The Fortis story began in 2016. Inspired by a shared passion for excellence, it was built through the intersection of three like-minded professionals—Patrick Keenan, Dan Gallen and Charles Mellick—and their collective expertise in law, finance, development and construction.

 

Today our ambition continues to grow, as we partner exclusively with Australia’s best architects, designers, project managers and builders. The results speak for themselves. The Fortis portfolio already includes more than $120 million in successfully completed projects. Our future is just as bright, with new developments valued at over $1.3 billion due for completion in the coming years.

Patrick KeenanChairman

“Looking around the boardroom full of our people, I realise there hasn’t been a problem that’s come in through these doors that our team hasn’t been able to solve.”

As Fortis Chairman, Patrick sets the overall direction of the business. With a career spanning more than 32 years, he also brings formidable structuring and deal-making experience as a lawyer, investment banker, owner, investor and manager. Prior to co-founding Fortis in 2016, he served as a Director of Australian investment bank Dominguez Barry Samuel Montagu and Owner/Manager of the Prebon Yamane Group with 1,650 staff in 24 cities around the world. Patrick has invested in many property projects, supporting successful developments across Australia.

Charles MellickDirector

“I’ve always loved negotiating acquisitions, especially that moment when you just know the deal is done.”

Charles brings an in-depth knowledge of the Australian property industry gained over 28 years. During his career, he has funded and directed more than 80 residential and commercial projects with a particular focus on the inner-city suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne. As our Director of Acquisitions, Charles is responsible for all Fortis negotiations and acquisitions including master-planned communities, residential apartment developments and commercial assets.

Dan GallenDirector

“Settling the actual development site is always a big moment, that’s when you know the project is real.”

With a breadth of property and financial expertise spanning more than 17 years, Dan brings a well-rounded, practical and highly effective approach to managing Fortis’s development funding requirements. During his career, he has personally completed over $2 billion in structured real estate transactions in the varied capacities of Lender, Developer, Investor and Debt Advisor. Dan is RG146 compliant and the Responsible Manager on the Pallas Funds AFSL.

Patrick BaldockAssociate Director

“The first visit to any new site is a pivotal moment. Recognising the potential, visualising the process, and starting the journey with future residents in mind.”

One of our founding members, Patrick has personally overseen the delivery of every Fortis project to date. A qualified engineer with honours and postgraduate credentials in property development and planning, he applies his in-depth knowledge to ensure every development carrying the Fortis name is executed successfully and to the exceptionally high standards we expect. Relationship-driven with an obsession for detail, Patrick takes great satisfaction in being heavily involved in every aspect of the development lifecycle.

Avalon NetheryHead of Design & Operations

“Standing on a freshly acquired site. It’s like a blank canvas. This is the moment when the genesis of a projects’ vision is born.”

Having studied commercial interior design, Avalon comes with a background in design, construction and property development. Her creative background injects a unique and valuable skillset to the Fortis development team. Avalon can always be counted on to bring fresh ideas to her projects, or fine-tune existing ones, whilst working diligently behind the scenes. From assessing and acquiring new sites, to managing teams, designs, budgets, settlements and purchaser relationships, she ensures every detail of every project is considered carefully, and delivered brilliantly.

Michael Clark Senior Development Manager

“After months of preparation and excavation, it’s always a special moment to see the structure start to come out of the ground.”

A qualified Civil Engineer, Michael brings over 12 years of experience in property development. Beyond delivering boutique residential projects, his career has also included guiding a 40-storey Sydney CBD development comprising 199 apartments and 7,500sqm of commercial/retail space. Today, Michael manages the development process for our Sydney-based projects. This allows him to put his engineering and construction backgrounds to good use, especially in the early design phases.

Nick Van LeeuwenSenior Development Manager

“After all the hard work, being invited into a new home to share a charcuterie board and some nice wine with the owners is pretty special.”

Nick brings almost a decade of property and construction experience to Fortis, with expertise spanning apartments, commercial office, retail and master-planned developments. He holds a degree in Construction Management and has also held previous roles as Project Manager and, most recently, as Development Manager for a national ASX-listed developer. At Fortis, Nick’s focus is to foster strong relationships with all project stakeholders – something that helps him ensure high-quality developments and positive purchaser experiences, every time.

Ed EveSenior Development Manager

“Reaching our project approvals after months of finessing a design and feasibility is a special milestone. It’s the moment before we create an amazing place for the community.”

An experienced Development & Investment Manager, Ed has managed major retail and mixed use projects in Sydney, Victoria and Western Australia working for and on behalf of Australia’s largest REIT’s. With qualifications in Architecture and Property Development, Ed brings an ability to maximise returns for owners and investors whilst balancing an exceptional outcome for the customer and community. At Fortis, Ed’s focus is to secure new and exciting sites and work with the team to continue delivering the highest quality projects.

Shaun MetsDevelopment Manager

“I love getting a building to lock-up stage, looking it’s best, knowing it’s ready for the owners to move in.”

With a Bachelor of Design majoring in Landscape, Architecture and Urban Design, Shaun brings his strong design eye to every project. His career began with an international design practice delivering major urban developments in Brisbane, Sydney, Singapore and Dubai. He then broadened his experience with an ASX-listed development company working across low, medium and high density residential and mixed-use projects. Now at Fortis, Shaun guides projects from acquisition to handover, working closely with architects and designers to create meaningful places for people to live.

Jess BorellaDevelopment Manager

“It’s a special moment seeing how proud occupants are about a space you have created.”

For as long as she can remember, Jess has held a passion for design and the creation of places. This led her to complete a Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Masters in Property & Development. Before joining Fortis, Jess spent six years with ASX-listed REITs overseeing major developments across Australia; experience that sees her highly versed in the importance of communication and teamwork. Jess prides herself in facilitating collaboration to ensure her projects are delivered on time, to budget and always in keeping with customer expectations.

Jordan WinadaDevelopment Manager

“Nothing is more satisfying than finishing a project, and seeing its new owner thrilled with the end product. It’s a little moment you can share together and take pride in.”

A rising industry star with a Double Bachelor degree in Property and Commerce, Jordan’s career continues to be shaped by his passion for creating liveable spaces of the highest quality. Prior to joining the Fortis team in Melbourne, he worked with a National ASX-listed Developer where he helped to deliver over $100 million of Residential, Commercial and Retail property. Day to day, Jordan’s focus is guiding the quality of every Fortis project, and ensuring a seamless process for our purchasers, from initial contract signing to final settlement.

Sophie HulseAssistant Development Manager

“It’s a proud moment seeing the numbers in the feasibility align, realising that now the entire development process can really begin.”

Sophie holds a Bachelor of Property Economics with a background in property management, commercial sales and real estate advisory. As a member of the Fortis project delivery team, she works closely with our development managers from site acquisition right through to completion, with a focus on our Sydney-based residential and commercial properties. On any given day you might find her liaising with council, submitting development applications, briefing consultants, implementing marketing strategies, conducting feasibility studies, or hosting meetings and site visits.

Jessica WongAssistant Development Manager

“It’s always a special moment meeting an owner on-site and seeing their excitement as the building starts to take shape.”

A qualified Architect, Jess understands the importance of good design in crafting transformative environments. Prior to joining the Fortis team, she worked at an award-winning architecture studio focused on unique luxury living. As an Assistant Development Manager, Jess works closely with our Senior Development team throughout each stage of a project. On any given day she will be assessing new sites, organising team meetings, responding to purchaser’s questions or reviewing consultant documentation.

Lorna Stewart-ThorntonAssistant Development Manager

“When purchasers meet their neighbours for the first time, and seeing the start of their community come to life.”

Lorna is passionate about shaping the built environment. With an academic background in urban design and planning, she’s focused on making spaces that feel authentic. Lorna cut her teeth working for a multinational developer across a range of asset classes Australia-wide. She brings multi-scale experience from previous roles in infrastructure policy and urban renewal. At Fortis, Lorna supports the successful execution of projects as they progress through the development cycle.

Matthew BarakatCommercial Leasing & Acquisitions

“There’s no better feeling than when a deal begins to gain momentum and you can see the potential of the project becoming a reality.”

Matthew brings a strong commercial background to Fortis, having previously worked with CBRE in Brisbane where he focussed on the near-city sector. With a Bachelor of Property Economics majoring in Finance, he boasts a deep understanding of the fundamentals that drive property trends. Together with an enviable network of domestic contacts, this gives Matthew a keen eye for value-add opportunities – something that allows him to position each Fortis development ideally for current market conditions.

Kristina GranbergHead of Marketing

“You can’t beat that lightbulb moment when the team finds a way to articulate all of the ambitions of a project through a singular idea.”

With over 15 years of brand agency experience, Kristina is a communication specialist, with a proven record of achieving strategic and commercial objectives through differentiated brands and marketing campaigns. Leading the Fortis marketing team, her focus is on identifying customer insights that help to drive effective decision making. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Marketing and Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Emily MatthewsDesign Director, Marketing

“I love the moment when I’m briefed in on a new project, the sparks start flying, and no idea is too big or small to be put on the table.”

With a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication with First Class Honours, Emily has worked with some of Sydney’s leading strategic design agencies. Now, with over 14 years of experience behind her, Emily’s passion is human-centred design principles. By diving deep to explore the nuances of human behaviour and uncover key insights, she’s able to create purposeful design solutions that are always simple, effective and beautifully crafted.

Liz KeeneContent Marketing Manager

“I love meeting with buyers, seeing how thrilled they are, and capturing that moment with a photo.”

A skilled communicator with a passion for photography. Liz has worked as a project manager in creative, marketing and content agencies for over 12 years. Liz manages Fortis’ content planning and creation. She’s highly organised, and her role perfectly balances her project management skills with her creative skills. She completed a Diploma of Photo Imaging in 2012 and has been shooting ever since. When not in the Fortis office, you’re most likely to find her on Instagram, petting a pooch or with her camera on-site.

Jessica Garcia Marketing & Relationship Manager

“It’s a wonderful feeling seeing months of hard work come together for a community event, and watching people enjoy the experience.”

Jessica is a passionate communicator with a background spanning construction, architecture and public relations. She brings a unique blend of skills to the Fortis team, which she uses to provide best-practice marketing initiatives that inform and engage our past, present and future customers. As Marketing & Relationship Manager, Jess builds personal connections with our customers to both assist them in their off-the-plan journey, and continually grow our internal understanding of market needs. Jess also manages our PR and media relationships and implements communication strategies  -including the very rewarding community events.

Mabel ZhouFinancial Controller

“My favourite moment? Easy. The minute financial reports are signed off!”

Mabel’s finance career began as an accountant with Ernst & Young in Shanghai. She then moved to Australia and completed her Masters in Accounting from the University of Sydney in 2005. Shortly after graduating, she took a demanding role with a major national retail chain including wide-ranging financial responsibilities. As Financial Controller at Fortis, Mabel oversees all financial operations for the business, including group cashflow forecasting, company tax and statutory statements and the preparation of timely and accurate reporting.

Marianna Varalta Accountant

“Getting the invitation for a new staff folder is always exciting. I just love watching how much Fortis has grown.”

Marianna holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree and has recently completed her Masters in Accounting. Prior to joining Fortis, she worked for a Brazilian Private Bank as a Business Analyst and has also spent time in the construction industry. As our in-house accountant, Marianna deals with all accounting functions, including the analysis of our property portfolios. Her wealth of experience, from private banking to construction and now property development, cements her place as a valuable member of our operations team.

Mariel MacapagalAccounts Clerk

“Numbers excite me! Closing out the accounts every month-end unveils a story behind the numbers, it’s like magic.”

Mariel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, with a second Degree in Business Accounting from Kent Institute. Mariel worked as a Financial Analyst for a Filipino owned pharmaceutical company, United Laboratories Inc., before moving to Sydney in 2014. She then went on to work as an Accountant for Herkes Electrical. Mariel’s role at Fortis is to ensure that expenditures are properly accounted for, which is a challenging but very fulfilling one.

Yvette CalmaFund Administrator

“I still get a buzz every time a new client comes on board. A single ‘yes’ and the journey begins.”

Yvette has been a property industry professional for over 15 years, specialising in finance. During her career she’s worked with some of largest and most respected names in the business, including Stockland, Charter Hall and AMP Capital. With experience across all facets of Property Management, Financial Reporting to Fund Accounting, her role as Fund Administrator for Pallas Capital includes the careful management of our investor database and distribution payments.

Eleni AffordOffice Manager and Executive Assistant

“It’s a great feeling when we reach our fundraising target for our ‘A Night of Compassion’ charity gala each year.”

Eleni has worked across the finance, insurance and commercial property industries for more than 10 years. Someone who thrives in the bustle of fast-paced business teams, she brings a unique blend of experience, energy and organisation to her twin Fortis roles as Office Manager and Executive Assistant. Eleni’s areas of expertise include sales, consumer and commercial leasing, administration, account management and marketing implementation.

Belinda KellerExecutive Assistant

“I love being in the room when the team brainstorms the best way to configure our commercial spaces, watching the sparks fly and big decisions get made in an instant.”

Belinda has worked in the Finance and Property industries as an Executive Assistant and Agent and has obtained a high level of client relations skills. With a proven track record in providing high level administrative support to all levels of managers and proven abilities in developing positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Her philosophy centres around what role she can play in having a positive contribution to the team and she is committed to providing exceptional support to the team. 

Eleni TsingasReceptionist & Office Manager

“I love seeing our close knit team getting together for Friday lunch and celebrating the week.”

Eleni has worked in the Property, Development and Construction sector providing an extensive amount of business support to senior managers, managing directors, investors and stakeholders. Eleni is driven by challenges, implementing new ideas and problem solving for large teams in all departments. As Receptionist & Office Manager, she contributes by having an exceptional level of organisational skills, works well under pressure and ensures the level of service and performance is in line with Fortis’ standards for business support.

Quick contact details

Sydney

33–39 Riley St
Woolloomooloo
NSW 2011

Melbourne

L6 9-11 Cremorne St
Cremorne
VIC 3121

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