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To create enriching places that tell a story, diversity is key. That’s why our team is built from a broad cross-section of development and real estate disciplines including finance, market research, town planning, construction, sales and marketing.

Wayne Chivas

Director

Over the past three decades, Wayne has used his diverse business and financial background to create a variety of high-quality developments. He was a founding partner of Goodwin Chivas and Co. Chartered Accountants, and served as a director of Solatube International, a striving company in daylighting solutions based in the U.S. Wayne is known for achieving impressive results, driving growth, and delivering projects with great success.

Shane Smollen

Director

With a remarkable career in the property industry over 4 decades, Shane has established himself as a prominent industry figure through delivering exceptional results and consistent market leadership.
Shane is also a director of McGrath Ltd and a previous owner of a multi office real estate network generating sales of over $3 billion per annum. His deep involvement and broad national contact network ensures he is extremely wired into the marketplace and is well positioned to identify trends on macro and local levels in real time.

Nathan Chivas

Managing Director

Nathan is pivotal to the company’s success and leads the strategy and vision with the team from acquisition through all stages of development, including finance, design, planning, and construction. With a lifelong passion for the industry, Nathan has worked on a wide variety of complex projects throughout his career, overseeing everything from multi-story residential buildings to commercial and hotel developments. Nathan’s love of property and drive for excellence are contagious, and he inspires the team to continue to evolve and grow.

Ben Priestley

Chief Operating Officer

With 20 years of experience in property, construction, and funds management, Ben has acquired extensive expertise in financial and commercial management within leading ASX and multi-national companies. His diverse background also encompasses investment and operational involvement in industrial services, oil & gas, and media industries.

His professional experience encompasses various areas, including financial control, strategy development, business planning, financial planning and analysis (FP&A), as well as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other corporate finance transactions.

Ryan Bennetts

Head of Acquisitions

As Head of Acquisitions, Ryan is responsible for the identification, negotiation and acquisition of opportune development sites and facilitating partnership-based development agreements. With a passion for development origination, his front-end role is key to Central Element's vision of delivering best-in-class residential, mixed-use and hotel projects across Sydney & Brisbane.

With more than 14 years’ experience in commercial real estate, construction management and acquisitions, Ryan is highly regarded for his transaction expertise with exceptional market knowledge and reach. His demonstrated ability to facilitate development deals with landowners, either direct-to-vendor or in collaboration with his agent and advisor networks, is through a well-informed and considered approach to all new business opportunities.

Dean Chivas

General Manager of Developments

Dean manages every phase of Central Element's development process, from initial design concepts and Development Application, through to builder procurement, sales and marketing, construction and settlement. A hard worker with valuable hands-on construction experience, Dean’s personal motto is simple: “get it done!”.

Dean La Vigne

Head of Lifestyle Precincts

Dean has over 25 years of end to end real estate experience in Australia and internationally. He has diverse experience in all asset types and is a specialist in hotel, accommodation and mixed use projects. Dean has held senior management and director level positions in public and private real estate companies in addition to running his own real estate consulting business. His unique education in architecture, law, and business combined with his experience provides a complete set of skills to assess opportunities, maximise returns, and minimise risk to ensure real estate assets are successful through the full life cycle.

Daniel Barber

Head of Planning

Building on his background in local government planning, Daniel now manages the entire planning process for Central Element’s array of urban renewal projects – providing advice to minimize risk and unlock maximum value. A quick thinker, he enjoys driving positive planning outcomes and delivering high-quality residents in prime locations.

Sarah Boland

Development Manager

Attracted to the ever-changing nature of the property sector, Sarah’s role sees her focus on the site acquisition process, assessing opportunities from both a financial and feasibility perspective. Sarah was pivotal to the design, construction and completion of The Balmoral Collection and Anden Coogee.

Benjamin Knowles

Development Manager

Apart of the Central Element team for close to 5 years, Benjamin is responsible for the delivery of our Hyde Park & Pienza Developments. Drawing upon his diverse architectural background, he consistently seeks to challenge the status quo to exceed all stakeholders expectations throughout the development process.

David Hore

Development Manager

As a Development Manager at Central Element, David is responsible for the planning, design and delivery of various projects. Having worked at major listed and private property companies, he draws on his diverse experience in large scale residential and mixed use developments, including projects comprising low to medium to high density outcomes. With a passion for all things property, he enjoys managing and creating value throughout all facets of the development lifecycle. Encompassing a balanced approach, David strives to deliver benchmark developments through thoughtful consideration of project returns and quality urban outcomes.

Rene Tonna

Development Manager

Rene is an accomplished Development Manager and Urban Strategist, having held senior management positions at leading multinational property firms and hospitality companies. He has a proven track record of identifying and unlocking hidden potential in properties, resulting in significant value enhancement.

A specialist in hotel and mixed-use development, Rene has successfully managed a diverse range of projects, from boutique hotels to large-scale precincts and city-wide strategies. His expertise spans the entire development lifecycle, including site selection, feasibility studies, design management, construction and operational optimisation.

Cedric Lau

Assistant Development Manager

With almost a decade of experience in the real estate industry, Cedric draws on extensive knowledge in both residential and off-the-plan sales. He possesses well-rounded expertise in various phases of development, including acquisition, design, planning, and delivery. He has a customer-centric approach to his work and always keeps the end-user in mind, ensuring that each project they undertake meets the highest standards of excellence. His passion for functional and simplistic yet timeless designs shines through in every aspect of his work.

Rebecca Hannibal

Assistant Development Manager

Beginning her professional career in the field of design, Rebecca made the transition into the management of projects whilst completing post graduate studies in project management. Her previous role entailed working client-side delivering projects from $2M to $120M across commercial, education, retail, and residential asset classes. Highlights of her career include having the opportunity of working on $120M+ Meadowbank TAFE facility as well as the unique and ultra-high end JNFO project portfolio.

Ash Grice

Senior Project Manager

Ash started his journey as a Quantity Surveyor, gaining his Chartership with the RICS in the UK before developing his knowledge and experience as a Project Manager in Australia. Ash has managed a broad range of projects for clients such as HSBC, BMW, Barclays and Toga Far East and has a passion for leading diverse project teams to create user-centric developments which leave a positive legacy.

Anthony Maughan-Wright

Senior Project Manager

Anthony started his career in architecture before transitioning into project delivery. His delivery experience has seen him work with top tier contractors on projects ranging from commercial fitouts to large-scale government developments.

Anthony has experience both in Australia and with the market leading Colliers Project Leaders team in North America where he worked closely with the Strategic Advisory and Development teams. More recently, he led the delivery of multiple government school projects with a combined value of up to c.$300m.

Anthony is a solution-focused professional who builds strong relationships. He successfully navigates complex stakeholder environments to deliver commercial results.

Jordan Holz

Project Manager

Jordan started his professional career working for a global Tier 1 Contractor, gaining experience in site delivery on major commercial projects for clients such as Stockland and AMP Capital. While completing a Bachelor of Construction Management, Jordan was exposed to a range of key project disciplines such as Design Management, Contracts Administration, WHS&E and Site Supervision. Once graduated, Jordan had the opportunity of working on the billion-dollar flagship Project, Quay Quarter Tower as a Site Engineer.

Lilly Speiser

Assistant Project Manager

Since beginning her career, Lilly has gained a wealth of experience in high end residential development, with first hand exposure to a range of project disciplines. Having degrees in construction management and architecture, she has worked with top tier architects and deeply understands all stages of project development from concept to completion.

A dedicated, hard working individual that enjoys building meaningful relationships with clients and stakeholders, Lilly’s passion for creating meaningful spaces combined with an exceptional eye for detail makes her a valuable asset.

Cameron Porter

Head of Sales

Cameron has worked in real estate for over 25 years. Cameron has strong local and international experience having launched and sold projects in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He has enjoyed working on the private developer side along with international project marketing teams like CBRE. Working on the retail side Cameron gained strong sales and marketing skills in which have helped creating a world class sales and marketing division.

Jessica Womersley

Head of Marketing

Jess looks after all things marketing at Central Element, from our own corporate identity to building the initial vision for each of our developments.
Jess has over 15 years of experience working with global brands, in roles across marketing, communications and branding.

Aimee Harris

Senior Marketing Manager

Aimee leads the marketing for all of our residential developments. Aimee is incredibly passionate about the property industry and holds a wealth of knowledge that has stemmed from a near 12-year career, with experience gained from working in various marketing, sales operations and customer service roles within the property development, residential construction and real estate sectors. Specialising in marketing luxury apartment developments, she takes pride in seeing a project vision come to life from initial brand concept through to completion.

Lauren Cowan

PR & Community Manager

Lauren is the driving force behind all things PR and community at CE. With a decade-long career in marketing communications, she brings a wealth of knowledge acquired from various roles within prestigious agency and in-house teams, primarily working across luxury leisure and lifestyle brands.

With a remarkable network of media contacts, a supportive high empathy ethos and an unwavering results-driven outlook, Lauren has an impressive track record for amplifying brand influence and prestige.

Emma Begley

Marketing & Culture Coordinator

With a rich background in the advertising industry, Emma's impressive skill set encompasses administration, event planning, and organisational prowess, making her an invaluable asset to the team.

Emma's expertise extends beyond her toolkit, as she deftly navigates both corporate and project marketing. At Central Element, she spearheads the social media and visual identity initiatives, crafting a captivating brand presence. Additionally, Emma plays a crucial supporting role in shepherding all developments from concept to market, ensuring a smooth and successful rollout.

One of Emma's passions lies in culture management, and she leads the cultural events and business transformation initiatives. Her dedication to fostering positive change aligns perfectly with Central Element's vision for growth and innovation.

Ben Priestley

Chief Operating Officer

With 20 years of experience in property, construction, and funds management, Ben has acquired extensive expertise in financial and commercial management within leading ASX and multi-national companies. His diverse background also encompasses investment and operational involvement in industrial services, oil & gas, and media industries.

His professional experience encompasses various areas, including financial control, strategy development, business planning, financial planning and analysis (FP&A), as well as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other corporate finance transactions.

Andrew Eman

Financial Controller

Andrew is a Senior finance professional with experience in overall commercial management, management accounting, budgeting and forecasting, people management and project control. He has over 20 years-experience at project and regional levels with extensive exposure to finance systems. He has a history of working effectively in cross-functional teams with consistent success in coaching teams and performance / process improvement.

Addison He

Treasury & Investments Manager

Having dealt with a broad range of financial institutional and capital partners in his decade-long career, Addison is a seasoned professional with strategic financial acumen and keen insight into the intricacies of building and managing partnerships.

Building his knowledge working at one of the big four banks proved invaluable to his move into property. With experience dealing with various stakeholders from across the project delivery value chain, Addison’s expertise lies in securing financing for complex development ventures, and steering real estate projects and assets to ensure ongoing success.

Anne Louie

Accounts Manager

Anne brings decades of experience to her role. Having previously worked in both the Engineering & Construction industry before Central Element, Anne has been with us from the beginning.

She supports our COO and Development Managers in all financial aspects as well as assisting the wider team with their financial queries.

Stephanie Woodward

Executive Assistant to Nathan Chivas

A dynamic executive assistant with an impressive track record of supporting high-level executives and ASX listed businesses. With her extensive experience, Stephanie brings unparalleled expertise in managing complex tasks and facilitating seamless operations. Beyond her exceptional professional abilities, Stephanie’s bubbly social nature brightens every environment she enters, maker her a natural connector who effortlessly forges strong relationships.

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If you are interested in joining the team at Central Element, drop us a line.

OUR COLLABORATORS

SJB is a versatile firm that encompasses several fields, such as architecture, interior design, town planning, and urban design. They played a pivotal role in the development of several of our projects, including Pienza, Neutral Bay, and Ethos in Chatswood.

Recognized as one of the most innovative and prestigious architectural firms in Australia, TZG has a well-established partnership with Central Element, having previously collaborated on projects such as 25Hours Paddington and The Metro - Minerva Potts Point. Given TZG's exceptional track record and recent successful completion of the world-class restoration and conservation of Bondi Pavilion, they were the ideal choice to revive the historical significance of Ballamac House.

Woodsbagot is a globally operating design studio with 17 offices across 6 regions. Their design process places the human experience at the core to create projects that are engaging, forward-thinking, and cater to the way people use space. Their expertise will be essential for the restoration of the iconic city landmark, The Minerva in Potts Point.

Angelo Candalepas is a highly acclaimed architect who has gained recognition both in Australia and internationally for his exceptional work on several notable projects, including The Point in Pyrmont, The Surry on Elizabeth St, Thoma House, The Hellenic Club, and the National Gallery of Australia. He plans to leverage his extensive experience to bring 271 Elizabeth Street to fruition within the City of Sydney.

Glenn Murcutt, the recipient of numerous awards and the sole Australian to have been awarded the Pritzker Architectural Prize, has an extensive portfolio of significant projects throughout his career, including The Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, Donaldson House, Walsh House, and Australian Islamic Centre. With 271 Elizabeth Street, his inaugural project within the City of Sydney, Murcutt aims to convey his philosophy of "touching the earth lightly through sensitive design."

As a globally renowned design boutique located in New York City, Meyer Davis specializes in creating bespoke environments for residential, hospitality, retail, and workplace settings. Given that 271 Elizabeth Street is our most exclusive offering to date, it was only fitting to collaborate with one of the world's most renowned designers.

Lawless & Meyerson, an accomplished interior design company rooted in Sydney, is renowned for their expertise in crafting immersive and opulent environments tailored to their clients along the picturesque harborside. Be it an exclusive personal abode or a multifaceted residential project, the dedicated professionals at Lawless & Meyerson exhibit an unwavering commitment to excellence, coupled with an astute focus on intricate design elements. The team were pivotal to our award winning development; Anden, Coogee.

With over two decades of experience in the industry, Mim Fanning has made a significant impact on the field of Australian interior design through her award-winning practice, Mim Design. Her portfolio includes a diverse range of projects spanning high-end residential, multi-residential, commercial, hospitality, and furniture design. Regardless of the project's scale, Mim's approach is always guided by her search for authenticity and meaning.

Central Element is proud to entrust a like-minded company of the calibre of Richard Crookes Constructions to deliver our developments to world-class standard. Consistently ranked amongst the country’s leading private companies, this family business was established in 1976 and has become one of Australia’s most trusted and recognised builders. Their portfolio includes many of Sydney’s most prestigious and complex projects, such as Loftus Lane and the Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct.

ULTRA Building Co, a leading construction contractor servicing clients across Sydney and Greater New South Wales. ULTRA were appointed to complete the construction of recently completed Anden, Coogee and The Balmoral Collection, Mosman.

Growthbuilt has established itself as a leading tier 2 construction company in Australia, known for providing quality, innovation, and expertise for over 17 years. The company has a proven track record of creating value-engineered designs, conducting reviews of construction methodology, and assessing risks from the conception stage through to the final delivery of the project. This approach has enabled them to achieve success and complete landmark developments, making them a trusted and respected name in the construction industry.

Ennismore is the world's largest and fastest-growing lifestyle hospitality company. They specialize in curating and managing unique properties and experiences in some of the most exciting destinations around the globe. In 2021, Ennismore and Accor entered into a joint venture that combines Ennismore's expertise in brand building, creative storytelling, design, and authentic experiences with Accor's vast knowledge in delivering scale, network growth, and distribution. Their knowledge and passion will be valuable in making 25hours Paddington one of Sydney's most iconic hotels.

Indyk Architects are an effective and experienced boutique architecture and design firm. Striving for innovation and excellence in everything they do, Indyk’s expertise spans residential, commercial and community projects all over Australia and New Zealand. The awarded team has played a pivotal role in the interior design of the rooms, conferencing space and common areas of our 25hours hotel Paddington project.