Rob Dickson leads the Property and Development group, with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of property development, master plan management, asset management and the purchase, sale and leasing of property. He has extensive experience in managing complex educational, commercial, retail, residential and industrial projects.
Rob’s experience comes not only from his vast property knowledge, but also from having held Executive positions within large Australian corporations as both property owners and space users.
Rob is currently overseeing the site sourcing, due diligence and acquisition of over 20 sites for Health Infrastructure. These projects require substantial stakeholder engagement to ensure sites are fit for purpose with unique user requirements.
He is also the Project Director for the St Andrew’s College $100 mill Student Accommodation Masterplan and is co ordinating the Master plan development for Redlands School and Snowy Mountains Grammar.
Rob undertakes the role of Development Manager for a number of Institutional Clients overseeing substantial capital works programs
Until he formed Spectrum Property & Projects in October 2000, Rob held the position of General Manager – Projects for Australia’s premier Department store retailer, David Jones Ltd, where he was responsible for property development and refurbishment projects valued at more than $300 million.
Prior to this Rob was the General Manager – Property for Industrial Equity. The role had a national responsibility for an extremely diverse mix of property types. These properties ranged from major commercial industrial and retail properties to residential units and townhouses etc.
Rob was also responsible for the acquisition, rezoning and development and sale of land subdivisions located in Sydney, Melbourne and New castle with a yield of more than 2,000 lots. While at Industrial Equity, Rob ran the operations of the $300 million 101 Miller St and Greenwood Plaza complex in North Sydney.
David leads the Project Management team. Over his diverse career David has developed a strong business, property, design and development background established through various industries including telecommunications, education, health, local government, trade services, hospitality, retail, residential and commercial property.
David has strong skills in stakeholder engagement being able to establish rapport and credibility with diverse groups. He influences and drives development outcomes and is solution-orientated with an eye toward bottom line results. David has a hands-on approach to project delivery being involved in the day to day running of projects, working closely with client teams.
In recent years, David undertook the role of outsourced Project Director for the Australian Catholic University overseeing all projects across the state of Victoria. This involved management of the master plan and implementation of multiple projects, with an annual expenditure of over $50m. Key projects included feasibility and statutory planning application for a new 10,000m2 teaching building, library and learning commons, various research facilities and a 1,000m2 modular facility which required extensive design and planning to facilitate a rapid installation and commissioning.
David has led the property and facilities management portfolio for David Jones, including both the Department stores and Foodchain stores. He led the property and construction strategy for Foodchain stores including the development of the brand identity, retail format, roll-out and ongoing management. David also initiated and managed the new outsourced Facilities Management department for David Jones resulting in $1.2 million savings in first year with improved level of output.
As General Manager for Property and Development for the Coles Myer Liquor Group, David headed up a senior team of managers overseeing all aspects of the organisation. In this role David directed a cross business function team through the formulation of a key new retail format to be adopted across the business, ultimately comprising a network of around 70 new large format liquor stores.
Associate – Property Advisory
Charles has over 9 years’ international experience in the property development and property advisory sectors, working within both the UK and Australian markets. He has provided strategic consultancy, development advisory, transactional and marketing advice to a range of private and institutional clients.
Within the property development space, Charles has managed the establishment of land promotions, joint ventures and fund-through agreements, with responsibilities around site sourcing, financial modelling and due diligence. He is proficient in undertaking highest and best use analysis across all asset classes, with a particular focus on residential, commercial and mixed-use assets.
Charles’ extensive experience across various property asset classes allows him to consider a range of scenarios and options available to clients, and he ensures that financial returns, risks, challenges and other client-specific metrics are addressed in order to find the most suitable solution.
Most recently Charles worked for a boutique Sydney-based development manager, focussing on site acquisitions of Large Format Retail, neighbourhood centres and residential sites across New South Wales and Victoria, on behalf of private equity and fund management groups. He has also held agency positions within Capital Markets teams in Sydney and London.
Charles is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and holds a Masters in Real Estate from Henley Business School at the University of Reading (UK).
Senior Project Manager
Luke’s extensive design management and delivery experience began as a Cost Estimator shortly after graduating from the University of New South Wales in 2009. Within a reasonably short time, Luke moved on to Contract Administration and Project Management roles, gaining experience in both Contractor and Client Side working environments. Luke has continued to develop his experience and expertise and has held positions as an integral member of Institutional and Commercial project initiatives. This has seen Luke’s more recent involvement in managing large, complex multi-use development projects. His experience includes the successful delivery of capital works programs in the residential, commercial, health infrastructure, airport, retail and school sectors.
Luke’s understanding of clients’ needs and expectations along with his technical knowledge and expertise adds considerable value when providing realistic cost and time effective solutions to challenging project issues.
Luke has worked on key capital works projects in complex live environments such as Sydney Airport’s upgrade of the International Terminal 1 Baggage Handling System, and the upgrade and extension of Lion’s Heritage Food Processing Facility. Prior to joining Spectrum, Luke had been an integral part of institutional and healthcare project portfolios, as well as gaining experience managing large, complex multi-use development projects whilst at TSA. His experience includes the successful delivery of capital works programs in the residential, commercial, health infrastructure and school sectors. Luke’s understanding of client needs and expectations, along with his technical knowledge and expertise, adds considerable value when providing realistic cost and time-effective solutions to challenging projects.
On a personal level, Luke enjoys the great outdoors and spends his free time cycling, swimming and participating in social sporting competitions.
Greg has over 15 years’ experience in the construction and property industries. Successful delivery of high-risk projects and developments is testament to Greg’s critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Greg has completed numerous projects within the commercial, industrial, health, education and retail sectors. This demonstrates exposure across a broad range of projects and Greg’s confidence to successfully deliver.
With a strong emphasis on communication and attention to detail, Greg excels in building and leading project and stakeholder teams for successful solutions to complex projects.
Greg has an exceptional understanding of the delivery of construction projects. Experience in the execution of design and construct contracts ensures that Greg always meets the challenges faced during the design development process. Greg has experience delivering GC21 contracts working collaboratively with all stakeholders. Greg has a strong focus on safety and quality, without losing focus on time and cost.
Previous clients include Goodman, AMP Capital, Aldi, Centuria, Macquarie University, Western Sydney University, Health Infrastructure, Department of Justice and NSW Communities & Justice. Greg was also pivotal in the delivery of new infrastructure for the amalgamation of Australia Post and Startrack, rolling out several new or refurbished parcel facilities.
Louise has over 28 years of experience as a Project Manager in the Residential, Commercial, Workplace, Retail, Hospitality and Infrastructure sectors. Louise has managed projects Australia wide, and her expertise lies in the Interiors sector.
Her most recent Workplace project includes the fit-out of a new office in Newcastle City Centre for the Department of Communities and Justice.
In previous years, Louise been Project Manager for Global Blue Chip clients such as Twitter, Zoom VC, The Trade Desk, Singapore Airlines, Quiksilver and Yahoo7. Her role was to co-ordinate Design Workshops, which meant bringing together all the, Architectural/Interior Design teams and Engineering Service Consultants. From Concept Design through to Design Development and the overseeing the Tender process and Contract award to the Builder. Her role continued through the Delivery Stage, Relocation of Office Teams and Change Management. Louise’s focus was to ensure the clients workspace strategy requirements, budget and timeline were delivered without time or cost constraints.
Louise has an excellent understanding of the different Workplace options currently trending in the marketplace. She has an army of talented consultants to call on for any advice required to ensure her clients are getting the latest Information Technology connections, Audio Visual equipment, Furniture, Ambient and Effective Lighting, Breakout Hubs, Town Hall spaces and Wellness rooms. Louise ensures all the design opportunities are investigated for the clients working space whilst always considering the importance of sustainability and the carbon footprint.
Lucas bao is an accomplished project manager with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Sydney.
Lucas started his career in the residential market where he led multiple new build projects developing extensive experience initiating, procuring, and delivering projects through their lifecycle.
In recent years Lucas has managed a range of assignments for blue chip corporate landlords and occupiers including, corporate office fit-out, development monitoring, major refurbishment, asset repositioning as well as providing lease transaction and cost consultancy oversight.
Lucas successfully delivered the major lobby upgrade at Angle Place on behalf of AMP capital to modernise the lobby interior (including lift cars, end of trip, multifunction rooms, public artworks) and manage the localised façade/awning upgrade.
Lucas brings a strong contractual and procedural focus to provide a fast and thorough understanding of the procurement, design, and construction processes. He is an excellent communicator with strong organisational, leadership skills and proven client service track record.
Sam joined Spectrum in 2017 as a Project Manager. He has a background in Architecture which provided him with a strong grounding in Design Management.
Sam has managed site assessments and due diligence for a number of sites across regional NSW, with substantial coordination with over 15 consultant disciplines working on each site. Risk management and a keen understanding of WH&S requirements is critical to this process with a systematic and methodical approach.
Currently Sam is the lead Project Manager for the refurbishment of a prominent heritage building façade with Sydney CBD, coordinating the building due diligence and investigation works, through to concept design and submission to Council. Sam is also the lead Project Manager on the Base Build and Futureproofing upgrade of a significant 16,000m2 waterfront Commercial Building within Sydney, to include a refurbished lobby and full lift upgrade, new end-of-trip facilities, and on-floor make good & amenities works, from initial engagement and undertaking of a feasibility study, through to investigation, due diligence and full resolution of a Concept Design, with Construction due to commence late November 2019.
Prior to joining Spectrum Sam worked on a number of hotel projects for the Toga Group in Sydney and Melbourne. The Adina Hotel in the heart of Melbourne CBD underwent a substantial refurbishment of 144 Standard Rooms & 11 Penthouses. Sam managed the project through the design phase and over saw construction, managing the contractor to ensure the design met the brief and quality required for this significant project for the Toga group.
In his previous role he oversaw a number of new build and refurbishment projects through the design to construction on site. A strict management of the budget was critical for these projects to ensure the assets were not over capitalized, with a keen eye on the quality of materials to ensure the products and finishes could stand the test of time.
Project Manager Minor Works
Joe Wood is an assistant Project Manager who possesses strong design and project administration skills and experience.
Joe has a background in Architecture and extensive experience in a variety of building typologies. Joe is currently involved in Health, Education and Commercial projects for various clients while supporting senior members of the Spectrum team across multiple projects in contract administration.
He was recently involved in a major base building upgrade to the heritage listed building known as the ‘Bushell’s Building’ located at 121 Harrington St, Sydney. This project involved extensive upgrade works to Mechanical, Fire and Electrical building services to a standard equivalent to a PCA A grade classification. The project also encompassed new finishes throughout 6 office levels and amenities areas and the creation of a new End-of-Trip Facility for the incoming tenant. The project required extensive interface with Fire & Rescue NSW due to exposed structural timber throughout all levels. Joe also played a key role in the tenant coordination requirements for the project.
Prior to joining Spectrum, Joe managed the rollout of TAG Heuer boutiques across Australia in line with their new corporate branding. This involved review and modification of conceptual designs from Switzerland to ensure compliance with current Australian codes and standards. Joe’s skills in negotiation allowed him to successfully maintain the integrity of TAG Heuer’s design while adhering to local government and other authority guidelines.
Joe has previously held positions in leading architectural companies that included Station Architect for Sydney Metro Light Rail, Team Leader for Westfield Warringah Mall Shopping Centre Redevelopment and Services Design Coordinator for various educational facilities such as the Charles Perkins Centre, the Business School at Sydney University and the Nan Tien Institute, Wollongong.
Throughout his career, Joe has always maintained a strong emphasis on communication and attention to detail to inform all stakeholders in the project. He understands that each project requires a slightly different focus and Joe adapts his skills to suit. It is this flexibility that Joe draws upon when managing and delivering projects.
Assistant Project Manager
Matthew brings with him 9 years’ experience in aged care facilities, commercial, education, health, research and residential construction projects.
Matthew previously held a role as a collaborative Project Manager & Designer working closely with Senior Project Managers and other technical team members. He is adept at tracking and monitoring project schedules and budgets, updating and reviewing financial status reports and ensuring deliverable deadlines are met. Coupled with excellent verbal and written communication skills; he is able to deliver top-notch client interface and support while working effectively with members in both small and large team environments.
Other project experience includes Aged Care, Commercial, Education/Research, Health and Residential, with responsibilities ranging from participation in the design process, engagement of consultants and assemble and distribute Owner-specific project status reports to maintaining and tracking project deliverables from Architect/Contractor/Vendors.
Originally from Texas, Matthew now calls Sydney home and has recently completed a Master of Project Management at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Assistant Project Manager
Nicola has experience across both commercial real estate and project management in the public and private sectors including a commercial, residential, numerous art galleries, various projects for Schools Infrastructure and a renowned golf club located in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
Nicola is proficient at managing project budgets and cost controls, design coordination, client recommendations and time management, whilst working on a variety of projects at any given time. Nicola uses her strong written and verbal communication skills, time management ability and attention to detail to ensure all stakeholders are well informed and satisfied throughout all phases of the project.
Nicola is currently completing a Bachelor of Property and Real Estate, Majoring in Sustainable Construction at Deakin University.
Niharika brings with her over 12 years of business administration experience in FMCG, tourism, and digital media industries. Niharika has a proven track record of senior-level executive support, management and bookkeeping experience. She has a strong ability to juggle multiple processes, maximise efficiency, and foster professional relationships within organisations and in client communications. She is committed to excellence in service and always practices personal accountability in the workplace.