A team of dedicated professionals possessing broad-based property and finance experience who are passionate about what they do, honest in their approach, innovative, creative and client-focused above all else
The quality of our people determines the success of our business, and we are proud to have formed a team of highly-skilled, long-tenure staff, many of whom started since our company’s inception in 2004, or shortly thereafter. This high tenure ensures a breadth of knowledge across the business and a consistency that our clients trust.
We have also enjoyed adding to our team along the way, with many new faces joining our Cerno family as the company has grown. New team members have brought with them a wealth of experience, innovative new ideas and fresh and creative new perspectives. Together, our team has flourished, creating a dynamic, authentic, collaborative and hard-working culture we are proud of.
Meet our Team
Mike started the Cerno Group with Co-Director Paul Di Cristo in 2004. Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the property sector, with broad exposure across finance and accounting, airfreight, engineering, construction, property investment and development, and property funds management. His experience covers investments via partnerships, complex joint ventures and listed property entities. Mike is a qualified chartered accountant.
Paul founded the Cerno Group with Co-Director Mike Figg in 2004 and has been instrumental in building a skilful team to assist with the successful delivery of Cerno's projects. Paul has a Bachelor of Building (Construction Management) and over 17 years of experience in the construction industry, covering project and development management, property investment, and facility and asset management.
Aaron is responsible for the management of Cerno Group’s finances ‒ fund administration and compliance. Aaron has 10 years’ experience in accounting and reporting, and has previously worked across Property, Reinsurance and Fast Moving Consumer Good (FMCG) industries in these capacities. Aaron has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting.
Donovan is a registered real estate agent with over 20 years’ experience across finance and accounting; manufacturing; construction; IT; and property investment, development and management. For the past 10 years, Donovan’s focus has been on property management and accounting across commercial, retail and industrial. Donovan has a Bachelor of Commerce in Business and Accounting and post graduate qualifications in Marketing.
Patrick has worked for leading multinational property, construction and development management companies in Australia and the UK for more than 15 years. Patrick’s expertise covers the private and government sectors, delivering health, aged care, commercial, mixed use, retail, residential, education, transport infrastructure, industrial, hotel and process design engineering projects. Patrick has a Bachelor of Arts degree with business models.
MJ is an experienced professional with specific capability in accounting, finance, supply chain and procurement. He has significant experience in real-estate investment, funds management and corporate finance through his time with Cerno Group. MJ brings a wealth of technical capability and experience in financial and commercial management as well as supply chain optimisation.
Peter has over 35 years’ experience in quantity surveying and project management in the building industry. Since specialising in project management, Peter has demonstrated an impressive track record of delivering successful projects. Peter’s skill set includes financial management, estimating and cost planning, strategic planning and communications management. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science (Quantity Surveying).
Brooke has vast experience across interior design, hospitality and account management. Since joining Cerno in 2007, Brooke has become known for her successful record of delivering high quality fit out projects. Brooke has a strong aptitude for resolving challenges, making difficult decisions and taking ownership of key issues. Brooke has a Diploma of Interior Design, Diploma of Building & Construction and Diploma of Project Management.
Joining Cerno in 2013, Grant brings to the Group experience in managing functional teams within retail and manufacturing sectors, including Architectural Design, International Procurement, Business Development, and Research and Design. Grant is a specialist in presenting to stakeholders and negotiating planning provisions. Grant has an Associate Diploma of Architectural Drafting and an Advanced Diploma of Project Management.
Phillip has over 17 years’ experience in the construction industry, 13 of which have been with Cerno. Phillip has a practical and hands-on approach in managing consultants and contractors. He primarily focuses on construction refurbishment and fit outs to commercial and retail tenants. Phillip has a Bachelor of Building Construction degree and Masters in Property Development.
Adrian has recently joined the Cerno team as a Junior Project Manager. With formal training in Civil Engineering, Adrian provides an analytical perspective to the problem solving process, helping move projects along through difficult junctures. Adrian has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Project Engineering and Management).
Bridget’s background within an Architectural practice highlights high quality and cost effective design within the residential, aged care and commercial sectors from master planning through to construction. This includes consultant management to lead the design coordination of projects. Bridget has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Masters of Construction Project Management.
Adrien has 10 years of experience in residential and commercial construction, both in the UK and Australia. Adrien’s experience encompasses commercial landscaping and construction, including major projects such as One Central Park and Barangaroo. He has a solid understanding of project and stakeholder management. Adrien has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Masters in Project Management and Diploma in Building and Construction.
Erik holds a bachelor’s degree in property economics, and has previously worked in property valuation for one of Australia’s largest rating valuation companies. As Junior Project Manager, Erik assists with the completion of construction-based projects for a range of property asset classes.
Stephan is a detail-oriented Project Manager with a strong understanding of the construction process. Stephan has successfully managed the timely completion of many projects. His ability to manage functional teams within commercial, residential, retail and hospitality sectors has garnered the respect of his clients and peers alike. Stephan has a Bachelor of Construction Management and Property, majoring in Property Development.
With a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and diverse work experience, Stewart has extensive know-how and experience in design, development and project management, plus skills in asset management and maintenance, risk analysis and operations management.
David is a Facility and Property Procurement professional with substantial experience leading the effective management of onshore and offshore facilities and properties. David has proven skills across scheduled and unscheduled maintenance programs, along with supplier relationship management and negotiation. David has a Diploma of Facilities Planning and Management.
Chris began his career as a Facilities Manager with the Cerno Group in 2013, before transitioning into the role of Property Manager due to his quick uptake and understanding of the industry and his ability to manage a busy shopping centre. Chris’s proactive approach to problem solving provides a valuable resource to the Cerno team. Chris has a Bachelor of Construction and Property Management and a Diploma in Finance.
Johan has gained extensive experience in client relationship management, sales and account management. Johan also has proven skills within project management, including the ability to manage the planning, development and delivery of multiple projects. Johan is based in our Melbourne office. He has a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Government.
Stephanie manages the Human Resources for Cerno Group. Stephanie has over 10 years’ consulting experience on workforce management in the corporate and educational sectors. Prior to consulting, Stephanie practiced as a clinical psychologist. Stephanie has a PhD in Psychology.
Scott has nine years' experience across asset management, property management, property valuation, and sales and leasing. Scott specialises in the management of commercial, industrial and retail properties. He was previously employed as a Senior Asset Manager at Bawdens Industrial. Scott has an Advanced Diploma of Property Valuation, a Graduate Diploma of Urban Estate Management and a Master's Degree in Property Development.
Erin Soper is the Cerno Group’s Office Manager and Accounts Support. With over 10 years' experience in the property industry, Erin has previously worked as a personal assistant and within the accounts department in the strata industry. Erin has completed the Certificate for Level Three Business Office Administration and holds a current Certificate of Registration in Strata Management.
Helen manages all facets of marketing communications for the Cerno Group and its entities. With over 15 years’ experience in managing marketing and communications across the private, higher education, health and non-profit sectors, she holds a Diploma in Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Certificate IV in Public Relations plus bachelor of arts degree.
Suzanne has over 10 years of experience in marketing and communications across property, financial services, social business, higher education and corporate events management. Working across the Cerno Group, Suzanne manages the team’s marketing and communications collateral. Suzanne has a Bachelor of Economics degree, with majors in Marketing and Economics.
Dianne has recently taken charge of Cerno’s events management in a part-time capacity. Prior to this, Dianne worked as the Group’s Office Manager. In addition to her part-time role at Cerno, Dianne is a qualified Primary School Teacher and shares her time between teaching and the planning of corporate and social events for the Cerno Group. Dianne has a Bachelor of Education.