The team at Places Victoria brings broad experience from across the public and private sectors. Our team includes skilled planners, commercial managers, project managers, architects, engineers, lawyers, communicators and construction managers, so we can see a project from start to finish. We are highly networked with ready access to government, industry and other agencies.
Gregory Anderson has spent more than 20 years delivering residential, retail and commercial developments across Australia. His experience in the property industry includes acquisitions, property finance, procurement structures, development management and construction across the private and public sectors. Gregory was a National Development Director for Macquarie Bank and has held senior positions at Tigcorp and Selpam Group. Gregory has a Masters in Project Management and a Diploma of Building Surveying and sits on the Advisory Committee for RMIT’s School of Property Construction and Project Management.
Simon Wilson plays a significant role in facilitating the delivery of the Victorian Government’s vision for a number of large precinct developments. Simon has more than 25 years’ experience in property, regeneration and development experience in in the UK and Australia. He has worked across the public and private sectors on urban regeneration of brownfield and greenfield sites, including at AV Jennings and Macquarie Bank, and is an experienced joint venture and stakeholder manager. His previous projects include London Docklands, Chatham Maritime and various other infill sites including complex over- rail developments. Simon is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK)
With more than 30 years’ experience in managing and leading major construction projects with Multiplex and Probuild, Peter Southwell is responsible for the conversion and delivery of projects in our Development and Construction division. Peter has been responsible for the successful negotiation and delivery of construction projects ranging from $200,000 to $220 million in the commercial, retail, entertainment, tourism, education, residential and government market sectors in Victoria and Queensland. With qualifications in construction and construction law, Peter has served on advisory boards for the University of Melbourne and is a regular guest lecturer in the university’s Masters in Construction Management course.
Peter has extensive experience in land development, residential building, medium density housing and detached housing management across the full development life cycle from acquisition through to sales and settlements. He was previously the Victorian General Manager at AVJennings, which delivered master planned communities at Lyndarum, Arena in Officer and The Chase in Berwick. Peter has also overseen the completion of urban renewal projects, including Montpellier Gardens in Burwood, Ulmara at Maribyrnong and Kingston Place at Springvale South. He has occupied senior positions in a variety of prominent Australian housing development companies, including Central Equity, Urban Pacific and Dennis Family. Peter was previously a Board member and Past President of UDIA Victoria.
David has an extensive understanding of the Australian property market due to his strong knowledge of demographics and economic drivers that shape the market, enabling him to utilise the right metrics so to be able to critically review or identify property opportunities in multiple fields.
David’s key previous roles have been Chief Operating Officer (and Victorian General Manager) of MacroPlan Dimasi, and Director at Lend Lease. His vast experience in property and land development, plus his networks within the Victorian property industry (including state and local government) enable him to understand policy drivers and priorities of governments which assist in creating planning pathways and identification of projects that can often benefit both the private and public sectors.
Manny Bikakis has a wealth of experience in senior finance roles across high profile organisations, with his career spanning Australia, Germany and the UK. Most recently, Manny held the position of Australia and New Zealand Finance Director for PPG Industries, where he was a member of the Board and the Executive Team and accountable for all Finance, IT and Commercial support across the Asia Pacific. Prior to his time with PPG, Manny held other senior finance positions including CFO of Incitec Pivot’s fertiliser business and he had a long and distinguished career with BP in both their European and Australian businesses.