Our team with diverse backgrounds and experience.

Founder Phil Montrone and our dedicated and experienced executive team head up Desane’s property investment and development portfolio.

The leadership team works together with a core set of values to drive culture and purpose in our organisation.

The executive team at Desane has curated the business meticulously.

Founder Phil Montrone and our dedicated and experienced executive team head up Desane’s property investment and development portfolio.

The leadership team works together with a core set of values to drive

Prof. John Sheehan AM
Chairman

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

Prof. Sheehan, a Life Fellow member of the Australian Property Institute (NSW division), has over 30 years experience and expertise in property compensation law, town and country planning and environmental law.

He has been a board member since the Company’s incorporation in 1987 and was appointed as Chairman in 1992, which he currently serves.

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.

philmontrone@desane.com.au

Rick Montrone
Director

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.

rickmontrone@desane.com.au

Jack Sciara
Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer

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.

jacksciara@desane.com.au

Peter Krejci
Non-Executive Director

Peter joined Desane in July 2019 as a non-executive director. He has over 20 years experience in corporate management and is a founding Principal of BRI Ferrier. He is also a director of The Huntley Group and a director of Castlereagh Capital.

Peter's professional experience covers financial services, property and construction, retail, logistics, manufacturing and mining. Peter holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Legal Studies) from Charles Sturt University and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Kenji Nakamura
Acquisition & Asset Manager

With 10 years experience in the property industry, Kenji brings a focus on site acquisitions and planning, as well as sales and marketing to the Desane team.

Kenji is responsible for developing strategy and vision for the property team using his deep understanding of the market, in not only NSW but also in QLD and SA. As part of this process, he performs detailed risk assessment, project feasibility, market due diligence, and preparing and presenting acquisition proposals to the Board to ensure project success from day one.

His strong network of established contacts with leaders in all sectors of the property industry allows him to deliver strong returns to both internal and external stakeholders.  

kenji@desane.com.au

Sandra Skerl
Executive Assistant

Sandra has been with Desane since its incorporation in 1987. Sandra performs a number of critical tasks within the Group, and provides support to the Group’s Managing Director and the Company Secretary/Chief Financial Officer, as well as other directors and senior management. 

Sandra’s role includes varied administration tasks and office management, as well as preparing and lodging announcements to the ASX, liaising with the Company’s share registrar, general shareholder enquiries, client relationships, website updating and correspondence.

sandraskerl@desane.com.au

Kylie Cook
Assistant Accountant

Since joining Desane in 2019, Kylie’s main responsibility has been supporting the Company’s Chief Financial Officer in performing the critical financial year reports, budgets and transactions.

Kylie has over 10 years experience in a variety of finance positions including retail, events, community health, financial and corporate accounting. Prior to joining the Desane team, Kylie spent a number of years in the UK at Time Inc and previously worked in a senior role for one of the Desane’s major tenants, Staging Connections.

kyliecook@desane.com.au

Prof. John Sheehan AM
Chairman

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

Prof. Sheehan, a Life Fellow member of the Australian Property Institute (NSW division), has over 30 years experience and expertise in property compensation law, town and country planning and environmental law.

He has been a board member since the Company’s incorporation in 1987 and was appointed as Chairman in 1992, which he currently serves.

Prof. Sheehan, a Life Fellow member of the Australian Property Institute (NSW division), has over 30 years experience and expertise in property compensation law, town and country planning and environmental

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.

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

philmontrone@desane.com.au

Rick Montrone
Director

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.

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

rickmontrone@desane.com.au

Jack Sciara
Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer

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.

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,

jacksciara@desane.com.au

Peter Krejci
Non-Executive Director

Peter joined Desane in July 2019 as a non-executive director. He has over 20 years experience in corporate management and is a founding Principal of BRI Ferrier. He is also a director of The Huntley Group and a director of Castlereagh Capital.

Peter's professional experience covers financial services, property and construction, retail, logistics, manufacturing and mining. Peter holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Legal Studies) from Charles Sturt University and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Peter's professional experience covers financial services, property and construction, retail, logistics, manufacturing and mining. Peter holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Legal Studies) from Charles Sturt University and

Kenji Nakamura
Acquisition & Asset Manager

With 10 years experience in the property industry, Kenji brings a focus on site acquisitions and planning, as well as sales and marketing to the Desane team.

Kenji is responsible for developing strategy and vision for the property team using his deep understanding of the market, in not only NSW but also in QLD and SA. As part of this process, he performs detailed risk assessment, project feasibility, market due diligence, and preparing and presenting acquisition proposals to the Board to ensure project success from day one.

His strong network of established contacts with leaders in all sectors of the property industry allows him to deliver strong returns to both internal and external stakeholders.  

Kenji is responsible for developing strategy and vision for the property team using his deep understanding of the market, in not only NSW but also in QLD and SA. As

kenji@desane.com.au

Sandra Skerl
Executive Assistant

Sandra has been with Desane since its incorporation in 1987. Sandra performs a number of critical tasks within the Group, and provides support to the Group’s Managing Director and the Company Secretary/Chief Financial Officer, as well as other directors and senior management. 

Sandra’s role includes varied administration tasks and office management, as well as preparing and lodging announcements to the ASX, liaising with the Company’s share registrar, general shareholder enquiries, client relationships, website updating and correspondence.

Sandra’s role includes varied administration tasks and office management, as well as preparing and lodging announcements to the ASX, liaising with the Company’s share registrar, general shareholder enquiries, client relationships,

sandraskerl@desane.com.au

Kylie Cook
Assistant Accountant

Since joining Desane in 2019, Kylie’s main responsibility has been supporting the Company’s Chief Financial Officer in performing the critical financial year reports, budgets and transactions.

Kylie has over 10 years experience in a variety of finance positions including retail, events, community health, financial and corporate accounting. Prior to joining the Desane team, Kylie spent a number of years in the UK at Time Inc and previously worked in a senior role for one of the Desane’s major tenants, Staging Connections.

Kylie has over 10 years experience in a variety of finance positions including retail, events, community health, financial and corporate accounting. Prior to joining the Desane team, Kylie spent a

kyliecook@desane.com.au