Willem du Plessis
B.Comm, B.Comm (Hons)
Finance Manager | Real Estate Management
I've learnt from a young age that hard work leads to several of life’s successes. Working for Colliers International has been a remarkable experience. With the team’s focus on service excellence, I'm able to utilise several of my strengths, including time management, a dry sense of humour and a constant strive for solving problems. The key attributes that award me with excellent feedback from our client include: my ability to think outside the box; having a multi-dimensional view of property management; and a deep understanding that the "numbers" are vital for property managers to develop solutions that maximises a property’s potential and accelerate our clients success. I'm an experienced finance professional with a demonstrated history of working in the commercial real estate industry.
Service Line of the Year 2018 & 2019
- BComm Investment Management (University of Pretoria)
- BComm (Hons) Financial Management (University of Pretoria)
- Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA)
- Provisional Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
Associate Director | Real Estate Management
I am a highly motivated and dedicated property professional with over 10 years experience within the industry, the last 7 years being spent within the commercial property market, speccifically focusing on commercial property management.
Appointed Senior Property Manager to the Challenger Life portfolio in 2018, managing eight assets totalling over 160,000 sqm across the ACT and Northern Territory. I utilise a best practice approach in the management of the portfolio and continue to identify opportunities to benefit each asset with the core business drivers of my client in mind.
I am adept at developing strong, productive relationships and working collaboratively with key stakeholder groups from diverse age brackets, organisational levels and cultural backgrounds. Levereging on these relationships I am best suited to represent my owners interest when liaising with tenants.
National Director | Real Estate Management
I am a senior property professional with more than 16 year’s experience in the Property Industry across Corporate Real Estate, Property and Project Management.
I have a proven track record in real estate transactions, strategic planning and portfolio optimisation and is responsible for the Real Estate Management business in Canberra.
· Reporting to board level across a number of different private and institutional clients
· Create and deliver business and asset plans, as well as lifecycle costing analysis.
· Specialising in representing Landlords with large corporate and government tenanted property
· Ability to recognise and develop business opportunities within the day to day operation of a building.
· Project, operational and management skills and reporting and analysis skills.
· Excellent relationship management skills and able to effectively build relationships with all levels of business personnel.
Senior Property Manager
I started my career in residential property more than 16 years ago in a property management role and moved into commercial property management a couple of years later where I oversaw the relocation and refurbishment of Commonwealth Government Departments’ offices around Australia.
My current role at Colliers International involves the management of circa 100,000sqm of commercial and retail property for institutional and private clients, such as Abacus Property Group and Doma Group.
An expert in management of commercial office buildings, I am responsible in the keeping accurate and up-to-date records of activities and money spent on properties, create budgets, collect rent and negotiate leases on behalf of Landlords. I liaise with third party suppliers and ensure property works are carried out cost effectively and efficiently and report on all activities relating to the management of the buildings.
Associate Director | Real Estate Management
I am an Associate Director within the Canberra Real Estate Management Business and have over 14 years’ experience within the property industry. The Portfolio that I am currently manages consists of mixture of Retail, Office, and Industrial properties totalling 75,000 sqm under management and over 150 tenants.
My roles and responsibilities are to manage the continued development of the State Facilities Management business by providing leadership and managerial direction to the team. Ensure Colliers International procedures, systems and business direction is implemented to minimise risk to Colliers International, exceed client expectations and comply with our obligations as specified in our Management Agency Agreements, while generating a positive financial return to Colliers International.
Building strong relationships with landlord's ensures their business objectives are met and expectations are exceeded. I develop and implement commercial property management solutions that maximize the potential of property to accelerate the success of our clients.
Senior Facilities Manager
With over 6 years experience in the Facilities Management field specialising in Commercial management, I have dealt with many issues in the day to day running of major tenants. Some of these include Auspost, IBM, Microsoft, Dept of Human Services and Lockheed Martin. Each has been challenging with differing requirements, but all have been a great experience widening my knowledge of client expectations and requirements.
Prior to working in Real Estate Management, I was a licenced Electrician working in the trade for over 5 years. In this time, I had extensive experience in new commercial buildings, renovations, residential and government maintenance contracts.
Brendan currently works in the REM team for Colliers as a Facilities Manager on the Doma Group portfolio managing over 45,000 sqm of mixed use NLA.
- Worked in the construction industry on residential and commercial projects for 4 years prior to joining the Australian Defence Force.
- Served with the Australian Defence Force (Army) for 25 years achieving the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1.
- Worked as a consultant to Transfield Services working on Defence tenders prior to joining Colliers International.
I have over 29 years’ experience in the construction and facility management industries specialising in operations & maintenance, project management, building services design, energy management, occupational health and safety, defects and fire safety.
I currently oversee the facilities management team for the Real Estate Management business in Canberra. I lead a team of 11 highly skilled facilities professionals who are committed to maximize the potential of property and to accelerate the success of our clients and assets under management. I work with many high profile government and private clients and currently service all of Colliers International ACT’s largest clients focusing on compliance and operational management.
I commenced an electrical apprenticeship with Kilpatrick Green (Melbourne) in 1991 and completed my A Grade licence at the end of 1994. During this time I worked on major industrial and commercial construction projects and was involved in maintenance programs for city buildings. Joining the Crown Casino in 1996 as a Property Services Officer, I worked on state of the art building systems, and gaming and restaurant equipment. A move to Canberra in 2000 saw me working with a major fire services company where I undertook the servicing and installation of fire and evacuation systems. Over the next five years, my responsibility extended to the delivery of all contracted fire system installations to ACT and surrounds. I joined Brookfield Multiplex in 2005, where I worked on the construction of the new 40,000m2 NLA Centrelink National Support Office. My responsibilities included ensuring the building was fully capable of meeting the complex contractual obligations and environmental targets, particularly Australian Building Greenhouse Rating of 4.5 stars (now known as NABERS Energy). I also managed the integration aspects of transition mid 2007 of the building from construction to operational use at the Centrelink National Support Office. At this time, my role changed to Senior Facilities Manager, with responsibility for the efficient delivery of all contracted facility management services, aspects of lease compliance for the Owner, financial performance, and management of the Facility Services Contract and Facilities Services Agreement.
I joined Colliers International in 2010 working with our major clients concentrating on new building handover, lease & building compliance, and also support the ACT region in building related matters.
I am a motivated professional with five years experience in the Commercial Property Management field, with expertise in Administration, Facility Management, Leasing & Asset support. Commencing with Colliers International ACT as a Team Assistant, I have gained great knowledge of the Real Estate industry over a short period of time and I was promoted to Assistant Property Manager within 12 months of working with the company. Within two years at Colliers, I am currently a Property Manager for Commercial Real Estate Management. I have previously worked for other industry leaders including JLL, DEXUS & GDI Property Group.
Associate Director | Real Estate Management
I have over 15 years’ experience in the Property Industry across Commercial Management, Leasing and Property Finance. Along with a strong client focused attitude, and exceptional communication and problem solving skill I always aim to exceed expectations and deliver exceptional results to clients, tenants and contractors a like.
Prior to joining the Colliers International ACT Team I worked as a Financial Advisor for the Property and Construction Division at the Department of Finance where I assisted with the divestment of several large property and land assets from Government portfolios.
In my current role I am responsible for the management or various commercial assets within the Amalgamated Property Group, Molonglo Group and Centuria portfolios including the Nishi mixed-use precinct, 68 Northbourne Ave Civic Quarter and Benjamin Offices Complex.
Senior Property Administrator
I have been working for Colliers International for 10years now, starting in February 2010 as the receptionist in the Adelaide CBD office. While being on reception, I was able to provide assistance across all business lines where needed. In 2013 I moved back to Canberra where I was able to transfer to the Canberra Colliers office as the receptionist. A short 6months after starting in the Canberra office, I was promoted to Team Assistant for the Real Estate Management Team where I have developed a much greater knowledge and respect for all the work that is entailed in the management of properties, from a Property Management and Facilities Management aspect. In 2018 I was promoted within the team to Senior Property Administrator, working predominantly with the Facility Management Team however still assisting the Property Managers where needed.
Senior Facilities Manager | Real Estate Management
I have over 30 years’ experience in the electrical maintenance and facility management industries specialising in operations and maintenance, project management, building services design, energy management, occupational health and safety, defects resolution and risk management. I always aim to exceed expectations and maximize the potential of property to accelerate our clients success
I work collaboratively within the Real Estate Management Team actively undertaking tasks assigned to me. I am in regular consultation with the Property Managers to ensure the best outcomes are achieved. I am always available to the members within the Real Estate Management Team and other sections within the Colliers International ACT, to answer questions and help resolve any issues that may need my assistance.
Prior to joining Colliers International, I worked for Cromwell Property Group, as Facilities Manager, managing three buildings within the ACT/NSW portfolio and providing support on the other buildings within the portfolio. The duties included building compliance, contractor and contract management, building energy and water efficiency management, building maintenance management, identifying the best solution for issues, building asset lifecycle management, Capital Works project management, building outgoings financial management and budget input.