Our People

Board of Directors

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Prof. John Sheehan AM

John is a practising Chartered Town Planner and Certified Practising Valuer and specialises in compulsory acquisition compensation advice, assessment and expert evidence.

He currently holds Adjunct Professorships at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Bond University, and is the former Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights at UTS. He is Chair of the Australian Property Institute's (NSW) Government Liaison Committee and has prepared submissions to both State and Commonwealth Government inquiries on a range of varied topics such as the 2018 Financial Services Bank Royal Commission and the 2014 David Russell SC Review of the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991.

John was previously an Acting Commissioner with the Land & Environment Court of NSW, and earlier a Member of the Queensland Land Tribunal.

John has served as Desane's Chairman since 1992 and as a non-executive Director since 1987.

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Phil Montrone OAM
Managing Director & CEO

Phil has served as the Company's Managing Director since its incorporation in 1987. He has over thirty years experience in the property investment and development sectors, having established many strong relationships and networks throughout Australia.

Phil is separately serving in various NSW Government roles, including Advisory Board Member of Multicultural NSW, Board Member of the Geographical Names Board of NSW and Chairman of Multicultural NSW East Sydney Regional Advisory Council.

Phil also served a term as a Board Member of the Sydney Bicentennial Park Authority and a term as a Board Member of the Co-operative Federation of NSW. He has also formerly served as President of the Police Community Youth Clubs Federation of NSW.

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John Bartholomew
Non-Executive Director

John joined Desane in 1989 as Financial Controller and Company Secretary. His role from 1989 through to 2010 was extremely diverse, incorporating management roles in property development, property management and financial management of the business.  In 2010, John was appointed as a non-executive director.

John is the Chairman of Desane's Risk Management & Audit Committee, a member of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Environmental, Occupational Health & Safety Committee. John is an Associate of the CPA.

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Rick Montrone
Director - Head of Property

Rick is the Company's Head of Property with more than 15 years' experience in the property services industry.

Rick is responsible for managing all aspects of the Company's property operations, including development site sales and acquisitions, project marketing, strategic planning and asset fund raising.

Rick is qualified as a licensed real estate agent and auctioneer, as well as a certified commercial property manager. In 2013, he was admitted as an Associate Member of the Australian Property Institute. Rick holds a degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and is currently studying towards a Master of Property at the University of Newcastle.

Senior Management

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Jack Sciara
Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Jack joined Desane in 2001, where he has developed extensive experience in property reporting and corporate finance and was appointed as Company Secretary in 2016.

His role in the Company covers all aspects of financial control and capital management. This includes developing financial and tax strategies for the Group, monitoring and directing strategic business plans, investor relations, ASX compliance and corporate governance and overseeing the financial operations of all controlled entities. Jack is also responsible for reporting financial results to the Board and the market, managing debt financing and equity raising, as well as assisting in the fomulation of the Company's future direction and decision making as a member of the executive team.

Jack is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants and a registered Tax Agent.