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Graham Upton

Graham graduated from the Queensland Institute of Technology (now QUT) with a Diploma in Quantity Surveying.  As this was a part-time course, Graham was also involved in many projects which required construction site management and interaction with site staff and conditions, during his formative years.

Early in his career, he enjoyed working as part of a managerial team delivering projects with Leighton Contractors and Leighton Project Management (both on and off site).  During this period, Leighton relocated Graham to NSW to be integral in the delivery of 3 large projects in the Sydney CBD.

Graham subsequently took up a position with the responsibility for the delivery of public buildings before moving on to join a small private development company.  This company was responsible for the successful delivery of projects at the University of Queensland, and in regional and remote centres throughout Queensland.

Following this experience, Graham joined an international professional quantity surveying firm where he provided site management and trouble-shooting services for clients on various projects.  Graham’s career quickly gained momentum when he decided to change firms and continue his career progression as a principal of a consulting firm with an annual income approaching $20m.

This consulting firm specialised in property services using quantity surveying, financing, construction and real estate skills.  As his ownership in the firm grew, he increasingly focused on problem solving, education of clients and mentoring of other staff.  During this period he was involved with many large projects and regularly had to negotiate and manage property development and ownership issues.

During his thirty-five years in construction and property, Graham has been consistently focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for his clients and staff.  His exceptional problem solving skills and positive attitude have seen him contribute greatly through various committees to the property environment.

Graham has been very fortunate in having worked with some inspirational companies and people within the property industry.  It’s these experiences that have seen him enjoy a very successful career which extends beyond the normal to include power stations, hospitals, grandstands, island and mainland resorts, shopping centres, residential units, housing, art galleries, law courts, subdivisions, aquaculture, airports, marinas, stadiums and car parks.

Graham’s unwavering commitment to his clients and team has seen PEP Consulting not only achieve objectives but exceed them.

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Shaun Kenafake

Shaun has over 30 years’ experience in Australia’s property and construction market.  During this time Shaun has held a variety of senior property consulting roles to some of Australia’s leading firms including AMP, Aveo, Bluecare, Brookfield Multiplex, Bunnings, Centro, Charter Hall, Colonial, Cromwell, Dexus, FKP,  GPT, Lend Lease, Mirvac, NAB, NRMA, QIC, Stockland, Suncorp, Virgin Airlines and Westpac.

In addition to the above roles, Shaun has served as Queensland State Chair and National Board Director of the Facility Management Association (FMA), sat on the Property and Facility Management advisory committee of the Property Council of Australia (PCA), written a number of articles relating to construction, asset and facility management, which have been published in FMA and PCA publications, addressed industry association conferences and acted as a guest presenter at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for a period of 10 years.

His previous experience has seen him in the role of Queensland State Manager of an international property and construction advisory firm and he has also worked for a listed property development and construction firm as a Senior Cost Planner and Contracts Administrator.  More recently, Shaun was a National Director of a well-regarded national Quantity Surveying, Building Consulting and Property Taxation firm.

Shaun is a qualified and accredited Quantity Surveyor, a registered Tax Agent and holds a Builders Licence (Project Management) with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. Shaun is highly regarded within the property industry as being a meticulous and practical professional with an approachable manner. He believes in providing clients with superior customer service and expert advice and is known for going the extra mile.

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Rob Lawrence

Rob graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Building Surveying.  During his education Rob spent a year in industry, working in a small but busy private consultancy practice, with a ‘hands on’ approach to a wide variety of core Building Consultancy work.

Following graduation Rob moved to a medium sized Building Consultancy firm in central London where he was exposed to a number of high profile projects and blue chip clients, undertaking core Make Good and Technical due Diligence tasks and assisting on larger Project Management roles.

After several years in London, Rob took up an opportunity in Facilities Management at a newly developed shopping precinct in the north west of England.  This client side role, gave Rob a greater understanding of client side requirements and the practicalities of day to day operations at a busy city centre retail site.  Following this experience, Rob moved to the property team at an international retail, communications and logistics company where he was involved in the inspection and auditing of circa 300 retail outlets across the North of England.

In 2011 Rob immigrated to Australia and began employment at a national consultancy firm again focusing on core building consultancy projects and instruction.  Here Rob gained valuable experience of the Australian market being involved with a wide variety of technical due diligence, make good and condition Reporting.  Some notable instructions Rob was involved with include the $4billion acquisition of 30 commercial office towers around Australia, a $600 million acquisition of a Brisbane CBD office tower complex, the vendor due diligence on a portfolio of 20 office towers Australia wide, the vendor due diligence on a portfolio of 60 hotels Australia wide, and make good reporting on 15 storey office tower in central Brisbane.

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Eamonn Curran

Eamonn Graduated from Queen’s University of Belfast in 2006 with a Bachelor of Engineering Honours Degree in Civil Engineering.  Eamonn’s university education was accompanied by a placement year in the Civil/Structural Engineering Industry, within a private consultancy in Belfast.  During this time, Eamonn was involved in the design and drafting of a variety of civil and structural engineering projects.

Following graduation, Eamonn re-gained employment with the same engineering consultancy, where he remained for the following 6½ years.  During this time, he was exposed to a range of Structural Engineering projects, including the design of several schools and hotels, as well as smaller scale office buildings, church buildings and domestic construction.

In February 2013, Eamonn immigrated to Australia and commenced employment for a national building consultancy firm.  Here, he gained experience in a wide range of building consultancy projects, ranging from individual property instructions, to large national property portfolios.  Some of Eamonn’s most notable projects include Technical Due Diligence for a $220 million government disposal in Adelaide in mid-2015, Vendor Reporting for a 12 Office Tower disposal across Australia in early 2015, Project Administration on a $2 million warehouse underpinning project in late 2014, and Vendor Reporting for a $600 million portfolio of 51 pubs Australia wide in 2014.

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Anthony Truong (Contractor)

Anthony coordinates and manages multimillion dollar Property Depreciation projects. This includes identifying deductions and allowances related to all property purchases, capital expenditure, repairs, tenancy fit-outs, write-off and refurbishments.

Anthony has more than 8 year’s industry experience in property consulting, construction and asset management. He joined P.E.P. in May 2011 as a Project Administrator to provide a full range of Quantity Surveying services to property investors and developers. Due to his contributions in identifying and implementing improvements and developments in the firm, he has specialised in Property Tax Depreciation.

Prior to joining, Anthony had extensive experience in the property industry. He worked as a consultant and property manager for two of Queensland’s leading project builder and property management firms. In his previous position, he managed a large portfolio of properties with a strong attention to business operations and management. He has developed and added efficient procedures, practices and campaigns which have increased business revenues across various platforms.

Anthony achieved a Bachelor of Business, Management & Advertising from the Queensland University of Technology and has a Diploma in Building and Construction. Anthony also holds a Certificate of Registration in Property & Strata Management in the REIQ & SCA.

Anthony’s key strengths lie in his attention to detail, thorough understanding all aspects of the property industry and exceptional ability to create trusting relationships with both his colleagues and clients. Anthony is bilingual speaking fluent English and Vietnamese.  With his commitment to excellence Anthony embodies the PEP philosophy of Precision, Expertise and Passion.

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Werner Preller

Werner graduated from the University of Free State, South Africa with a Bachelor of Science Honours in Quantity Surveying.

With over 9 years’ experience within the construction industry, Werner has developed core skills across various project types such as residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure. He has worked with a number of construction firms and Professional Quantity Surveying practices around Queensland and South Africa. Prior to joining PEP, Werner was part of the Cunningham Lindsey/Sergon group working with and developing a team to continually add value to clients primarily via the provision of cost advice and quantity surveying services.

Werner helps clients achieve a harmony between Scope, Cost, Quality, and Time. A value-driven approach coupled with passion and recognition that each project is unique and requires a tailor-made approach enables him to provide ongoing value to clients.

After graduating, Werner was employed with a professional Quantity Surveying practice in South Africa and later transitioned to commercial construction. After immigrating in 2010, Werner worked in a leading Quantity Surveying practice in Brisbane. During his tenure, he collaborated with various teams and contractors on major projects around Queensland.

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Chris Theron

Chris graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management.

Chris joined a medium sized developer and building contractor in Pretoria, South Africa gaining valuable experience in the commercial and residential markets.  During this time Chris was exposed to a number of high profile projects and was integrally involved throughout the project phases with multiple projects managed concurrently.  Projects included a number of shopping complexes, high security cash handling facilities, a medical centre and multiple medium and high density residential  developments.

After immigrating to Australia in 2014 Chris took a Contract Administration Role with a large contractor and gained exposure to various aspects of the Australian industry.  Chris has experience working on asset management as an additional service to the client providing insight into long term approaches and life cycle considerations.

Having varied experience in the civil, building and services disciplines, Chris values healthy relationships with all stakeholders as essential to achieve positive outcomes.

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Rebecca Tonkes

Rebecca has been working in the building industry since 1991, her extensive experience and knowledge in building management has seen her career flourish and go from strength to strength. Rebecca has enjoyed over 25 years in the building industry and understands what’s required to achieve success and create long lasting professional relationships with her colleagues and associates.

Rebecca joined PEP in 2015 performing the role of Office and Administration manager where she oversees all business operations, people and ventures of PEP Solutions. Rebecca goes over and above the call of duty to promote her professionalism and dedication to PEP Solutions currently and into the future.

Prior to joining PEP Solutions Rebecca worked at the Queensland Building Control Commission (then QBSA) in various policy and management roles. She also worked at the Queensland Master Builders Association managing the Builder and Trade contractor licensing division. Rebecca also owned and operated her own consulting business that assisted builders and trade contractors with licensing and regulation matters for over 9 years. Rebecca also has a vast insight into the legal industry where she worked as an office manager for an Adelaide based solicitors.

Rebecca provides efficiency and precision with high attention to detail, multi-tasking, time efficiency and implements deadlines according to priority.

Rebecca has been working in the building industry since 1991, her extensive experience and knowledge in building management has seen her career flourish and go from strength to strength. Rebecca has enjoyed over 25 years in the building industry and understands what’s required to achieve success and create long lasting professional relationships with her colleagues and associates.       Rebecca joined PEP in 2015 performing the role of Office and Administration manager where she oversees all business operations, people and ventures of PEP Solutions. Rebecca goes over and above the call of duty to promote her professionalism and dedication to PEP Solutions currently and into the future.  Prior to joining PEP Solutions Rebecca worked at the Queensland Building Control Commission (then QBSA) in various policy and management roles. She also worked at the Queensland Master Builders Association managing the Builder and Trade contractor licensing division. Rebecca also owned and operated her own consulting business that assisted builders and trade contractors with licensing and regulation matters for over 9 years. Rebecca also has a vast insight into the legal industry where she worked as an office manager for an Adelaide based solicitors.     Rebecca provides efficiency and precision with high attention to detail, multi-tasking, time efficiency and implements deadlines according to priority.

Ingrid Lang

Ingrid has been with PEP for over 2 years and has worked within the Building and Construction industry for over 9 years’.

Ingrid helps coordinate and collate information for multimillion dollar Property Depreciation projects and supports the Director and Senior Consultants with property/construction proposals and estimates while ensuring office administration of all reports are precise, completed and issued to clients in the allocated time frames.

With more than 9 year’s industry experience in Building, Construction and Administrative duties, Ingrid joined PEP. in April 2014 as a Project Executive to provide assistance in all PEP services in relation to Tax Depreciation, Building Consultancy, Quantity Surveying and Superintendence to property investors and developers.

Prior to joining, Ingrid had extensive experience in the Construction industry. She worked as a Contracts Administrator for a Queensland construction company. In her previous position, she moved through a range of roles gaining knowledge and experience and was responsible for the office administration of subcontract agreements, certificates of practical completion, liaising with contractors and more.

Ingrid ensures proficiency and accuracy in all her duties; with high attention to detail, multitasking, time efficiency and implements deadlines according to priority, with the ability to create trusting relationships with both her colleagues and clients. With these key qualities Ingrid embodies the PEP philosophy of Precision, Expertise and Passion.

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Chris Mclean (Contractor)

Chris has gained over 25 years of experience as strong leader of teams in Finance, Construction and Commodities. He has experience as CEO and as a Director for many companies covering everything from Commodity, Trading, Mining, Sustainable Energy, Recycling, Wave Power, Construction and Infrastructure, Ports and Rail.

Chris has worked from Sydney into Asia and has covered a broad range of solutions to situation confronting the Infrastructure, Mining, Construction and Renewable Energy sectors always having a broad range of highly professional consultants to draw from so he can obtain the best results and returns. Chris is also qualified in Building Energy Rating, Financial Planning, Insurance Law and Management.