Dr Trevor Seymour-Jones
Conjoint Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Trevor Seymour-Jones is recognised internationally as an expert in the management of built assets. He has more than thirty-five years’ experience across Asia Pacific covering Australia, the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. His experience covers property and facility management in the corporate, consulting, and government sectors, from both in-house and advisory perspectives.
For nearly twenty years, Trevor has specialised in advising and assisting all tiers of government to establish policy frameworks and governance and management arrangements for an organisation-wide approach to asset management.
He appreciates the importance of the management of government land, property and facilities to the provision of public services and efficient functioning of government. He also appreciates the importance of minimising the risk of asset failure, and its financial, service, environmental, political and economic impacts.
He treats public assets as whole-of-government resources to be managed strategically within organisational planning frameworks that include land, facilities and buildings, people, capital and technology.
Trevor has provided policy and strategy advice to the Governments of New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia.
Much of his work is now with Local Government. He has advised over twenty local governments on capacity and capability building for the integration of the strategic management of assets into policy, governance, services and business planning and reporting frameworks (Integrated Planning & Reporting). He advises on the establishment of these frameworks, and in developing standards, strategies, data and information systems, risk assessments, plans and processes, and programmes for improvement.
He has developed learning and teaching programs for increasing awareness and understanding of this process; structuring asset management as a central and departmental government strategic function; aligning asset planning with service and financial planning; and assessing capability and performance.
Trevor has a particular interest in promoting strategic asset management as an essential element of professional public administration in Asia Pacific. In 2018/19 he was Specialist Adviser to The World Bank in a project to design a National Asset Register for the Government of the Philippines. He was further retained to advise on a strategy for the Philippine Government to adopt a National Asset Management Policy and Framework.
Trevor is exploring opportunities with the National College of Public Administration and Governance at the University of the Philippines, and the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines, to provide research and advisory services to the Philippine Government, and developing asset management learning programs for inclusion in the Public Administration curricula of Higher Education Institutions.
Between 1989 and 2001, Trevor was Managing Director of the Asset Management division of FPDSavills (now Savills) for the Asia Pacific Region, where the group had twenty-five million square metres of property under management. Under his stewardship, the company secured ISO 9000 accreditations for its property management operations in Hong Kong, China and Thailand.
Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Land Administration, and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. His PhD was awarded by the University of Sydney in 2017 for his thesis An Assessment of International Leading Practice in the Integrated Management of Public Sector Property Assets, and its Application to the Australian Public Sector.
He speaks regularly at conferences in the Asia Pacific region and is the author of professional papers and articles.
Hunter Research Foundation Centre: Affiliate
University of Newcastle: Conjoint Senior Lecturer, College of Human and Social Futures
Local Government Professionals Australia: Member, International Advisory Panel
Local Government Association New South Wales: Associate Consultant
Asian Association for Public Administration: Member
Philippine Journal of Public Administration: Member, International Advisory Board
University of Technology Sydney: Industry Fellow, Institute for Public Policy and Governance and Centre for Local Government (2017 – 2020)
Committee for Perth: Member, Reform Working Group (2013 - 2015)
CoreNet Global: Vice Chair, Sydney Chapter (2007)
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
- Integrated Planning and Reporting
- Local Government
- Public Administration
- Strategic Asset Management
- English (Mother)
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|17/9/2017 - 9/7/2020||Industry Fellow||University of Technology Sydney
Institute of Public Policy and Governance and Centre for Local Government
|1/1/2009 - 30/4/2011||PhD Candidate||University of Sydney
Architecture, Design & Planning
|9/7/2020 -||Affiliate||Hunter research Foundation Centre
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/11/2015 - 30/9/2017||Senior Consultant||Talis Consultants
|1/3/1989 - 31/3/2001||Executive Director & Group Head Asia Pacific, Asset Management and Consultancy Services||FPDSavills Asia Pacific Limited (now Savills)
|1/5/2011 - 30/4/2013||Project Director & Strategic Adviser||Government of Western Australia
Treasury & Finance
Independent public sector integrated planning and reporting, and strategic asset management advisory services.
|TSJ Consulting & Advisory
|1/6/2013 - 30/5/2015||Director, National Asset Management Services||Thinc Projects (Australia)
|1/3/2004 - 31/12/2008||General Manager / Strategic Adviser||New South Wales Government
Department of Commerce / State Property Authority
|1/3/1984 - 28/2/1989||Manager, Estate Management||HSBC (Hong Kong)
|1/7/1979 - 28/2/1984||Property Manager / General Manager & Country Head Indonesia / Administration Manager||The Hong Kong Land Co. Ltd.
Property Management Group
Conjoint Senior Lecturer
||University of Newcastle
Faculty of Business and Law
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Chapter (1 outputs)
|2008||Seymour-Jones T, 'Module 8 - Property Management', Property Ownership Study Book, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland 77-97 (2008)|
Journal article (3 outputs)
|2020||Seymour-Jones T, 'Reflections on Managing Government Real Property: An operational free good to a strategic resource', Philippine Journal of Public Administration, (2020)|
|2017||Seymour-Jones T, 'Like the Phoenix, it is time for Local Government to renew and regenerate itself', LogoNet, (2017)|
|2014||Seymour-Jones T, 'Strategic Asset Management: the elephant in every council chamber', Statewide, 28-30 (2014)|
Conference (5 outputs)
|2019||Seymour-Jones T, 'Resilient and strong public administrations for the future: capacity and capability building to manage public assets in realising Sustainable Development Goals. Reform challenges from The Australian Public Sector', Manila, Philippines (2019)|
|2018||Seymour-Jones T, 'Resilient and strong public administrations: The need for leadership, professionalism and capacity and capability. Lessons from the Australian Public Sector', Quezon City, Philippines (2018)|
|2016||Seymour-Jones T, 'Asset Management in Local Government: more than ever a people business, and business for people.', Fremantle, Western Australia (2016)|
Leifer D, Seymour-Jones T, 'Information needs for asset management for Australian Government property', 2010 International Conference on Management and Service Science, MASS 2010 (2010)
Governments provide services to their citizens. Organisations including government departments necessarily require built infrastructure in order to deliver these services and carr... [more]
Governments provide services to their citizens. Organisations including government departments necessarily require built infrastructure in order to deliver these services and carry out their business. The effective and efficient management of built assets and infrastructure is called Facilities Management (FM). The three enablers of FM are cited as "leadership and governance; resource capacity and capability; and management information systems (MIS) and data." . This paper discusses the issues of governance, resource capacity & capability, and management information & data with respect to their improvement - hence enhancement of the management of service delivery by the Australian Government to its citizens. © 2010 IEEE.
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Other (15 outputs)
|2019||Seymour-Jones T, 'Managing Government Built Assets as Strategic Organisational Resources: why this is now a necessity for Public Administration capacity and capability in the Philippines', (2019) [O1]|
|2019||Seymour-Jones T, 'Strategic Property Asset Management in Public Administration: beyond the conventional.', (2019) [O1]|
|2018||Seymour-Jones T, 'Managing Local Government Business in Australia Integrated Planning & Reporting: the need for collaborative educational and professional development programmes.', (2018)|
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)
|2017||Seymour-Jones T, An Assessment of International Leading Practice in the Integrated Management of Public Sector Property Assets, and its Application to the Australian Public Sector, University of Sydney (2017)|