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.

Trust

We build strong relationships with our people, clients, and industry partners to foster collaboration and partnerships.

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
State General Manager – NSW

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 several project management firms for more than 25 years. He now provides leadership, development advisory services, and governance capability through his involvement in various advisory boards including the University of Sydney, Northern Beaches Council and private businesses. 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 and past CEO of JBA Urban Planning Consultants (now Ethos Urban). She is currently a board member of Greater Sydney Parklands including the Western Sydney Parklands Trust, the Board of Trustees of Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust, and the Board of Trustees of Parramatta Park Trust.

David Riches

David Riches
Non-Executive Director

Following a 30-year career in the private sector, David joined Infrastructure NSW and was appointed as Head of Projects in 2015. David is currently a non-executive director for Water Infrastructure, and Chair of Projects for its Advisory Board. He is also a member of Infrastructure NSW Project Assurance Group and serves on several other public and private sector boards as an advisor including Western Sydney Airport Metro, and City of Sydney Waterloo Social and Affordable Housing working group.

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 
State General Manager – VIC

Andrew is a highly experienced and skilled Director with more than 20 years of 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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Jennifer Gillett
State General Manager – QLD

Jennifer is an industry leader with more than twenty years of experience in delivering outstanding results for building and construction projects. She has served on numerous boards and committees such as NAWIC, where she was the QLD president for three years, Qld Government's Ministerial Construction Council and Building Construction & Maintenance Category Council, as well as leadership and diversity committees for PCA and AIPM

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Caitriona Circosta

Caitriona Circosta
Chief Financial Officer

Caitriona is responsible for all of the company’s financial functions. Her career spans more than 20 years of varied experience in financial management and corporate strategy. Caitriona holds a double degree in Business Administration and Commerce Accounting and a Post-Graduate Chartered Accounting degree.

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David De Propertis 

David De Propertis 
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 
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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Jennifer Lavery

Jennifer Lavery 
Associate 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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Damian Stewart 

Damian Stewart 
Associate 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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Alice Croxson

Alice Croxson 
Associate Director

Alice has more than 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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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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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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Jennifer Lavery

Chris Callaghan 
Project Director

Chris is a competent project director with 16 years of tier 1 experience. He has worked for some of Australia’s most reputable developers including Mirvac and Lendlease. Chris has sound knowledge of all aspects of construction; from small fitouts to large scale developments, and specific expertise in adaptive re-use and heritage buildings.

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Lindsey Wright 
Project Director

Lindsey has been a long-term industry professional in the Melbourne market and has worked at various organisations in the capacity of project manager, senior project manager, development manager and associate director. His experience spans the retail, student accommodation, hotel and residential sectors.

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Reece Tabor
Project Director

An experienced project director with a pro-active attitude and pragmatic approach, supported by more than 19 years of experience.Reece has expansive experience gained from working on projects in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Middle East, Canada and Indonesia. His involvement has ranged from design management to construction management of high-end retail fit-outs, international airports, hospitality, commercial and residential high-rise, and retirement living.

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Natalie Vaughan 
Project Director

Natalie is a highly motivated and personable project director with 14 years of experience. She is experienced in defining, creating and overseeing all project deliverable. Natalie has proven leadership skills and a strong technical background. Her experience extends over all phases of a project including design, documentation, tendering, authority approvals, construction delivery, handover, and client commissioning.

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Tze Loong Chan 
Project Director

Tze Loong is a strategic thinker who takes a structured approach to problem-solving, defining the scope of an issue and understanding the root causes before developing viable solutions. He is a strong team player with an excellent service background and recognises that excellent working relationships are fundamental to successful project delivery. Tze Loong is a strong team leader who nurtures his team, driving their career and developing their potential to align them towards their career path and the business objectives. 

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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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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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