Meet the SDC Team

A group of highly skilled, forward-thinking individuals, who are passionate about making a difference.

Ben de Waard

Ben de Waard

Director

Ben’s always had a keen interest in the natural environment – even as a child, he loved nature studies and learning about ecological wonders. At the same time, he was surrounded by relatives working in the construction industry, and naturally developed an interest in that too. 

University gave him the chance to blend those interests. And he took it – enrolling in, and eventually graduating from, a Bachelor of Social Science (Socio-Environmental Assessment & Policy) and a Masters in Urban Planning.

What drives Ben most, he says, is “the concept of environmental stewardship – which recognises that we all share the same planet, and have a responsibility to look after it, for each other and for future generations too.”

Lindsay Richardson

Lindsay Richardson

Director

Lindsay says, “to ‘engineer’ literally means to ‘make things happen’”. And that’s exactly the reason why he chose to pursue a career in the field.

He’s a do-er. And he believes that sustainability has the capacity to make a difference for future generations. That’s why he joined SDC as a consultant in 2007 – and why he continues to champion environmental sustainability today.

Working his way up the ladder to co-director, Lindsay says the best part about working at SDC is “not only the diversity of work, but also the family-friendly culture”.

Daniel Edwards

Daniel Edwards

Director

Daniel has always had a passion for both the natural and built environments. When he saw a need for specialist consultants in sustainable design, he knew he could help make a difference based on a single belief: “the belief that we are stewards of the planet, that we need to consider future generations and ensure that the resources we have aren’t wasted”.

After completing a Bachelor of Architecture, Daniel worked at a range of architectural practices prior to running his own for 15 years. Although a founding director of SDC, changes in 2014 have given Daniel the opportunity to take up a role within the company and follow his passion for working with design and construction teams to deliver high quality and sustainable outcomes.

Muzaffar Ahmad

Muzaffar Ahmad

Sustainability Consultant

Muzaffar says the reason he works at SDC is because engineering is his passion, “It’s a challenging profession that reduces the gap between theoretical design and actual building.”

Graduating in 2008 from a Bachelors of Civil Engineering and completing his Masters (Environmental Engineering) in 2011, Muzaffar has been with SDC for two years. He believes, and rightly so, that our generation has a responsibility to look after sustainability, so that future generations don’t regret our mistakes. 

When he’s not consulting with SDC, you’ll find Muzaffar caring for his new baby girl, out in the garden or volunteering with the City of Greater Dandenong.

Jane Brammer

Jane Brammer

Energy Assessor

Jane started her working career in nursing – a job that called on her keen eye for detail, and genuine concern for people’s wellbeing.

18 years after starting out as a nurse, Jane wanted a change. So she set her sights on another field where she felt she could make a difference – environmental sustainability.

She joined SDC in 2006 and has since completed her accreditation as a Thermal Performance Assessor for FirstRate 4, FirstRate 5 and AccuRate. While energy efficiency is her passion, what she enjoys most is seeing her colleagues’ faces light up whenever she brings a batch of fresh, homemade scones in to work.

Zoe Kwak

Zoe Kwak

Sustainability Consultant

Originally hailing from South Korea, Zoe’s background is in Environmental Engineering, with extensive research work in Biomedical and Civil Engineering. She’s also worked on a broad range of green building projects in New York City – all of which she is extremely proud of.

Zoe then travelled the world in search of a place that would allow her to live out what she deemed a sustainable life. Taken with our city’s sustainable lifestyle, she decided to call Melbourne home – and we're most certainly glad she did!

With a strong commitment to environmental stewardship, Zoe believes in "our responsibility to meet our needs without compromising the future generations' ability to meet their own".

When she's not consulting on diverse projects at SDC, or volunteering with Engineers Without Borders, Zoe enjoys an appreciation of the outdoors, fine arts and live music.

Adam Redmond

Adam Redmond

Sustainability Consultant

A born problem solver, Adam has always had a keen interest in maths and physics - so a career in Engineering was a perfect way for him to merge all his interests.

Adam says he enjoys "the challenge of developing better, smarter and more efficient ways of doing things; as well as learning about creative ways other people have taken to tackle similar problems."

After completing a Bachelor of Arts and then a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) Adam came to join us at SDC. The supportive, friendly environment he feels enables him to work collaboratively in a team-orientated culture and contribute positively to society and the environment.

Lisa Duck

Lisa Duck

Accounts

With a comprehensive background in accounting, Lisa brings to SDC years of expertise developed throughout an extensive career within accounting firms and industry.

She loves that her role at SDC now allows her passion for working with numbers to contribute to supporting work with a positive vision for the future.

A keen reader and cook, the family focused culture of SDC is perfect for Lisa as she most enjoys spending time with her family and friends. And no stranger to building and construction, Lisa's rebuild of her own home is in fact one of the achievements she's most proud of.


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