Peter Maneas, CEO
Peter is the co-founder and CEO of Ganellen. He began his construction career at Multiplex Constructions (now Brookfield Multiplex) whilst attending university part-time. Beginning as a cadet, he moved through the ranks to Construction Manager, and successfully delivered many landmark projects in his 17 year career there.
In 1998, Peter teamed up with his colleague and friend, Mario Evangelo, to establish their own design and construction business, Ganellen. The pair grew the business into a successful, multi-million dollar company that has delivered over 100 projects since its foundation. Peter has remained in his founding role of Chief Executive Officer since Ganellen’s inception and oversaw its expansion into New Zealand. Peter now retains majority shareholding.
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.
Nick Kodos, managing director
Nick is the Managing Director of Ganellen, joining the company in its formative years as a Contracts Administrator. Previously, Nick had completed his cadetship with Multiplex Construction (now Brookfield Multiplex).
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).
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 at Rider Levett Bucknall, where he trained 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. These companies include Multiplex Constructions (Sydney/ London), Canary Wharf Contractors (London) and ISG Plc (London). Returning to Sydney in 2005 he instantly 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.
Please contact Christopher for all new project enquiries.
Joel Barnett, Construction Director
Joel is Ganellen's Construction Director, and has been with the company since 2002. Joel began his construction career at Multiplex Constructions (now Brookfield Multiplex), progressing to project engineer during his four years there.
Joel then joined Paragon Project Management as a project manager, where he gained valuable client-side experience. After this, he joined his old Multiplex colleagues at Ganellen to manage multiple new projects, including the Lexington Corporate project valued at $83m. 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.
CHRIS HEAP, Business Development director
Chris is the Business Development Director for Ganellen and has held this role since 2009. After graduating as an engineer in 1980, Chris worked for QH, developing aftermarket automotive products for the London-based company. In 1986, he entered the construction industry, joining Civil & Civic (now Lend Lease) as services engineer on their twin tower Zenith Centre project at Chatswood. Over his 10 years with the business he progressed rapidly through the ranks to the role of construction manager for their NSW branch and later business development manager servicing Lend Lease Development in their hi-tech business park sector. He then joined Multiplex Constructions (now Brookfield Multiplex) as construction manager before progressing to a development role, managing the company’s iconic King Street Wharf project. After 5 years at Multiplex, Chris left to take on a general manager role at private development company, Bridge Street Development.
Over the next 5 years, Chris delivered high-end ‘lifestyle’ residential developments for Medallist, in a joint venture between professional golfer, Greg Norman, and Macquarie Bank, as well as unusual, large span ‘post tensioned steel’ structures for S-Squared. 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.
Jorjen Gouveros, contracts directors
Jorjen began his career in 1999 as a Contracts Administrator for the newly formed Ganellen.
In 2001, Jorjen left Ganellen to join JPG Projects as a project manager, delivering multiple residential projects in Sydney’s western suburbs. He later re-joined Ganellen as Contracts Manager for Stage 1 of the Kiaora Lands Redevelopment in Double Bay, Sydney. This project included the construction of Australia’s largest Woolworths store, which opened its doors for business in June 2014. 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.
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.