Dr Trevor Seymour-Jones

Dr Trevor Seymour-Jones

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Business School

Career Summary


Executive Profile  

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)

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
9/7/2020 -  Affiliate Hunter research Foundation Centre
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

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
9/7/2020 -  Conjoint Senior Lecturer

  1. Support applied impact research
  2. Build relationships with local government sector
  3. Contribute to teaching and learning offerings
  4. International engagement in the area of strategic asset management

University of Newcastle
Faculty of Business and Law
1/5/2017 -  Principal

Independent public sector integrated planning and reporting, and strategic asset management advisory services.

TSJ Consulting & Advisory
1/11/2015 - 30/9/2017 Senior Consultant Talis Consultants
1/6/2013 - 30/5/2015 Director, National Asset Management Services Thinc Projects (Australia)
1/5/2011 - 30/4/2013 Project Director & Strategic Adviser Government of Western Australia
Treasury & Finance
1/3/2004 - 31/12/2008 General Manager / Strategic Adviser New South Wales Government
Department of Commerce / State Property Authority
1/3/1989 - 31/3/2001 Executive Director & Group Head Asia Pacific, Asset Management and Consultancy Services FPDSavills Asia Pacific Limited (now Savills)
Hong Kong
1/3/1984 - 28/2/1989 Manager, Estate Management HSBC (Hong Kong)
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
Hong Kong


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)
2014 Seymour-Jones T, 'Australian Local Government Assets: a case for excellence in their management', Melbourne, Australia (2014)
2010 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." [1]. 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.

DOI 10.1109/ICMSS.2010.5577512
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Other (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)
2018 Seymour-Jones T, Seddon M, 'Why culture and context are key in Hong Kong s desire to be a sustainable smart city.', (2018) [O1]
2018 Seymour-Jones T, 'Financial Decentralisation for State and Local Governments: relationships in Australia's Federal System of Government.', (2018) [O1]
2018 Seymour-Jones T, 'NSW Auditor-General Reports on Local Government: all roads lead to Integrated Planning and Reporting.', (2018)
2017 Seymour-Jones T, 'NSW Auditor-General Reports on Local Government: all roads lead to Integrated Planning and Reporting', (2017) [O1]
2017 Seymour-Jones T, 'The Value of Integrated Planning and Reporting in Local Government.', (2017)
2016 Seymour-Jones T, 'Has Integrated Planning & Reporting Encouraged Poor Asset Management Practices? A perspective for good practice', (2016) [O1]
2016 Seymour-Jones T, 'Typical asset management Policy diagram', (2016) [O1]
2016 Seymour-Jones T, 'Figure 27: Whole of Organisation Asset Management', (2016) [O1]
2015 Seymour-Jones T, 'Asset Management in IPR Frameworks.', (2015) [O1]
2014 Seymour-Jones T, 'Asset Management: local government s important moment', (2014) [O1]
2014 Seymour-Jones T, 'Local Government Asset Management: its role in sustainability, poverty alleviation & climate change resilience', (2014) [O1]
2008 Seymour-Jones T, 'RICS Best Practice Public Sector Property Asset Management Guidelines.', (2008) [O1]
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)

Dr Trevor Seymour-Jones


Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email trevor.seymourjones@newcastle.edu.au
Mobile 0402 349 376