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 20 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.
Peter has over 40 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.
Phillip has over 20 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.
Alex is a results driven Project Manager with comprehensive experience at both a private and government level, with particular expertise across commercial/retail sectors. Her experience in the public sector has given her invaluable insight into how government agencies operate. Alex ensures that project objectives are met through effective stakeholder engagement and delivery of quality outcomes. Alex has a Bachelor of Applied Science from RMIT University.
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).
Robbie is an attentive and diligent Project Manager with a strong grasp of complex project life cycles, particularly across the retail sector. Through his experience in stakeholder and communication management, proactive planning, and with his methodical approach, Robbie ensures a strong client focus throughout all project phases.
Erik holds a Bachelor of Property Economics degree and has previously worked in property valuation for one of Australia's largest rating valuation companies. This experience has allowed Erik to gain a deep understanding of the NSW property market and its financial aspects. Erik is skilled at producing accurate cost and cashflow analysis and effectively navigating the time and operations management aspects of projects.
Matthew has over 10 years of local and international experience in the design and construction industry and proven skills developing effective systems for joint venture projects with investment partners. With a design consultancy background, Matthew contributes technical expertise and project management skills to achieve successful commercial and design outcomes. Matthew holds a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture and a Post Graduate Certificate in Property.
Allan recently joined the Cerno Team and brings with him over 8 years' experience working in both the education sector and for a large tier 2 residential and commercial contractor. Impacted by Churchill's quote: "We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us" Allan's passion is delivering sustainable buildings that positively impact the end user and the client. Allan has a combined Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Commerce (Accounting & Finance) degree from University of NSW.
With a Bachelor of Business, Daniel brings an analytical approach to the Cerno Management Team and a different skill-set to a typical project manager. Daniel utilises his academic knowledge to find unique solutions to assist Cerno in a wide range of projects. Daniel specialises in cash-flow analysis, cost management, and financial reporting and analysis.
With a Master of Architecture, Sasha has joined us as an Assistant Project Manager. Her short tenure as an architect has taught Sasha the importance of effective client and stakeholder communication and has developed in her the ability to explore innovative design solutions within budgetary frameworks.
Melinda's strong problem-solving capability brings to the Project Management team a valuable skill. Melinda is passionate about understanding the needs of the client and delivering successful projects is always her focus. Melinda is currently completing her Construction Management Science degree.
Cleo is studying a Bachelor of Construction Project Management. Cleo combines her theoretical knowledge with practical application to support Cerno with various projects. Cleo assists in preparing overall cost management, payment recommendations and monthly reports with the guidance of the project management team.
As a Project Manager Stephanie brings to the team strong industry experience in the residential and commercial sectors. Stephanie's previous experience as an interior designer instils in her projects a keen eye for detail and an effective design quality. Stephanie graduated from Swinburne University of Technology.
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, a Diploma in Finance and a Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate).
With a background in law enforcement, Joseph is able to bring a unique way of thinking and approach to different situations to the Cerno Property Services team. He understands the challenges that a Facilities Management role entails and has a strong commitment and drive to effectively overcome any day-to-day challenges that present themselves. Joseph has a professional attitude and thrives on building constructive relationships with all stakeholders.
Following a career as a professional sports person Sam transitioned his career into the property sector . Sam recently joined Cerno after a number of years at a leading property group undertaking a range of acquisitions and development led activities. Sam's strong work ethic and innate ability to build a team is a great asset to the Cerno team. Sam holds a Masters degree in Property Development & Investment.
Franklin assists the team with industry research, acquisition analysis and reporting in the role of Junior Property Analyst. With a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics (Econometrics), Franklin brings a keen eye for analytics and a passion for financial modelling.
Clare is the Group's financial controller and company secretary. Clare has more than 15 years’ experience across the financial services sector, having worked in professional services, investment banking and IT-finance. Her experience covers a broad spectrum of finance skill sets including financial reporting and project financial management. Clare has a Post Graduate Degree in Accounting and Finance and is a qualified 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.
Michelle supports the Accounts Department and assists with organising and managing various projects. Michelle's excellent multi-tasking ability and skill in managing stakeholder expectations makes her a valuable member across the Cerno Group.
Stephanie manages the Operations 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.