Property Person of the Year Award

Property Person of the Year 2013 | Mr Steve McCann


Date : Wednesday, 11 December, 2013
Venue :  Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf

Winner: Mr Steve McCann - Group CEO & Managing Director, Lend Lease.


The Property Person of the Year recognises an impressive community leader who has played a major role in helping construct Australia. The 2013 Property Person of the Year award was presented to Mr Ross McDiven at a charity fundraising luncheon in aid of Warrah Disability Services and St. Vincents Prostate Cancer Centre. The luncheon was held at the picturesque location of Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf and 300 industry representatives attended the occasion.

Glenn Wheeler - Master of Ceremony and a broadcaster on 2GB and presenter on Seven Networks The Morning Show - conducted an easy, interesting and fun interview with Steve about his earlier days starting out in the industry, his family and his outstanding achievements.


Winner of the Property Person of the Year 2013

Mr Steve McCann

Steve McCann, the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Lend Lease is the Property Person of the Year 2013

Commenting on Steve’s award, Urban Taskforce Chair Noel Hemmings QC said: "Steve McCann has led Lend Lease into a buoyant period over the last 8 years. In Sydney, Lend Lease is driving the two biggest urban regeneration projects; Barangaroo South and the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) project, which will transform the Western edge of the city.”
Steve McCann is responsible for the overall management of the Lend Lease Group operations across Australia, Asia, Europe and America. Lend Lease is listed on the ASX, has a market capitalisation of $5.8 billion and employs more than 16,500 people globally. The Lend Lease Group now has a development pipeline with an expected end value of $37 billion, the largest in Lend Lease's 50 year history, and a construction backlog of over $16 billion.

Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson said: “Under Steve’s leadership, Lend Lease has secured many major projects in Australia like Barangaroo and SICEEP in Sydney, the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane, Batman’s Hill in Melbourne, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in Queensland and Waterbank in Perth. Through the acquisition of Valemus in 2011, Lend Lease has also become a leading player in the infrastructure and civil engineering markets in Australia.”

“Internationally, Lend Lease projects include the £1.5 billion regeneration of Elephant & Castle in London, the second stage of the Stratford redevelopment, the International Quarter, which follows the very successful delivery of the Athletes’ Village for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Jem® mixed use development and the Somerset retail development in Singapore and Setia City Mall in Malaysia. Lend Lease is also now the largest manager of privatised military housing and lodging and the largest high rise residential builder in America.”

Commenting on this win, Steve McCann said: “I am very humbled to receive this award. It is a great privilege to be recognised in the industry and an honour to be included in the company of such notable previous award winners. I am proud to lead a great Australian company. Lend Lease is a values driven company and our vision to create the best places means we are always focused on leaving positive legacies. Our people are our greatest asset and I am fortunate to be a part of a fantastic team.

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Steve McCann (Third from right) with his family



Steve McCann – Bio

Steve McCann has been Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director since 2008 following his role as CEO of the Lend Lease Investment Management business since 2005. Prior to this Steve had 15 years’ experience in funds management and capital markets transactions including 6 years at ABN AMRO as Head of Property and Head of Industrial Mergers and Acquisitions. He has also been the Head of Property at Bankers Trust.

Steve was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in 2008, and joined the Board in March 2009. Prior to his current role, Steve was Group Finance Director, appointed in March 2007 and Chief Executive Officer for Lend Lease’s Investment Management business from September 2005 to December 2007. Steve has more than 15 years’ experience in funds management and capital markets transactions. Prior to joining Lend Lease in 2005, he spent six years at ABN AMRO, where his roles included Head of Property, Head of Industrial Mergers & Acquisitions and for the last three years, Head of Equity Capital Markets for Australia and New Zealand.

Previous roles also include Head of Property at Bankers’ Trust, four years as a mergers & acquisitions lawyer at Freehills, Melbourne and four years in taxation accounting at Deloitte, Melbourne.




Noel Hemmings QC Chairman, Urban Taskforce Australia.

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Mr Chris Johnson, CEO of the Urban Taskforce during his presentation.
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Assc Prof Philip Stricker, Director- St Vincent's Hospital
Georgina Michaelis, CEO, Warrah Society.
Glenn Wheeler, MC, addressing the crowed.



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Past winners include:

  • Mr Ross McDiven, Chairman of Brookfield Multiplex
  • Mr Lang Walker, Chairman of Walker Corporation
  • Mr Liam Forde, Chief Executive of Baulderstone Hornibrook.
  • Mr Bill Moss AM, Group Head and Chief Executive Officer of the Banking and Property Group, Macquarie Bank
  • Mr Greg Goodman, Group Chief Executive Officer, Goodman
  • Mr Wal King AO, Chief Executive Officer, Leighton Holdings
  • Mr Harry Triguboff AO, Chairman and Managing Director of Meriton Apartments
  • Mr Bob Rose, AM, Chief Executive Officer, The Rose Group
  • Garry Rothwell, Founder and Principal, Winton Property Group


  For more information about the Property Person of the Year 2013 Award please contact the Urban Taskforce on (02) 9238 3955  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.