Gippsland born and raised Nic Green is leading the establishment of Spiire’s new Gippsland office which opens this week.
This is an exciting new horizon for the 300 strong property and infrastructure consultancy, and their sixth office to open in a regional centre in just over 20 years.
“The value of Spiire has always been in our local people” says managing director Mark Breuer.
“Our staff live in—and are an active part of—the communities in which they work.”
Green, an engineer specialising in stormwater and civil infrastructure, joined Spiire as a graduate from Victoria University in 2009. After two years in Spiire’s Melbourne office and nine years at Spiire Geelong, two of which he managed the Geelong business unit, last year Green made the decision to move back to Gippsland with his young family.
“In making that decision, I also recognised the opportunity to bring Spiire’s services to Gippsland and build a local team” says Green.
“There is plenty of opportunity in Gippsland, not only in terms of projects and growth, but opportunities to contribute to the local economy, foster local skills and develop young people’s careers”.
“This is a unique opportunity for Spiire and for Gippsland” says director Morne Henderson.
“Nic is a fantastic operator and his value to our clients is second to none. He is a very engaging and approachable leader who shows a level of understanding and compassion towards others. He also has a great work ethic and leads by example. It’s the combination of these skills that has made him an incredible asset and mentor to others; He empowers those he leads and holds them to account which helps them achieve”.
“It’s a very good fit” says fellow director Steve Nolan.
“With the support of a strong local leader, the Gippsland team will be able to lean back on the wider business and will be supported by our ‘one team’ culture. By supporting and developing local people, we can’t help but make this new team successful.
“This is something we have understood and have been achieving in our regional geographies since the opening of our Shepparton office in 2000”.
In 2000, Horsham born and raised Breuer moved to Shepparton to build a team of local consultants for Spiire.
These local people are now integral in the local business community and have gone on to become industry leaders in their specialised fields. Spiire’s Shepparton office is now the most successful property and infrastructure consultancy in the wider Goulburn Valley Region.
“Being local is critical – being engrained in, and connected to the local community is the only way to drive meaningful outcomes for clients, staff and the local communities in which we work” says Nolan.
After completing high school in Gippsland, Green moved to the city to study Engineering, and was then presented with an opportunity to work at Spiire’s Melbourne office.
“This was particularly valuable from a professional perspective. There is a vast amount of knowledge and expertise within the business. I had multiple mentors which was an important part of rounding me out as a consultant” says Green.
Green then made the sea change to Ocean Grove and joined Spiire’s Geelong business unit.
“The move to the Geelong office exposed Nic very quickly to a broad range of regional projects which gave him an instant level of experience he would not otherwise have achieved” says Nolan.
“The small team and the dynamic project environment really allowed Nic to shine, and others quickly got to see what he was capable of”.
Green soon took on a leadership role in the local Engineering team, growing the team from three staff to twelve staff over three years. He was subsequently appointed Manager of the Geelong Business Unit where he led a successful team of 23 consultants.
In 2020, Green returned to Gippsland with his family.
“From a family perspective it was the right time, and it made sense to move back to where we want our children to grow up” says Green.
“I am excited to work with people who care about shaping the local community. Delivering projects in the area we all live and work and send our kids to school is a rewarding thing. But what’s more important is the understanding that you’re not just designing another subdivision or piece of infrastructure; you are working collaboratively with a local network of stakeholders to deliver with a duty of care to the community. The positive outcomes which result will shape the community for generations to come”.
The new Gippsland office will provide local civil engineering, water engineering and surveying services throughout Gippsland, Casey and Cardinia regions.
The team will also be supported by over 300 employees across Melbourne, Regional Victoria & NSW and the ACT to provide landscape architecture, town planning, urban design, visual media and electrical engineering as a part of this integrated service offering.
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