Peter Maneas, CEO

Peter is co-founder, majority shareholder and CEO of Ganellen. He has dedicated his career to the construction and property industry, working for only two companies.

In the early 1980’s he started as a cadet in the small Sydney office of 30 people of what would grow into Australia’s largest privately owned construction contractor. In his 17 years there, he worked his way through the business to become a Construction Manager responsible for a portfolio of landmark projects worth in excess of $1bn.

In 1998, Peter co-founded Ganellen as a design and construction contractor. Since that time he has overseen the delivery of in excess of 100 projects, Ganellen’s expansion into New Zealand and created our  re-investment strategy of acquiring income producing, stable, property assets to further enhance the financial strength of the group.

Peter completed an Applied Science Building Degree at the University of Technology, Sydney in 1988. He later completed the OPM program at Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.


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Nick Kodos, managing director

Nick is the Managing Director of Ganellen, joining the company in its formative years as a Contracts Administrator after completing his cadetship.

Nick quickly moved into management roles after demonstrating a natural ability to lead and manage a team, and oversaw a variety of commercial and residential projects for the company. In 2012 Nick was promoted to the role of Managing Director of Ganellen. He now mentors young team members coming through the ranks, and oversees general operations of the business.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Building in Construction Management  (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney. In 2006, he received a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). 


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Christopher Ahern, commercial director

Christopher has over 25 years property and construction industry experience. As Commercial Director his focus is on pre-construction client services taking projects from origination to contract execution. In addition he is responsible for developing corporate strategy, business development, marketing, communication and managing global commercial issues.

Christopher has worked with Ganellen Founder and CEO, Peter Maneas for over 20 years. He began his career as a Quantity Surveyor whilst completing university. He has utilised his cost control and commercial expertise for several leading companies in both Australia and the UK. Returning to Sydney in 2005, he reunited with Peter and the Ganellen team.

Christopher attended the University of Technology in Sydney, where he obtained a Bachelor of Building (CE) (Hons) and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2011. He sits on the NSW Board of Advisors for the Property Industry Foundation which helps finds solutions to youth homelessness by building homes, creating employment pathways and funding support services.


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Joel Barnett, Construction & strategy Director

Joel is Ganellen's Construction & Strategy Director, and has been with the company since 2002. He began his construction career as a cadet working alongside the founders of Ganellen.

Joel then gained valuable client-side experience before joining Ganellen to manage multiple new projects. In 2008, Joel took on a more global role in the business, as Construction Manager, looking after delivery of all construction projects. In 2011, Joel was promoted to the role of Construction Director of Ganellen, continuing his responsibility for overseeing the delivery of all of the company’s construction projects.

Joel attended the University of Technology, Sydney, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Building in Construction Management. 


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CHRIS HEAP, Business Development director

Chris is the Business Development Director for Ganellen and has held this role since 2009. 

In 1986 he joined the construction industry as a services engineer and over the next 15 years he held positions from construction manager of major projects, through to development manager of the iconic King Street Wharf. Chris went on to deliver high-end ‘lifestyle’ residential developments, as well as unusual, large span ‘post tensioned steel’ structures. 

In 2009, Chris joined Ganellen, where he took on responsibility for the company’s business development strategy and activities where he has remained to this day. 

Chris holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney. He has also completed the Australian Graduate School of Management’s (AGSM) Development Program for Managers.


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Jorjen Gouveros, contracts director

Jorjen began his career in 1999 as a Contracts Administrator for the newly formed Ganellen. 

During his career Jorjen has managed multiple large residential projects and contracts, including the Kiaora Lands Redevelopment and Australia’s largest Woolworths store.

In late 2014, Jorjen was promoted to the role of Contracts Director and oversees contracting activity company-wide.

Jorjen holds a Bachelor of Building in Construction Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.


FUad Ahmed, Infrastructure Director

Fuad has experience across a range of engineering sectors including manufacturing, packaging, civil engineering and construction. In 2007 Fuad relocated to Australia where he joined a specialist power cabling contractor working with clients such as Ausgrid, TransGrid and RailCorp. In this role he gained experience as project manager of the installation and maintenance of a number of HV and LV underground and submarine cabling projects.

In 2012, he joined Ganellen to upgrade and oversee the Company's management systems and compliance requirements. Under his leadership Ganellen gained accreditation with the Office of the Federal Safety Commission and became a TfNSW Authorised Engineering Organisation. In addition, Fuad oversees the Company’s IT systems. He has also managed the development of a software based in-house enterprise management system, which will significantly increase productivity across the business. In 2017 Fuad was appointed Infrastructure Director, charged with establishing and overseeing a new Infrastructure division that will focus on Government agencies in the Infrastructure space.

Fuad holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Project Management from the University of Sydney and is completing a Masters of Business Administration (Executive) with the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).


Michael Doig, New Zealand Director

Michael is Ganellen's New Zealand Director. He began his career in property and construction at Colliers International in Sydney, where he handled the sale and acquisition of commercial assets and mixed-use development sites for major government and institutional clients. In 2004, Michael moved to London to perform the role of associate director for Colliers’ CRE Residential division, overseeing equity funding and corporate finance for international commercial & resort developments.

In 2010, Michael joined Ganellen to oversee the company’s operations in Christchurch, New Zealand. He oversaw the rebuilding on the historic Press Building after the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, and several A Grade office buildings further cementing Ganellen’s position as a leading New Zealand Contractor. Michael now plays an integral role in Ganellen’s expansion into the Auckland market, as Project Director for stage 2 of the landmark Alexandra Park redevelopment. 

Michael holds two degrees from the Victoria University of Wellington; a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, and a Bachelor of Tourism and Service Management.


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Richard Manning, Investments Director

Richard is responsible for our investments and has been with the company since 2011.

He is responsible for overseeing our new business acquisitions and management of our existing investment portfolio. Richard has a unique all rounded property knowledge and his enthusiasm and love for the property business is a stand out. His background forms the perfect platform for business development and investment management with Ganellen.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Building in Construction Management from the University of NSW, Sydney. Also trained and qualified in finance and real estate, Richard is a licenced builder and real estate agent in NSW.