Sustainability champion and visionary, Carolyn Parker, will be presented with an honorary doctorate at this week’s RMIT University graduation.
The Doctor of Business Honoris Causa is in recognition of Parker’s exceptional career in the property and construction industry.
RMIT University Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, said Parker had been a role model for progressing women in the industry during a distinguished 25 year posting as Managing Director of the privately-owned Kador Group, until her retirement from that role in 2013.
“She graduated from RMIT in 1990 with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is currently an independent Company Director,” Martin said.
The Kador Group has extensive property investments in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra and, under her leadership, the Group delivered Australia’s largest green commercial refurbishment involving the redevelopment of 500 Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD.
The 30-year-old, 28-level multi-tenanted building has achieved a 5 Star Green Star Certified Rating for the design of its staged refurbishment, making it the first CBD commercial building to achieve this.
The refurbishment turned an ageing landmark into a contemporary icon, with productivity gains measured by a study jointly undertaken by the Kador Group and Sustainability Victoria.
Under Parker’s stewardship, the Group then undertook a major restoration of a heritage listed building at 39 Hunter Street, Sydney.
This project achieved 6 Star Green Star Design and As Built Ratings, and was the first heritage restoration in Australia to achieve this ranking.
A proud RMIT alumnus and ambassador, Parker enjoys an active relationship with the University as a member of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management Advisory Committee.
Parker is or has been a member of a range of other committees and boards including: Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd; CFT Properties Pty Ltd; Mt Eliza Community Enterprise Ltd (Bendigo Bank franchise); Master Capital Group; Girl Guides Victoria Finance Committee; Australian Property Industry Foundation; Property Council of Australia Victorian Division Council; and Property Advisory Committee, Salvation Army.
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