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.
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.
James has a broad experience gained over the past 20 years on projects of varying scale and sectors. James is highly experienced with managing programs and complex projects. His diverse experience provides him with the ability to understand issues at a big picture and detail level and also from a development and design perspective. These skills have been developed as an Architect working alongside leading Developers & Contractors and further refined on strategic and feasibility projects.
In a Project Director role James managed a $122m program to deliver Ambulance stations across NSW. In this role he had overall responsibility managing and overseeing the program through the planning phase including property acquisition, design, stakeholder management and change management.
Over recent years James has led a number of projects for Tertiary Institutions. A notable recent project is the St Andrew’s College Learning and Performing Arts Centre which involved a design competition process for the selection of the Architect. Design Excellence was critical for this project due to the significance of the site. Through the design process James managed extensive value management, retaining the design integrity of the scheme. James managed an extensive stakeholder consultation process to develop the brief and strategically managed external stakeholder engagement with City of Sydney Council and the Heritage Office.
Previously James undertook the role of Project Director for a University overseeing their NSW Campuses, where he was responsible for over 50 projects for teaching facilities, office, administration and heritage refurbishments, from initiation to completion including overseeing contracts and financial management. These projects required effective management of cost, quality and time to ensure they were complete for commencement of academic terms. Management of processes was also important to ensure the protocols and requirements for probity were adhered to throughout all stages. In this role he held overall responsibility for projects overseeing a number of project managers and consultant teams.
He is a qualified UK architect and earlier in his career worked for leading firms such as Foster and Partners and Hassell. As an Architect he managed large scale projects simultaneously with direct reporting of a multidisciplinary team of Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, and Planners with lead consultant management of other consultants on the project teams.
Assistant Project Manager
Sarah is an Assistant Project Manager and has a background in Property with experience in delivering projects across the childcare, commercial, health infrastructure, industrial, large format retail and residential property sectors.
Since joining Spectrum Projects, she has been involved with the planning project management of the Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) program.
Previously Sarah had a role at AMP where she gained valuable knowledge across the Commercial and Industrial markets. One of her key achievements was sourcing and negotiating eight large format retail stores, the majority of which were off market opportunities. She also assisted a national childcare provider with business acquisitions and centre developments over the same period.
Earlier in her career Sarah oversaw an array of capital expenditure projects and tenancy refurbishments at various industrial and A-grade commercial assets whilst at AMP Capital Investors.
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 is our most recent team member, bringing 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
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 is currently completing a Master of Project Management at the University of Technology, Sydney.