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.

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.

Brian Hamilton, Dip. (Hons) Cons & Ec.

Construction Manager – Western Australia

Brian has extensive and varied experience in the delivery of construction projects both locally and overseas. He has successfully delivered projects up to $60 million within the education, commercial, industrial, health and social & private housing sectors. His thorough mindedness and focus on successful project delivery is backed by technical knowledge and a collaborative approach making him valuable to all stakeholders.

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.

Dean Robbins, Dip. BLDG

Pre Construction Director – Victoria

With an extensive background in cost planning and design management,  Dean is the consummate professional. Dean can provide cost and design solutions to ensure budget objectives are met. This combined with a methodical and meticulous approach to procurement, subcontractor selection and risk analysis, gives him the ability to provide comprehensive and highly competitive solutions.

Dale Lyons, B. App Sc (Proj Mgmt)

Construction Director – Victoria

Dale has a wealth of experience in delivering highly detailed projects within the retail, community, heritage restoration, and residential development sectors. A calm problem solver, he is well regarded in stakeholder liaison. In recognition of his extensive capabilities in commercial management, Dale was appointed Director of McCorkell Constructions – Victoria in late 2019. He now oversees the performance of our project delivery teams as a whole.

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.