Beginning his career as a Site Cadet to gain hands-on experience while completing a Bachelor of Property and Construction at Melbourne Uni, Joe’s ambition and talent saw him move rapidly up through the ranks to become a respected project coordinator, planner, contract administrator, project manager and contracts manager.
In a career that now spans more than two decades, Joe has worked for a number of prestigious and tier one firms including Qanstruct, Westfield Group, Mirvac Construction and Icon Construction, where he played a pivotal role in the company’s expansion into the tier one sector.
In 2007, as the GFC loomed and against the (probably quite sound) advice of many of his peers and mentors, Joe left a senior role at Icon to realise a longstanding dream, teaming up with a former colleague to launch Figurehead. Those early days saw Joe take on various hands-on roles - designer, accountant and project manager to name a few - all while working from the spare room of a family home!
In 2014 Joe took over as sole Director of Figurehead, allowing him to elevate and appoint a strong and diverse executive management team that continues to take the company from strength to strength. Today, Figurehead is a thriving and established firm with more than 50 employees and a solid reputation for excellence in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors.
When he's not leading the 'Figurehead Army' or playing Dad to daughter, Olivia, and son, Tom, Joe enjoys tennis, golf and running to stay fit - with varying levels of success. He's a passionate Hawthorn supporter and loves to cook and travel with family and friends. He's also the proud owner of a red 1969 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe, which, according to his daughter, Olivia, is the fastest car in the world! It's the same model owned by Joe's beloved grandfather and mentor and is a treasured symbol of Grasso family heritage, which Joe looks forward to one day passing on to his children.
At work, as at home, Joe values authenticity, courage, humility, industry and respect, and relishes the opportunity to mentor new talent and help others achieve their goals. Joe has worked hard to establish a loyal, hardworking and respectful company culture, often crediting Figurehead's success to the exceptional strength and loyalty of its team.
Want to chat to Joe about how Figurehead can help bring your vision to life? You can contact Joe on (03) 8592 6310 or pop into our Cremorne office and say hello!
Beginning his career as a carpenter in his family’s business, Andrew gained a Diploma in Construction Science before testing his mettle as a Site Engineer, CA, Site Manager, Project Manager and Senior Design Manager for prestigious tier-one builders including Mirvac, Bovis Australia and Icon Construction.
Andrew has also worked in Vanuatu as a volunteer Construction Manager for the Ausaid Youth Ambassador’s program (AVID) and completed Harvard Business School’s High Potentials Leadership Program in Leadership and Management.
Outside of work Andrew enjoys travelling with his young family and recently spent three months living with his extended family in Northern Italy. He also enjoys playing tennis and golf, fishing and cycling, and in 2013 he completed the Chain Reaction Challenge, cycling to seven peaks in seven days to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Phil has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and 12 years’ experience working on large-scale commercial and multi-residential sites. After graduating RMIT in 2002 Phil spent six years with Brookfield Multiplex, developing his skills in project planning, site logistics, design coordination and OHS/QA processes.
He joined Figurehead as a Site Manager in 2009 and was promoted to Construction Manager in 2014, where he now plays an integral role in the management and delivery of all of our construction projects. A terrible golfer and awesome dad, Phil loves to travel and has recently discovered the joy (and pain) of Crossfit.
A qualified Civil Engineer with more than 20 years’ experience building tier one and two projects across Ireland, Scotland and Australia, Ray’s career has seen him build everything from casino complexes and hospitals to telecoms, bridges and railroads. Joining Figurehead in 2012, Ray has been pivotal in the successful delivery of a number of major projects including the Maersk Logistics Facility, which was delivered in just 15 weeks.
A champion of Irish charm and the self-proclaimed ‘Best Storyteller Around’, Ray has been nominated for several industry awards including Building Manager of the Year (Ireland) in 2004.
Michelle has more than 15 years’ experience in administration and office management, complemented by qualifications in project management, frontline management and business administration. Prior to joining Figurehead in 2009, Michelle spent eight years working with Mercedes-Benz Australia, managing their Sales and Administration teams across a number of East Coast sites.
Michelle now heads up Business Administration functions within Figurehead which includes the Human Resources, Marketing, IT and Administration departments, as well as providing executive assistance to our Managing Director, Joe Grasso. On top of all this Michelle has recently married, bought and renovated a new home and welcomed a ‘deliciously crazy’ baby boy into the world!
A qualified CPA with more than 15 years’ experience working across the insurance, hospitality, leisure and property industries, Peter joined our team as Financial Controller in 2015. With a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a natural head for numbers he has worked as an Accountant and Financial Controller for a range of public and private organisations including Redcape Property Fund and IG Markets, managing funds of up to $300 million.
When he’s not crunching numbers Peter loves playing and watching soccer and spending time with his most precious assets, his two beautiful kids.
Our very first employee back in 2008, Lach came to Figurehead from a ten year tenure at Mirvac, where he worked in a variety of roles in both their Domestic and Commercial divisions. In his eight years with Figurehead Lach has worked as an estimator, cost planner, site coordinator, site manager and project manager and has most recently completed Figurehead's first independent development, Lago 184, in late 2016. He is currently project managing both the Newton Apartments project and Alba Apartments, which includes 35 townhomes, 39 apartments and 9 tenancies making it Figurehead’s largest project to date.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Honours) and is dad to three beautiful kids, as well as being a Committee Member, Assistant Coach and (recently retired) player for the Bell Park Football Club.
After completing his Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management/Economics) at Curtin University, Mitchell ventured overseas to London, working for three years as a Project Manager with William Verry. He returned home to spend five years with the Northerly Group as a Project Manager and later Victorian Operations Manager before joining Figurehead mid-2014.
Mitch recently completed managing the successful Rondo Warehouse development in Dandenong South and is currently Project Manager for the immense 72 apartment project, Pier 1 Apartments in Patterson Lakes. A keen athlete and devout West Coast supporter, when he’s not in a moon boot, Mitch spends his weekends dominating the footy field for East Brighton and attempting to improve his golf.
‘Stone Cold’ Dan Tehan joined the Figurehead team as a site manager in 2014 after eleven years working as a contracts administrator, foreman and site manager for Icon Construction and a two-year stint with Nasa Multiplex in Dubai. Possessing specialised skill in working with tower cranes and facade works, Dan has recently completed both the Maple Apartments project and the incredibly high-end Opus Apartments project. He has now moved into the office to take on a Project Management role heading up the Turner Residences apartment project in Glen Iris.
He’s a keen kite surfer and loves any excuse to head out of the city to the coast or country. Dan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) from RMIT and is renowned for his trademark wrestling move, the Stone Cold Stunner.
Joe joined the Figurehead team in 2012, immediately following his graduation from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Environments (Construction Management). He is a versatile Site Coordinator, CA and Project Manager and is currently managing the 15 luxury residences, Paxton Apartments, in Malvern East after recently completing both the ZAC Apartments project and the Lago Apartments project late last year.
A dedicated team player, Joe has been part of many of Figurehead’s sporting events including Tough Mudder, a Triathlon team, Basketball team, Run for the Kids, and when he’s not cheering on his beloved Richmond Tigers, he enjoys travelling, music and basketball.
During a stint as a cadet Development Manager for a Melbourne property firm, Adrian realised construction was his calling and joined Figurehead as a graduate in 2009. He has since worked as a Project Coordinator, Contracts Administrator and now Project Manager on numerous successful Figurehead builds and has most recently completed the management of the Nexus Office Building project and fit-out in Mulgrave.
A keen traveller, cook and captain of his championship Futsal team, Adrian is also actively involved in Figurehead’s Charity Committee and is currently preparing for the gruelling 100km walk to raise money for Oxfam and their fight against poverty.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Environments (Construction Management) from Melbourne University and has worked as a contracts administrator, project coordinator, site manager and project manager for Figurehead since joining our team as a graduate in 2011.
Serious about construction, Mark is a driven and capable project manager with a reputation for achieving – and often surpassing - time, cost, quality and safety targets. He has handed over a number of highly successful projects including the Station St, Southey Street, Opus and Maple apartments and is currently project managing both the Wilton Townhouses project and the Kew RSL renovation and refurbishment. Mark is also serious about sport, has completed the gruelling Kokoda trail and loves surfing, footy and golf.
Guy has been a CA and Project Coordinator with Figurehead since 2013 and has recently been promoted to Junior Project Manager. He has a Bachelor of Environments (Construction Management) from Melbourne University and previously worked as a Project Engineer for Geotech, working on a range of large-scale, multi-million dollar construction projects for the Infrastructure and Resources sectors.
During his time with Figurehead Guy has helped to successfully deliver the iconic Station Hotel project, the Mecwacare project in Sandringham and more recently the Maple Apartments in Hawthorn, he is currently CA for the Coventry Street Apartments in South Melbourne. Guy is also working as Project Manager on the Sacre Coeur project. Serious about construction, soccer and basketball, Guy loves to travel and spent 9 months studying and tending bar in Amsterdam in 2012.
Leigh is highly qualified Project Manager with a Masters of Architecture and a Bachelor of Construction Management from Deakin University. Joining Figurehead as a graduate in 2012, Leigh has administered and coordinated many successful projects including the Esplanade, August, Gardiner Rise and Lago 184 apartment projects. Having recently been promoted to Junior Project Manager Leigh is currently managing the $9.7M redevelopment of the CityLife Church Knox headquarters.
Leigh is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) enthusiast, a competitive tennis player, a self-confessed gym junkie and film buff. He actively participates in Figurehead activities and charity events including competing in Tough Mudder, Corporate Triathlon, and the upcoming 100km walk for Oxfam, he has also dedicated his time to the charity Fareshare cooking meals for people in need.
Daniel completed work experience with Figurehead in the final year of his Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) at RMIT and soon after joined our team as a graduate Contracts Administrator. Eager to gain onsite experience, Daniel moved into a Project Coordinator role and in 2013 was promoted to Site Manager.
In the past three years he has delivered a number of successful projects for Figurehead and is currently managing Newton Apartments in a new western Melbourne suburb, Williams Landing. A proud property owner, Daniel loves the outdoors and spends his down time camping and motorbike riding.
A licensed builder who has completed a Diploma of Building and a carpentry apprenticeship, Garrick has built everything from schools and nursing homes to factories, pubs and high-end homes during his 25-year career as a site manager for a number of established tier 2 builders.
Joining Figurehead in 2012, Garrick is renowned for his ability to fix absolutely anything you might find around site, and, following the successful handover of the MecwaCare Housing project in record timing in 2015, and the Rondo Warehouse project in 2016, he is currently working on an upcoming project.
Garrick is a reluctant city slicker and busy dad of two and he relishes any chance to head off the beaten track and get back to nature for some 4WDriving, mountain biking, soccer or scuba diving.
A qualified carpenter, Derek’s career in construction spans more than four decades, with 30 years spent site managing commercial and residential projects as large as 192 apartments.
Derek joined Figurehead in 2013 and, having already helped to deliver a number of successful projects like the Schindler Head Office and the Nexus Office Building project on time and on budget, is currently Co-Site Managing the Alba Apartments project in Mill Park. Proud dad to three grownup sons, Derek enjoys fishing, water sports and spending time at the beach with his wife of 28 years.
After growing up with a builder dad Andrew began his career in the construction industry as a bricklayer, eventually travelling overseas to train construction workers in developing nations including Zimbabwe, East Timor and Kenya. On returning home he became a registered builder and now works as a site manager on multilevel residential projects.
In his three years with Figurehead Andrew has completed several projects including Gardiner Rise, the Aurora Apartments and the Access Apartments - acclaimed by the developer as ‘the best project we’ve had built in seven years’! He is currently Co-Site Managing the huge Alba Apartments project which comprises of 35 townhomes, 39 apartments and 9 retail tenancies due to be completed later this year. Devoted to his wife and two children, Andrew is a keen camper, 4WDriver and motorbike rider.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) and spent seven years working as a draftsman and boilermaker for a steel fabrication company before applying his expertise to the role of site foreman, overseeing the installation of structural steel on residential and commercial construction projects.
Since joining Figurehead, Andrew, has combined his trade insights and management skills to help deliver several landmark projects including the Maersk Container Facility, the Station Hotel redevelopment and MecwaCare (delivered in record timing!) and the Lennox Apartments build. Andrew is currently the Site Manager for Pier 1 Apartments in Patterson Lakes. A dedicated outdoorsman who loves fishing, hunting, camping and boating, Andrew’s number one passion is snowboarding and he escapes to the slopes whenever he has the chance.
Chris is a knowledgeable and experienced site manager with a Bachelor of Building from the University of Melbourne and a CV featuring a broad mix of residential, commercial & industrial projects with tier one builders including Multiplex, Thiess and Leighton. Some of his most notable past projects include construction of Parliament Station, Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast and Crown Casino, Melbourne.
With three grownup sons (including two carpenters), sport has always played a big part in Chris’s life and he has played and coached both AFL and tennis at elite levels. He maintains a keen interest in local footy but has now turned his talents to golf and is now– by his own admission- a full-blown ‘golf nut’.
Chris is currently managing the Coventry Apartments project in South Melbourne and is enjoying contributing his many years of wisdom and experience to the collaborative team environment here at Figurehead.
Irish-born Richard lived and worked in London as a carpenter for ten years before meeting and marrying an Aussie girl in the UK and relocating to Melbourne 11 years ago. With a Cert IV in Building and a proven passion for quality construction, Richard is currently managing the Wilton Townhouses site and is loving the working culture at Figurehead.
As proud dad to two girls aged 6 and 4, Richard takes time out with his family whenever possible, escaping the ‘big smoke’ and heading to coastal Portarlington. He’s a golf and rugby union fanatic, and cheers on the Wallabies at every chance (except when they’re playing Ireland!)
Kyle started out as a qualified electrician, quickly working his way up to the role of electrical foreman, where he was responsible for supervising multi-residential developments. Now with over 10 years’ experience in the construction industry, a Cert IV in Building & Construction and a Cert III in Electrotechnology Electrician, he’s relishing the opportunity to take on a range of different scale projects within a fantastic supportive team.
Having recently completed managing the site at Figurehead’s first ever ‘Develop and Construct’ project, Lago 184, Kyle is currently working on the Alba Apartments and Townhomes in Mill Park where he’s enjoying pursuing his drive to deliver high-quality results without compromising budgets or deadlines.
In his time off, Kyle loves to get muddy 4x4 driving, camping and heading out on his Harley.
Since completing his Bachelor in Engineering (Building) and securing his very first post as a site engineer in Singapore, Mani has accrued an impressive 20+ years of experience managing the construction of medium and large-density residential estates, apartment complexes - even a Commonwealth Games village!
Following on from two decades working for Burbank and Frasers Property (Australand), Mani made the move to Figurehead after being impressed by our approachable and results-driven company culture. Currently managing the City Life Church site, his keen sense of humour and reputation for running happy sites ensures he gets the very best from the team around him while remaining grounded and focused.
Mani is a father to two young boys and husband to a ‘fantastic’ wife. His ambition is to share with his children the amazing experiences he has been fortunate to enjoy including travelling, camping and fishing in the great outdoors.
A qualified carpenter with a Diploma in Building and Construction Management (soon to be an Advanced Diploma), Damir has extensive experience working as a leading hand carpenter, estimator and building inspector across a variety of residential and commercial construction projects.
He has previously worked on projects for a number of elite private schools, the Royal Children’s Hospital and Westfield shopping centres, as well as medical centres and primary schools.
Currently Site Foreman for the Kew RSL renovation and refurbishment project, Damir is enjoying being part of a team culture that strives to achieve outstanding performance and get the job done right.
When he’s not playing Daddy to his two beautiful daughters, retired Victorian state soccer player Damir loves playing indoor soccer, snowboarding, fishing (a puddle on the street will do) and dirt bike riding on any available hill. He’s also big on the importance of maintaining a healthy, happy diet – one in which chocolate is an essential food group!
After completing an Honours Degree in Construction Management, Marcus joined commercial builder APM Group as a contracts administrator and site engineer on various university, school and student accommodation construction projects.
After six years with APM he moved into the multi-residential sector, administering a range of townhouse and apartment development projects and gaining a wealth of experience in all aspects of project management across a variety of ‘construct’ and ‘design and construct’ contracts.
Having recently project managed the design and construction of 13 luxury Prahran townhouses from town planning stage through to completion, Marcus has joined the Figurehead team and is currently administering the Newton Apartments project at Williams Landing.
When he’s not sharing his keen sense of humour with our team of ‘great people’, Marcus loves live music, travel and exploring new places.
Keen to gain hands-on experience, Dylan kick started his construction career in 2013 by joining Figurehead and taking on not one but two active projects immediately after graduating RMIT with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management). Since then he has helped administer and deliver a number of successful Figurehead projects including Rivervue Community Clubhouse project in Avondale Heights and is currently coordinating the Coventry Street Apartments in South Melbourne.
A one-eyed Collingwood supporter (we’re working on it), Dylan plays competitive footy and basketball and also enjoys a friendly round of golf.
Prashant has 12 years’ experience working on a range of construction projects both here in Australia and overseas, including multi-residential developments valued up to $41M. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India and a Cert IV in Building and Construction from Master Builders Australia.
Following a nine-year tenure with Arrow Construction, Prashant has joined the Figurehead team and is currently administering contracts for Coventry Street Apartments and ALBA Mason Point, where he is enjoying being part of our inclusive and supportive team working environment.
Prashant is the dedicated father of two beautiful children and a keen badminton player.
A recent graduate of the Bachelor of Environments (Construction Management) program at Melbourne University, Luke has previously completed a 12-month stint working as a project coordinator with architectural precast concrete specialists Della Precast.
Having recently seen Lennox Apartments through to completion, Luke is currently applying his rational and ‘can-do’ approach to the Turner Residences project in Glen Iris, Luke is enjoying exploring all aspects of the ‘culture, people and industry’ as part of the Figurehead team. In his free time he’s an avid basketball enthusiast.
Originally hailing from the Apple Isle, Fergus completed a carpentry and joinery apprenticeship with Wholagan Builders in Margaret River, Perth before moving to Melbourne in 2015.
He worked as a junior foreman and contracts administrator with 4 Dimensions Building Contractors before securing a role at Figurehead as a project coordinator, where he is now part of the team working on the CityLife Church redevelopment.
With his trade background complemented by a Cert III in Carpentry and Joinery and a Cert IV in Building and Construction (MBA), Fergus is currently undertaking an Honours Degree in Construction Management via the University of Newcastle. He is looking forward to the opportunity to develop and diversify his skillset as part of the Figurehead team while he completes his degree.
A Tri-Hard Endurance Athlete, surfer, kite surfer and snowboarder, Fergus is willing to try his hand at any sport, and is currently in training to complete a grueling ‘Sub-3’ Melbourne marathon in October.
Steve joined the Figurehead team in the beginning of 2015 as a Cadet, he has since graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science - Construction Management (Honours) at RMIT University and is now in a Project Coordination role. Having 2 years at Figurehead under his belt Steve is currently coordinating the Paxton Apartments project in Malvern East.
Steve’s bachelor of Applied Science is complemented by a Diploma of Building and Construction and, when he’s not studying or working, Steve is travelling the globe in pursuit of the perfect snowboarding season.
An RMIT graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management), Will has been a CA and Site Coordinator with Figurehead since graduating uni in 2014. Currently working on the Alba Apartments in Mill Park, Will prides himself on his ability to sniff out the finest local coffee around any project site in the greater Melbourne area. He’s a keen mixed netball player and has played VAFA Division 1 football for Old Geelong.
Carmen joined our cadetship program while undertaking a Masters in Construction Management (Project Management/Building/Corporate Management) at Melbourne University. Having previously completed a Bachelor of Environments (Architecture). Carmen moved into a permanent graduate role at Figurehead after completing her Masters at the end of 2015 and is now coordinating the Wilton Townhouses project in Kew.
Inspired by iconic Melbourne architecture and design, Carmen is currently supporting a number of roles on the Wilton Townhouses project, where she’s enjoying gaining first-hand insights into all aspects of the business alongside ‘appreciative colleagues in a positive working environment.’
A gemstone aficionado and notorious sweet tooth, Carmen spends her downtime sketching local landscapes and architecture, working on her origami skills and stocking up on sugary treats to share with her team!
Anthony joins the Figurehead team as a cost planner and estimator with diverse experience working on projects from large residential developments and aged care facilities to council projects, sporting and aquatic centres, schools and universities.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) from RMIT and is currently contributing to a range of Figurehead projects at the cost planning and tender stage, delivering accurate pricing and cost saving recommendations to clients for both residential and industrial builds.
When he’s not working hard to make his ‘great team’ proud, Anthony loves skiing, camping, basketball and good food and drink!
With 22 years’ experience working in the Food Distribution industry Frank is no stranger to tight schedules, hard work and heavy machinery, making him an ideal Plant and Equipment Manager. Frank has been an integral member of the Figurehead team since his start in 2013 and relishes the camaraderie, the opportunity to share his terrible dad jokes and working with his favourite son, our Managing Director, Joe.
When he’s not at work you’ll find him perfecting his homemade salami, savouring a bottle of great wine or honing his killer instinct on the bowling green.
Liam is an experienced trades labourer who is currently completing a Bachelor of Environments (Construction) at Melbourne University, and is dedicated to broadening his knowledge of all aspects of the built environment. Already contributing to a number of Figurehead projects - including the recent successful handover of the luxurious Opus Apartments – Liam is enthusiastic about working within our ‘welcoming, patient and professional team with a strong ethos of putting the client first.’
A former cruise ship bar and deck hand, Liam is a passionate woodworker (currently building his own home workshop) and an avid rower and rugby, netball and squash player.
The foundations for Jesse’s career in building and construction were laid early, accompanying his dad on site visits from the age of 13. Currently in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Hons) at RMIT, Jesse has previously completed a placement with Fulton Hogan, helping deliver a variety of projects from tram stations to runways.
As a Figurehead Cadet, Jesse is enthusiastic about deepening his understanding of contract administration and project coordination with a team of ‘interesting people doing fascinating and exciting work’. An active devotee of AFL and soccer, Jesse’s recently developed a keen interest in the global stock markets.
With more than ten years’ experience working in finance and accounts for the transport, company branding and private health industries, Nikki moved to Melbourne in 2011 to expand her portfolio into the property sector. After working as Assistant Accountant at Redcape Property Fund, Nikki joined the finance team at multinational property group Lend Lease before taking on the role of Accounts Clerk at Figurehead.
Originally from New Zealand, Nikki is a passionate All Black’s supporter and can always be relied on for an enthusiastic match update! She loves to travel and has recently returned from a trip to Indonesia.
Avid adventurer Tess has recently settled in Melbourne after two years working in hospitality in Ayers Rock and Alice Springs.
Responsible for being the friendly, welcoming face of Figurehead, Tess also assists the team with day-to-day administrative tasks, enabling us to maintain high standards of efficiency and productivity across all areas of the business.
A dedicated team player and one-eyed St Kilda supporter, Tess is passionate about all things AFL, NRL and cricket and is loving working within our close-knit team culture.
With expeditions to Vietnam, Fiji, Europe and the US already under her belt, keen explorer Tess is looking forward to visiting New Zealand next up.