Our People

Howard McCorkell, B. Sc (Hons)

Construction Director

Howard has over 25 years of solid construction experience. Over the years, he has worked for various major contractors in Melbourne, Darwin and Canada. In 1997, he joined the McCorkell Construction Company Vic business as a Project Manager under the leadership of Rex McCorkell. Upon Rex’s retirement and the incorporation of McCorkell Constructions in 2000, Howard now operates as the Construction Director with overall responsibility for all construction related matters.

Howard is a Registered Building Practitioner and a member of the Master Builders Association of Victoria.

Damien Newton-Brown, B.Bus (Hons)

Commercial Director

Throughout the 1990s, Damien performed a variety of senior management roles for Baulderstone Hornibrook both in head office and onsite-based major projects in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Canberra. Projects include: Melbourne Citylink ($500m), Australian Geological Survey Organisation Canberra ($100m) and Woodside Headquarters office tower in Perth ($250m). He joined Howard McCorkell in 2001 as Commercial Director and has a deep knowledge in commercial matters that ultimately benefits our clients.

Damien is a Registered Building Practitioner, a member of the Australian Institute of Building and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Rix, B.App Sc (Bldg Cons Mgmt)

Managing Director – Victoria

David joins McCorkell Constructions with over 30 years of construction experience leading state and national operations across all sectors.  A highly respected professional in the industry, he has led more than $5bil of construction projects over this time and directly managed annual turnovers exceeding $1.1b.  He has a proven track record for problem solving and relationship building; with his extensive capabilities, David is an asset to all project stakeholders.

Mark Nyaanga, B.App Sc ( Const Mgmt)

Managing Director – Western Australia

Mark has broad experience in many forms of construction and has a proven track record in project delivery. Originally from Perth, Mark spent some years working with us in Victoria before returning to lead our Western Australian team. With a reputation for being reliable, honest and project focused, he is renowned for developing excellent client relationships.

Dean Robbins, Dip. BLDG

Estimating & Business Development Manager – Victoria

With an extensive background in estimating, Dean is the consummate professional. His experience in procurement management can also translate to client cost savings. This combined with a methodical and meticulous approach gives him the ability to deliver tenders in a manner that will be beneficial to all parties.

Steve Ireland, Dip. Bldg

Estimating and Business Development Manager – Western Australia

With over 27 years’ experience in the WA commercial construction industry, Steve offers a unique blend of procurement and project delivery experience. He combines collaborative intent with a methodical and considered approach to cost planning. He is experienced in a wide range of sectors including conventional tendering, cost planning and negotiated design and construct projects.

Vanessa Goulding, B.App Sc (Const Mgmt)(Hons)

Construction Manager – Victoria

Vanessa’s experience in high profile, high value ($100m +) projects makes her an excellent resource on any project. A seasoned professional, she oversees all McCorkell projects and is focussed on ensuring that they are delivered to specification. Her experience includes major projects such as The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park), Spencer St Station Redevelopment, MCG Northern Stand Redevelopment, Box Hill ATO Building and high rise apartments.

Jarrad Anderson, B Eng. (civil)

Construction Manager – Western Australia

A civil engineering background has given Jarrad solid structural design experience on a wide range of project sectors including commercial, retail, industrial, health and residential. This, together with a strong drive and determination, ensures that projects are delivered successfully time and time again.

Pye Bennett, B.A., B.Bus (Acctg), MBA

Group Services Manager

With a background in finance and marketing in the building products manufacturing sector, Pye is responsible for a range of ancillary functions that support successful project delivery and business operations. Efficient and methodical, she ensures that fundamental business requirements are met in order for our business to continue running smoothly and successfully.