Our People

What started as a passion to build a modern, energetic, game changing construction business has quickly grown into a fast paced vibrant organisation with an incredible team of hard working individuals. 
Each were hand picked for their skills, their personalities and because they reflect all the things we care about - hard work, skill, positivity, passion, loyalty and going the extra mile.

Without these people Alchemy would not be what it is.

JAMIE NICOLSON

CEO and FOUNDER 

Jamie’s business dreams began from the comfort of his own home, and he has grown them to create an award winning, innovative construction company. Jamie's professionalism and sense of humour has attracted likeminded individuals to work for him and alongside him, allowing him to acquire an experienced team with ‘can do’ attitudes. 

Jamie formed Alchemy after many years working in the industry. He realised he wanted to develop a new age game changing construction company with a positive, skilled enthusiastic team that would go 'the extra mile’. 

Jamie has managed many prestigious developments and projects including; Glasgow Harbour, Green Chemical Futures (Monash University), Victoria Police HQ as well as a multitude of tertiary and key public developments.  

NINA FARRUGIA

SENIOR CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATOR  

Nina works from our Main office supporting the site teams on the central database. She provides an enthusiastic and thorough understanding of plans, specifications and documentation.

Nina has had extensive experience over the past 15 years in the construction industry, is highly proficient in all contract administration processes, and works closely with the project managers on all administrative matters.

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STEVE VAN BIBBER

SENIOR SITE MANAGER 

Steve is a highly professional Senior Site Manager with over 15 years’ experience in both Australia and the United States.

Steve brings a broad skill set to Alchemy Construct, along with in-depth knowledge of the Health and Education sectors.

We value his years of experience, his thorough approach to every project he undertakes and his passion for the job.

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GREG GOUGH

SITE MANAGER 

Greg is a highly experienced Site Manager who has recently joined the Alchemy Construct team.

Greg has a broad range of Site Management experience in hospital, tertiary education and commercial and residential construction.

Having commenced as a builder, Greg progressed through interior fit-outs (commercial and industrial), and more recently was an integral member of the team that delivered significant infrastructure services at the Austin and Mercy Hospitals throughout 2016 - 2017.

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TIM FERRANTINO 

ESTIMATOR 

Tim and Director Jamie are not strangers to one another, having worked almost 10 years ago together in the same consultancy.

Jamie followed Tim's career and always hoped that their professional paths would cross again. 

Tim has a wealth of knowledge as a QS which makes him a sterling Estimator at Alchemy. 

Tim's personable and friendly nature fits well with the Alchemy ethos and he is a much valued and popular member of our team.  

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DARREN MALEE

SITE MANAGER 

Darren Malee is an experienced Site Manager who started life as a Carpenter and Joiner. 

He worked for many years with one of London’s most prestigious joinery companies Brown and Carroll and was part of the team that delivered the athletes village refurbishment in Stratford for the London Olympics 2012. 

More recently Darren worked as Site Manager with Lend Lease London on a variety of commercial building projects, including the $2.5b regeneration of Elephant and Castle, part of the Elephant Park project.

Darren has been managing various fit-out projects with Alchemy within the Education sector and office fit-outs specifically.

BRENDON ROBINSON

PROJECTS DIRECTOR

Brendon has developed a wealth of experience over his 25+ years in the construction industry. An excellent communicator, Brendon focuses on pre-planning works and contractual procurement and ensures the sub-contractors are committed to a team approach for works requiring a “live” work environment.

His most recent role as Director of Projects at Monash University involved managing the Capital Works team and overseeing all of the University’s building projects.

MITCH SMITH

SITE COORDINATOR 

Mitch is one of our site co-ordinators/leading hands. He is a carpenter by trade and helps on both site co-ordination, OHS and trades management as well as being ‘on the tools’ which makes him a great asset to the team.

Mitch is also a keen adventure photographer and an ambassador for ‘This World Exists’. You will find his pictures on his instagram @mitch_smith_

ADRIAN GILMORE

SITE MANAGER

Commencing his career in Ireland before moving to London and subsequently Australia, Adrian has 7+ years of Site Management with a strong passion for detailed fit-out and co-ordination of engineering building services.

Adrian drove a large program of works for Monash University to a non-negotiable deadline, completing these across numerous buildings with minimal impact to University business operations.

We value Adrian's dedication to his profession, his strong work ethic and his ability to juggle many tasks at once. 

ADAM DINNUCIO

SITE MANAGER

Adam has a wealth of knowledge working in both Domestic and Commercial projects, and brings over 5+ years experience in Site Supervision and Project Management.

Adam has worked alongside nearly every trade in the construction industry and has extensive industry knowledge.

Adam prides himself on managing his projects from tender to delivery and always ensures the Client relationship is managed to the highest standard. 

He approaches every project with enthusiasm and passion! 

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RHONA MACLEAN

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 

Rhona MacLean is Director Jamie’s Executive Assistant and our super organiser. Rhona ensures the heart of our operations runs smoothly and brings vast experience with her.

She has worked for over 25 years + with some of Melbourne’s top businessmen and women, helping businesses to grow their capacity while supporting the staff and senior teams along the way. 

When she is not diligently looking after us all you will find Rhona off on an exotic jaunt somewhere in the globe and enjoying time with her family and friends.

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VIET TRAN

GRADUATE

Viet recently joined Alchemy while finishing his final year in Engineering at Monash University. 

Being the youngest team member Viet has great energy and no task is too tall. 

In a very short time he has become an integral part of the team and has been helping in various roles across the business. 

 

BRUCE CHEN

PROJECT MANAGER 

Bruce Chen is one of our Project Managers and has worked in the building industry in Australia for over 15 years. Bruce is a very hands-on project manager, as illustrated by his vast history managing many highly successful projects at tertiary institutions including RMIT, University of Melbourne and Monash University.

He has experience over many years working in ‘live work’ environments which require careful planning and OHS.  

IBOSH CUKUR

PROJECT MANAGER 

Ibosh is one of our Project Managers. He is a very hands-on project manager and is highly proficient in the day-to-day construction activity requirements to ensure projects proceed smoothly and with imminent completion. 

He has worked in the Construction industry for 10 years on many projects and is a true Alchemist having vast experience in projects within the science sector i.e: laboratories, research facilities and science related works.

As a specialist in the tertiary education sector, Ibosh had worked on a number of very successful projects across some of Victoria's largest Universities.  

PETE MULLINS

YARD COORDINATOR /SITE SUPPORT 

Pete has a passion for Construction which is reflected in all the work he does. As a qualified welder and steel fabricator, he ensures that all works completed by Alchemy are to the highest standard - with no details missed.

With Pete's love and passion for the industry and his exceptional attention to detail, this results in the impeccable management and maintenance of all his sites. 

JAMES MACDONALD

PROJECT MANAGER 

A Civil Engineer by trade,  James was part of the team that worked in the aftermath of the Christchurch Earthquake in New Zealand. 

He specialises in site management requirements when implementing all projects, and often receives highly positive feedback from clients based on his ability to keep all parties fully informed of works planning on a daily basis.  

He has a very hands on approach when it comes to projects and is always fully aware and involved at every stage of works and across every challenge along the way.  

James has undertaken a number of projects for Alchemy within the education sector, including works at both Monash and RMIT University. 

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PHIL PROY 

CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATOR 

Phil recently joined Alchemy in the Contract Administration team and works closely to support our Site Teams. 

Having come from running his own company, Phil shows great enthusiasm and understanding of the operational support necessary in this fast paced industry. 

Phil also monitors and helps keep track of our OHS portfolios and ensures the Site Teams documentation is strictly maintained.