Our Team

OUR TEAM

Our People are at the HEART of everything we do.

Everybody in the business has joined us following personal referral or recommendation. We have focused on recruiting and developing highly skilled teams that are dedicated to delivery of an exceptional experience for our clients.
By recruiting people aligned with our culture, vision and values we have secured high calibre clients and challenging projects which our people love working with.
We provide a collaborative culture and an outstanding working environment so that our people thrive and develop.

Our Values

Honesty

We act with integrity in all interactions.

Excellence

We strive for continuous improvement and demand high standards from ourselves and those we work with.

Accountability

We take individual and collective responsibility for the outcomes and experience that we deliver.

Respect

We value and seek different contributions from all our team members and industry colleagues.

Teamwork

We collaborate and learn from others and celebrate our successes.

Board

Our Directors understand that a dynamic workforce encompassing the wisdom and experience of senior executives, complimented by the energy, passion and fresh thinking of emerging leaders is key to success in the market and will be the point of distinction of value to our target clients.

The personality of our people will transfer to the personality of our brand.
Our approach to our people is characterised by open and honest communication, mutual trust and respect.

David Nicholas – Director Esssence

David Nicholas
Managing Director

David has over 30 years of professional experience in Australia, Malaysia and the UK. He has operated at Director level in the Sydney marketplace since 2000 for market leading professional consultancies. He provides leadership to the delivery of project, business and corporate objectives.

James Joy – Director Essence

James Joy
Director

James has an extensive portfolio of complex CBD heritage and commercial developments. James specialises in iconic major developments in the Sydney CBD. He is an analytical thinker, and brings diverse educational and work experience to all projects.

Ioan Morgan

Ioan Morgan
Director

Ioan has over 20 years' experience in the property and construction industry. He has an extensive track record of major projects across a variety of sectors including Education, Health, Mixed Use, Residential, Transport and Aged Care. His communication and leadership skills enable excellent project and business outcomes.

Greg Incoll 

Greg Incoll 
Non-Executive Chair

Greg established and led successful national project management firms for over 25 years. He now provides development advisory services, leadership and governance capability to a number of leading industry participants. He brings significant experience and knowledge to the governance of our firm and an extensive industry network.

Julie Bindon

Julie Bindon
Non-Executive Director

Julie is the founding Director, past CEO and Chair of JBA Urban Planning Consultants. She is currently a part-time Director at Ethos Urban (formerly JBA), a member of UrbanGrowth NSW’s Design Directorate expert panel, member of the Western Sydney Parklands Trust Board and on the UDIA’s Judging Panel for the Awards of Excellence.

David Riches

David Riches
Non-Executive Director

Following a 30 year career in the private sector with Lendlease, Macquarie and Citta Property Group, David joined Infrastructure NSW in 2013 and was responsible for the delivery of the new $1.2bn Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP). In 2015, David was appointed Head of Projects for INSW in 2015 but relinquished that role recently.

Senior Management

Our Management team is supported by highly experienced project management staff with diverse professional backgrounds matched to our market specialisation.

 

Andrew Borthwick

Andrew Borthwick 
Director

Andrew is a highly experienced and skilled Director with more than 20 years’ experience. Andrew has experienced the full lifecycle of projects, and has managed many projects from the master planning phase to successful project completion. Importantly, Andrew understands the ultimate project benefits that are achieved when projects are correctly set up during the master planning and project initiation phases.

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David De Propertis 

David De Propertis 
Associate Director

David has over 20 years of experience across various roles in property development and construction. He brings an extensive background and skillset in property development and project delivery across all key phases of the development process.

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David Radford 

David Radford 
Associate Director

David is a property executive with over 30 years' experience in design, development and delivery of projects. With a background in architecture, development and project management, David has proven capabilities in understanding stakeholders and influencing  the successful journey through all stages of the property life cycle.

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Cameron Hay

Cameron Hay 
Project Director

Cameron is a construction leader with over 20 years' experience across construction and consultancy. Throughout his professional career, he has led the successful delivery of a wide variety of civil and environmental projects. He has developed a strong appreciation for differing clients needs, and led negotiations with stakeholders and diverse groups, including authorities, construction companies and consultants.

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Alex Barnard

Alex Barnard
Project Director

Alex has spent over 15 years acting as a Project Manager and Superintendent on a range of highly complex major projects. He has a strong construction background. His experience has provided him with a clear and comprehensive understanding of the stakeholder communication required during all construction phases.

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Lena Louangkhoth 

Lena Louangkhoth 
Project Director

Lena is skilled in upfront development and project management with a depth of experience over a diverse range in Private, Public and Military sectors. Her experience covers managing a diverse range of complex stakeholders and challenges which have contributed to her being a highly effective operator.

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Alice Croxson

Alice Croxson 
Project Director

Alice has over 15 years' experience in complex built form with a focus on providing enduring & quality outcomes for her projects. She has developed a breadth and depth of project management experience across retail, residential, retirement living and government sectors. Alice provides leadership, direction and guidance to her project teams to enable them to successfully complete projects on time and to budget.

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Ben Adams 

Ben Adams 
Project Director

Ben is a highly skilled professional delivering successful projects in the commercial, mixed use and public sectors. Throughout his career, Ben has lead and delivered on some of the most innovative and prestigious legal and commercial fit-out projects in Australia.

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Damian Stewart 

Damian Stewart 
Project Director

Damian is a highly experienced construction professional with over 15 years experience in the property and construction industry across a broad range of sectors. He has a proven track record of managing projects from concept to completion on time and within budget.

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Jennifer Lavery

Jennifer Lavery 
Project Director

Jennifer is a highly skilled project director with specialist knowledge in the healthcare sector with construction experience that is second to none. She has delivered numerous highly complex projects; managing head contractors, nominated sub-contractors, and specialised MM&E and FF&E suppliers, enabling facilities to commence operations successfully and safely.

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