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
Paul Di CristoDirector
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.
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.
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.
With a deep passion for business, accounting and finance, Bevan has strong investment underwriting, financial modelling and funding skills and is adept at client pitches, building relationships and generating deal flow. Having previously worked for a global consulting firm and large private property group, Bevan is a chartered accountant, holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting & Financial Management and has completed level one of the Chartered Financial Analyst program.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Emma is an experienced project manager with particular expertise in the health, education and aged care sectors across all phases of delivery. She excels at managing the complex challenges of construction in a live operational environment and at balancing the diverse requirements of multiple stakeholder groups. Emma is valued for her strong focus on client satisfaction, reliability and commitment to optimising project outcomes.
Jordan is a client-centric Project Manager with an aptitude for results. His high-energy and ability to manage teams across multiple sectors has garnered respect from his clients and peers alike. Jordan’s experience spans across all phases of the project and development lifecyle. He excels at problem solving and is valued for his commitment to financial and document management with an acute eye for detail.
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.
Having previously worked in tier one construction, John has diverse expertise delivering commercial, mixed-use and retail projects for some of Australia’s largest institutions. With high-level skills in project delivery, financial management, strategic planning and communications management he is also highly adept at managing multiple stakeholder relationships. John holds degrees in construction management (first class honours) and economics.
As a 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guy has over 35 years’ experience as a CFO, company secretary and director of private and public companies in Australia and Hong Kong. Previous roles include CFO/COO of Colliers International Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, CFO/MD NSW for Jardine Lloyd Thompson Insurance Brokers and GM Finance for Franklins Limited (Supermarkets). Guy has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and is a Chartered Accountant.
Erin Soper is the Cerno Group’s Accountant. 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.
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.
Dianne manages 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.