Brian commenced his career in the building industry in the 1980’s. Completing a carpentry apprenticeship and learning the fundamentals of planning, process and productivity was the foundation from which Brian initially learnt to build houses, and then to building businesses.
Brian has extensive experience and a proven track record of transforming construction and property businesses through difficult operating environments.
Following the fallout of the 2008 GFC Brian led a successful multi-million dollar turnaround of his own business in addition to negotiating a significant joint venture with a subsidiary of Leighton Contractors (now CPB) one of the world’s largest publicly listed contractors at that time.
In an interim management capacity thereafter Brian’s experience has included global expansion, termination and exit, global procurement, new business activation, cost recovery, dispute management, turnaround and transformation.
In recent years he led the initial project delivery phase for global student accommodation developer GSA upon its entry into Australia, the structured wind-down and exit of New Zealand contractor Arrow International’s Australian business, and a strategy and risk role for LSH Property, the Australian subsidiary of global business Lei Shin Hong.
The team at Longevity are excited to work with Brian as we look to continue the growth of the company and pursue positive returns for shareholders as we work through a complex and ever changing operating landscape. We are confident that Brian will accomplish positive change contributing to a long-term and sustainable business strategy, where shareholders continue to be front and centre in all decision making.
Brian’s qualifications include:
Registered Building Practitioner – Unlimited status
Master of Enterprise degree – University of Melbourne
Advanced Management Program – Melbourne Business School
Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption – Insead Business School
Graduate & Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Since joining Longevity in 2017, Frank has had overall responsibility for the design development, construction engagement and contract administration of Longevity’s key development projects.
He brings to the role a wealth of experience. Since starting as an estimating cadet over 30 years ago, Frank rapidly progressed through to building and project management and has overseen the development and construction of iconic and award winning projects through his own company and for some of Melbourne’s premier builders and developers. His project management skills range from early product conception through to turn key construction completion with management of key consultants and building works specialists. His projects range from large scale multi-unit residential developments through to ultra-high-end houses and apartments in some of Melbourne’s premier locations.
Frank is a registered domestic and commercial builder and holds a Certificate 3 in Occupational Health and Safety.
Ben Khong joins Longevity with 25 years’ experience specialising in project marketing and off-the-plan sales. With a strong background in high-end residential sales, Ben’s positive disposition, passion, and understanding of design have earned him a credible reputation in the industry.
Ben is focussed on establishing meaningful relationships and so it is no surprise that he’s had repeated buyers over the years. His commitment doesn’t end there, he wants to ensure that every customer he deals with has a thorough understanding of the ‘buying process’ so that they are equipped with all the information they require to make an informed decision.
His career has largely been dedicated to the downsizer market and his innate understanding of this space makes Ben a natural fit to spearhead the sales at Longevity.
Sharn joined Longevity in 2019 as part of the company’s commitment to offering innovative design solutions for next stage living.
In doing so, Sharn liaises with the architectural & building teams, & various stakeholders to ensure our projects meet the highest standards & attain ‘Liveable Housing Guidelines’ status, ensuring both practicality and amenity. In addition, Sharn is assisting the purchasers of Longevity properties with their transition, including a cooperative review of existing items owners wish to retain, advice for any new pieces required, & aid with furniture planning, artwork placement, and decorating suggestions.
As an experienced Interior Designer, Sharn has built a strong reputation for creativity & client collaboration. Her design career was sparked by a fabulous work experience placement, then a later role specialising in furnishings, materials, and finishes, which led into architectural design practices where she where worked on high-end residential projects, among other specialty areas. In 2013, she established her own studio, designing primarily for private residential clients.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Annelies has more than 10 years’ experience leading and delivering marketing and brand strategy campaigns primarily across the property, retirement and retail sectors. This has included the development and execution and launch of master planned communities and major residential property projects.
At Longevity, Annelies leads the marketing of the company’s key development projects and also acts as a brand custodian ensuring opportunities are explored to its full potential. Her diverse skill-set spans in both the traditional and digital space including sales lead generation, events and project activations.
Annelies holds a Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) and a Bachelor of Tourism from Monash University.
Michael has previous in-house graphic design experience working for a large business and his skills span multiple design facets including both print and digital. Michael has worked across multiple brand campaigns creating artwork from concept through to creation and executed a range of marketing and design material.
At Longevity, Michael is responsible for the visual representation of the brand and acts as a brand custodian ensuring the Longevity identity is always consistent and recognisable.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Design Arts (Graphic Design) from The Academy of Design Australia.
Group Accountant & Public Officer
Matthew has been with Longevity since 2015. Working closely with the Managing Director and Board, he is responsible for managing the company’s financial performance, taxation and statutory reporting obligations, including P&L management and oversight of the company’s CRM and accounting systems, payroll, and HR/award compliance. A key part of his role involves the management and collation of financial reporting and budget oversight relating to each of Longevity’s development projects.
Matthew brings to Longevity more than seven years’ applied accounting experience incorporating strong analytical skills along with detailed knowledge of tax, payroll, and accounts payable and receivable. Prior to joining Longevity, Matthew worked with a leading construction project management company in New Zealand.
Matthew is a Certified Practising Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, with majors in Accounting and Commercial Law, from Victoria University of Wellington. He also holds post-graduate qualifications in Commerce.
James is responsible for managing, coordinating and delivering Longevity’s development activities including site acquisition, planning, design, construction, sales marketing, and settlement.
Working across a range of projects from medium-density townhouses to boutique apartments, he prepares and manages financial feasibility models to ensure the successful delivery of each project.
Prior to joining Longevity in 2017, James worked as an in-house construction/property lawyer for a Queensland-based construction and development company. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology.
Company Secretary & Office Manager
Sally has been with Longevity since 2014, bringing to the company extensive experience and capability in senior executive support, administration and office management.
As Executive Assistant to Managing Director Derek Cafferty, Sally plays a pivotal role in facilitating and enabling the management team and Board, including various sub-committees, to focus on the successful delivery of the company’s strategic priorities. She oversees the company’s administrative and knowledge management systems to ensure the organisation operates as efficiently as possible.
Prior to joining Longevity, Sally successfully held office management and senior executive assistant roles with a host of large Australian and multinational companies including Xerox Business Services, Energy Resources of Australia, and Rio Tinto.
She holds a Diploma of Business from Swinburne University of Technology and a Certificate IV in Compliance and Risk Management from GRC Institute.