Our People

Construction VIC

Richard Halasa

Richard Halasa Director and State Manager – VIC Construction

Richard Halasa brings more than 39 years of interior fitout and building refurbishment experience to Schiavello. As Director and State Manager of Schiavello’s Victorian Construction division, Richard leads with expertise in construction management, programming and sequencing, project delivery, cost planning, management review and objective assessment.

Daron Johnson

Daron Johnson Director – Senior Construction Manager

Daron Johnson is a Construction Manager for Schiavello’s Victorian Construction division. With more than 35 years of experience in the construction and commercial building industries, he has completed a vast range of projects from small to $60 million plus in value. During his 30 years with Schiavello, his objective has remained clear; to complete every project on time, on budget, to the highest standard of quality, and with complete client satisfaction.

Rob Volarevic

Robert Volarevic Construction Manager

As a Construction Manager for Schiavello’s Victorian Construction division, Robert Volarevic approaches every project with an absolute client-central focus. He applies a practical yet methodical approach to his responsibilities, including estimating, programming, project management, and systems improvements. Robert is passionate, knowledgeable and experienced, with more than 20 years of industry experience, from site work to tertiary education.

Andrew Howard

Andrew Howard Construction Manager

Andrew Howard is a Construction Manager for Schiavello’s Victorian Construction division. He brings more than 15 years of office fitout and refurbishment industry experience to his role, where his deep understanding and skill base enables to drive successful results for clients each and every time.

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Cale Halasa Construction Manager

As a Construction Manager for Schiavello’s Victorian Construction division, Cale Halasa is responsible for overseeing all construction operations and ensuring client success at every stage. He is dedicated to providing a high level of client support and draws upon his breadth of experience and deep skill set to add value to each step of the process from conceptual work to project delivery.

Leigh Swords - Schiavello

Leigh Swords Senior Project Manager

Having delivered in excess of $200 million in projects during his time at Schiavello, Leigh has been responsible for workplace, education, retail and hospitality projects. His effective design management skills have lead to many successful projects in the construction and fit-out space.

Through early engagement, Leigh focuses on putting the client needs at the forefront in terms of value engineering, cost management and programme optimisation. From flagship retail sites to heritage and new build projects, Leigh is an expert in complex project delivery and solution development.

Amanda Wright Schiavello

Amanda Wright Design Manager

Coming from one of Asia-Pacific's leading interior design firms, Geyer, Amanda Wright brings in excess of 12 years experience in Workplace, Retail, Hospitality and Education.

With front end client interfacing skills, Amanda engages with clients to understand their needs to achieve the projects best outcomes in terms of the aspirational, functional and operational. She works Both Schiavello internal resources and external consultants throughout the project and focuses on design management and value engineering.

James Hillman

James Hillman Account Director

Worldly and business savvy, James aims to cultivate strong relationships between Schiavello and its clients, both new and existing. He becomes heavily involved with each project he takes on, playing a key role during the early planning stages, right through to construction and post-occupancy.

Construction NSW/ACT

Christopher Schiavello

Christopher Schiavello Director and State Manager – NSW Construction

Christopher, Director of Schiavello’s NSW Construction division, focuses on providing real value to clients through Early Engagement to ensure project outcomes meet the client's aspirational objectives and strategic business drivers. With a background in customer service, and 9 years of project delivery experience in Workplace, Education, Hospitality and Asset Refurbishment, his passion for business and people ensure a long term and client-centric approach to all projects and relationships across the business in Australia.

Alan Al-Refaei

Alan Al-Refaei Construction Manager

Alan Al-Refaei is responsible for the successful delivery of interior construction projects and ensuring every client gets maximum value out of our products and services. As a Construction Manager for Schiavello’s NSW Construction division, Alan has been instrumental in building strong relationships with clients. His meticulous attention to project detail, paired with his friendly, transparent style, enables him to ensure every project runs smooth, on time, and on budget.

Michael Kim NSW Commercial Manager

Michel Kim Commercial Manager

Michael's position as a Commercial Manager is to do more than simply plug in numbers and get a figure. He takes a more holistic and methodical approach to cost planning and feasibility studies.

Having worked on a number of multi-million dollar projects including the Astral Hotel, Park Royal Darling Harbour and HCF, Michael defines a successful project where he's managed to reduce cost and improve the overall efficiency of the design construction process.

Elizabeth Harwood

Elizabeth Harwood Consultant - People & Culture

With a background in Social Science from the University of Manchester, Elizabeth is passionate about people, ideas and creative solutions.

Working closely with our Principal of People and Culture Consulting, Keti Malkoski, Liz will ensure our clients have access to our strategic workplace and property activities, no matter where they are in the property cycle.

Construction QLD

Dave Allenby Director and State Manager – QLD Construction

Dave Allenby is the Director and State Manager for Schiavello’s Queensland Construction division. Drawing upon 40 years of experience in the construction industry, Dave has acquired an extensive library of knowledge across various scopes of work.

Steven Kourevelis

Steven Kourevelis Construction Manager

With over 25 years experience in the construction industry, Steven has delivered a vast range of multi-million dollar construction and development projects from $1m - $50m in all sectors of the industry at a national level.

Construction SA

Luke Steel State Manager

Luke Steele Director and State Manager – SA Construction

Luke has over 15 years industry experience. He has been with the Schiavello Construction business for 3 years and has led the delivery of a number of award-winning projects, most notably, the SkyCity Adelaide Casino upgrade and the heritage façade restoration of the iconic Adelaide Railway Station.

Ian Tan (SA Construction)

Ian Tan Construction Manager

With more than 18 years of global experience in project and construction management, Ian Tan brings a wealth of knowledge to Schiavello. His capabilities in establishing and applying ‘project controls’ have contributed to the successful delivery of large, complex, and fast-tracked projects across sectors, from financial institutions to data centres, high end corporate fitouts and more.

Tony Tsakalos Commercial Manager

Tony has 27 years experience in commercial and residential construction estimating including Lump Sum, Design and Construct, Project Management and Cost Planning. Tony leads an experienced Estimating Team, where his attention to detail has proven him in these enterprises to be very effective in the competitive tendering field, which is further endorsed by his knowledge of current tendering trends. Tony’s calm and collected approach whilst compiling detailed cost analysis places him well to ensure ultimate value for the client.

Augusta Soteriou Design and Engineering Manager

Augusta Soteriou Design and Engineering Manager

Augusta is highly respected throughout the South Australian construction industry with 20 years’ experience having previously worked for DPTI and Tonkin Consulting.

Augusta's extensive experience further strengthens Schiavello’s expertise in delivering complex construction projects.

Construction WA

Matt Bailey Director and State Manager – WA Construction

Originally from the UK, Matt Bailey brings 25 years industry experience to the role of State Director of Schiavello Construction (WA). Matt has acquired a vast skill set within the construction industry, both technical and practical, along with a clear understanding of the importance of teamwork. He has successfully established and managed a construction company in Perth, exceeding client expectations on all accounts and as a result has a strong rapport within the community.

Tahnee Robinson

Tahnee Robinson Project Manager

Tahnee brings project experience across a range of sectors, from government, commercial, retail, and hospitality. Having previous experience in commercial interiors, designing and delivering projects of multiple value and size, Tahnee's holistic approach and attention to detail and quality ensures all aspects of the project exceeds client expectation.