Simon Clark - General Manager
Simon is a self-confessed timber nerd, chai latte man and passionate Melbournian. His favourite day is Monday and loves nothing more than being part of a team doing great things. Read more about our founder’s story.
Favourite pastime: On weekends you’ll find Simon in the great outdoors hiking with his dog Nikki.
Adriana Mansur - Head Of Design
Every morning is an opportunity for Adriana to work on exceptional designs for people and the planet. Function and sustainability is not just her passion, but her lifestyle. She has a Bachelor of Architecture & Urban Design under her belt, as well as qualifications in building and construction.
Favourite pastimes: Backyard barbecues, gardening and bush walks. She also dabbles in some pretty fancy DIY, the latest project a pergola with a hanging chair for family and friends enjoyment.
Toby Kolenaty Wills - Project Manager
Is something broken? Fix it. Problem-solving comes naturally to Toby, who is quick to deploy solutions across projects.
Favourite pastime: On weekends you’ll find Toby either revelling in the great outdoors or restoring old furniture. Nothing stays broken around Toby.
Ash Pollard - Estimator
Ash, like all our crew, loves nothing more than watching a run-down shack transform into a high-end airtight home.
Favourite pastime: Having visited 60 countries it’s fair to assume Ash spends a fair bit of his pastime handling long-haul flights. He also plays the guitar, but we’re not sure if he sings.
Kathleen Sampson - Accounts Administrator
Kathleen keeps our finance department running smoother than Smooth FM. She’s also a smoothie lover and appreciates all creatures great and small, keeping doggy treats in her top drawer waiting for an opportunity.
Favourite pastime: Kathleen has a bit of a green thumb, and enjoys giving back to society and helping people.
Todd Sweeney - Lead Carpenter
Todd’s carpentry skills bring old homes back to life. It’s the before and afters he’s into – he loves nothing more than watching a dated build transform into something worthy of Grand Designs.
Favourite pastime: Todd’s a super nice guy – if he’s not on-site, he’s probably working on a family member or friend’s house. That, or exploring one of Victoria’s beautiful National Parks.
Charlie Cousins - Lead Carpenter
Charlie’s been a carpenter for over a decade, working on a diverse range of projects, from high-end properties to commercial works.
Favourite pastime: When he’s not at work, you’ll find Charlie sampling a Vintage Dry Riesling while watching Grand Designs.
Taylor Bjarnoe - Lead Carpenter
If you hear laughter on site, we’re probably having a laugh at one of Taylor’s jokes. His ability to crack them is about on par with his carpentry. He’s also not bad at the sandwich press and regularly impresses the team with his lunch break creations.
Favourite pastime: When Taylor’s not entertaining us on-site, he’s exploring Melbourne with his young family or brewing a craft beer.
Jack Stephson - Apprentice Carpenter
Jack, like Toby, is a problem solver. You could say the phrase, ‘nail it’, could be based on Jack. No challenge is too tough, no nail un-nailable. Jack’s got you covered.
Favourite Pastimes: Jack can’t go past a 90s sitcom. Think Round the Twist, Friends and Daria. TV was so much better back then, right? He’s also an avid mountain biker and apparently, a surfer… but the team isn’t so sure about that because of his lack of a tan.
Jason Ho - Qualified Carpenter
Jason is a hard worker giving his all to every project. Carpentry is his labour of love, and even when he’s not on the job, he’s still on the tools.
Favourite pastime: Aside from woodwork, Jason is a bee-liever in beekeeping, doing his bit to support nature in his own backyard.
Derek Swift - Qualified Carpenter
Derek enjoys the satisfaction of working with his hands and has been in the trade since he left school a staggering 25 years ago. Unfortunately, the dedication this man has can also bring on tendinitis but he says it’s worth it.
Favourite pastime: Outside of work Derek is nursing his hands over a Guinness… his Irish.
Luke Baker - Apprentice Carpenter
Luke’s dopamine hits come from either a piece of timber fitting snuggling into place or recycling reclaimed hardwood. This man may be an apprentice, but he’s not to be underestimated – he has a bachelor of construction management under his belt too.
Favourite pastimes: Luke is also an avid volunteer for various environmental organisations, hosting community bush dances with the Earthworker Bushdance Band. That’s where you’ll find him playing the fiddle, banjo and guitar – sometimes, all at once. It’s just another example of his dexterity.
Sophie Bortoli - Interior Designer
Sophie has a knack for texture and balance and loves nothing more than seeing a space transformed from ‘blah’ to ‘ahh’. She’ll work with you to create your aspirational (and Instagramable) space you can relax in.
Favourite pastime: When she’s not at work, you might find Sophie sampling a craft beer over pizza, or snowboarding.
Matt Del Bianco - Head of Construction
Matt has a bachelor of construction management, and is a qualified carpenter, with qualifications in OHS. His impressive track record has led him to joining our team at Sustainable Homes Melbourne.
Favourite pastime: When Matt’s not at work, he’s probably out catching a wave with some mates or taking his motorcycle around some bends.
Uma Gunasekera - Project Administrator
Uma, is our project administrator, and also has qualifications as an Interior Designer. Her passion lies in process – the process of creating beautiful, functional and sustainable spaces.
Favourite pastime: Outside of work, you’ll find Uma renovating and decorating her own place.
David Nicholson - Architect
Our resident jungle boy, having grown up in the jungles of Sarawak, David’s now at home creating designs to transform your home into a beautiful, comfortable, sustainable home. David’s ambitious goal is to plant 1,000 trees for Koala habitat before he turns 50 – We’re all rooting for him!
Favourite pastimes: Eating Ramen after midnight or drinking ‘Loose leaf’ tea before breakfast.
Nikki - Our Assistant Kelpie
Nikki is our best customer greeter, she’s there to answer any knock at the office door long before anyone else.
Very fond of a belly rub or back scratch she loves to lay on her back with legs in the air and have a snooze on the cold office floor.
Favourite pastime: Chasing birds and sniffing around power poles.
Daisy - The Office Assistant
Daisy may be small, but she brings a big dose of love and happiness to our workdays. She’s always ready to lend a paw or just be there for moral support during the ups and downs of home renovations. Just like your dream home, Daisy is a labour of love.
Favourite pastime: Cuddle time.