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.

Marc Barron, Construction Manager

With over 18 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 to Leading Hand, Foreman,Project Manager and has comfortably landed at Construction Manager. Marc has harnessed his considerable skills to expertly manage and deliver on a raft of domestic construction projects ranging from $800k to $18M.

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).

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 team 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.

Sherry Woo, Estimator

With a degree in Quantity Surveying, Sherry has more than eight 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, working as an Electrician, and Site Foreman. Peter holds a Certification 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 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.

Tim Dowd, Project Manager

Working his way through various Contract Administrator and Project Management roles in both the domestic and commercial construction world, Tim has experience with a number of architecturally designed projects. Passionate about the industry, Tim looks to the successful delivery of his first large scale residential build with particular pride and is drawn to the considered design and attention to detail that goes into every development. 

Tim’s exemplary planning, scheduling and evaluatory skills lay the foundation for a successful project outcome in every instance, as he reliably produces outstanding results for Sinjen.

A definite asset on the Trivia team, Tim’s special talent lies in naming songs and bands in record time, while life in the great outdoors with his little family beckons on the weekends. A man for all seasons, Tim is a keen surfer and snowboarder, who enjoyed youthful stints working in Mt Hotham, Canada and Hamilton Island, but who, today, reckons the birth of his beautiful daughter, Amelia, is the real life highlight.

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!

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!

Ben Ellis, Project Manager

Backed by a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management), self-starter, Ben, has enjoyed career success in a number of related areas since the age of 18. Along with running his own Landscape Construction company, he has worked in both Contract Administration and Project Management to deliver numerous premium quality multi-residential projects.

A meticulous operator, astute problem solver and effective communicator, Ben loves collaborating with like-minded professionals to reliably achieve exemplary construction results. Ben combines a strong work ethic with solid planning, scheduling and evaluatory skills to produce work of the highest calibre for Sinjen.

A keen adventurer, with trekking South America a definite life highlight, Ben is also a talented furniture designer and creator, who enjoys cooking, futsal and following the fluctuating (read: frustrating) fortunes of the St Kilda AFL team.

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.

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.

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.

Alex Dabb, Labourer

Alexander is a hardworking member of the Sinjen team -committed to the excellence that defines the company, he brings energy, attention to detail and excellent communication skills to his labouring role.

Working between University classes, where he’s currently completing a Bachelor of Arts, Alexander is enjoying applying his knowledge of building materials and construction practices gleaned from large projects such as the Black Street and Newry Street sites.

Amongst Alexander’s cache of talents, is a fluency in Italian and some mad soccer skills. Blending brains and brawn, he is enjoying a healthy balance of both at work, study and play.

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.

Shane Yates, Labourer

Shane’s previous experience in Metal Fabrication is evident in his ability to read and interpret blueprints and problem solve outside the box, along with his assiduous attention to detail.

A strong team player who values the professional and supportive culture at Sinjen, Shane enjoys working outdoors and the variety inherent in each project. Shane is a keen traveller who stays lithe with regular yoga sessions, can cut his own hair and while already a property investor, aspires to one day build a home on wheels.

Barry Hopkins, Foreman

Barry began his career over 35 years ago as an apprentice in his home town of Bairnsdale.  A fully qualified carpenter and builder, his work with a number of award winning architects and high end building companies has been characterised by obvious skill and attention to detail.

An experienced communicator with proven leadership abilities, Barry’s capable approach quickly engenders trust in his teams, creating a confident working environment that delivers premium quality projects.

Among Barry’s many superpowers, is the ability to reverse a trailer or caravan like no other, which is a handy talent when your hobbies are predominantly fishing and camping. However, as his personal kryptonite is arachnophobia, he may just occasionally re-think life in the great outdoors!

Billy Leek, Foreman

A solid twenty plus years in the industry, including a stint running his own company, have seen experienced site manager, Billy, working across the gamut of civil, commercial and residential developments. An ability to work well under pressure, he is also an effective communicator with established client relation skills. Billy is a measured and confident leader whose organised team management reliably delivers on each element of project safety, quality control, time-frame and cost.

A proud father of two, when it’s time to step away from the day to day, Billy likes to keep fit with boxing and has yet to meet a racquet sport he can’t successfully conquer. Billy’s superpowers, potentially fuelled by pizza and scotch, include being able to run a marathon without any training and building a six bedroom weekender pretty well on his own.

Scott Whelan, Project Manager

Scott is an experienced carpenter with fifteen years experience across the construction spectrum. Bolstered by a Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma in Building and Construction, with an accompanying Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety, Scott's industry knowledge is both broad and varied.

Scott’s current role as Project Manager for leading specialist in massive timber, cross-laminate timber and panellised structure installation, StandStruct , involves working on the type of grand scale construction that will be standing long after he has gone, a fact he clearly appreciates. 

Well developed negotiation skills, comprehensive knowledge of OH&S and work flow scheduling of key tradespeople and deliveries, reliably ensures Scott’s project delivery meets deadlines and is within budget.

Happy to spend weekends hanging with his puppy, Gladys, or, weather permitting, tackling the local mountains for some snowboarding action, top of Scott’s bucket list is to head across to Munich for the annual Oktoberfest. And, true story - you know a man is serious about his grilled meat snack when he installs a full restaurant sized kebab machine in his own home.

Jaan Erkan, Foreman

Jaan is a qualified carpenter and glazier with a raft of experience across a range of fields, including railway concourse construction, structural glazing, commercial shop fitting and multiple residential developments.

His work as Foreman for a commercial contractor on Tier 2 construction projects was characterised by an organised and analytical approach - skills he has run with as Foreman with Sinjen, where his capable leadership style creates a consolidated team delivering quality projects. With the ongoing support and encouragement of the company, Jaan aspires to eventually take the lead on a $10M + project.

An inveterate traveller, with a yen to explore further countries, Jaan is also committed to one day building his own dream home, which despite his love of a challenge, anyone married to a tradie knows this will probably end up being a major goal!

Pasquale Rottura, Labourer

Pasquale is a Labourer and Landscaper with extensive industry experience covering a broad variety of competencies. Highly disciplined, with a systematic approach to tasks and ability to memorise everything on a job site, he values being part of a professional team delivering quality projects with Sinjen.

Citing working on TV’s 2015 season of ‘The Block’ as a definite career highlight, Pasquale also enjoys the challenge of updating his skills and learning new relevant trades. He balances work and leisure with family time, mountain bike riding, following the AFL and maintaining the family farm; with future aspirations to bring a piece of automotive history alive by restoring a classic car.