New Managing Director marks a new era for RLB in NSW

February 3, 2021.

New Managing Director marks a new era for RLB in NSW

Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) has today announced its next Managing Director for New South Wales, Stephen Mee, marking the start of a new era for Australia’s most respected quantity surveying firm in 2021.

As just the sixth managing director in the firm’s impressive 67-year-history in NSW, Stephen is looking forward to building on the strengths, dedication and innovation of a strong team who bring imagination to life for RLB clients.

During his 37-year career with RLB in NSW, Stephen has built a reputation as one of Australia’s most respected and trusted quantity surveyors. He works with some of Australia’s largest and most successful development and construction companies.

Stephen has made a large contribution to many landmark developments in Sydney. Among these are award-winning commercial office developments, including Investa’s 151 Clarence Street and Cove Apartments, The Rocks working with Harry Seidler & Associates, Dexus’ 100 Mount Street North Sydney commercial office development and the new Sydney Fish Markets. Other iconic projects include Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology in Sydney, and the Greenland Centre, Sydney’s highest residential tower at 235 metres.

A former global chairman of RLB, Stephen has served on the Global Board for the past 6-years and the Oceania Executive Committee for almost 10-years. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Building Studies (Hons) from UTS and a Master of Project Management from UNSW.

In his capacity as Managing Director, Stephen will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of RLB in NSW to ensure the firm continues to build its capacity and reputation as a global leader in the market.

He takes over from Matthew Harris, who after completing 22-years with RLB, six of those as Managing Director has elected to step out of the leadership role to take up a part time role with the business.

‘I extend my thanks and gratitude to Matthew Harris for his leadership over the past six years. I am pleased that he continues to support RLB in his role as Director and our advocate for White Ribbon and Champions of Change Coalition,’ Stephen says.

‘Like many industries around the world, the Australian property and construction market has survived very trying times during the past year and we still face great challenges. The effects of the current crisis have varied, depending on the geography, but the RLB team has been buoyed by the resilience and optimism of our colleagues in the industry’.

‘With the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccinations, we are looking forward to a much brighter 2021 – both as an industry and as our business continues to maintain our vision as the global leader in the market’.

‘I have been deeply impressed and moved by the incredibly hard work and adaptability of the RLB staff since COVID-19 arrived on Australia’s shores in early 2020. At RLB we will continue to support the industry and our clients with independent cost management and advisory expertise and we will continue to invest in digital technology at a rapid pace.’

‘Challenges and opportunities go hand in hand, and RLB has an important role to play in both. I am looking forward to a brighter 2021 for the industry and the Australian economy,’ Stephen concludes.

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About RLB

With a network that covers the globe and a heritage spanning over two centuries, Rider Levett Bucknall is a leading independent organisation in cost management and quantity surveying, project management and advisory services.

Our achievements are renowned: from the early days of pioneering quantity surveying, to landmark projects such as the Sydney Opera House, HSBC Headquarters Building in Hong Kong, the 2012 London Olympic Games and CityCenter in Las Vegas.

We continue this successful legacy with our dedication to the value, quality and sustainability of the built environment. Our innovative thinking, global reach, and flawless execution push the boundaries. Taking ambitious projects from an idea to reality.