The NevHouse Story
And the journey how it all began…
And the journey how it all began…
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Nev is an internationally recognised member of the surfing community, having established two of the best known and most successful surfboard brands in the world: Nev Future Shapes and recently Firewire Surfboards. He turned his attention to the housing industry with a vision to use recyclable materials to build low cost rapidly deployable homes. In 2013 he established a new structure and strategy to commercialise the business.
When Nev is not surfing, you’ll find him talking to government ministers and community leaders. He has a heart for the people, a global solution and the resolve to make a difference in this world.
Austin Whittaker is a senior executive with experience as CEO, Managing Director, Commercial Director, Security & Risk Director and Independent Corporate Advisor across a range of industry sectors including clean-tech, renewable energy, investment banking, funds management, security risk management and global trade.
Austin has delivered training in leadership, team building and conflict management at three Australian Universities, has worked closely with international private clients, companies and governments from Asia, the Pacific Region and the Middle East, and consulted to a United Nations Global Trade Project.
Austin’s education qualifications include a Master of International Law; post-graduate awards in Strategic Leadership, Global Law Practice and Dispute Resolution; and various tertiary qualifications including Project Management, Business, Security & Risk Management, Public Safety (Emergency Management), Fraud Control, Government Security and Government Investigations.
BOARD DIRECTOR AND COMPANY SECRETARY
Leon Stephan is a highly skilled financial analyst with strong leadership and business management expertise at both a commercial and executive level. As the Managing Partner of Advivo Accountants & Business Advisors, Leon has been involved in the finance industry for over 30 years. Leon has extensive experience in working with directors, entrepreneurs and owners of growing businesses. He has expertise in all sizes of projects working from valuations, due diligence, funds management, asset and investment monitoring, succession planning, mergers, acquisitions and divestment.
In the past Leon has worked as a senior banker and CEO/ Fund Manager of a venture capital and mortgage funds organisation providing valuable insight on debt structuring and client funding needs. Adding to his diverse skillset, Leon has a strong background in compliance, being a member of Chartered Secretaries Australia and a responsible manager of a financial services license since 1982.
Before joining NevHouse Graham Hyman built and operated Australia’s pre-eminent school presentation business and for over 30 years he has informed and inspired millions of adults and teenagers across Australia and overseas. In addition to that Graham has been the Director of a national Youth Work Agency, sat on NGO committees, delivered courses at tertiary institutions, and acted as interim CEO of two national business associations. He is renowned for his insights into both business and relationships.
Graham is responsible for company administration, data management and IT systems. Graham’s tertiary qualifications are in Theology and he brings to NevHouse a code of ethics, morality and integrity required for any social enterprise such as NevHouse to succeed.
PROJECT & CONSTRUCTION DIVISION MANAGER
Matt Henry is a registered builder, master craftsman and a successful project manager of major projects spanning a career of thirty years. Matt has extensive experience restoring Victorian era, Post-War era and Federation houses, dating from the mid 1800’s to 1940’s to their former glory. His experience with contemporary building includes the design and delivery of bespoke new residential builds, large commercial projects and private schools. Matt has excellent leadership and project management skills with a track record of delivering projects on time and on budget. Best practice in design methods, orientation, ventilation and natural lighting are inherent in Matt’s work.
Additionally, he brings to NevHouse expertise in building materials research, procurement and supply chain management, and an established network of industry consultants, suppliers and contractors.