LEADERSHIP TEAM

Stephen Payne

Chairman

John Williams

CEO

Lou Piovesan

Director

Stephen Brinkman

Principal

Sam Caruso

Principal

Tim Hoare

Principal

Enrico Catania

Civil Principal

Eros Cavallin

Associate Director

Kristjan Madissoo

Associate Director

Stephen Naughton

Associate Director

James Thomas

Associate Director

Amir Bagheri

Senior Associate

Liam Hearne

Senior Associate

Nofal Umarjan

Facade Lead, NZ

Mario Caputo

Associate

Neal Foye

Associate

Ruba Georges

Associate

Joanne Le

Associate

Paul Luttick

Associate

Hessam Moosavi

Associate

James Nguyen

Associate

Adi Sarwono

Associate

Roger Sykes

Associate

Pieter Verstraaten

Associate

Stephen Payne

Chairman

Stephen has extensive understanding of commercial construction techniques and is able to invest this knowledge into the design of readily buildable and economical structures that respect the particular skills of the contractor.

Stephen has demonstrated the ability to work closely with leading Architects, helping them bring to reality a broad range of developments, from hospitals and institutional infrastructure, through to icons of Melbourne’s urban environment.

Stephen enjoys the challenge of delivering innovative and practical design solutions for important institutional buildings requiring exemplary architecture.

John Williams

CEO

John is a structural and façade engineer with 28 years experience. He has undertaken many projects involving health and education facilities. He is familiar with the various delivery methods, including design and construct, Managing Contractor, Construction Managed, Early Contractor Involvement and Lump Sum Construct.

Lou Piovesan

Director

Over many years of hands-on practice, Lou has obtained an extensive understanding of construction techniques, which he incorporates into designs, to produce readily buildable and economical structures, which respect the intent of the architecture and skill of the contractor.

Lou has established good working relationships with many leading architects and has successfully assisted to deliver a broad range of developments across Melbourne and its surrounding inner suburbs.

Lou in particular enjoys the ‘front end’ of each project where collaborative workshopping with the client and architect is required to achieve a cost effective, sensible structural arrangement.

Stephen Brinkman

Principal

Stephen is a principal structural engineer with a wide range of experience over more than 30 years in structural engineering, primarily in New Zealand, with high-rise experience gained working in the Middle East. He has managed structural teams as well as maintaining detailed technical expertise within the field. He has worked on residential, hospitality, healthcare, commercial and retail buildings locally and internationally. He is proficient in the use of various software packages for frame and FEM solutions. 

Stephen is chartered in New Zealand and is a registered producer statement author with Auckland Council for structural design. He is also a member of various structural engineering related organisations. 

Sam Caruso

Principal

Sam has a deep appreciation for commercial construction techniques and readily applies this knowledge to his projects. This understanding provides the framework for a proactive and enthusiastic relationship with contractors and industry sub-contractors.

Sam has an enviable reputation with our leading architects and developer clients and is justifiably proud of his reputation for providing great service.
Sam enjoys the close interaction with the architect and allied design consultants and gains much satisfaction from a successful project outcome.

Tim Hoare

Principal

Utilising his past trade related experience; Tim can also provide expert guidance into the fabrication, welding procedures and production side of large steel structures. Tim also has extensive experience in the assessment of existing structures and in the provision of Technical Due Diligence (TDD) and adaptive re-use activities.

Enrico Catania

Civil Principal
 

Enrico is an enthusiastic and multi-talented Principal, and brings 20 years of Civil Engineering experience to Bonacci Group.
Focused on resolving successful design solutions and achieving economical outcomes for clients, Enrico specializes in large scale Commercial projects incorporating master planning, major earthworks, external road works, drainage infrastructure and pavement design.
The ability to complete complex designs in a smooth, efficient manner is a hallmark of Enrico’s work and it is also a testament to his highly proficient use and understanding of civil software programs such as 12D.

Enrico is focused on the delivery of projects to the highest standard as well as meeting programme and budget. Friendly and easy-going, Enrico is renowned for his professionalism, always placing his clients’ goals first.

Eros Cavallin

Associate Director
 

Eros has a good appreciation of civil design techniques and project management, which can be utilised to produce a cost-effective design solution and facilitate the construction component of the project. Expertise in large car park design, on-site detention and multi-level building developments.

Eros is particularly good at managing multiple projects and is uncompromising in delivering quality documentation to the highest technical standards.

Eros particularly enjoys mentoring, the technical and managerial development of support staff, and derives satisfaction from a successful project outcome.

Kristjan Madissoo

Associate Director

Kristjan is a specialist consultant with over 14 years’ experience dedicated to facade design and leads our facade team nationally. He has worked for international consulting firms in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom on high profile projects such as the 130 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne; Paddington Station Integrated Project, London; and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. Masdar City was originally developed as a zero-carbon, zero-waste city with world leading levels of sustainability.

Kristjan also has in-house experience at a large multinational facade contractor where he has developed an understanding of facade contractor design, procurement, fabrication & assembly, delivery and installation. His specific area of interest is facade energy and carbon efficiency including the transfer of heat through facade components and the procurement of low embodied systems. He has undertaken research at Bath University as part of his master’s degree, examining the sustainable benefits of timber framed glazing systems.

Stephen Naughton

Associate Director
 

Stephen is experienced in all aspects of civil engineering design from project conception to construction.

Civil engineering design including road, drainage, pavements and earthworks. Stephen has been involved in the management and design of civil engineering developments incorporating earthworks, pavements, stormwater drainage, carparks and road layout.

James Thomas

Associate Director
 

James is taking on a leadership role in terms of design and delivery of a wide range of projects in sectors including health, defense, retail, residential and aged care.

James builds strong relationships with clients through his friendly demeanour and is a top mentor for our younger engineers.

Amir Bagheri

Senior Associate

Amir is a chartered structural engineer with over 15 years’ experience covering design and project management of major building and infrastructure projects. Amir has been the structural team lead and project manager on major building projects including the Residential Fraser Park Tower in Central Park and SCEGGS Science, Technology Centre, and North West Rail Link – OTS Package.

Liam Hearne

Senior Associate

Liam is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer with over 19 years of experience.

Liam has extensive experience working on both public and private sector projects and has been responsible for civil and structural design of engineering projects for industrial, commercial, residential and institutional buildings. He has extensive experience in the design of multi-storey car parks, office blocks, apartment blocks, basements, business parks, convention centres, universities, hospitals, electricity sub-stations and also the refurbishment of heritage buildings.

His experience includes preparation of technical and descriptive reports and studies, ensuring health and safety in design, contract management, administration and supervision of works contracts, from inception through to construction completion and management of contractors.

Nofal Umarjan

Facade Lead

Nofal is a self-managed and result-oriented Project Design Manager/Engineer with years of experience in Design Management, Estimating, Bid Development, Administration, Budgeting, Design Development, Training/Development, Team Supervision, Technical Support and Client Relations. Nofal is experienced in managing large scale residential and commercial high rise façade design and project teams for some of the most challenging projects in the world.

Mario Caputo

Associate
 

Mario is Bonacci Groups Senior BIM Modeller, and is responsible for managing and advancing BIM (Revit) development.

Mario has worked closly with many of Melbourne’s leading architects to successfully deliver complex projects using Autodesk’s Revit Software.

Mario has an easy going attitude and enjoys close association with allied BIM Modellers. Mario derives satisfaction from managing design drafting staff and developing our Revit Software capabilities.

Neal Foye

Associate
 

Neal has over 20 years experience in Structural design and management. He has experience of working on large, prominent, public buildings and has also led teams delivering multi-story residential developments of up to 40 levels. Neal’s manner leads to a collaborative approach with the design team as well as providing practical and economical solutions to builders.

Ruba Georges

Associate
 

Ruba has 17 years’ experience as a structural engineer and is a multi-disciplinary design leader, working on high profile projects as well as a broad range of structural analysis knowledge.

She has experience in the structural design and co-ordination of residential buildings, hospital, health care, commercial, rail and education facilities.

Joanne Le

Associate
 

Responsible for the facade design, management, delivery and implementation of complex multi-disciplinary projects. Primary focus being the delivery of projects that are economical and present the best design solution for the client and other stakeholders.

With almost a decade of experience in the façade industry, Joanne has successfully delivered various projects from early conceptual designs through to construction. She also has experience in remedial and rectification works.

Paul Luttick

Associate
 

Paul is highly experienced in all forms of commercial construction and readily applies this knowledge to his projects.

Structural design, co-ordination and construction phase services to major government, infrastructure projects, commercial hotel and office developments and residential projects.

Paul has the ability to calmly coordinate, design and deliver complex building structures in a team environment. He enjoys the detailing aspect of the documentation phase and has developed strong detailing skills for all material forms of structure.

Hessam Moosavi

Associate Facade Engineer

Hessam Moosavi is a Façade Engineer with 18 years’ experience in the design and construction management of façade projects with exposure to analysis and design through to implementation and execution of steel, aluminium, and timber substructures based on Australian – New Zealand standards.

He has led the façade engineering design-building contracting and consulting teams providing façade solutions, inspection, remedial, and performance testing. He is a specialist in the weatherproofing design of pressure equalised and drained façade solutions covering glass, aluminium, zinc, ACM, stainless steel, stone, terracotta, structural silicone, weather seal sealant etc. This has given him the experience to assess materials and systems for performance of many specific design solutions to meet building code requirements and witness their manufacture and installation on-site enabling him to assess buildability, durability, and performance of the end product.

James Nguyen

Associate

James is uniquely qualified to provide the full spectrum of structural design services including structural analysis, detailed design of structural elements ranging from concrete, structural steel, high rise and complex building forms. He is also able to manage and coordinate our structural requirements with the design team, clients and contractors. He has developed specialist skills in the modelling, behaviour and detailed design of high rise structures, including optimizing the structure’s resistance to dynamic wind and earthquake loading.

James is highly recognised by his clients for delivering projects to completion on time and on budget with a strong customer focus.

James enjoys applying his specialist technical skills to the modelling of new and innovative form of structures and resolving challenging engineering problems. He also enjoys training and mentoring younger engineers particularly interested in specialist analytical techniques.

Adi Sarwono

Associate
 

Adi has over ten years experience as a structural engineer, in residential, commercial, retail and health care developments.

Adi has developed his skills in design and assessment of structures, problem solving, and time and people management. He has competently managed projects and efficiently liaised with clients, contractors, and other consultants, in order to successfully deliver projects.

Adi is committed to his projects and clients, and enjoys seeing a positive outcome for all parties. His commitment and knowledge is vital to mentoring the younger engineers.

Roger Sykes

Associate
 

Roger understands the detail and sequencing of all forms of construction. This allows him to contribute to detail designs to complex and difficult buildings site and designs. This understanding provides the framework for a proactive and enthusiastic relationship with contractors and industry sub-contractors.

Roger also has extensive experience in the demolition and recycling of old and heritage listed buildings. He has a good appreciation of all forms of nineteenth centurty construction, which allows him to readily design/modify these buildings for adaptive re-use.

Roger in particular enjoys the construction phase and working collaboratively with the contractor to resolve site issues. He has developed a strong and respected reputation with Melbourne leading builders and structural subcontractors.

Pieter Verstraaten

Associate
 

Pieter is our Senior and most experienced CAD design draftsperson.

Pieter is responsible for managing all aspects of the structural documentation, and is supported by the collaborative resources of our Melbourne office.

Pieter’s experience across all building forms allows him to deliver detailed documentation with minimal input from design engineers.

Pieter enjoys training younger design drafters and is constantly engaged in discussion to optimize the clarity and efficiency of the design documentation.