People personify organisations. They are the embodiment of a company’s character, identity and soul. We believe this collective energy is the foundation that transformative projects are built on.
Director, Operations & Finance
With more than 25 years of experience in the property industry, Stephen Dwight brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to any team in which he is involved or is tasked with establishing and or leading. Known for his ability to manage stakeholder relations Stephen has been successful in realising and maximising development objectives including design, value, time, quality and probity.
Contractually astute, Stephen has advanced skills in structuring, negotiating and managing many forms of contracts including consultant, subcontractor, head contractor, AFLs, leases, option agreements, contracts for sale and joint venture agreements to ensure foreseeable risks are managed.
With the robust project leadership skills he has honed over the past 25 years, Stephen is now firmly focused on the future and leading Podia to success in exceeding project objectives and value optimisation.
Possessing a depth of experience shaped from his involvement in small, medium and large scale developments, Michael Grassi has advanced skills in the establishment phases of the development cycle together with a forward-thinking approach to design optimisation and excellence.
With Michael’s early immersion into a project, stakeholders know their project will be driven with a single-mindedness that will result in the achievement of their objectives. With over 18 years experience, Michael has proven abilities in the identification and acquisition of development sites across all property disciplines realising significant gains through aligning end users to maximise development outcomes.
With his progressive and innovative approach to the identification, appraisal, acquisition, planning and design of projects, Michael has a singular focus on creating the very best outcomes for end users, stakeholders, clients and the broader community.
With more than 28 years of experience in the construction and property industry Cameron Thomson’s comprehensive experience in delivering complex development, construction and fit out projects ensures that clients and stakeholders alike can be confident their project will be managed intelligently and delivered efficiently.
Known for his construction and delivery expertise across all sectors of the industry, Cameron has established skills in the systematic delivery of projects be they straightforward, complex or stressed to achieve the key objectives of the Client. He consistently manages and delivers projects exceeding Client expectations.
With his advanced skills in project team procurement and leadership, Cameron now has his sights firmly focused on establishing Podia as the “go to” enterprise for ensuring the successful realisation of a project’s vision.
Senior Development Manager
With a background in Engineering and Geophysics, Belinda brings a disciplined, analytical and results-orientated approach to her work. Belinda possesses a unique ability to combine this approach with a strong passion for creativity and innovation in order to solve challenging issues to deliver outstanding results for clients and end users.
Belinda has 9 years’ of demonstrated success within the real estate industry, with experience ranging from site acquisition, through to the development and project management of major infrastructure and large-scale mixed use (retail and commercial) projects. Belinda is a great leader of people and project teams, and works closely with all project consultants, stakeholders and clients to address the various challenges that are unique to each project to meet and exceed the desired outcomes.
At Podia, Belinda is involved in all facets of the development cycle, from piecing together acquisitions to navigating planning pathways, negotiating approvals, customising procurement methods right through to the design and construction phases of a project. Belinda is well positioned to identify and extract value to deliver successful projects to ensure best for project outcomes are realised.
Senior Development Manager
Dominic is a highly motivated and experienced real estate professional with demonstrated success in both site acquisitions and project delivery across multiple sectors. With over 12 years’ experience in the property industry navigating complex strategic planning pathways and negotiating approvals, Dominic specialises in site identification, appraisal and acquisitions and development management.
Dominic’s experience in preparing structured acquisitions combined with his extensive involvement in delivering large-scale long-term projects provides a unique skill set to any development opportunity with the aim to create innovative, sustainable and high quality projects that add value and maximise development returns for both Podia and our clients.
Dominic’s early involvement at the inception phase of any project opportunity, coupled with his comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the development, design and construction lifecycle, ensures that clients and stakeholders alike can be confident that every opportunity identified will be strategically appraised and evaluated to ensure every project can be delivered successfully.
Senior Development Manager
With over 18 years’ experience in the Property Development and Construction Industry Nathan brings with him extensive experience delivering large scale commercial, residential, retail and industrial projects for numerous tier one construction companies and developers.
Focused primarily on the successful delivery of our projects, Nathan is responsible for all Client and Stakeholder management throughout the delivery phase of the project. With his enthusiastic and practical approach to project delivery, Nathan prides himself on providing our Clients and Partners with innovative, cost effective design and construction solutions.
With his background in Construction Management coupled with his broad project experience and construction knowledge, Nathan will manage all aspects of the project delivery phase, including design development, tendering, authority approvals, consultants, head contract, program and cost reporting through to project completion and handover.
Assistant Development Manager
A team player by nature, Christina's role lies in supporting Podia's internal team in the management of multiple projects at different stages of the development lifecycle, from acquisition to completion. Christina brings a methodical, collaborative and relationship-based approach to her work and has an aptitude for navigating complex problems and ensuring positive synergies exist on the multiple project teams she is across. With bachelors degree in Civil Engineering & Finance from Sydney University, Christina aptly draws upon her critical thinking skills to support the internal Podia team with market research, development management and feasibility studies.
Having kicked off her career with Podia recently, Christina has enjoyed gaining experience in multiple asset classes including residential, commercial, healthcare and retail, and sees a long career in property ahead of her.
Assistant Development Manager
With a background in valuation, Sebastian brings an analytical and detailed orientated approach to his work at Podia. Sebastian has over 6 years’ experience covering the residential and mixed-use development sector, specialising in commercial valuations, development advisory and market research for institutional and private clients in the property sector.
During his time as a certified valuer, Sebastian developed a strong understanding of many aspects of the real estate and property development industry, including pre-acquisition due diligence, analysis of joint venture and project delivery agreements, commercial negotiations, analysis of market trends and preparation of market research and liaising with various industry participants including local Council, Authorities, State Government departments and the private sector (Owners, Investors and Banks).
At Podia, Sebastian is proficient in the production of detailed feasibilities and has an excellent ability to quickly appraise the viability of any new development opportunity during the early acquisition phase. Sebastian’s detailed orientated skills are also invaluable during the delivery phases of projects, including preparing cost reports and project reports, coordination of consultant and construction teams to deliver on various project objectives, administering and overseeing various legal and consultant agreements and the like.
Overall, Sebastian’s support is instrumental to the broader development team at Podia to ensure that each projects objectives are realised on time and on budget.
Accounts & Office Management
Tracey brings a calming warmth and energy to an otherwise busy and bustling office environment. Tracey oversees the day-to-day office management duties at Podia’s HQ in Pyrmont. Tracey’s roll in the business is invaluable in keeping the team supported day to day. The office is never short of a generous bowl of fruit (or a selection of Cadbury Favourite chocolate snacks) and day-to-day office supplies thanks to Tracey’s help.
Tracey also assists in delivering Podia’s accounting functions, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, booking keeping and record keeping.
We are open and inclusive: we value honesty, energy, and learning from our collective experiences. An environment that is caring and respectful is generative, and growth comes from being valued and having agency.
Together, these beliefs generate determined and resilient humans – and when they are combined with a progressive work culture, it empowers the pioneering and insightful work we do in the wider world.