I have been on building sites for as long as I remember. I now understand the critically important tedium of pre-pour engineering inspections, but as a five-year-old following his engineer father around what seemed to be massive building sites it was just mind-blowingly exciting and clearly got under my skin. I finished high school with a humanities bent and an aim towards a career in journalism. Within a month I realised that wasn’t for me. I completed the semester and then commenced my career in the property industry on the end of a shovel. At the start of the next year I was enrolled in a Construction Management degree at RMIT and had swapped my shovel for a endless rolls of drawings as a junior estimator. My journey had begun.
In the twenty years since then, I have worked across all tiers in the construction industry in Victoria. I have worked for contractors in their start up phase through to national tier one and two constructors. I have worked on office, residential, hotel, leisure, sports, retail, and health facilities with a combined value of over $1bn. Since the earliest days of my career I was driven by working on better and more exciting projects. Whilst what defines that for me has changed over the years, the impetus remains the same. The more you experience, the more you can learn and grow.
My predominant focus has been in contract and commercial management roles. In these roles you are very close to the successes and failures of a project, and a clear pattern emerged that the most successful projects have a defining factor – smart clients get good projects. These ‘smart clients’ knew their product, could impart that knowledge to their delivery partners, and were driven by the long term outcome. When I left my last role with a construction contractor in 2019 to establish my own consultancy my basic premise was that I could utlilise my skill set to assist project owners who due to scale, core business requirements or myriad other reasons did not possess those skills in house.
The Property Collectives Advisory business is an exciting proposition that has allowed me to reconnect with colleagues from my past, as well as collaborate with a new group of talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. As a collective, we have the combined skill set to assist our clients in achieving the best project outcomes across the entire project lifecycle from inception to completion.
B AppSci (Construction Management)
The Bays Hospital Mornington – Project: Consulting suites building
Bayside Entertainment Complex – Project: 12 Cinemas, retail and town square development
One Yarra Lane – Project: 4,700 m2 commercial office
The Bendigo Centre – Project: 16,000 m2 commercial office and retail
Clara Mews – Project: 180 apartments and townhouses
27 Little Collins St – Project: 32 Level 175 Apartments / 160 key hotel
Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Redevelopment – Project: $270m hospital upgrade
Oakleigh Childcare – Project: Cross Laminated Timber Child Care Centre
Nightingale 2.0 – Project: 20 Apartments and retail
Adina Southbank – Project: 12 Level Cross Laminated Timber Hotel 220 keys
Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust – Infrastructure strategy advisory