PT Blink deepens senior leadership bench
Sydney, Australia, 10 December 2021 – Australian property tech start-up PT Blink announces more senior leadership appointments as the company accelerates its cloud platform development and ecosystem building activities:
- Ashley Brinson: Non-executive director
- Richard Sharps: Chief Financial Officer
- Martin Fenn: Director of Integration
The new leadership appointees bring a wealth of industry experience to drive this next phase in PT Blink’s evolution into a cloud-based service and will support the growing number of technical specialists also joining the company.
PT Blink’s Executive Chairman Mark Franklin commented: “We are thrilled to have leaders of the calibre of Ashley, Richard and Martin joining PT Blink at this exciting time to drive our expansion in Australia and overseas. They join a diverse and highly experienced team of leaders and a growing team of specialists who ensure that our future is in safe hands.”
In August, PT Blink appointed former Canon Australia general manager and senior marketer Andrew Giles as Director – Marketing and Communications.
Today’s announcement comes as PT Blink also reveals a major partnership and multi-million-dollar capital raise with the owners of major US-based property developer and operator Holland Partner Group (HPG). The partnership sees PT Blink applying its technology to several HPG developments in the US as the cloud platform is created. The partnership has commenced with an eight-storey apartment in Seattle, Washington. (See related press release.)
Ashley Brinson – Non-executive director Ashley has broad experience in R&D, manufacturing, capital project management, international business expansion, technology transfer and public policy. Currently, Ashley is the Director of strategic consultancy Brinson and Associates and the Founder and CEO of ‘cleantech’ company Greener Technologies Ltd, which offers an automation system for large-scale solar deployment called Solarobotix.
From 2014-2020, Ashley was the CEO of The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney, prior to which he had an extensive career with the Dow Corning Corporation. During this time, Ashley’s achievements included developing robotics to produce solar panels and building a US$1.5B “mega-project” facility in China, which peaked at 8,800 daily site personnel and 900 project engineers. Ashley has also invented, designed, constructed and managed major silicon facilities in the US, Europe and Asia.
Richard Sharps – Chief Financial Officer Richard is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has over 30 years’ finance and business experience. Richard started his career in the UK as an external auditor before relocating to Australia in 1998. In Australia, his career initially continued within the external audit field before moving into business risk and commercial finance roles.
Richard has held Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary roles in both the building materials industry and not for profit sector. Prior to joining PT Blink, he was the Director of Finance & Governance and Company Secretary at the Black Dog Institute. In his current role, Richard oversees the financial strategy, legal, HR and governance of PT Blink.
Martin Fenn – Director of Integration Martin is a senior project management professional specialising in Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). He has over 20 years' experience in the construction industry, having worked in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Experienced in leading innovative projects using a variety of offsite typologies, he is a passionate advocate of sustainability, Passive House standards and net zero carbon.
At PT Blink, Martin helps clients innovate their development projects through the Blink DMI™ methodology and works with Blink DMI™ partners to expand the supply chain and integrate their products for use in the marketplace. Martin is also the MMC Lead for the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and engages extensively with global supply chain members to learn about new materials and techniques.
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About PT Blink
PT Blink is creating a unique technology platform and digital marketplace* that enables the offsite manufacture of buildings rather than constructing them traditionally.
PT Blink reduces property project risks for owners and developers by bringing visibility, control, assurance and modern manufacturing precision to any property asset. By licencing PT Blink’s patented technology platform and Blink DMI™ (Design-Manufacture-Integrate) method of project delivery, owners and developers can minimise the risk of time and cost overruns that often occur in traditional construction projects.
PT Blink’s infinitely flexible geometry and parametric modelling enable millimetre-precise component manufacturing and mass customisation for any architectural design, while reducing project time by up to 40%, minimising waste and risk of worker injury, and enabling smart asset operation.
*PT Blink currently licences its proprietary Blink DMI™ method to clients on a project basis while the platform and marketplace are completed.