The winner of an award for being judged the top leader in Australia's property industry has been announced. 

In a recent statement, the Property Council of Australia said Stockland Senior Manager of Operations and Sustainability Devina Rooney had taken out the Harris Mackay Award for Future Leader at the 2014 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levitt Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards held at the Star Event Centre in Sydney on May 17.

Davina Rooney

Davina Rooney

Rooney, who started her career with Arup as an engineer in 2001, has worked around the world from high pressure London offices to the Indian Himalayas where she was employed on a sustainability charity project, and has worked on projects such as the Sydney Opera House refurbishment as well as runing a program for a Ugandan orphanage and assisting as an AusAid eingineer in the aftermath of the Pakistan earthquake in 2004.

Since joining Stockland as a sustainability manager in 2007, she has revitalised the Group’s commercial property division’s operational capital process and driven more than $3 million annual sustainability savings.

Rooney has been awarded a $100,000 research scholarship and will present a paper on ways the property sector can adopt a multi-faceted approach to workforce diversity early next year.

Rider Levett Bucknall Director Bob Richardson welcomed the award, which he said recognised the positive contribution made to the industry by young professionals.

“Davina Rooney represents a new generation of leader, and is a stellar example of how our industry can provide dynamic career opportunities and a platform for young people wanting to make a difference to the world,” Richardson said.

In other awards, the 45 storey Brookfield Place Perth took out top honours, bagging three awards including the Australian Development of the Year.

The $46.6 million Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre in Melbourne also received two awards including the award for best tourism and leisure development whilst Brisbane’s tallest residential tower – the Soleil apartments – bagged the award for residential development.

A Property Council spokesperson says the awards were chosen on the basis of design, leading-edge practice and community outcomes.

“The awards showcase the contribution our industry makes not only to Australia’s built environment, but to the nation’s economy, wellbeing and quality of life,” the spokesperson said.