consultants, media and technology organisations, investment banks, retail banks, government departments and agencies and universities. He also works for developers and owners of real estate to design the next generation of buildings for the information age.

Rentaro Oku / 奥 錬太郎

CEO, Calder Consultants Japan カルダー・コンサルタンツ・ジャパン株式会社 代表取締役

Rentaro is responsible for making innovations happen in the workspaces across Japan. He has made his mark in the design field as a workspace consultant and strategist, having served an impressive list of clients including Macquarie Group, Citi Group, SingTel/Optus, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Tohoku Electric Power and adidas. Rentaro’s expertise lies in change communication and the development of strategic design briefs based on detailed studies of behaviours and executive interviews. He is highly motivated to create innovative workspaces influenced by the Japanese traditions. Rentaro earned a Bachelor degree in Project Design (Architecture) from Miyagi University, and a Masters degree in Design Engineering Management (Workplace Planning and Design) from the Kyoto Institute of Technology.


Andrea Egert

Senior Strategist

Andrea specialises in business analysis and strategy development and helps organisations use their space strategically by translating aspirations and business needs into workspace concepts and experiences. With a management consulting background and MBA, Andrea believes that space plays a vital role in ensuring productivity and creating rich interactions between people and teams as well as with customers.

Over the years, she has created thought pieces, workspace strategies and briefs both in Australia and overseas for a vast range of organisations, such as financial institutions, professional services and law firms, tech firms and digital businesses, developers and industrial leaders.

In the last 12 months, Andrea worked predominantly with Atlassian but also with Macquarie Group, General Electric and Roche Pharmaceuticals. Her work with Atlassian includes the development of the Global Workspace Manifesto as well as strategic briefs for Atlassian’s offices in Sydney, San Francisco and other global locations. Andrea also conducted a number of workspace reviews for Macquarie in Australia and globally whilst providing briefing support for the global head office at 50 Martin Place and the redesign of 1 Martin Place.

Karen Primmer

Workspace Implementation Director

Karen grew up the daughter of an architect and fostered a passion for great spaces, effective design and construction. With over 20 years’ experience as a senior leader in corporate real estate, Karen predominately worked in roles with global responsibility for Macquarie Group and Thomas Cook.  Karen focuses on property strategy and creating workspaces that improve the performance of individuals and enhance team collaboration.

She derives great satisfaction working with stakeholders and their teams to understand how they work and developing solutions that will provide her clients with a more effective, efficient and productive environment.  She is passionate about the natural environment and the impact it has on health and performance in the workplace.

With her knowledge of commercial real estate, Karen takes immense pleasure in the finding and development of spaces that deliver exceptional working environments and community.  She has extensive experience with site acquisition, due diligence, lease negotiation, portfolio management and project implementation and has a reputation for successfully managing and working with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures and varying working styles.

Emily Deans (nee Shannon)

Design Anthropologist / Interior Architect

Emily has been committed to working in the field of Architecture and Design in Australia and North America.  Prior to her current position with Calder Consultants, she has worked for top design studios HASSELL, Woods Bagot, Cox Architecture, and the internationally recognized boutique design firm Russell & George.

With degrees in Interior Architecture and the Social Sciences, Emily aspires to integrate the strengths of design thinking and anthropological research to better understand how workplace design translates human values into tangible experiences.  Studying the workplace through ‘design anthropology’ moves observation and interpretation to collaboration, interaction and the creation of spaces.  Our data is gathered from the ‘field’ through the means of online surveys, observation studies, workshops, interviews, and floor plan drawings.

Emily has worked with a wide variety of clients from the media, property, health insurance, and legal industries.  Recent projects include design and furniture review, assisting with the project delivery of a workplace strategy for Brookfield’s new office in the World Financial Centre in New York; full pre-occupancy evaluation, design and furniture review, and on-going support of Bupa’s flexible working pilot in Melbourne; design advice, documentation, and post-occupancy analysis across Fairfax’s Melbourne and Sydney workspaces.

Dan Gundrum

Vice President / AIA

With over 30 years experience in consulting and design, Dan Gundrum has had a broad range of practice.  A licensed architect, Dan holds a masters degree in architectural history and has taught at Harvard.  Dan’s work falls into two streams: strategic consulting and design implementation.  On the strategic consulting side, which includes change management, Dan is expert at understanding what it is that an organization may need to change to become more efficient and effective – and how to get there.  He does this through a knowledge of, and use of the most current techniques.  He is an efficiency expert with contemporary methodologies.  As an architect, Dan is well versed in practical implementation skills.  He is adept at collaborative work in teams with others as he is leading design initiatives himself.

Kevin Hardy

Change Manager

Kevin Hardy provides Calder Consultants’ clients with over 30 years experience in workspace design; having commenced his career as an Architectural Draftsperson, Kevin has provided a high level of expertise across a variety of roles including Interior Designer, Project Manager, Corporate Services Manager and Design Manager.   Kevin also possesses 10 years experience in Corporate Real Estate as a Sub Regional Corporate Services and Project Manager. Kevin has worked with notable businesses including AMP Services Pty Ltd and Servcorp; prior to joining Calder Consultants, Kevin held a number of change management and project management focused roles within Macquarie Group, which over the course of 12 years saw Kevin located in Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila and most recently, Sydney. With strong client and consultant side experience and exceptional change management, project management and facilities management skills across a variety of industries including corporate banking, workplace, hospitality and retail, Kevin has a thorough understanding of change management strategy and processes enabling successful workplace transformations.

Kylie Hardy

Change Manager

Kylie is a high‐performing and passionate workplace change manager with experience managing technical and complex workspace projects in large corporate environments.

Throughout her career Kylie has managed complex workplace projects for major corporations including Macquarie Group, Hewlett Packard, Sydney Water, Vicinity Centres, Fire & Rescue NSW, The City of Sydney and The University of NSW.  She has a strong understanding of workstyles, organisational culture and technology together with an expert and executive-level advisory ability and she is currently completing her Graduate Certificate in Change Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW. Kylie has a natural flair for communications with the ability to efficiently and effectively manage change within an organisation; she quickly builds rapport with key stakeholders and successfully acts as the intermediary between management, design and implementation teams.

Victoria Sutton

Senior Workspace Strategist

Victoria is an experienced workspace strategist with a proven background in successful technical and complex projects in large and medium corporate environments. Victoria works at an executive advisory level with clients from concept, through implementation and project delivery, to evaluation of business performance in the new workspace.

Victoria has worked in a management and advisory capacity on new headquarters buildings for ANZ Banking Group at 833 Collins Street, Docklands Melbourne, Australia Post at 111 Bourke Street Melbourne, Westpac at 150 Collins Street, Melbourne and Vicinity Shopping Centres at Chadstone Tower One Melbourne.

Throughout a workspace project Victoria is able to provide Program Management and Leadership, Change Strategy and Implementation and Business Transition and Transformation services.

Eminè Mehmet

Senior Workplace Consultant

With a background in Interior Design and Project Management, Eminè’s extensive experience in the design and construction industry has provided her with a sound understanding of workspace projects.  In addition to her workplace strategy and design expertise, Eminè is a member of WELL Faculty, a WELL Accredited Professional, a Green Star Accredited Professional and respected member of the sustainability movement. Her vision is to create spaces that are healthy and have a low impact on the environment today and for future generations; Eminè assists clients to achieve workspaces that support health and wellbeing, reduction of stress and illness and increase productivity, staff attraction and retention.

Samantha Morley

Change Strategist

Samantha’s focus is on transforming the way we work. She challenges clients to shift individual perceptions and organisational conventions that hinder collaboration and innovation. Qualified in change management from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Samantha has worked across numerous industries to design and mentor the implementation of workplace strategies and the inevitable workstyle changes facing her clients, which include law firms Hall & Wilcox and Gilbert + Tobin, as well as AstraZeneca, Roche Pharmaceutical, General Electric, ING and Fire & Rescue NSW. Most of Samantha’s clients share her interest in the fulcrum on which performance and wellbeing rests so, along with her Calder colleagues, she has the privilege of working on many of Australia’s most progressive and beautiful workplace projects.

Joanna Szeszycka

Senior Interior Designer

Joanna is one of the world’s leading innovators in workspace design having worked on landmark projects in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific.  Joanna’s unique skills in translating the research and strategy information into design concepts, perspectives and space plans have been utilised on such award winning projects as Campus MLC in North Sydney and Arup’s Hong Kong office.  Joanna also plays a vital role in testing and design developing floorplates to ensure they are well suited for a variety of current and future tenant types.  Joanna is an Interior Designer and has worked for firms such as Gensler, Hassell, Woods Bagot and DEGW.

Stefanie Rankin

Operations Manager / Design and Comms

With a background in the professional services, architecture and design industries, Stefanie has over 18 years experience assisting innovative businesses and those working within them to flourish. An accomplished business and administration manager with qualifications in design and financial services, Stefanie brings an extensive knowledge of business operations and executive support to Calder Consultants and its clients. She has previously worked with practices Lyons, Woods Bagot and Cornwell Design in Australia and professional services firms in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom at Director, Board and CEO level; possessing an exceptional ability to exceed expectations in fast-paced and deadline driven environments, she has played a key supporting role in the delivery of high-profile projects and has worked with clients and stakeholders across various industries including investment banking, insurance, property development and production throughout her career.


Calder Dog

With over 3 years’ experience in studying the behaviour of people, Gladys is primarily responsible for promoting and implementing health and wellness initiatives in the workplace, whilst also fostering a positive workplace culture.  Gladys has specialised interests in the release of oxytocin and the reduction of stress in the workplace.

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