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.
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.
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.
Lachlan is a client-centric Project Manager with an aptitude for results. His high-energy and ability to collaborate with teams across multiple sectors has garnered respect from his clients and peers alike. Lachlan has been exposed to the full project life cycle during his time in the industry. He excels at problem solving and is valued for his commitment to financial and document management with an acute eye for detail. Lachalan is studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science.
Ella is a conscientious Project Manager that strives for client satisfaction and goes above and beyond to ensure that project objectives are met in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Ella is adept at building key relationships with stakeholders at all levels and is extremely passionate and diligent about getting the desired results for the project. Ella is an approachable, detail-orientated Project Manager who brings enthusiasm to everything she does. Ella is studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science, Construction Management.
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).
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.
Catherine commenced her career in the construction sector, after completing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. Catherine assists with the completion of construction-based projects for a range of property asset classes. Catherine brings fresh eyes to the Cerno team, with her insightful approach to her work and an innate ability to inspire peers and stakeholders alike with her thought leadership perspectives.
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.
Currently studying Civil Engineering with Architecture, Warwick aims to combine his academic knowledge with practical experience to assist Cerno across a range of projects. Warwick assists the team in preparation of monthly reports, payment/tender recommendations and overall cost management. He is mentored and guided by the support of the team's Project Managers.
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.
With a strong ambition to grow and learn, combined with his experience as a site manager and project manager in the building industry, Hunza assists the Cerno Property Services team in ensuring that all operations run effectively. His adaptability and ability to learn quickly allow him to thrive in the fast-paced nature of the Facilities Manager role. Hunza has a Bachelor in Construction Management and Property and also holds a Real Estate License.
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.
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.
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.
Julia works in the Sydney office as Project Administrator for the entire Cerno Group. Julia also leads the events management side of the organisation to ensure the smooth running of social, charity, corporate and sponsorship events.
Suzanne has over 12 years of experience in marketing and communications across property, financial services, social business, higher education and corporate events management. Working in a part-time consulting capacity for Cerno Group, Suzanne manages the team’s marketing and communications collateral. Suzanne has a Bachelor of Economics degree.