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Meet the Team
George Panacheril
Group Executive - Strategy
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About:

George became a die-hard Hawthorn fan after discovering a passion for AFL upon moving to Australia. His favourite place on earth is South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.

 

Favourite quote:

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”

 

Career:

George has over 25 years of experience in construction, mining and transportation engineering. His wide variety of roles have taken him and his family to the US, India and Zambia, and finally Australia.

He has been part of the SHAPE team since 2007 and is responsible for strategy and innovation. George holds Bachelors degrees in Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA (Technology Management) from Deakin University.

Kate Evans
Group Executive - People, Brand and Communications
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Nickname: KT, Kevan

 

About:

Kate is a mum of two and enjoys running, playing netball and going to the gym to keep fit. She is a keen skier in winter, beachgoer in summer and a horse racing enthusiast.

 

Favourite quote:

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot, and together we can do great things.”
– Mother Teresa

 

Career:

Kate commenced with SHAPE in 2004 as our NSW Office Manager. She then helped introduce formal HR services to SHAPE in 2006 before formally moving into the People Culture area of the business.

Kate plans, organises and implements leadership development, organisational culture, learning and development, recruitment, remuneration, benefits and performance management. She also oversees our Marketing & Communications function.

With a Diploma of Business (Human Resources), Kate enjoys being part of an effective leadership team that drives business results through highly engaged and motivated employees.

Damian La Rosa
General Manager - WA
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About:

Damian enjoys AFL, cooking and supports Fremantle.

He believes in working ‘smarter not harder’.

 

Career:

Having held various positions at SHAPE over the past 10 years, Damian brings substantial and varied experience to the General Manager role in WA. He has a solid knowledge of building and construction after fulfilling roles from Site Manager through to Commercial Manager.

Damian’s vast experience spans a range of disciplines, comprising new build, commercial, refurbishment and office fitouts across hospitals, commercial offices, computer/data centres, retail outlets, courtrooms, hotels and base building upgrades. His extensive construction experience allows him to lead the WA team successfully and provides clients with reassurance for successful project outcomes.

Adam Head
General Manager - VIC
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Career:

Adam joined the company in 2008 as a Project Manager and has held several roles since, including Commercial Manager, Group Manager Design & Construct, and most recently General Manager of the VIC state office.

With over 18 years of project management and construction experience, Adam offers a detailed understanding of project delivery. Through a partnership approach, Adam collaborates with clients in the office, hotel, education, healthcare, retail and speciality sectors to deliver projects on time and defect-free.

David Wood
General Manager - QLD
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Nickname: Woodsy

 

About:

David loves to keep fit and can be found in the gym most mornings. To relax, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and spending time in the water surfing or jet skiing.

While on holiday in 2012, he was stung by an Irukandji jellyfish and came close to death.

 

Career:

David started his career within the construction industry in 2002 and has been exposed to all aspects of building, including managing teams of up to 50+ while looking after up to 200+ contractors.

David has worked on projects from $500,000 – $200 million in both commercial and high-end residential sectors and within his roles he has had exposure to all aspects of the industry: casinos, hotels, hospitality, health, education, corporate offices and government.

Phillip Smith
Group Executive - Environment, Health, Safety and Quality
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Nickname: Vandal/PhilyB

 

About:

Phillip is a keen Brisbane Broncos supporter and has a fascination with rotary engines. He has two sons, two grandsons and a house full of pets. He believes that pets and family are two ways to experience love and learn patience.

 

Favourite quote:

“Perception is reality.”

 

Career:

Before joining SHAPE in 2005, Phil accrued 20 years of building experience with the QLD State Government, concluding in 2004
as a Senior Project Manager.

Phil is responsible for all aspects of Environment, Health, Safety and Quality. He champions our safety-first culture using a progressive yet practical approach to our project-management systems.

Phil was instrumental in our transition to Procore (our core project delivery system), oversaw the development of the SHAPE Minimum Standards (SMS) mobile app and, more recently, has extended his focus to our Supply Chain and Commercial Risk functions.
Phil holds QBCC Open Supervisor, Low Rise Builder and Carpentry & Joinery licences, a WHS Diploma and Lead Investigation qualifications.

Peter Marix-Evans
Chief Executive Officer
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Nickname: PME

 

About:

Peter loves surfing, fishing, snowboarding, soccer and pretty much anything that involves boats or water. He is a father of two teenage sons and made his come back to team sport as the proud coach of the over 35 F grade.

 

Favourite quote:

“Hope is not a strategy.”
– Rick Page

 

Career:

Peter was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in December 2017. After joining SHAPE in 2011 as the Group Executive and General Manager of NSW, he became Chief Operating Officer in August 2016.

Peter brings over 30 years of wide-ranging construction and industry experience, including senior roles in both commercial and public sectors, including risk and commercial management, customer experience and environmental health and safety (EHS).

Before joining SHAPE, Peter held several operational and strategic management positions at Lendlease, including General Manager for NSW, Operations Manager for ACT, National Operations Manager and Head of EHS for the Asia Pacific. He has particular passions for customer experience, as well as developing and leading high-performance teams.

Grant Patterson
General Manager - SA, NT
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About:

Grant enjoys spending time with his wife and two grown boys. He loves to travel, experience new cultures and relax with good food and wine.

 

Favourite Quote:

“When there’s a will, there’s a way.”

 

Career:

Grant has formal qualifications in building and management, combined with 25 plus years of industry experience. Grant joined SHAPE in 2005 and leads the SA and NT teams.

Grant understands the delivery of projects can often be complicated and is almost always undertaken within a tight time frame and strict budget parameters. In this, he believes project success is very much a result of championing great teamwork.

He sees his role as supporting and leading his team as they create a collaborative, results-oriented approach to working with all project stakeholders, and ultimately delivering the very best outcomes for SHAPE’s clients.

Scott Jamieson
Chief Financial Officer
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Career:

After working as an External Auditor of SHAPE for seven years, Scott joined SHAPE in 2008 as Financial Controller. He has been an integral member of the SHAPE team for more than ten years and is now Chief Financial Officer with a strategic and operational focus. He also has responsibility for the company’s Business Technology and Risk Management areas.

Scott has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor.

Scott is responsible for SHAPE’s financial functions, including risk management and support as the business executes its strategies and initiatives.

Phillip Wicks
General Manager - NSW
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Nickname: Wicksy

 

About:

Phillip’s perfect day would include an early surf, a swim with the family, an afternoon nap and a BBQ with friends. His favourite sporting team is the Canterbury Bulldogs.

 

Favourite quote:

“Who you spend your time with will have a great impact on what kind of life you live. Spend time with the right people.”
– Joel Osteen

 

Career:

Phillip joined SHAPE in 2006 as a Project Manager and has since held several positions including Commercial Manager, Senior Commercial Manager, and most recently NSW General Manager.

Working both in Australia and the UK, Phillip has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He offers extensive project and financial management experience that ensure the best possible client outcomes. Phillip’s specialist fitout and refurbishment experience and his focus on strengthening client relationships makes him a strong leader for the NSW team.

Tom Sparkes
General Manager - ACT
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About:

Originally from Mildura Victoria, Tom moved to Adelaide to attend university. He is an avid sports fan and a ‘cult member’ of St Kilda Football Club (AFL), Liverpool FC (EPL) and Oklahoma City (NBA).

Tom’s most memorable travel experiences include sailing around Croatia on a yacht and sitting courtside at an NBA game in LA. His favourite cuisine is Italian, and he enjoys daily walks to the park with Lenny, the chocolate Labrador, and Willow, the Kelpie.

Career:

Tom is a constructive leader, highly organised and commercially astute. His experience is in delivering projects to tight budgets and challenging schedules.

Tom has extensive knowledge and experience of contract management and possesses a particular strength in problem-solving.

Tom’s calm and methodical approach enables him to stay focused in pressured environments. He excels at creating and maintaining relationships between all stakeholders while motivating his team to achieve successful project deliveries every time.