Joint Managing Director
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.
Joint Managing Director
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.
Director – Property Advisory
Adam is a senior executive with 18 years’ experience in property development, design & construction management. Adam has broad experience across multiple property sectors, including working for Tier 1 contractors, developers, ASX-listed commercial property trusts and not for profit operators.
He is adept across all facets of the property development lifecycle, including feasibility analysis, master planning, rezoning, authority approvals, design management, construction management and commissioning. He has an in depth understanding of the New South Wales property sector, including local and State planning frameworks.
A specialist in seniors housing and residential developments, Adam’s core skills were developed across commercial property (retail and office). He has a strong track record in delivering commercial results (development and operational).
Adam’s recent experience has been focused on the aged care and retirement living sectors, where he has previously held senior leadership positions within the not-for-profit sector.
Adam’s expertise and proven capability mean that he is an influential and analytical project leader, and takes research-informed decisions to peers, external stakeholders, senior executives and Board members to optimise project outcomes.
Director – Project Management
As Director Project Management, Dimitri’s role is to oversee and directly manage the Project Management team. Dimitri provides hands-on leadership and direct participation across our projects and programs to ensure we always achieve successful outcomes for our clients.
With a background in Civil Engineering, Construction & Psychology, Dimitri has an array of knowledge and experience, spanning the Industrial, Retail, Commercial, Health/Medical, Government/Council, Hospitality and Residential sectors. Throughout his career, Dimitri has successfully delivered many noteworthy projects, for a wide range of clientele. Dimitri’s strength lies in his interpersonal skills, management acumen and strong focus on exceeding client expectations.
Dimitri has led teams in the successful delivery of projects and multisite programs for national clients and has strong established relationships with major landlords and tenants.
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
Aidan has 15 years’ experience within the construction industry across Australian and the United Kingdom markets. Aidan has exposure to a wide range of sectors including retail, commercial, office, industrial and large infrastructure projects. Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport was one of these milestone projects, which was the largest construction project in Europe at the time.
Aidan brings an enthusiastic and pragmatic approach to delivering complex and challenging projects whilst maintaining a collaborative approach with all stakeholders.
Exposure to a wide variety of projects and sectors allows Aidan to think laterally when dealing with new and unique projects. This is also aided by a large portion of projects being delivered under a Design and Construct contract structure within live environments.
All of Aidan’s experience is backed by a degree in Construction Management and Diplomas in Quantity Surveying and Building Studies.
Previous successful Client relationships include British Airport Authority, AMP Capital, Dexus, Altus, Investa, Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, Scentre Group, Schneider, Henroth Investments, Goodman & Charter Hall.
Senior Project Manager
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.
Senior Project Manager – Interiors
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.
Alex has over 9 years’ experience in the construction industry, mainly in client-side project management and contract administration. He has successfully delivered complex and high risk projects in the commercial, industrial, retail, infrastructure, public use, residential and mixed-use sectors involving major refurbishment and new builds.
Alex’s experience in both contractor and client management roles, enables him to maintain a strong relationship with all stakeholders. This has been a key factor for Alex to create a collaborative project environment. Alex has developed strong design and construction management skills throughout his career. His eye for detail, extensive exposure to regulatory requirements, planning expertise and contractual knowledge have ensured he meets the challenges faced across all project phases.
Alex has completed major refurbishment works, asset repositioning and office fit-out projects for major corporate landlords, property developers, facility managers and end users. Alex holds a Master of Science Civil Engineering-Construction.
Colm has over 6 years’ project management experience, delivering projects in the Education, Aviation, Health, Civic and Culture sectors in Sydney and in Ireland. Prior to his relocation to Australia, Colm developed extensive experience in the Irish Aviation sector, where he had a specific focus on energy management. This experience has given Colm an invaluable insight into the operational complexity, live environment, stakeholder management, and planning approvals associated with international and domestic airports.
With degrees in civil engineering, environmental engineering and finance, his background has been valuable during the design phases of a project, to foresee and mitigate risks, as well as during the construction phases of projects, to resolve complex site issues. His strong motivation and commitment to delivering quality outcomes has seen him become involved throughout project lifecycles including planning, concept, design finalisation, tender evaluation, construction delivery and final close-out.
Rowan is a graduate of the University of Sydney, having completed a combined Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance).
Rowan began his career as a Junior Project Consultant at a project planning & management consultancy, developing strong skills in project scheduling and objective due diligence through analysis of site records, correspondence and quality assurance documentation while assisting in the production of as-built programs and detailed reports to be used in legal disputes and project claims.
Later, as a Site Engineer, Rowan worked within a civil engineering team for a Tier 1 contractor planning, managing & delivering major infrastructure projects such as the Moorebank Units Relocation project at the Holsworthy Army Barracks and the Sydney Airport Development Plan at the Domestic Airport.
In this role Rowan managed a varied scope of works including bulk earthworks, road construction, deep in-ground services, drainage, underground water treatment tanks, reinforced concrete structures and pavements, high security fencing and gates, signage and landscaping.
Rowan has considerable experience in planning, budgeting and tracking of site works across multiple concurrent disciplines, crews and work fronts. Having facilitated, delivered and documented high-pressure and critical path site works, he knows the daily level of preparedness and agility required to keep a project on track. His careful organisation skills ensure his projects are well coordinated with active involvement from all stakeholders, while his strong communication styles and solution-focussed attitude have helped develop his problem-solving abilities.
Rowan has an appreciation for the importance of safe work practices while ensuring the delivery of quality work both on time and within budget. He is thorough, with a meticulous eye for detail that strives to exceed expectations and deliver optimal project outcomes.
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.
Tom has over 12 years’ experience in the construction industry, delivering projects across various sectors, including commercial, residential, education, hospitality and aged care.
Tom exhibits strong project and design management skills, which have been developed through his previous role as a Project Engineer. His communication and leadership skills enable excellent project and business outcomes.
Tom values developing and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders, which has been a key driver in successfully delivering complex projects for clients such as AMP Capital, The University of New South Wales, Presbyterian Aged Care and NSW Department of Education. Tom encourages a collaborative approach to problem solving and always promotes client-focused project results.
Development Analyst – Property Advisory
Lanelle has over 4 years’ experience in the property industry. Most recently she worked within the property advisory space as a tenant representative, with key focus areas including strategic consultancy, transaction management and portfolio/ lease management for her office and retail clients. Lanelle started her property career as an analyst at an investment/ property development company providing support to the Development Manager and Acquisition Manager.
Assistant Project Manager
Helina has diverse experience in corporate real estate, providing her with invaluable insight and knowledge into the strategic and financial decision criteria required for the successful delivery of a project, from end to end. With over 6 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate and Project Management, Helina presents strong administrative abilities, as well as intricate knowledge of the property industry.
Helina’s educational background in Design Fundamentals and her experience as an administrative professional, have exposed her to strategic financial forecasting, tendering, market analysis, documentation preparation for submission and site inspections. It is equally important to highlight her attention to detail and strong time management skills, which contribute to the delivery of clients’ objectives and expectations.
Helina holds a Certificate III in Design Fundamentals and is currently completing a Bachelor of Design in Architecture at the University of Sydney.
Assistant Project Manager
Salma has diverse experience across commercial construction projects in the private sector. She brings significant exposure to many facets of construction, including engineering, cost planning, tendering and on site delivery. Salma is an excellent communicator, who is accustomed to working in project teams with a diverse range of individuals. Her stakeholder management skills and personable demeanour allow her to effectively balance project requirements in an efficient and effective manner.
She brings proven problem-solving skills and has a passion for improving safety and quality on her projects.
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.