Team

Alistair Holmes, Director

Driven, tenacious and passionate about construction, Alistair studied Construction Management at RMIT and worked as a qualified carpenter before graduating to roles as project manager and contracts administrator for some of Victoria’s premier tier-two builders.

Since founding Sinjen with business partner Tim in 2011 Alistair has continued to confirm his reputation for being a skilled and knowledgeable builder and project manager, as well as establishing a brand that is now well recognised within the industry for being synonymous with quality and integrity.

While he is passionate about his work, Alistair’s most rewarding project is his family - wife Heidi and their two children.  In his down time he enjoys yachting and is never more at home than when he’s drenching sheep and raking hay at his family farm in North East Victoria.

Tim Nathan, Director

Beginning his construction career in 2003 as a builder’s labourer, Tim completed a carpentry apprenticeship in 2008 before working as a sub-contractor to a number of registered builders across Melbourne. Keen to put his extensive management and trade skills to work, Tim established Sinjen with Alistair in 2011. Since then he has overseen the successful delivery of more than 70 residential, multi-residential and commercial projects.

With an encyclopaedic knowledge of building codes, strong communication skills and a keen eye for design, Tim’s 14 years of construction experience is complemented by a Bachelor of Graphic Design from RMIT.

When he’s not hard at work Tim loves to travel with his wife Ida and their two children, Amalia and Larry.

Jason Aliotta, Chief Financial Officer

Jason brings a holistic understanding of the entire industry to his role as Chief Financial Officer at Sinjen. A forward thinking long term strategist whose ability to see the bigger picture is pivotal to the company leadership and direction, Jason is an accredited Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce (Double Major in Accounting and Financial Management).

Jason’s previous experience includes stints at accounting firms, Crowe Horwath and Blaze Acumen, with subsequent work in the building sphere at the Johns Lyng Group. An accomplished operator with many professional runs on the board, Jason cites his contribution to the successful stock market launch of JLG as a definite career high point. 

Employing some logic and strategy outside of work, Jason enjoys the odd game of poker, testing his reflexes as goalie at indoor soccer matches, and battling friends at FIFA like a boss!

Lauren Bannan, Accounts Assistant

The welcoming and supportive culture of Sinjen made segueing from hospitality to Accounts Assistant in the construction industry, a seamless transition for Lauren with the emphasis on client service and team work of equal importance to both industries.

Backed by an Advance Diploma in Hospitality Management, Lauren has worked across a number of manager positions, including multiple years with the Australian Open. Both high pressure role and stand-out career highlight, Lauren’s involvement in Players Dining especially, resulted in many memorable celebrity player exchanges. Today Lauren employs her practiced management skills to great effect, successfully dealing with people to achieve unfailingly positive outcomes.

Lauren is highly motivated and creative, with a talent for speech writing and a long held interest in Archaeology. Along with a regular health and fitness regime,  she also enjoys relaxing in front of historical documentaries and attending paleo historical exhibitions when they come to town.

Rob Pollock, Commercial Construction Manager

Backed by nearly two decades of experience on a raft of commercial and residential projects with Tier 1 and Tier 3 builders, Rob brings a cool head and an ability to work well under pressure to his role as Sinjen Construction Manager. 

Rob’s qualifications, including a Bachelor of Planning & Design and Bachelor of Property & Construction (Honours) , combined with a solid project background, have equipped him with a comprehensive bank of knowledge, stellar work flow scheduling capabilities, and an ability to motivate his crack squad into delivering an impeccably rendered development on time and within budget.

Super sporty and unabashedly competitive, Rob is a mad keen sailor who has participated in the legendary Sydney to Hobart yacht race on no less than five occasions. Life highlight’s include a 12 month sailing holiday and, proving himself to be just as competent on land, Rob has also completed the Melbourne Marathon in a respectable 3:24.

Marc Barron, Project Manager

With over 14 years of industry experience and backed by qualifications in Cabinet Making, Carpentry, OH&S and Building and Construction, Marc has worked his way up from Carpenter/Leading Hand and Site Manager to Project and Construction Manager. Marc has harnessed his considerable skills to expertly manage and deliver on a raft of domestic construction projects ranging from $800k to $8.5M.

Along with a comprehensive bank of OH&S knowledge, Marc is an effective communicator with strong negotiation and relationship building skills, whose ability to mentor and galvanise his team, ensure impeccably finished developments. His top notch problem solving skills, and foresight to review, revise and implement new procedures, reliably deliver projects on time and within budget.

Marc, who has travelled widely across Europe and parts of Asia and spent 6 months living in London, plays the odd round of golf, follows the fluctuating fortunes of the Essendon football club, and enjoys his downtime chilling with a beer (well, it’d be positively un-Australian not to).

Sherry Woo, Estimator

With a degree in Quantity Surveying, Sherry has more than five years of experience working with builders and consultancy on a range of different projects. She is excited to now be segueing from a high-volume and mass building environment to Sinjen’s premium architectural projects.

Meticulous and detail-oriented, Sherry brings her logical and analytical mind, exemplary communication skills and abiding love for numbers to her role as Estimator.

Relentlessly on-task through the working week, in her downtime Sherry likes to unwind and escape into her own world. Unimpressed by flowers or diamonds and with a strong aversion to the colour pink, we’re yet to uncover what guilty pleasures hold the key to Sherry’s heart.

Amy Jackett, Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Amy brings order and unerring efficiency to her Executive Assistant/Office Manager role with Sinjen.  Born and bred in Sydney, she has spent 15 years capably organising the offices of such diverse industries as Advertising, IT,  Financial Services and an Orthodontic practice, ensuring the smooth running of each. 

Outgoing and confident, Amy balances high levels of organisational effectiveness with creating a friendly and harmonious office environment. An ability to multi-task, from mum to a beautiful little boy to streamlining her workflow at Sinjen, helps with handling everyday challenges.  Amy’s natural warmth, empathy and good humour readily engages people at all levels, while a Jedi-like ability to anticipate future needs makes her a Rock Star Manager.

Speaking of Rock Stars, cue the Sinjen karaoke night and polish up on the ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ cover, Amy’s background in music and performance guarantees she’ll leave everyone else in the shade!

Tendai Zhanda, Project Manager

Tendai has an extensive portfolio of project management and contract administration work in a diverse range of companies, including May Constructions, Constructive Group, United Petroleum and Liquid Lines. Backed by a Deakin University Bachelor of Construction Management, he brings an inherent talent for planning and time management to his role as Project Manager with Sinjen.

Tendai has managed a range of projects from fitouts to complete builds and has relished working on some of Melbourne’s most celebrated eateries -Vue de Monde, Fifteen and Top Paddock to name a few.

Tendai manages a successful work/life balance by playing a mean game of tennis, relaxing in front of the rugby or AFL and - with a talent for creating cocktails - moonlighting as a mixologist from his home bar.

Helen Salerno, Contract Administrator

Helen credits her broad skill capacity to the mentorship of a previous Construction Manager employer. Learning from a passionate professional over a seven year period, with experience in Contract Administration and Site Management on a raft of residential, commercial and government developments, equipped Helen with both initiative and technological expertise. She cites the handover of three separate and highly lauded rooming houses for the Department of Human Services as a highlight in an extensive career.  

Helen’s meticulous attention to detail and honest, ethical approach with both co-workers and clients, along with thorough office and construction site knowledge, ensures productive outcomes and quality results in all associated projects.

Helen’s precious downtime includes shopping with her daughters, a spot of home decorating and relaxing at the family beach house playing tennis.

Peter Cornelisz, Contract Administrator

An accomplished operator who has inhabited various industry roles including, Electrician for Warranknox Electrical, and Site Foreman with Arch Electrical Group, Peter holds a Certificate III in Electrotechnology and is currently completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction Management at Curtin University.

Keen to further refine and develop his wide-ranging skillset, Peter brings passion, optimism and a considered approach to his role as Contract Administrator.

Blowing off steam at an AFL match, this footy fan is also a fishing enthusiast, has more than a passing interest in property and cooks a killer steak - medium rare, of course.

Chris Wood, Standstruct General Manager

Chris is a construction specialist with an eye for detail. A qualified carpenter backed by a Certificate IV in Building and Construction, his experience is vast and manifest. In a career spanning roles in general carpentry, Site Management and Project Management, Chris is currently employing his technical and problem solving qualities as General Manager for StandStruct.

StandStruct, a leading specialist in massive timber, cross-laminate timber, LVL, Glulam and panellised structure installation, have successfully delivered many commercial and residential assembly projects, and Chris is proud to have been an integral part of its development. His hands on experience and focus on customer service, along with early work-ethic training crewing at Macca’s, ensure timely delivery and client satisfaction.

Easy going with a well developed sense of humour, family man, Chris, maintains the work/life balance camping, fishing and spending time with his lovely partner, Emma, and two daughters, Olivia and Amber.

Brenden Honey, Foreman

Armed with a Certificate III in Carpentry and Certificate IV in Building and Construction, Brenden introduces a wealth of diverse competencies developed over many years to his role as Foreman with Sinjen.

Brenden is a perfectionist whose job satisfaction derives from delivering a project which not only hits the Architects design brief, but exceeds client expectations. A crack negotiator, with excellent scheduling and communication skills, Brenden’s meticulous work ethic is tempered by a well-developed sense of humour.

Time off for Brenden includes camping trips away with family and friends, pottering around the man-cave listening to the radio with a cold beer in hand, or settling arguments by researching all that is ‘true’ and ‘factual’ on Wikipedia - and who’s going to argue with that?

Fraser Peden, Foreman

Fraser is a qualified carpenter whose skills have seamlessly transferred across diverse residential sites, both locally and abroad. A successful and sought after Foreman and Foreman, Fraser possesses extensive experience with leading high-end construction groups, where he has been able to utilise his own outstanding carpentry skills with managing on-site teams.

Integral to developing the global community company ‘WeWork’ during his stint as Director of Facilities in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Fraser is also proud to have built the winning home with Victoria’s Builder of the Year 2018. Possessed of strong interpersonal skills, Fraser is able to quickly develop rapport with clients, contractors and architects alike, driving an efficient operation, on time and on budget.

As an antidote to all that hard work, and after he’s completed some ‘next level’ home vacuuming, Fraser likes to decompress by watching sport, playing cricket, snowboarding, and enjoying a few beers in the sun with his mates.

Jacky Liao, Carpenter

Jacky’s background as a Quality Assurance Specialist for PSS World Medical serves him well in the crossover to the building industry. A critical thinker, with exemplary problem solving skills, his affinity for mathematics and mechanical aptitude are a natural fit.

Building on a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) from Holmesglen, where he received an Apprentice Award in 2016, Jacky is a Qualified Carpenter with Sinjen. Jacky’s experience in Quality Control and Project Management skills stand him in excellent stead to successfully progress in the ever developing construction industry.

Balancing an active mind with a healthy body, Jacky’s aerobic stamina and agility come into play during demanding games of badminton, while regular soccer games allow him to channel his inner Cristiano Ronaldo!

Sophie Joubert, LBC Coordinator

Sophie’s role as Coordinator for The Living Building Challenge assists Sinjen, wherever possible, in the delivery of ecologically regenerative, energy efficient and socially just developments. Currently completing a Bachelor of Design at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Property and specialising in Environmental Systems, she is considering further study in Construction and Property Valuation.

Sophie has lived and worked as a teacher in England, and back in Melbourne, coached school rowing and taught swimming.  Switched on, smart and super energetic, Sophie doesn’t stay still for long, with any excuse to travel and a passion for snowboarding and skiing whenever she can get to the snow. Along with playing football for Old Geelong, Sophie loves an opportunity to get together with friends over drinks.

Bob Breese, Contract Administrator

With an impressive and extensive roll call of projects behind him, Bob brings a wealth of experience in Contract Administration, Estimating and Project Management to Sinjen. Backed by a Diploma of Building Management and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Environmental Management, Bob has applied his superior analytical skills and flexible approach to problem solving to a raft of projects in both the residential and commercial spheres.

Eternally optimistic with a positive outlook and friendly manner, Bob is also relentlessly tenacious when it comes to ensuring productive outcomes and client satisfaction. Mad skills include a talent for mashing potato (not to be scoffed at), a secret life as a bedroom hack musician and providing for his beautiful family. Bob’s downtime involves a round of golf and hit of tennis, or less energetically, sitting back with a beer to watch the footy and cricket.

Brock Ellett, Project Manager

Backed by a University of Melbourne Bachelor of Environments (Construction) and Kaplan Professional Diploma of Financial Services, Brock has developed a set of broad competencies working on Architecturally designed homes and apartments, Tier 1 construction and in commercial finance.

Brock relishes a challenge and cites the delivery of his first build from conception to completion as both steep learning curve, and career highlight. Diligent and patient, with sound administrative and scheduling abilities, Brock retains a cool head in high-pressure situations and is committed to delivering quality constructions as efficiently and expediently as possible.

Brock relaxes by heading to the beach, engaging in multi-day walks through the Victorian Alps, cooking a mean BBQ steak and, with a secret past yen to be motoring journalist, watching Formula 1 racing.

Ramsay Gordon, Carpenter

A fully qualified carpenter, Ramsay honed his skills in an impressive array of residential extensions, renovations and new builds, covering the gamut between heritage homes and contemporary architectural development. Along with extensive commercial work, including office fit-outs and work on some of Crown Casino’s flagship restaurants, Ramsay brings over 31 years of industry experience to Sinjen.

Ramsay enjoys the challenge of working on unusual or unique projects, where his craftsmanship reliably delivers impressive results. An integral cog in the construction machine, and backed by excavator, scissor lift and boom lift licences, Ramsay is a motivated and professional team player.

Topping Ramsay’s list of recreational activities is camping, golf and travel with family. A state title holder for Surf Lifesaving, and, as a level 2 snow ski instructor, has tackled some of the worlds sickest double black diamond runs!

Sue Chin, Contract Administrator

Teamed with her natural flair for design and flexible approach to cost management and problem solving, Sue brings an impressive and extensive roll call of project experiences to her Contract Administrator role with Sinjen. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design and the Agents Representative Certificate.

Sue has worked across a diverse range of projects including aged care facilities, hospitals, universities, large high-end mix-use developments and residential constructions. She has also successfully employed her inherent talent for styling and design in the Art Gallery and architectural realms.  

Her uncompromising approach to cost management and commitment to the aesthetic intent of each project, along with a desire to improve work place communication, reporting and productivity, ensure quality outcomes every time.  

With many recreational strings to her bow, Sue dabbles in photography and watercolour painting, has recently become obsessed with whipping egg-whites into meringues and despite the admission of being a bit of a ‘butter fingers’, is a master in the ancient Japanese art of Origami.

Leigh Sherrell, Foreman

A qualified carpenter for 15 years with a Certificate IV in Building & Construction and Certificate III in Leadership and Management, Leigh brings over 15 years of industry experience to Sinjen. In a career peppered with an impressive array of projects, Leigh cites managing a multi award winning architecturally designed home as a particular highlight.

Leigh is a perfectionist who thrives under pressure, which, along with excellent communication skills and a great sense of humour, galvanises his team into delivering indefectible developments on time and within budget.

A confirmed dog lover, he enjoys spending time with his two Staffies, and while breathing new life into the classic Holden is also a favoured pastime, both fur-baby’s and man-cave may have to take a back seat later in the year when Leigh and his partner welcome twin girls into the family.

Steve Bilotta, Contract Administrator

Meticulous, accomplished, with a host of special interests and talents behind him, Steve brings a multi-faceted set of skills to the role of Contract Administrator with Sinjen. Backed by a Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction Management (Honours), Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) and a Diploma of Animal Technology, Steve’s technical expertise complements a conscientious and intelligent approach to all tasks.

Steve’s intuitive and responsive nature result in well developed relationship building and positive industry connections, which invariably ensures high value results. Articulate and creative, he is an enthusiastic team player who derives great satisfaction from organisation and process. 

An avid Essendon Football Club supporter who attends all home matches, Steve is also an incorrigible mimic with an aptitude for accents, whose favorite pastimes include rock climbing, movie critiquing and share trading on the ASX.

Martin Le, Contract Administrator

Martin joins Sinjen backed by an RMIT Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management ) and industry experience as an Estimator in the Residential and Commercial Building sectors. He is delighted to be part of an enthusiastic and supportive company whose emphasis is on projects of uncompromising quality. 

A natural communicator with strong interpersonal and analytical skills, Martin’s focus on strategic and flexible administration, along with his meticulous attention to detail, ensures productive outcomes and client satisfaction.

At work or play, Martin is a positive and easy going force of nature whose passion for new adventures and experiences include travel, music, video games, sport and eating his way from pho to pizza, and everything in between!

Luke Hollis, Contract Administrator

Ambitious, driven and keen to develop on his existing skill set, Luke is currently studying for a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) following his RMIT Diploma of Building and Construction. Luke has garnered wide ranging experience in the fields of carpentry, sheet metal work and landscaping, and enjoys applying this wealth of accumulated knowledge to his Contracts Administrator role with Sinjen.

Luke’s strong interpersonal skills and empathy make him a clear and effective communicator, who brings a natural agility and responsiveness to the delivery of each project. Gregarious and easy-going, with a flexible approach to problem solving, he also values the opportunity to work between office and building site, aspiring to future roles in Project Management.

Unafraid of the unexplored, and when he's not (by his own admission) ‘annoying’ his mates and family, Luke’s adventurous spirit sees him surfing, snowboarding and sailing over all four seasons.

Lincoln Popov, Foreman

Lincoln’s body of work over the past 15 years speaks for itself. An accomplished carpenter backed by a Certificate III in Carpentry and Construction, Lincoln has worked across a range of domestic and commercial projects.

Currently Site Foreman for Sinjen, Lincoln brings a methodical approach to problem solving, along with the necessary interpersonal and management skills to effectively liaise with customers, suppliers and trade professionals for the very best outcomes.  A committed team player, Lincoln relishes the opportunity to share his knowledge, actively encouraging and supporting the development of others to produce quality results.

Somewhere on the bucket list, along with aspirations to run bigger future construction projects, is the desire to buy a yacht and sail around the world. In the meantime, hardworking Lincoln spends his precious downtime engaged in furniture making and painting, spending time with his wife and daughter and getting stuck into a steak and beer - with a possible side of mashed potato, an art form of which Lincoln has mastered!

Chris Nash, Contract Administrator

Chris joined Sinjen armed with an RMIT Diploma of Building and Construction, Certificate III in Occupational Health and Safety. Complementing the theory is his broad industry experience in Contract Administration on a broad range of commercial and residential construction projects.

Chris has harnessed his proven technological expertise with productive relationship building and leadership skills that he’s developed over stints in Labouring, Site Co-ordination and Contract Administration, to deliver a highly organised project.  Passionate about the industry, Chris is especially interested in high-end residential developments, finding the projects detailed and diverse.

Chris is a proud family man who enjoys spending time with his two active kids and unwinding with a beer and Thai food. Open and warm, Chris always has time for a chat.

Nadia Pope, Post Construction Manager

Nadia is a highly qualified and experienced professional with both a Bachelor of Planning and Design and a Bachelor of Property and Construction from The University of Melbourne and more than 15 years experience as a Quantity Surveyor. She is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and an Associate of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AAIQS).

Nadia’s career has seen her working on a diverse range of noteworthy projects both here in Australia and overseas, including the US$1.2b refurbishment of the United Nations conference rooms, £49M refurbishment of the Royal Mail Delivery Office and the world’s most expensive residential block, London’s ‘One Hyde Park’.

Back home, Nadia brings a cool head, analytical mind and helpful attitude to her role as Post Construction Manager for Sinjen, where she’s looking forward to getting more involved in the ‘dirty work’ of construction.

When she’s not juggling the demands of Project Management, Nadia likes to unwind with a cheeky wine tasting – we’ll drink to that!

Connor Torpey, Carpenter

UK expat Connor, brings 6 years of diverse industry experience to his Carpentry role with Sinjen. Working across a range of commercial and residential sites both here and abroad, from civil sites and groundworks to landscaping and renovations, Connor has mastered a wide variety of skills he’s keen to develop.

Currently enrolled in a Certificate III in Carpentry and Certificate IV in Building and Construction, Connor is relishing the opportunity to work alongside the welcoming and collegiate Sinjen team of industry professionals. Connor’s physical fitness and strength, bolstered by regular gym sessions, boxing and an insane amount of running,  is matched only by his accompanying reliability, technical know-how and attention to detail.

A keen guitarist and bedroom DJ, who managed to get his tracks played across BBC radio and featured on a couple of Adidas Soccer commercials, Connor’s eclectic personal bucket list includes attending the Glastonbury festival, embarking on an African safari and having a pint with both Russell Brand and Conor McGregor - and what an interesting session that would be!

Will Smallwood, Carpenter

Will is a fully qualified Carpenter who has worked across a gamut of projects for multiple construction companies since leaving school. Along with renovations, insurance work and new home builds, Will briefly ran his own business before four years of sub-contracting with three different builders.

In his capacity as carpenter, largely with Sinjen’s Standstruct division, Will complements his proven technical and mechanical skills with an inherent capacity for adopting new techniques with agility.  Will is a natural problem solver whose efficiency is matched by his enthusiasm for Standstruct’s massive and innovative timber projects.

A State Kick Boxing title holder, dubbed ‘Wicked Will’ by work colleagues (for reasons best left unexplored), who enjoys recreational fishing, beer and a decent chicken schnitty, Will relishes the opportunity to continue progressing his professional career with the Sinjen team.

Cary Fox, Foreman

Cary’s body of work over years speaks for itself. An accomplished carpenter backed by a Certificate IV in Building Construction and Certificate III in General Construction, Cary has specialised in delivering multiple high end residential homes to many satisfied clients, routinely exceeding expectations in the process.

As Site Foreman for Sinjen,  Cary brings a methodical approach to problem solving, along with the necessary interpersonal and management skills to effectively liaise with all stakeholders for the very best outcomes.  A committed team player, with a positive outlook, Cary’s knowledgeable approach, along with a well developed sense of humour, actively encourages and supports the development of others to produce quality results.

Cary keeps up the pace in his downtime, with snowboarding, surfing and fitness training all featured activities, while time spent with his partner may also include such culinary indulgences as mojitos and burritos, or Cary’s own famous fish tacos.

Joshua Dobbyn, Apprentice

Apprentice, Josh, brings all the right qualities to Sinjen.  Enthusiastic, driven and keen to expand his skill set as widely as possible, Josh values the experience, mentorship and collegiate attitude of working alongside the construction professionals of Sinjen.

Armed with his pre-apprenticeship Certificate II in Building and Construction, Josh is beginning a career with ambitions to progress through to the highest level of expertise and ability.

An exotic blend of Maltese and Lebanese (Not Greek!), Josh was right into playing soccer when he was younger, even travelling overseas to play on several occasions, but eventually,  disillusioned with club politics, giving it away. Today he relaxes with camping and fishing trips, drawing and, talented nerd that he is, building custom PC’s.

Jack Wignell, Carpenter

Jack is a fully qualified Carpenter with experience working on multiple inner urban architectural new builds, exclusive renovations and boutique residential apartment developments; that were not only highly coveted, but also achieved record breaking sale prices for the area.

A proven problem solver, Jack’s logical approach and eye for detail ensures his work is always of the highest calibre and his contribution to Sinjen’s team of construction professionals is greatly valued. 

A self confessed ‘Aussie’ outdoor adventurer (hopefully less hapless than Russell Coight) who loves fishing, overseas travel and Vietnamese food, Jack aspires to buy and renovate his own home and can turn a deft hand to a number of skills, including building his own surf board.