Meet the team

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Patrick Keenan
Chairman

Patrick Keenan brings 32 years of structuring and deal-making experience as a lawyer, investment banker, owner/manager and investor/manager. Patrick began his career as a solicitor with Freehill Hollingdale and Page. In 1986 he became a Director of Australian investment bank Dominguez Barry Samuel Montagu. In 1991 he joined the Prebon Yamane group of companies, an international over-the-counter broker.

Until 2004 he was one of three owner/managers of that group with 1,650 staff in 24 cities around the world (now part of TP ICAP plc, listed on the London Stock Exchange). Starting in 1999 Patrick has invested in both equity and debt supporting various property development projects in New South Wales and Victoria.

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Dan Gallen
Director

Dan Gallen has completed over $2 billion in structured real estate transactions. These have included in the capacity of a Lender, Developer, Investor and Debt Advisor. 

This breadth of experience brings a well-rounded and practical approach to managing Fortis’s development funding requirements. Dan is RG146 compliant and the Responsible Manager on the Pallas Funds AFSL.

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Charles Mellick
Director

Charles Mellick brings an in-depth knowledge of the property industry, gained over 28 years, together with a reputation for the delivery of high quality projects. Charles has funded and directed many residential and commercial projects with a particular focus on Sydney and Melbourne’s inner-city suburbs.

As the Director of acquisitions, Charles is responsible for negotiations and acquisitions including master planned communities, residential apartment developments and commercial assets. Charles has a proven track record of identifying, acquiring and developing sites with vast potential which are often overlooked by other groups.

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Patrick Baldock
Associate Director

Patrick has experience managing multi-residential, adaptive reuse and mixed-use developments across Sydney and Melbourne.

A qualified engineer with post graduate credentials in property development and planning, Patrick applies his in-depth knowledge of the property and construction sectors to ensure each development is executed successfully and to the highest quality.

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Michael Clark
Senior Development Manager

Michael has over 10 years of property experience and has successfully managed and delivered projects across a wide range of asset classes. Michael recently completed a project in the Sydney CBD comprising of 199 apartments and 7,500sqm of commercial and retail space. Prior to that, Michael worked at a ASX listed development company managing commercial, industrial, retail and mixed-use developments.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Sydney and Graduate Diploma of Property Development from University of Technology, Sydney.

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Avalon Nethery
Development Manager

Avalon is a clever and dynamic individual who brings a diverse skill-set to the development team. Avalon's design and interiors background is complemented by her Project Engineer and Design Coordination experience at two former Tier 2 construction companies.

At FDG, Avalon can always be counted on to bring fresh ideas or fine-tune existing ones whilst working diligently behind the scenes on our development processes.

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Sophie Hulse
Graduate Development Manager

Sophie is an enthusiastic individual with strong initiative. Sophie holds a Bachelor of Property Economics with a working background in property management, commercial sales and real estate advisory.

At FDG, Sophie brings her energy and passion for the property development industry to assist her colleagues across all aspects of the development process.

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Kristina Granberg
Head of Marketing

Kristina brings 15 years of agency experience into Fortis, with a proven track record of achieving strategic and commercial objectives through differentiated brands and marketing campaigns. 

As Head of Marketing, Kristina’s role is to bring unique customer insights into the business to drive decision making. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major of Marketing and Management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology.

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Jessica Garcia
Marketing Coordinator

Jessica’s background in construction, architecture and PR has enabled her to develop a successful hybrid of skill sets, which she uses to provide best practice marketing to inform and engage Fortis customers. 

As Marketing Coordinator, Jessica manages every touch point of the Fortis customer journey, delivering effective messaging through consistency and authenticity.

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Eleni Afford
Executive Assistant & Sales Concierge

With over nine years' experience working across various sectors within the finance, insurance and commercial property industries, Eleni has expertise across a broad range of disciplines including; sales, consumer & commercial leasing, administration, account management and the implementation & coordination of all marketing initiatives surrounding portfolio sales, leasing, development sites and investment sales.

Eleni has a passion for delivering consistent, high level support to our clients which ensures the optimum outcome is achieved

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Mabel Zhou
Finance Manager

Mabel commenced her career as an accountant at Ernst & Young Shanghai Branch where her responsibilities included payments, receivable control and financial reporting.

Between 2003 and 2005, Mabel completed her Professional Accounting Masters Degree at University of Sydney. She then joined Ron Bennett Menswear, with a demanding role where her responsibility included cashflow management, payroll, sales turnover management and reporting, compliance reporting, budgeting and financial reporting.

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Georgina Parousis
Financial Controller

Georgina commenced her career as an Assistant Accountant with an international publisher and distributor from 1984 to 1995. In 1996 through to 2008 was Finance Manager for the Australian arm of an international software developer for a core banking system.

Since 2009 she has also worked as a Group Financial Controller for Car Kleen Australia and State Finance Manager (NSW and ACT) for O’Donnell Griffin, Financial Controller for a construction company, which brings her to her current role as a Financial Controller.

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Marianna Varalta
Accountant

Marianna holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree and has just completed her Masters in Accounting. Prior to Fortis Development Group, Marianna worked for a Brazillian Private Bank as a Business Analyst and also a Construction Company.

Marianna deals with all accounting functions including the analysis of all property portfolios. Marianna’s wealth of experience from Private Bank to Construction and now Property Development cements her place as valuable part of our team.