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Joe Grasso
Managing Director
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Joe Grasso
Managing Director

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 60 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!
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Phil Dahon
Construction Manager
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Phil Dahon
Construction Manager

Phil has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and more than 15 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.

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Ray Finneran
Construction Manager
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Ray Finneran
Construction Manager

A qualified Civil Engineer and 20-year veteran of the construction industry, Ray has worked extensively as a site, project and construction manager both here in Australia and in his native Ireland. He has managed the design, construction and delivery of a staggering variety of tier one and two projects ranging in scope from $5M to $150M. His vast experience includes the construction of commercial, industrial and residential projects, major infrastructure, hotel and leisure centres, hospitals, pharmaceutical and aged care facilities, and Melbourne’s Crown Casino complex.

In his six years with Figurehead, Ray has successfully delivered several landmark projects including the Maersk Logistics Facility, which was delivered in just 15 weeks. He has also earned a firm reputation for being a versatile, conscientious and hardworking construction manager and a dedicated team leader.

A champion of Irish charm and voted the ‘Best Storyteller Around’, Ray has been nominated for several industry awards including Building Manager of the Year (Ireland) in 2004.

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Lachlan Kennedy
Construction Manager
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Lachlan Kennedy
Construction Manager

Considered a Figurehead institution, Lachlan has been part of the company since its inception in 2008, working as an Estimator, Cost Planner, Site Coordinator, Project Manager and, latterly, as Construction Manager in our executive management team.

Backed by a Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction Management (Honours), ten years service with Mirvac, plus numerous Figurehead projects, Lachlan has accumulated a vast bank of industry knowledge and a thorough understanding of construction complexities. 

Since joining Figurehead, Lachlan has helped to successfully deliver a plethora of iconic developments, including Esplanade apartments, Southey Apartments, Riverview Clubhouse,  Newton Apartments, Lago 184, Oxford Apartments, Wattle Apartments and the expansive Alba Apartments complex.

Lachlan’s operational and management experience make him an accomplished Construction Manager 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.

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Michelle Ward
Business Administration Manager
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Michelle Ward
Business Administration Manager

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. 

A talented multi-tasker, Michelle now heads up Business Administration functions within Figurehead which includes the Human Resources, Marketing, IT, Administration departments and various business improvement projects.

Michelle is process driven and thrives in a high-pressure environment juggling multiple projects. An indispensable asset to our organisation, she is passionate about construction and about procuring and delivering high-quality projects as part of a dedicated and hardworking team.

On top of all this Michelle has recently bought and renovated a new home and is Mum to two beautiful children, 5 year old Archie and 1 year old Gemma.

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Peter Panagiotopoulos
Financial Controller
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Peter Panagiotopoulos
Financial Controller

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.

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Karen Bottomley
Executive Assistant
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Karen Bottomley
Executive Assistant

A New Zealand Expat, Karen jumped the ditch to Australia in 1990, became an official citizen in 2000 and hasn't looked back - except in her support for the All Blacks. She is a highly experienced Executive Assistant and Office Manager with a background working in diverse industries such as transport, logistics, warehousing, commercial cleaning and motoring.

Karen manages to juggle the multiple requirements of personnel at all levels, displaying a talent for problem solving, analytical thinking and staff organisation without breaking a sweat. Cool, calm and collected, her naturally friendly disposition and open, honest form of communication ensures the smooth running of the Figurehead office.

When she’s not wrangling Figurehead staff, Karen likes to keep active, enjoying skiing and long rambling nature hikes. Aerial yoga sessions ensure the flexibility and strength built over fifteen years of ballet classes continues, but at the end of a long work week, nothing beats great conversation over a bottle of decent Pinot Noir - and no one’s disagreeing on that point!

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Nick Davies
Senior Project Manager
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Nick Davies
Senior Project Manager

Backed by a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Construction & Economics, Nick has a comprehensive background in project delivery with tier one construction organisations on multi-million dollar developments.

Boredom has played absolutely no part in Nick’s diverse career - from the construction of new top end commercial premises, connecting into or refurbishment of, existing major public buildings, to working in residential suburbs and regional towns, his portfolio of Project Management work is large and varied.

Nick brings a multifaceted perspective, diverse career CV and wicked sense of humour to Figurehead. Believing that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts, he is also a motivated and committed team leader.

A confirmed family man, Nick takes dad duties seriously, with weekend swimming, bike riding and AusKick taking top weekend honours. A DNA forged passion for the Geelong Football Club, eternal search for the perfect A-Frame waves, and recently, a penchant for lycra clad, caffeine fuelled bayside cycling, keeps this Figurehead stalwart in perfect balance.

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Dan Tehan
Project Manager
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Dan Tehan
Project Manager

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.  An ambitious and passionate member of Figurehead, Dan has recently moved into a Project Management role alongside his specialised skill in working with tower cranes and facade works, Dan has recently completed both the Turner Apartments project and Wattle Apartments in Clayton South.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) from RMIT.  He’s a keen kite surfer and loves any excuse to head out of the city to the coast or country.

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Joe Allman
Project Manager
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Joe Allman
Project Manager

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 overseeing various projects including ZAC Apartments, Figurehead's first development Lago Apartments and more recently overseeing 15 luxury residences, Paxton Apartments, in Malvern East.

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.

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Mark Semmens
Project Manager
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Mark Semmens
Project Manager

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.

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Marcus Chernov
Project Manager
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Marcus Chernov
Project Manager

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.

After successfully administrating the Newton Apartments project to completion in the emerging suburb of Williams Landing, Marcus is currently managing the Oxford Apartments at the adjacent site.

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.

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Guy de Vos
Project Manager
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Guy de Vos
Project Manager

Guy has been a CA and Project Coordinator with Figurehead since 2013 and has recently been promoted to Project Manager. He has a Bachelor of Environments (Construction Management) from Melbourne University and previously worked as a Project Engineer for Geotech, delivering 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 multiple projects including the Maple Apartments in Hawthorn, the Coventry Street Apartments in South Melbourne, and most recently managed the Sacre Coeur project through to completion. Guy is currently working as Project Manager on the Emerald Apartments project in Brighton and boutique development Pelham Armadale.  Serious about construction, soccer and basketball, Guy loves to travel and spent 9 months studying and tending bar in Amsterdam in 2012.

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Adrian Di Cosmo
Project Manager Pre-Delivery
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Adrian Di Cosmo
Project Manager Pre-Delivery

A Figurehead stalwart since 2009, Adrian has worked his way up from initial roles as Project Coordinator and Contracts Administrator to Project Manager, where he successfully managed a raft of industrial projects such as the Nexus Office Building, Wirraway Warehouses, Maersk Logistics Facility, Schindler Head Office and Signorino Warehouse.

Working in the position of Project Manager Pre-Delivery, Adrian has expertly coordinated the pre-build requirements on Oxford, Wattle, Emerald Apartments and The Moorings, and is currently responsible for the preparation of the upcoming Granton site in Brighton. His exemplary planning, scheduling and evaluation skills lay the foundation for a successful project outcome.

A keen traveller, aspiring chef and captain of a championship Futsal team, Adrian is also hugely community minded. As head of the Figurehead Charity Committee, Adrian’s most recent project has been assembling a crack squad of colleagues to participate in the Kids Under Cover Cubby House Challenge®, raising much needed funds to combat youth homelessness. 

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Cameron Bates
Post Delivery Manager
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Cameron Bates
Post Delivery Manager

An accomplished construction specialist whose focus is on an uncompromising level of service, Cameron brings an abundance of trade, tertiary and experiential skills to his role as Post Delivery Manager with Figurehead. Along with a Diploma in Building & Construction, Certificate IV in Front Line Management, Business Management and Managerial Sales & Marketing, his impressive and diverse 30 year work portfolio speaks for itself.

Cameron’s extensive Maintenance Management and Site Management experience has equipped him to effectively prioritise, handle multiple tasks and confidently communicate with a range of stakeholders and sub-contractors. His natural rapport and empathy, honed in various client-facing roles, makes him an effective conflict resolution manager and problem solver. Cameron brings a strong personal work ethic to Figurehead, where he both encourages and models quality practices.

A technically minded problem solver with his pilots licence, Cameron is also a community minded Mt Eliza local, with a passion for developing kids sporting initiatives. Volunteering as coach and then moving into the busy role of programme coordination, Cameron has seen the exponential expansion of both Auskick and Milo Cricket in the area. Keen to give back, Cameron aspires to volunteer in Cusco, Peru, teaching local children Aussie Rules and Cricket, where he’d take no convincing to tack on a four day hike along the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu.

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Garrick Gallard
Site Manager
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Garrick Gallard
Site Manager

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 as the resident 'MacGyver', and has delivered many successful projects including the MecwaCare Community Housing project, and the Rondo Warehouse project. Due to his inherent attention to detail Garrick is currently managing our first Flux job the Hawthorn House due to be completed later this year.

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.

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Daniel Dottori
Site Manager
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Daniel Dottori
Site Manager

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, most recently managing Newton Apartments in a new western Melbourne suburb, Williams Landing, he has now moved to the site next door and is managing the construction of Oxford Apartments. A proud property owner, Daniel loves the outdoors and spends his down time camping and motorbike riding.

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Derek Williams
Site Manager
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Derek Williams
Site Manager

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 Oxford Apartments project in Williams Landing. Proud dad to three grownup sons, Derek enjoys fishing, water sports and spending time at the beach with his wife of 28 years.

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Andrew Dibenedetto
Site Manager
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Andrew Dibenedetto
Site Manager

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, MecwaCare (delivered in record timing!) and the Lennox Apartments build. Andrew is currently the Site Manager for The Moorings apartment project in Martha Cove on the Mornington Peninsula.

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.

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Richard Herbert
Site Manager
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Richard Herbert
Site Manager

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 managed the Turner Residences site through to completion and is currently Site Manager for the boutique development Pelham Apartments located in the highly sought-after suburb of Armadale.

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!)

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Kyle Templeton
Site Manager
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Kyle Templeton
Site Manager

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, and the Alba Apartments and Townhomes in Mill Park, Kyle is currently working on the Emerald Apartments 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.

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Mani Xidakis
Site Managaer
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Mani Xidakis
Site Managaer

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 Toorak site for our luxury brand Flux, 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. 

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Chris Rose
Site Manager
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Chris Rose
Site Manager

Backed by over a decade of experience on a raft of medium density housing projects, Chris brings a cool head and an ability to work well under pressure to his role as Figurehead Site Manager for the Jackson Green Town Homes development.

An RMIT Certificate IV in Building and Construction, plus a solid commercial project background with construction companies such as Lendlease, Leighton Constructions and John Holland, have equipped Chris with a comprehensive bank of OH&S knowledge, excellent work flow scheduling capabilities, and an ability to galvanise his team into delivering an impeccably finished development on time and within budget.

Chris is a car enthusiast with a passion for fast cars and motor sports, who, as well as following the fluctuating fortunes of his beloved (and often beleaguered) Western Bulldogs, likes to spend his valuable downtime with family and friends. Along with a cheeky nip of quality single malt whisky, Chris enjoys the thrill of the weekend bargain hunt for Man Cave essentials.

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Damir Dedovic
Site Manager
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Damir Dedovic
Site Manager

A qualified carpenter with a Diploma in Building and Construction Management, 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 Manager for The Moorings 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!

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Tim Biggin
Site Foreman
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Tim Biggin
Site Foreman

Tim began his career working on high end architecturally designed homes, and it shows. An experienced Carpenter with a Certificate III in Building and Construction, his work with a number of leading construction companies has been characterised by an organised and analytical approach, exhibiting attention to detail in all areas.

Tim is a natural communicator with proven leadership skills, who quickly engenders the confidence of his teams, creating a harmonious working environment that delivers quality projects. With an eye firmly on the future of the industry, Tim aspires to remain at the forefront of sustainable construction and design.

As Foreman for the Emerald Apartments project in Brighton, Tim is proud to part of a company who value building excellence as much as he does.

In his downtime, Tim likes to spend time on the Mornington Peninsula with family and friends, catching a game at the G, and checking out live music gigs. With a glass of good red in hand, he can also manage an entire conversation in movie quotes - now, Say hello to my little friend

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Jack Clonan
Site Foreman
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Jack Clonan
Site Foreman

Jack’s body of work over the past decade speaks for itself. An accomplished carpenter backed by a Certificate III and IV in Building Construction (builders registration), Jack has covered the gamut of construction, renovation and concrete formwork across a range of domestic and commercial projects.

Currently Site Foreman at the stylish mixed-plan development, Jackson Green Town Homes, Jack brings a calm and methodical approach to problem solving, along with the necessary interpersonal and management skills to effectively liase with customers, suppliers and ancillary trade professionals for the very best outcomes. A committed team player, Jack relishes the opportunity to share his knowledge, actively encouraging and supporting the development of others to produce quality results.

Weekends see Jack hanging out with family and friends, following the Geelong Cats, checking out Melbourne’s local band scene and strumming the odd guitar. A keen snowboarder, Jack names New Zealand’s Queenstown snowfields as the ideal spot to tear it up and if he has to pick a favourite film genre, he’s going with keeping his friends close, but his enemies closer…

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Anthony Renzella
Head Cost Planner
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Anthony Renzella
Head Cost Planner

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 commercial builds.

When he’s not working hard to make his ‘great team’ proud, Anthony loves skiing, camping, basketball and good food and drink!

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Kim Choo
Cost Planner
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Kim Choo
Cost Planner

Kim joins Figurehead with a wealth of experience tendering successfully on multiple commercial, residential and community projects. Backed by a Diploma of Building Studies (Quantity Surveying) from Taylor’s College in Malaysia, and University of Melbourne Bachelor of Building Studies (Property & Construction) and Bachelor of Property and Construction, Kim brings a broad bank of technical knowledge to his role as Cost Planner.

Understanding that the devil is in the detail, Kim’s multi-disciplinary capabilities ensure meticulous analysis of feasibility and scope of works, while knowledge of current rates and pricing, help to ensure the most reliable outcomes.

Kim is a highly organised and logical operator who communicates well with subcontractors and suppliers and is fluent in both Mandarin and Bahasa Melayu, along with Hokkein and Cantonese dialects.

After a busy work week, Kim favours decompressing at home with his partner, two feline fur-babies and Netflix. He enjoys snowboarding, though having mostly holidayed back home in Malaysia, the opportunities to shred the slopes has been limited, but as Japan is on the to-do list, Kim may very well be boarding the pistes of Appi Kogan next vacation.

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Leigh Holmes
Contract Administrator
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Leigh Holmes
Contract Administrator

Leigh is highly qualified 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. Leigh is currently administering the $22.7M development The Moorings, in Martha Cove.

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 exhausting 100km walk for Oxfam, he has also dedicated his time to the charity Fareshare cooking meals for people in need.

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Prashant Likhitkar
Contract Administrator
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Prashant Likhitkar
Contract Administrator

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 joined the Figurehead team and is currently administering contracts for the staged townhouse development Jackson Green in Clayton South, 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.

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Lee Whillance
Contract Administrator
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Lee Whillance
Contract Administrator

With an impressive and extensive roll call of projects behind him, Lee brings a wealth of Contract Administration experience to Figurehead. His qualifications include Bachelor degrees in both Construction and Facilities Management, Diploma’s in Building and Building Surveying and a Certificate IV in Building.

Lee has worked across a broad range of projects ranging in scale from $0.5M to $11.5M , including health, education, community, leisure, commercial and, most recently, residential extensions, renovations and construction up to $7M.

Currently applying his superior analytical skills and flexible approach to problem solving on Oxford Apartments, Williams Landing, Lee is enjoying the productive working relationships and strong team ethos at Figurehead.

Said to be a dead ringer for Sydney Swans defender, Jarrad McVeigh, Lee is a sporting enthusiast who strums a mean acoustic guitar and fancies himself a chance to take out the reigning Figurehead table tennis championship.

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Amir Manoly
Contract Administrator
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Amir Manoly
Contract Administrator

Keen to take on a new challenge and broaden his knowledge base, Amir is delighted to join the Figurehead team. Armed with an RMIT Bachelor Degree (Honours) of Applied Science (Project Management), a Swinburne University Associate Degree in Engineering, and relevant industry experience on a number of commercial and residential developments ranging from $1.2M to $35M, Amir brings initiative and technological expertise to the role of Contract Administrator for the Pelham Apartments development.

Stints in Site Management, Contract Administration and Design Management, have equipped Amir with strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, and he prides himself on nurturing connections with quality tradespeople. Along with a comprehensive understanding of Construction Management software, Procore, Amir is an enthusiastic team player who enjoys contributing to a productive working environment.

In his downtime, Amir plays soccer, but prefers to watch basketball, citing LeBron James as his favourite player. A foodie who loves to check out new Melbourne restaurants and harboured early aspirations to be a chef, Amir’s dream dinner party would involve LeBron, Roger Federer and Kevin Hart. His secret talent is whipping up the perfect espresso martini, which may make Friday afternoons in the office more interesting!

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Luke Maffei
Contract Administrator
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Luke Maffei
Contract Administrator

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 and Turner Residences through to completion, Luke is currently applying his rational and ‘can-do’ approach to the Flux project in Toorak, 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.

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John Liacopoulos
Junior Contract Administrator
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John Liacopoulos
Junior Contract Administrator

John is a highly motivated member of Figurehead’s cadet programme, who is in the final stages of his Melbourne University Master of Construction Management (Building), following a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting/ Management). 

Joining Intracon, a small commercial construction company, in 2016, John worked as a contract administrator and project coordinator across a number of projects and is currently helping Figurehead with contract administration at The Moorings development in Martha Cove. 

John values contributing to the innovative and dynamic culture that characterises the Figurehead corporate ethos, and is keen to hone his existing skills and learn new ones at the frontline.

Blowing off steam at a match, this one-eyed Hawks fan has been a member of the Hawthorn Football club for sixteen years, is an avid tennis and basketball player, skier, and music aficionado who also plays a number of instruments - you could say, John is a bit of an all-rounder!

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Nick Saville
Project Coordinator
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Nick Saville
Project Coordinator

A circuitous route to building saw Nick initially graduating from and working in, Urban Planning, before heading back to University for a Master of Construction Management. This background, along with a brief stint in Shanghai focussing on International Business, plus a semester at the University of Connecticut, USA, helped him to forge a well rounded appreciation of both architectural objectives and project timelines from conception to completion.

From early Statutory Planning with various Council’s, to roles in Estimating, Junior Project Management and Contract Administration, Nick has developed a diverse set of competencies over seven years, on a range of major projects with Porter Davis Homes, A.G Coombs Group, TDA Interiors and Ducon.

Nick employs precise attention to detail, strong logic, excellent time management and a clear communication style to his position as Project Coordinator, where he is delighted to be contributing to the Figurehead culture of excellence.

A seasonal sportsman, family man Nick, plays soccer in the winter, cricket in the summer and has a love/hate relationship with golf. He’s a mad keen Melbourne Demons supporter, who cooks a mean Thai Green Curry, loves travelling to old European cities and fancies himself a bit of a history buff. Nick is a useful addition to Trivia Night with special subjects, sport, classic history, Asian curries and popular TV dramas, ensuring his team has a good shot at the meat tray.

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Tom Zhao
Project Coordinator
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Tom Zhao
Project Coordinator

Technically savvy Tom is backed by a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from The University of Melbourne. He has experience in site coordination and project management on a high end residential project, plus a number of commercial apartment developments for Empire Commercial Building Solutions, including Brunswick Heart and Clarindale Apartments, both valued upwards of $50M.

Figurehead welcomes Tom in the role of Project Coordinator, where his engineering skills facilitate rapport with subcontractors and architects, and good interpersonal style with clients and team members creates a productive and efficient work environment.

Along with a strong work ethic, flexible approach, sound administrative and scheduling abilities, Tom has garnered a handy working knowledge of the plastering industry and speaks fluent Mandarin.

Weekends for Tom involve a healthy balance of the physical, cerebral and social, with some judicious exercise such as running, weight training or shooting hoops at the neighbourhood basketball court, off-set by a spirited on-line session of GO, the ancient and scholarly Chinese game of strategy, followed by dinner with friends, successfully covering all three bases.

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Andrew Vaelioja
Project Coordinator
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Andrew Vaelioja
Project Coordinator

As Project Coordinator on luxury waterfront development, ‘The Moorings’, Andrew’s Bachelor of Civil Engineering (1st Class Honours) from Monash University, specialising in Structural Engineering, proves an advantage on a site requiring the Figurehead team to work with local authorities concurrently managing the area’s existing and new infrastructure. 

Practical experience in front line management and leaderships roles in several different arena’s have equipped Andrew with the ability to successfully negotiate outcomes across a broad spectrum, while recent work in the Civil Construction industry has given him valuable insight into the pre-construction phase of development.

Harbouring an ambition to lead project management teams on ever diverse and innovative building projects, Andrew brings to Figurehead logic, effective problem solving and efficient delegation skills, to reliably deliver exemplary results.

Living his favourite Mick Jagger quote, “Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing”, Andrew plays both acoustic and electric guitar, enjoys summer jet skiing, wake boarding and boating, winter snowboarding or enthusiastic support for the mighty ‘D’s’ at the ‘G’, and when time allows, a beachside/theme park holiday on the Gold Coast.

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Carmen Luu
Project Coordinator
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Carmen Luu
Project Coordinator

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 multiple projects for Figurehead's luxury brand Flux.

Inspired by iconic Melbourne architecture and design, Carmen is currently supporting a number of roles, 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!

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James Downie
Project Coordinator
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James Downie
Project Coordinator

James brings enthusiasm, experience and a level head to his Project Coordinator role. Throw in a Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management (Honours) and Diploma of Building and Construction Management from RMIT, along with early work running projects for CBD Contracting Group and Aston Developments, and James looks set to enjoy a promising industry career.

James has experience in Estimating, Project Administration and Project Management in residential and commercial developments, where his demonstrated capacity for clear thinking, problem solving, and the ability to handle high stress situations with equanimity, make him a valuable team asset.

A natural leader with a warm and effective communication style, James is driven by personal accountability and a strong work ethic, expecting high standards of himself and his team.

While some early injuries may have cut short his own sporting life, James is a passionate Demons fan and also, following ten years living in Sydney, an avid supporter of the Wallabies and Rabbitoh’s. James is an inveterate traveller, who’s seen a fair bit of the world and tries to get to Bali a couple of times a year to decompress. Half his luck!

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Will Bernard
Project Coordinator
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Will Bernard
Project Coordinator

Following the attainment of his Bachelor of Environments Degree with a Major in Construction at The University of Melbourne, Will garnered a raft of skills with boutique commercial outfit, Tandem Building Group. A rapid company expansion saw Will fast tracked from Project Coodinator to a senior role in estimating, contracting, delivery, site management and handover components, with fit-out and refurbishment projects ranging from $0.5M to $3M. 

Focused and enthusiastic, Will enjoys the youthful and energetic culture at Figurehead, where he is currently involved in the administration and delivery of the Emerald Apartments project. His natural agility and responsiveness, along with a clear communicating style guarantee quality outcomes.

Along with a naturally analytical mind and strong interpersonal skills, Will’s inherent self-motivation and drive derives is no small part to his history of competing in and coaching top tier rowing. His list of achievements is impressive, rowing twice in the UK’s Henley Regatta, along with winning an Australian National Championship as both rower and coach.

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Marshal Payenda
Project Coordinator
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Marshal Payenda
Project Coordinator

Marshal has put his Associates Degree in Civil Engineering and Advanced Diploma in Building Surveying to good use, site managing residential townhouse and apartment projects of varying scale from go to whoa for Shangri-La Constructions and Mortise & Tenon.

Drawing on a background managing small townhouse developments, Marshal is looking forward to applying that experience to his role as Project Coordinator for Figurehead’s most recent large scale development, Jackson Green Estate.

Marshal is an open communicator and problem solver who values team work and, backed by a broad base of experience, is committed to delivering quality constructions as efficiently and expediently as possible.

A seriously active guy, Marshal spends his downtime engaged in an exhausting range of activities, from channeling his inner Lou Ferrigno with weightlifting, playing backyard cricket where he is famous for scoring 6’s with a patented reverse shot (Current record: 1097 runs not out #humblebrag), hiking, cross-fit, hitting the coastline on his Yamaha R1 or taking his dogs to the beach.

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Frank Grasso
Plant & Equipment Manager
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Frank Grasso
Plant & Equipment Manager

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.

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Nikki Brown
Accounts Clerk
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Nikki Brown
Accounts Clerk

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. 

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Loren Robinson
Marketing Coordinator
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Loren Robinson
Marketing Coordinator

Loren is an experienced administrator and office all-rounder who is currently completing a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at Swinburne University. Since joining Figurehead in 2014 Loren has provided extensive support on a number of major projects including assisting with the design and development of our website and compiling our Corporate Profile.

Aside from her marketing skills, Loren is known for her Nigella-esque baking prowess and loves to whip up delicious treats in the kitchen. A keen adventurer, she recently returned from a 3-month backpacking trip in Morocco and Europe, after previously backpacking around South America in 2014 and Europe for the first time in 2015.

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Tess Binding
Administration Assistant / Receptionist
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Tess Binding
Administration Assistant / Receptionist

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.

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Mary Canagaratnam
Cadet
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Mary Canagaratnam
Cadet

Mary is bringing her unerring eye for detail and design to the Figurehead building Cadet programme,  while concurrently undertaking a Master of Construction Management, following a Melbourne University Bachelor of Environments (Landscape Architecture).

For the last two years Mary has employed her landscape architectural design capabilities to work on a range of projects, including schools and residential apartment complexes through to large scale developments.

Having completed a stint in estimating  and working on tenders, she is presently on-site on Toorak for Figurehead's luxury brand Flux, assisting with project coordination. Mary enjoys the variety of each of her roles at every stage of development and relishes learning from some of the best (and nicest!) in the business.

Along with spending her precious downtime involved with community volunteer organisations, it comes as no surprise that Mary enjoys creating her own thriving horticultural environment in the garden.

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Robert Convery
Cadet
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Robert Convery
Cadet

If it’s true that knowledge itself is power, then Figurehead Building Cadet, Robert, is a powerful man indeed. A fully qualified Cabinet Maker, with experience in Drafting and Design, Robert developed an appreciation for the impact sustainability practices have on the building industry, going on to enrol in a La Trobe University Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Geoscience. A natural marriage between the precepts of environmental science and building have led Robert to his currently enrolled University of Melbourne Master of Construction Management, Majoring in Project Management. 

Working at Figurehead complements Robert’s studies with practical experience in key industry areas in an environment of professional excellence. Once his stint with the Estimating department is completed, Robert is looking forward to getting on-site to see exactly how the estimating work is realised in situ.

Robert quite literally marches to the beat of his own drum. From playing traditional Scottish music on the side drums at 13, his passion, having crossed multiple genres, led to a national band tour and Top 100 album. Today Robert has achieved his life-long musical goal of splicing Bay Area Thrash Metal with Scandinavian Melodic Music, with his new band’s debut album on the cusp of completion. Not sure we’ll be humming along in the office, but you never know!

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Scott Driscoll
Cadet
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Scott Driscoll
Cadet

Scott is an enthusiastic Figurehead cadet currently working on the Oxford Apartments project, while completing a Master of Construction Management at The University of Melbourne. He has previous experience with a residential concreter in Geelong where he worked in roles both on-site and in the office.

A relative new comer, Scott is already appreciating the close knit team and obvious camaraderie at Figurehead, and along with a desire to consistently deliver his A-Game, he looks forward to developing new aptitudes and skills with such an experienced and lauded organisation.

As an ex-Physical Education teacher and Personal Trainer, fitness has always played an integral part in Scott’s life, who today balances work with playing football for Modewarre FNC in the Bellarine Football League and coaching the under 18’s Colts. He is also a keen snowboarder who loves music, travel and drinking good coffee with friends.

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Adrian Rotunno
Cadet
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Adrian Rotunno
Cadet

Adrian is realising his aspiration of acquiring hands-on building industry experience with the A-Team at Figurehead. Rounding off his penultimate year at Victoria University, where he is currently completing a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours), Adrian has resolutely enjoyed every aspect of the course and is relishing the opportunity to apply his practical skills after graduation.

Adrian feels very much at home at Figurehead, where he is currently holed up in the busy Estimating department under the expert tutelage of Anthony and Kim. Committed to learning as much as possible, he is enjoying estimating, but looks forward to garnering new experiences in other areas as well.

A keen footballer who has been playing since he was six, Adrian coaches the Under 9’s at Ascot Vale Football club where he reinforces his personal belief in the importance of team work to the next generation of players. Adrian enjoys travel and as part of his Honours degree, spent six weeks at South Bohemia University in the Czech Republic. He is keen to expand his knowledge of European architecture, culture and history, with further travel in the future.

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Angus Kininmonth
Cadet
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Angus Kininmonth
Cadet

It can never be said that Angus is afraid of hard work. Five years of physically demanding labour sheep mustering, operating heavy machinery and yard work on the family farm, ensured a well entrenched personal work ethic, while as Labourer at Geelong’s Larkin & Drought Builders, Angus developed carpentry experience, a good knowledge of safety procedures, construction preparation and range of other aptitudes.

Alongside participating in the Figurehead Building Cadet programme, Angus is completing a Diploma of Building and Construction at RMIT. He is a conscientious team player, with excellent interpersonal skills, who is delighted to be complementing his education with practical knowledge and instruction from experienced professionals.

You’d think that after all that physical exertion, Angus would relax with his feet up watching ‘Prison Break’, but when he’s not attending to landscaping and maintenance on the farm at home, his just as physically demanding hobbies include playing football for Old Geelong Grammar School, camping, water skiing and four wheel driving.

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Lydia Booth
Cadet
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Lydia Booth
Cadet

Hard working Lydia is relishing being part of Figurehead’s multifaceted Building Cadet program, concurrently working in the industry as she completes her Bachelor of Property and Real Estate and Construction Management (Honours).

Half way through her double degree, Lydia is enjoying time in the busy Figurehead estimating department, where the opportunity to observe practical applications of her studies is invaluable.
At this point she is leaving her eventual career options wide open but given her interest in both Project Management and Contract Administration, Lydia is excited about getting out on-site to see just how things are done.

With family originally hailing from the UK, Lydia has been a frequent overseas visitor, with plans for a bucket list trip to New York and further travelling around the UK and Europe after that. Lydia’s a sporty type with downtime that involves netball, swimming and F45 fitness classes, enthusiastically supporting the AFL Hawks, and balanced by slightly less athletic cooking, eating, reading and spending time with the people she loves.

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