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 $290 million in successfully completed residential and commercial projects, with a further $224 million to be completed by the end of the year. Our future is just as bright, with new developments valued at over $4.5 billion due for completion in the coming years.

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Patrick Keenan Chairman

“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 Mellick Director

“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 Gallen Director

“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.

Tim Mills General Manager, Development—Victoria

“It’s deeply satisfying to work through complex design problems to unlock the full value and potential of a site.”

During his 20-year career, Tim has worked with some of Australia’s leading private and publicly-listed developers including Australian Pacific Airports, Lendlease and Urbex. Together with strong leadership skills, he brings extensive technical knowledge of the full development lifecycle across residential, mixed-use and commercial projects. Most recently, Tim spent four years with Gurner. Today he leads the Fortis development team in Melbourne, sharing his passion for delivery excellence across our entire Victorian portfolio.

Patrick Baldock Associate 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.

Ed Eve Associate Director

“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.

Avalon Nethery Associate Director

“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.

Nick Van Leeuwen Associate Director

“After all the hard work, being invited into a newly completed home and seeing the owner’s excitement and joy 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.

Jarrod Brooks General Counsel

“Exchanging contracts is always immensely satisfying. This moment calls for reflection of the passion, dedication and inspiration that our team brings to every project.”

With a career spanning over 20 years, Jarrod brings a breadth of experience across regional real estate capital markets. As General Counsel, Jarrod oversees all legal aspects of the Fortis business, spanning real estate transactions, corporate investment initiatives and governance, partnering activities, complex development projects, financing and leasing. His expertise is consolidated by previous roles with leading ASX-listed investment management firms and top tier law firms in Sydney, New York and London. Jarrod has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as one of the leading in-house real estate lawyers in Australia since 2015.

Ben Keenan Associate Director

“Property is my passion. I love the process of maximising a project’s value, from site assembly right through to completion and sales.”

Ben’s career began as a solicitor at Gilbert+Tobin in Sydney. He then joined Multiplex in 2003 where he spent 18 years serving in numerous roles, including as an executive board director for 10 years and General Counsel for the UK, Middle East and Canadian businesses. During his time at Multiplex, Ben was responsible for overseeing all aspects of legal and compliance functions, including the negotiation of contracts worth more than £5 billion.

Sharon Woodley Head of Human Resources

“Witnessing our people collaborate on a project, it’s evident they are not only passionate and talented individuals, but importantly they are a team.”

Sharon has over 20 years HR experience gained across a range of sectors including property and financial services, previously holding leadership roles with 151 Property and Knight Frank Australia. Her experience also spans a broad range of businesses from 100 to 3,000 employees, both private and listed companies, and responsibilities from local to regional or global remits. As Head of Human Resources, Sharon implements core company policies and procedures and provides integral support and resources to all Fortis team members, to drive individual performance and business outcomes. 

Yasmin Mousaei Senior Human Resources Manager

“Collaboration drives culture—I’ve always loved partnering with business leaders to create wonderful places to work.”

Yasmin is a highly-skilled human resources professional who excels at building collaborative relationships with team and business leaders. Immediately prior to joining Fortis, she spent four years partnering with technology businesses going through major transformation and rapid growth phases. Yasmin has deep experience in strengthening company culture and employee experiences, preparing for the future of work and building competitive organisations where employees, leaders and the business can thrive. As Senior Human Resources Manager, Yasmin partners closely with leaders across the Fortis business to execute against our organisational objectives, strategies and initiatives.

Tahlia Stephenson Human Resources Coordinator

“Creating positive and welcoming experiences for new team members is so rewarding.”

A natural communicator with excellent people skills, Tahlia has a background in Human Resourceswhich she loves. Her experience spans the full scope of HR functions including payroll, talent acquisition, operations, onboarding and offboarding, culture and benefits. Based in our Sydney office, Tahlia works closely with the Human Resources and Corporate Management team. Her focus is to help Fortis team members enjoy exceptional employee experiences, whilst also leading initiatives to support a culture of collaboration and fun built on strong relationships.

Daniel Gonzalez Senior Development Manager

Just before handover, that sense of immense pride and exhilaration. What was once just a sketch on a page is now complete—a tangible result from years of hard work.”

Daniel is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 12 years of property and construction experience. His expertise spans major residential, mixed-use and hotel developments, through to multi-billion-dollar urban regeneration projects for ASX-listed multinational and private Australian developers. Daniel brings an analytical and methodical approach to development, mixed with a passion for how every project will be experienced by people, down to the smallest crucial details. At Fortis, Daniel’s day-to-day focus is maintaining strong and collaborative relationships with all stakeholders to ensure the successful delivery of every development.

John Yacoub Senior Development Manager

“There’s so much energy around the office whenever we acquire a new site, ideas flow and everyone is eager to get started.”

John began his career completing a Bachelor in City Planning (Hons) and, today, is an integral member of the Fortis development team. With a finely-tuned knowledge of planning, project management and development, he has delivered more than $660 million in high-profile retail, commercial and residential projects in the past 6 years, with the promise of considerably more to come. At Fortis, John utilises his broad expertise to take a hands-on approach to his projects, from acquisition to handover, working closely with all project partners to achieve the best possible design and quality outcomes for every development.

Jess Elvish Senior Development 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.

Jeremy Madden Senior Development Manager

“I always enjoy the creative process of collaborating with the team on early design concepts to set the vision for the future of a site.”

With a Bachelor’s degree in Property Economics and Finance, Jeremy brings an outstanding track record working on high-end residential, retail and mixed-use projects. During his career he has held development positions at national ASX-listed REIT’s with a strong focus on acquisitions, planning and design. Jeremy has a passion for creating high quality spaces for people to live and work, while generating value for our customers, communities and investors. Jeremy’s hands-on role at Fortis sees him manage developments from acquisition through to handover.

Mark Hosking Senior Development Manager

“There’s a unique moment, right at the beginning of a project, when you find that ‘magic’ element in a new site that starts the vision for a development.”

Mark began his career as a private practice town planner, before transitioning into development management. Over the past nine years he’s helped to deliver an impressive portfolio of properties throughout Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. With extensive experience in the residential, retirement living and hotel asset classes, Mark oversees the delivery of our Victorian projects and is also heavily involved with new site acquisitions across Melbourne.

Daniel Boman Senior Development Manager

“Speaking to residents once they’ve moved in and seeing first-hand how the decisions we’ve made are bringing them happiness in their new home.”

Daniel has been delivering high-quality residential and mixed-use projects across south-east Queensland for over 18 years. During his career, he has led numerous multi-disciplinary project teams and has a deep understanding that great design only comes from great collaboration. Dan has a background in Economics and has worked with leading ASX-listed and private developers to help deliver over 3,000 apartments. He now leads the Fortis team in Queensland, bringing a passion for delivering excellence to every project.

Sophie Hulse 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, and Certificate of Construction Management. Her background is 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.

Jess Wong 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 a 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.

Chantelle Lunt Development Manager

“Seeing years of hard work come to fruition, and knowing you have contributed something of material benefit to a community that will stand the test of time is something that never gets old.”

Chantelle’s professional career began in finance. However, pursuing her love for architecture and design, she soon made the ‘no brainer’ switch to the property industry. On completing a Master’s in Property Development, Chantelle gained invaluable experience working with diversified private developers to deliver projects ranging from boutique developments to premium skyscrapers. Now at Fortis, Chantelle is responsible for managing the smooth delivery of our Sydney projects in concert with the senior development team, ensuring a successful outcome for all stakeholders.

Jordan Winada Development Manager

“Nothing is more satisfying than finishing a project, and seeing its new owner or tenants 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, he worked with a National ASX-listed Developer where he helped to deliver over $100 million of Residential, Commercial and Retail property. As a key member of the Melbourne team, Jordan’s day to day focus is guiding the quality of every Fortis project, ensuring a seamless process from the acquisition of a site through to final delivery.

Mark McCormick Development Manager

“When a new acquisition becomes a reality; that’s the moment that gives us the ability to create a unique and iconic space.”

With a Bachelor of Environments and Masters of Property, Mark has always had a keen eye for detail and a passion for design and sustainability. Prior to joining the Fortis team, he worked as a client-side Project and Development Manager for private developers, not-for-profits and government agencies. With experience spanning residential, mixed use and commercial properties, Mark is heavily involved in the day-to-day delivery of our Victorian projects from initial site acquisition through to completion and handover.

Gabriel Banasiak Assistant Development Manager

“As great as project documentation is, nothing is as exciting as being on site. That’s where the real magic happens.”

Gabriel holds a Masters of Property Investment and Development and a Bachelor of Commerce. He boasts an impressive background in construction services with experience spanning the Residential, Commercial, Heritage and Industrial sectors. As an Assistant Development Manager at Fortis, Gabriel works closely with the Senior Development team to keep projects progressing efficiently. His many responsibilities include liaising with council, submitting development applications, co-ordinating project financing, preparing project briefs and feasibility studies, monitoring budgets and conducting site visits.

Charlie Wyer Assistant Development Manager

“Collaborating daily to transform a site from a blank canvas into a community where people live, work and play is something that never gets old.”

Charlie began his career with a private developer after completing a Bachelor of Property Economics in 2017. Gaining hands-on experience across a range of residential projects across Brisbane and Sydney, he then moved to Mirvac where he helped to deliver a $1 billion premium masterplan precinct. A recent addition to our Sydney team, Charlie is responsible for the efficient delivery of Fortis developments from concept design through to settlements, liaising directly with clients, suppliers and our project partners.

Claudia Ruffin Assistant Development Manager

“When a feasibility stacks up and negotiations commence, it’s an exciting moment in the development cycle.”

With an academic background in Property Economics and Town Planning, Claudia is a busy member of our Melbourne development team. Prior to joining Fortis, she worked with an ASX-listed REIT where she helped to deliver $80+ million of commercial property nationwide. Her skillset also includes hands-on experience in the design and development of mobile applications. At Fortis, Claudia supports the delivery and execution of our Victorian projects and assists with acquisitions, focussing on feasibility analysis, funding strategies and contract negotiation.

Jess Daniels Assistant Development Manager

“I love that every project is unique, with the opportunity to explore different challenges, test new ideas, and arrive at a truly innovative solution.”

With a background in Economics & International Relations and a Master of Urban Planning, Jess has a passion for delivering holistic social and environmental outcomes without commercial compromise. Prior to joining Fortis, she worked with a State Government development arm overseeing city-shaping master-planning and acquisition projects. Jess’ public sector expertise strengthens the political nous and precinct knowledge within the Fortis team, where her day-to-day focus is supporting our fast-growing commercial portfolio in Victoria.

Cloudia Ingall Design Manager

“It’s hugely rewarding as the subtle details and design touches from our hand sketches are transformed into the final built form.”

After graduating with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from UTS, Cloudia spent three years with renowned architectural & interior design studio, Alexander & Co, helping to deliver high-end residential, retail and hospitality projects. Now at Fortis she’s a key member of our design team, working closely with Associate Director Avalon Nethery and our development and delivery specialists to ensure consistency and excellence across all projects. This includes reviewing renders, marking up documentation packs, and helping to coordinate with consultants and designers.

David Mellick Strategic Relationships

“Nurturing a new partnership as it begins to grow and blossom—be it with an individual or an entire company—is always hugely rewarding.”

With a background in Asset Management, Property Investment, Business Development and Operations, the ability to forge strong and successful relationships has always been a constant in David’s career. At Fortis, David looks after tenant and stakeholder experiences, while also developing broader strategic partnerships that enhance the positioning of the ever-evolving Fortis portfolio. Holding separate degrees in Business (Accounting & Finance) and Marketing, David spent 15 years as Managing Director for a major retail business he owned with over 400 staff prior to joining Fortis.

Matthew Barakat Commercial 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 Granberg Group Manager – 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 Matthews Head of Creative

“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.

Giulia Baldini Senior Designer

“Being in the room when the team comes together to bounce around ideas, you can feel the energy filling up the room!”

Sydney-based Giulia is a senior graphic designer with a solid foundation in branding and art direction. With a background in product design, her passion is bringing brands to life through simple, well-crafted creative solutions that revolve around the customer experience. With over nine years of design experience in the property, arts and luxury retail sectors, Giulia’s portfolio spans everything from large-scale multichannel campaigns to one-off boutique projects. Giulia is a key member of our in-house marketing team at Fortis and assists in branding our future projects.

Liz Keene Senior Content 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.

Emma Eggleston Senior Marketing Manager

“The moment right before a project launches, it is a distinct buzz you get being all hands on deck, aligned to deliver to a fast approaching deadline!”

Emma is a creative marketer with a diverse background in delivering successful brand campaigns across luxury property and lifestyle brands. At Fortis, Emma is responsible for brand guardianship and leading the successful project marketing outcomes for our Victorian developments. Results driven with a passion for architecture and design, Emma enjoys a collaborative approach, working closely with the team in order to obtain the best possible outcomes that are not only memorable but best in class.

Jess Garcia Brand, Public Relations & Events Manager

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

Jess is a passionate communicator with a background spanning construction, architecture and public relations. She brings a unique blend of skills to Fortis which she uses to provide best-practice marketing initiatives and events that engage our past, present and future customers. As Brand, Public Relations & Events Manager, Jess is the custodian of the Fortis brand, ensuring consistently-high standards of communication, while continually evolving our internal understanding of market needs. Jess also manages our PR and media relationships, implementing effective and timely strategies to capitalise on opportunities as they arise.

Rommy Pettersen Marketing Manager

“The kick-off meeting for a new project is always exciting, when the team starts to envision all the great places it can go!”

In a Property Sales and Project Marketing career spanning more than 10 years, Rommy has worked alongside some of the industry’s leading agents and developers. With a proven record of delivering tailored strategic marketing campaigns for some of Sydney’s most high-profile and landmark developments, she is passionate about unlocking every project’s unique ‘DNA’ – and then exploring the most effective ways to express it. At Fortis, Rommy is responsible for the full communications lifecycle for our Sydney projects, guiding campaigns from end-to-end to help drive successful outcomes.

Brodie Moore Marketing Manager

“At the completion of a project, there’s nothing more pleasing than looking back to see that our sales, leasing and marketing strategies have been a success.”

With a breadth of residential and commercial property experience, Brodie’s career includes successful collaborations with some of Australia’s most respected developers, architects and consultants. Driven by results and a focus on building positive stakeholder relationships, he helps our Melbourne marketing team deliver campaigns that consistently exceed all expectations – from sales and leasing targets to broader brand metrics. Brodie holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a double major in Marketing & Human Resource Management and is currently studying a Masters of Business Administration.

Belinda Keller Events Manager

“Hosting our quarterly MVP awards and hearing the special anecdotes that the team have shared about one another, leaves me with a sense of pride.”

With excellent organisation skills and a background in Human Resources, Belinda is passionate about bringing people together through memorable events, be they colleagues or clients. A natural planner in both her personal life and professional settings, she enjoys guiding others through the stresses of event planning and navigating the challenges that invariably occur. Belinda throws herself into her role at Fortis, bringing a ‘can-do’ attitude to everything she does to create a positive impact on those around her.

Cassandra Kowalik Events & Marketing Manager

“It’s hugely rewarding being involved in an event from beginning to end and seeing it successfully come to life. ”

Creative, passionate, and hands-on, Cassandra is an enthusiastic marketing and events professional who has a passion for design and architecture. Drawing upon her background in the luxury automotive and hospitality industries, she is highly skilled in executing events, campaigns and creating engaging social media content. Cassandra also has a deep appreciation of the needs and motivations of high-net-worth clients and knows how to create memorable collaborations with high-end brands. She loves nothing more than seeing a project or event come to life perfectly.

Bre Williamson Marketing Executive

“There’s nothing quite like witnessing the success of a newly launched brand campaign. It’s great to see all the hard work has paid off and taking pride in what the team has achieved.”

Bringing years of diverse experience across property branding, social media and facilities management, Bre has worked with some of the nation’s leading corporations, delivering quality results for her clients and teams. Before joining Fortis, Bre led a talented team of creatives to deliver unique and engaging brand identities while successfully managing client expectations and relations. Passionate about communicating a brand’s message through emotive messaging and content, Bre brings a unique lens to the Fortis marketing team.

Will Mulhearn Marketing Coordinator

“Witnessing the positive feedback from our purchasers come in from our monthly communications is always a rewarding feeling.”

William is a driven and highly organised Marketing Coordinator with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Finance. Will’s role at Fortis is to support the internal marketing team, ensuring that our messaging is always delivered with consistency and authenticity to our customers. Full of new ideas, Will prides himself on being able to turn a simple thought into value-add solutions for our team and customers.

Kharla Williams Head of Sales

“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.”

Kharla has built an outstanding knowledge of Australia’s inner-city property markets during her 17-year sales and marketing career. Highly strategic and collaborative, she has held senior positions across a diverse cross-section of residential and commercial projects. Kharla oversees and navigates every Fortis residential sales campaign across Melbourne and Sydney from feasibility analysis, to product mix and working alongside the development team and consultants in delivering homes that truly reflect the Fortis ethos.

Justine Wallace Sales Manager

“The buzz of a sale. When I receive a phone call to advise contracts are exchanged; the sale is unconditional, and the buyer is delighted.”

Justine is a senior member of the Fortis sales team, overseeing Sydney developments. A lifetime Eastern Suburbs local, she has spent more than a decade working in Sydney’s luxury property market including off-the-plan sales positions with CBRE and McGrath. With a personal love of design and architecture, Justine has a deep appreciation of property styling and the tremendous value it can bring to a development, be it residential, commercial or retail. Day-to-day, Justine is responsible for market analysis and reporting, purchaser relationships, co-ordinating sales initiatives, and collaborating with the Fortis acquisition and development teams to bring new projects to market.

Mabel Zhou Financial 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 Macapagal Accountant

“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.

Norah Ho Accountant

“It’s very satisfying to see the progress of our developments over time, knowing we’ve all played a role in helping to make it happen.”

Majoring in Professional Accounting, Norah graduated from Macquarie University on the 2o19 Merit List. She began her career as a graduate accountant with one of Sydney’s highest-profile public accounting firms, before joining Fortis in early 2021. Day to day, Norah accounts for revenue and obligations across the Fortis project portfolio, while also assisting the wider finance team with cash flow management. Norah is a member of CPA Australia.

Amalia Pepino Accountant

“Solving queries by effectively translating recorded transactions is always very rewarding. I get to learn new things every day—beyond mere dollars and cents!”

Amalia worked as an Accounts Receivable Analyst for Spruson and Ferguson (Asia) in Singapore, before moving to Australia in 2018. She completed her Masters in Professional Accounting from Central Queensland University while working as an Accounts Payable Officer for Chrysiliou IP on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Today, Amalia is an Associate Member of CPA Australia and is currently undertaking the CPA Program. As an accountant at Fortis, she deals with revenue and expenditures including the lodgement of tax reports for our property portfolios.

Madeleine Knight Executive Assistant

“It’s a wonderful feeling knowing you’ve left a memorable impression on the people you meet throughout the day.”

A natural communicator with strong people skills, Maddy joined Fortis having spent five and a half years travelling the world as a Business and First-Class Flight Attendant based out of London. Attending to VIPs and clients from a diverse range of backgrounds on a daily, and often hourly, basis, she found her passion for working in customer and client relations, which she now continues at Fortis. Maddy aims to deliver exceptional customer service every day, and leave a lasting positive impression on everyone who walks through the Fortis doors.

Christina Hupaliwsky Office Manager

“It’s amazing to be part of a team that is so passionate about what we do; watching the team come together is very special to me.”

Christina is a highly organised Office Manager with a background in administrative and executive support roles. She began her career as an administrative assistant in Canada, before moving to Australia where she managed the reception team for one of the country’s largest intellectual property law firms. At Fortis, Christina streamlines day-to-day operations for our Melbourne team, providing administrative support, coordinating events and ensuring the office runs smoothly. She believes every task is deserving of attention to detail.

Fabio Fontes Office Manager

“Getting to experience that wonderful moment as our purchasers first learn their dreams have become reality, with the completion of their new home, is very special.”

Fabio has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 12 years. With experience leading teams of over 40 staff, he brings a passion for service excellence matched only by a glittering résumé that includes managing restaurants at two of Australia’s most prestigious hotels, alongside Head Chef Francesco Manelli at the Sydney Four Seasons and Luke Mangan at the Sydney Hilton. As Office Manager at Pallas House, Fabio helps to ensure seamless day-to-day experiences for Fortis team members, project partners and, of course, our purchasers and investors.

Bernadette Mizusawa Guest Relations Manager

“I love the ‘meet and greet’ moments; managing the expectations of clients and colleagues is always exciting and leaving a good impression is a wonderful feeling.”

Bernadette is a hands-on building management professional, with extensive experience gained in both Australia and abroad. Prior to joining Fortis, she held a series of positions with high-profile clients including Tokyo Disneyland, Hilton Tokyo, Hilton Sydney and the Four Seasons Sydney. She also ran her own restaurant for over seven years. While you’ll regularly find her helping out right across the business, Bernadette’s main focus is ensuring everything runs smoothly at Pallas House Sydney from arrival to departure, making everyone’s lives easier.

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