“The Central Coast Region is one of the most beautiful in the world and I have always believed in its incredible potential. Central Real are committed to playing an integral part in the long overdue growth that the region is currently experiencing and we are excited to be providing quality residences in magnificent surroundings. I am extremely proud to call the Central Coast home.”
As specialist property developers who live and breathe the Central Coast, we intimately understand the significant potential of the region. We know what buyers are looking for and design considered places to live and work which are perfect for the Central Coast lifestyle. As one of the most heavily invested developers in the area, we are instrumental in driving the local market.
Conscious of positively contributing to communities, we create welcoming environments specifically designed for the people who desire to call this very special part of the world home. Our projects appeal to buyers who desire architecturally unique properties in premium locations with excellent future growth potential.
Being a medium sized business with the security of self funding, this puts us in a strong financial position with long-term stability – something that’s immensely important for our buyers. Because we have the capability to develop projects without the need for bank finance, we can move quickly and seize unique opportunities, securing the region’s finest sites.
With a strong vision for the future, our projects make a lasting impact on the local market, set new benchmarks in quality and stand as an enduring testament to the exciting evolution of the Central Coast.
MEET THE TEAM
With a career spanning more than five decades in the construction arena, Mike Andrew has extensive and invaluable national and international experience and diverse knowledge across all sectors of the industry. Over the years his strengths have been honed in construction cost planning and budget control, where providing accurate construction cost information from preliminary project information is critical to the decision-making process. He is skilled in negotiating trades prices in order to meet budgets. An associate member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors for 30 years, Mike commenced his career in the UK as a cadet Quantity Surveyor before progressing to Estimating Manager. He has worked for some of the world’s largest building contractors on major projects in the Middle East and South Africa along with top-tier contractors and Quantity Surveyors in Australia.
As Development Coordinator at Central Real, Tamara Astudillo provides valuable assistance to the Development and Project Management teams. With a decade of experience in the facilities management industry, Tamara has a proven ability to deliver measurable business development results by drawing upon her broad range of skills. She also possesses the know-how to work with data with accuracy and focus. Well-versed in the defence sector, financial transactions, procedure development, stakeholder liaison and leadership, Tamara is an ambitious, passionate and results-driven individual who’s both reliable and adaptable. As a hard-working, hands-on team player, she’s able to understand the wider picture and takes a proactive approach to her role, making her an asset as the company grows and expands.
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Ashleigh Barnett brings an energetic, enthusiastic approach to her role as Sales & Marketing Coordinator within the growing Central Real team. Ashleigh’s commitment to a high standard of customer service was honed after spending many years living overseas working in the travel industry before following her passion into real estate in 2010. Now, with extensive property sales and marketing experience behind her, Ashleigh has an intimate understanding of the local property market and its people and a devotion to the area. She prides herself on providing an outstanding calibre of client care and has a driven determination to build and maintain strong working relationships, with the goal of creating clients for life.
Having always appreciated the built form from a young age, Peter Holt went on to pursue tertiary qualifications in both Construction Management and Architecture at the University of Newcastle.He commenced his career in the mining industry in 2011 before moving into the commercial sector, completing projects ranging from education to health and aged care developments. Working on a diversity of developments has allowed Peter to be involved in a various range of project delivery methods. Now, working on the construction of high-rise luxury residential apartments has provided him with an exciting challenge to deliver projects on multiple interfaces that are pushing the progression of the construction industry in the region.
Alex Mitchell’s father was in construction so he grew up around the building world. After completing an apprenticeship and graduating from university with a degree in Construction Management, Alex followed the path less travelled, working in remote areas of Australia before transferring to the Sydney CBD where he worked on some of the city’s most technically demanding and well-known architectural façade projects. Now as a Contracts Administrator at Central Real, Alex enjoys being part of the forward-thinking, innovative team responsible for the ongoing delivery of multiple high-end, challenging and complex projects across the growing Central Coast region.
Greg has a proven track record in the successful delivery of construction projects, maintaining accountability and integrity throughout. His intimate knowledge of the construction industry coupled with his degree in civil engineering facilitates effective design development, with meticulous consideration given to successful construction outcomes. Passionate about the Central Coast, Greg ensures that careful process management achieves quality projects that benefit not only buyers but also the broader community.
As a Project Manager for Central Real, Noel Harland puts to use the diverse skills and insightful knowledge he has acquired throughout the four decades he’s spent working his way up through the building and construction industry. During his carpentry joinery apprenticeship, Noel worked for a leading Sydney builder and after completion he started his own building business undertaking extensions and renovations. He then diversified into maintenance and defect rectification work for commercial builders and was later invited to supervise the restoration of a number of heritage homes and buildings in Newcastle, further honing his expertise. In 2010 Noel was approached by a Central Coast builder to help manage numerous projects in rural NSW, which ultimately led to a Supervisor position overseeing the construction of new homes in the Newcastle area. This culmination of broad industry experience makes him an invaluable asset to Central Real.
Corporate Counsel Zoe Ramsay provides invaluable comprehensive legal and HR support to the Central Real Group. With an early foundation in property and commercial law, Zoe’s recent focus has been on corporate law, land access and business development in connection with the mining and resources sector, ensuring she’s a major asset to the team. While appreciating Central Real’s risk management imperatives, Zoe’s advice is given with an eye on the group’s underlying values of quality, integrity and innovation. She works to strategically capitalise on the immense opportunities that the growth and development of the region brings for the company.
General Manager Design & Construction
Born and raised on the Central Coast, Mark has more than 25 years of experience working with Tier 1 companies in the construction industry. He has successfully delivered a diverse range of significant projects across Australia in both hard dollar contracting and integrated design and construction property developments. This invaluable experience has enabled him to build a strong foundation of technical knowledge and develop the management and leadership skills needed to transform, shape and build an environment in which teams can thrive. As General Manager Design & Construction, Mark has the opportunity to make a positive impact on the local construction arena by creating unique properties that enhance their surroundings and contribute to the growth and development of the region. This is vitally important to him given that he and his family are entrenched in the Central Coast community.
Founder & Managing Director
The Founder of Central Real, Tony Denny is a successful entrepreneur who recognises the enormous potential of the Central Coast. His numerous property development sites are testament to his unwavering belief in the region. Tony spent decades in Eastern Europe establishing his company AAA Auto from the ground up. Through hard work and astute business acumen the company experienced exponential growth before being taken public and finally being sold to private equity. Further highlighting his passion for the Central Coast, Tony established the internationally renowned Gosford Classic Car Museum, one of the largest privately owned car collections in the world.
Appointed Central Real’s Chief Executive Officer in 2015, Richard is responsible for the set up and operation of the Central Coast’s most active property development and construction company, taking it from concept to a market-leading force in just a few years. As a respected industry identity known for his leadership expertise, Richard has extensive experience in strategic property investment, development, acquisition and divestment. His hands-on approach ensures only the premier sites are sourced and developed to complement their surroundings. Richard’s passion for the area and its growth as a regional centre is at the forefront of his focus. His significant achievements include the design and development of more than 300 apartments across a variety of projects.
With over 20 years experience in accounting in national and international firms across various industries, our Finance Manager, Karen Evans leads our Accounts team responsible for the financial operations for the Denny Group in Australia including Central Real and Central Construct businesses. Karen joined the business in early 2016 and has been an integral part of the Senior Management team looking after the overall financial health of the business as it experiences its rapid growth. In her spare time along the way, Karen has also managed to obtain a real estate licence, a diploma in mortgage broking and bought, renovated & sold 9 investment properties.
Senior Development Manager – Acquisitions
Alan brings extensive development and management experience to Central Real combining this with a passion for the Central Coast as a unique and special place to live, work and enjoy. Working with major companies, Alan has managed a diverse range of landmark property projects both within Australia and overseas. Experience with both the government and private sectors has enabled Alan to successfully deliver complex projects from initial planning through to completion. Teamwork, passion and a commitment to excellence underpin Alan’s approach to success. With over 35 years’ experience Alan has a widely respected record of achievement.
Senior Development Manager
A property all-rounder with over 35 years experience in design, construction, real estate and development. Peter’s passion for development was sparked at an early age having grown up visiting constructions sites and gaining an appreciation for the finer points of design and construction observing his architect builder father. A naturally inquisitive and adventurous outlook lead to Peter starting the design and project management division for Jones Lang LaSalle in Asia, the first time these services had ever been offered anywhere in the world by a real estate services multinational corporation. Peter returned to Australia over 20 years ago and since then has directed and developed a variety of high end residential and mixed-use developments working with the best local and international designers. A career highlight was securing the services of and working closely with the international Design lcon Philippe Stark and his team at Yoo. Peter has a Bachelor of Building Degree from UNSW, holds a full builders licence(NSW) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Managers.
Group Executive Coordinator
Reporting to the Group CEO, Emma Kennedy brings a high level of dedication and organisation to her role as Group Administrator for both the Central Real and Central Construct teams. With more than 10 years of experience in customer service, sales, HR and office management, Emma’s extensive experience extends across all areas of the business. Tenacious by nature, if Emma doesn’t have an answer to something immediately you can rest assured she’ll make it her business to solve it promptly. Highly process driven with a can-do attitude, one of Emma’s greatest strengths is making sure she keeps the team in line. She ensures that systems are implemented efficiently and policies and procedures are adhered to, guaranteeing that everyone and everything is running smoothly within the organisation.
Customer Relationship Officer
Melissa joined the Central Real team after more than a decade of invaluable experience in residential real estate. Born and raised on the Central Coast, she has an extremely thorough knowledge of the region and a strong understanding of how the area has developed over the years. Having also come from a fitness background, working as a personal trainer, Melissa brings immense enthusiasm and energy to her role as Customer Relations Officer. Her combined skills give her the ability to communicate with her clients effectively and provide the highest level of customer service.
As Contract Administrator with Central Real, Natalia Brennen diplomatically liaises between contractors and clients, facilitating the timely flow of information to enable successful completion of each project, including review and observation of the construction process. With broad experience in the construction of high-rise residential projects, Natalia is skilled in managing a heavy workload from concept to completion.
As the Marketing Manager at Central Real, Kate brings over 20 years’ experience in marketing, communication and advertising. She has worked with leading organisations in Australia across media, advertising and PR in areas of architecture, retail and digital design. Her expertise brings an extensive amount of knowledge to the table and her creative, can-do approach supports the team across all areas of the business. Her work ensures we deliver projects to our core brand promises and that as an organisation we continue to develop and connect with our Central Coast community.
Matt is a design-led developer with a strong passion for curating exceptional projects. Leaning into his interdisciplinary expertise and tenure with some of Australia’s leading architectural studios & listed developers, Matt holds in tension both his strong overarching project vision, and high-level attention to detail as principal values from acquisition, through delivery to settlement - a process proven successful in having delivered industry leading residential and mixed-use projects nationally. Alongside his design and construction expertise, his decisions remain commercial whist driving project innovation to produce outstanding, timeless and premium outcomes for all stakeholders.
Digital Marketing Coordinator
A transplant of the Central Coast, Emily brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in media, marketing, content creation and advertising – working across national accounts such as Blistex and WD-40. As Digital Marketing Coordinator, Emily acts as a gatekeeper for all Central Real marketing initiatives including website updates, SEO, social media, and content development – as well as cultivates and manages relationships with third party agencies and stakeholders. Passionate about building brand awareness, her strong analytical skills and attention to detail ensure all marketing campaigns are optimised and measured effectively.
Accounts Payable Officer
After graduating from high school Lana completed a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in her home country of Belarus. Instead of working directly as a construction engineer, Lana chose to be involved in property development, and worked on numerous high-profile commercial projects. Since marrying an Australian and coming to live on the Central Coast in 2011, Lana set about gaining qualifications in Business Administration, Bookkeeping, and Project Management with a view to working within a Project Management Team. Leveraging her qualifications with her tenacious personality, high attention to detail and accuracy, Lana ideally suits roles in project cost management. As a member of the Accounts Team, Lana is integral to the financial operations of the Denny Group, including the Central Real and Central Construct businesses.
With many years of experience in HR under her belt in small and large businesses over many years, Pam decided the time was right for her to take a different track and joined the organisation in 2016 in the busy role of Receptionist. Pam’s friendly nature and professional demeanour make her the ideal “Director of First Impressions” for our business. With her high level of efficiency and caring manner, she is a popular and valued member of the team. A Central Coast local for 32 years, Pam is excited by Central Real’s vision for the future of the region and is particularly looking forward to seeing all the new restaurants and shops the growth brings with it.
Central Real accountant Sally has enjoyed the experiences of working in accounts for her entire professional career since completing her studies overseas. Her exposure to all facets of accounting has been vast in various industries including and not limited to: Construction, transport, automotive manufacturing, education and not-for-profit organizations. With her excellent analytical ability and high-level organizational skills, she has built a career history of engaging and building a sustained relationship with a range of stakeholders in a partnership model. Sally approaches her work with the same dedication and enthusiasm she displays when dealing with the people controlling these entities. She has an amicable character, which is evident in dealings with clients and peers alike. With her can-do attitude, Sally brings a positive atmosphere to the company.
After completing an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery working for a commercial builder in Tasmania, Ryan worked his way up within the construction industry working as leading hand and in site supervisor roles before moving into a maintenance management role on Hamilton Island, North Queensland. During this time Ryan completed formal project management and construction management qualifications and gained a builder’s licence before moving back into the construction industry as a construction project manager. Ryan was a regular visitor on the central coast after marrying a central coast girl, and after nearly 20 years in north Queensland has re located his family to the central coast. Ryan is extremely passionate about building and construction and has a wide range of construction experience in luxury commercial and residential projects, excellent product knowledge and strong management skills.