Executive Directors

Peter Root

Managing Director

Peter is the founder of Root Partnerships and has been a board member since the company’s incorporation in 1994. As Managing Director, Peter focusses on the strategic growth of Root Partnerships.

With over 30 years’ experience, Peter has a comprehensive background in contractual and legal matters in the building and development industries and has extensive experience in the assessment and negotiation of tenders on government, semi government and private sector projects.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Building and a Masters of the Built Environment (Building Conservation) from the University of New South Wales. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

David Gundy

Chief Executive Officer

David joined Root Partnerships in 1998, becoming a Director in 2010 and CEO in 2019. David sits on the Board of Directors. As CEO, he is responsible for managing Root Partnerships’ day-to-day operations and client relationships nationally. He also undertakes the role of strategic advisor or project director on some of Root Partnerships’ highest-profile projects.

David has over 25 years’ experience managing design and delivery across a diverse range of high profile projects in the cultural, commercial and retail sectors for both public and private sector clients. He is a qualified architect with a passion for leading and seeking innovative and positive outcomes to complex projects.

David holds a Bachelor of Architecture from RMIT and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Mac Lydiard

Chief Operating Officer

As COO of Root Partnerships, Mac focusses on driving growth through continued improvement in efficiency and capability, overseeing strategy, operations and business development. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Root Partnerships.

Mac is a tactical, results-oriented manager who has extensive experience across the property and professional services sectors. He has also been twice awarded the PricewaterhouseCoopers Recognition of Excellence.

Mac holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canberra (Marketing and Psychology). He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Directors

Chris Crick

Director

Chris has been a key member of Root Partnerships since 1998 and has many years’ experience in project management and management consulting on a range of government and private sector, focusing on civic & cultural, accommodation, education, and heritage projects.

Chris has extensive experience across the full project life cycle including: project initiation and definition; feasibility and business case preparation; value management; project procurement, design management; contract administration; risk management; asset management; and project auditing.

Chris enjoys leading multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects and working closely with clients and stakeholders in responding to and finding solutions for the unique challenges that arise on projects.  Chris frequently presents to the highest levels within organisations in a reporting or strategic advisory capacity.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Construction, Management & Economics from the University of Canberra and has an Architectural Drafting Certificate from Bruce TAFE College. Chris is also a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

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Tim Eerhard

Director

Tim has been with Root Partnerships since 2002. During this time Tim has managed the design and delivery of complex and unique cultural/tourism, aviation, retail and infrastructure capital works projects.

As an accomplished project manager with many years’ experience in the industry, Tim has an impressive track record as a Superintendent on multiple major construction and infrastructure projects.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Victoria University.

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James Moorey

Director

James joined Root Partnerships in 2003 bringing significant experience in project and construction management – experience gained from several generations of family history in construction in the UK.

He is an accomplished project and site manager across many aspects of the construction industry including major commercial construction and retail fit-outs. Since joining Root Partnerships James has worked almost exclusively on multi-layered, operational and interconnected projects at Melbourne Airport.

James holds a Bachelor of Science (Building Management – 1st Class Hons) from the University of Coventry, UK and BTEC National Diploma in Construction from York Technical College, UK.

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Leadership Team

Vanessa Weedon

Associate Director

Vanessa has over 25 years’ experience in project management and advisory, both in Australia and abroad. She joined Root Partnerships after 6+ years as Head of Projects at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Previously, she was Project Director for the Green One UN House in Viet Nam, the showcase project for UN Reform globally.

Vanessa has extensive experience throughout the project lifecycle, from project initiation, concept development and masterplanning, through financial feasibility, operational planning, design management and project delivery, including contract administration and operational readiness. Her experience in the government sector adds expertise in stakeholder management, governance, procurement and probity.

Vanessa holds a Master of Arts in the History of Architecture & Urbanism from Cornell University, USA, and a Master of Arts in Conservation Studies from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, University of York, UK.

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David Breen

Associate Director

David has a background in Construction and Project Management and has successfully delivered mixed-use, office, residential, civic and industrial developments.

David has a proven record across the full life-cycle of developments involving multiple stakeholders, time and budgetary constraints, and often constrained sites with development encumbrances. David’s experience with a variety of procurement routes, and his commercial acumen, allow him to inform the procurement strategy and undertake negotiations whilst protecting his client’s interests and setting the project up for success.

David holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Construction Management from Nottingham Trent University and a Master of Science in Project Management from the Technological University Dublin.

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Eleanor Duffy

Associate Director

Eleanor has extensive experience in the construction industry with a background in quantity surveying and contract administration. She has worked with many internationally recognised clients on projects from inception through to delivery.

Eleanor has worked across many sectors including education, heritage, commercial, retail, industrial and aviation. She is skilled in understanding project requirements; working as part of multi-disciplinary project teams; developing and managing value driven and cost-effective design and delivery solutions; and all facets of stakeholder management.

Eleanor holds a Bachelor of Science (Quantity Surveying) in Construction Economics & Management (Hons) from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and a Diploma in Construction Technology.

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Peter Fleming

Associate Director

Peter joined Root Partnerships in 2018 bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the planning, design, procurement and delivery of building infrastructure projects. His experience extends nationally across Australia, and internationally having previously worked in London, Dubai and New Zealand on projects in the health, aviation, education, commercial and residential sectors.

Peter has a proven record in delivering projects which are complex and politically sensitive in demanding multi-stakeholder environments for public and private sector clients. This includes service planning, masterplans, functional design briefs, investment decision templates, business cases, programs and projects.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Property & Construction, Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Environmental Science (Arch) from the University of Canberra. Peter is a Registered Architect and is a member of Property Council of Australia.

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David Wiles

Associate Director

David has a diverse market wide perspective of property development and project delivery based on senior positions as client side development manager, tier 1 contractor, developer, construction manager, consultant project manager and consultant QS in a broad variety of property market sectors.

David is experienced in campus and precinct development portfolio planning and project delivery through having had ultimate responsibility for the implementation of master plans and subject matter expert for the delivery of multiple capital and transformational projects.

David is qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (UK), is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and has a degree in Quantity Surveying & Construction management from the University of Hertfordshire. David is also a Green Building Council Australia Accredited Professional.

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Andrew Mantzounis

Associate Director

Andrew is trained in both architecture and civil/structural engineering and has over 20 years of  local and international industry experience delivering world renowned and complex projects.

Andrew has strong project, development management, and stakeholder management skills. He is proficient in managing stakeholders from executive management groups through to key end users. This includes guiding the stakeholder management process from project definition, concept and design phases through to construction and occupation.

Internationally Andrew managed the design of iconic projects, including the Guggenheim and Louvre Abu Dhabi Museums, by renowned architects Frank Gehry and Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Locally, Andrew has undertaken senior roles on major projects – including the 100-storey residential tower Australia 108 and the Melbourne Square precinct in Southbank.  More recently, Andrew has been the Project Director for Create Infrastructure for the pre-construction phase of the Powerhouse Precinct in Parramatta.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Planning and Design (Architecture), Bachelor of Arts (Classics and Archaeology), Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) [with Honours] from the University of Melbourne. He has worked as a design studio tutor and guest critic at several leading Australian universities, including RMIT, the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

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Melinda O’Brien

Associate Director

Melinda has a broad general project management background as well as experience in contract management, strategy development, construction development and planning.

Melinda’s strengths include contract management and administration, stakeholder management, and project budget management. She has excellent interpersonal communication skills, and is proactive in all facets of project management. Melinda’s methodical approach to project management ensures the effective contract management of all her projects. Her knowledge and understanding of a variety of contracts has enabled her to administer contracts for complex projects in live operating environments, ensuring a strong focus on compliance and risk management.

Melinda’s highly developed written skills have enabled her to develop and maintain detailed contract communication systems on large complex projects. These systems, coupled with Melinda’s competences, have enabled the reporting of large quantities of project information, ensuring that key issues and risks are tracked and managed for the life of her projects.

Melinda understands what drives project success, and she has the skills to work within project teams to positively influence and drive project outcomes that ensure her projects are completed on time and within budget.

Melinda holds a Bachelor of Building (Hons) from Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma in Sustainability from Swinburne University.

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Gordon Findlay

Associate Director

Gordon joined Root Partnerships in July 2017. He has been involved in the construction industry for over 27 years, including 14 years as a building services design engineer and team leader before he moved into project management.

Throughout his career Gordon has led multi-disciplinary project teams in business planning, identification and concept planning, design, implementation, delivery and handover of projects in the health, aged care, aviation, education and research, services infrastructure, commercial and retail, ICT and tourism sectors. He has successfully delivered – from inception to operational activation and beyond – many notable, complex and often multiple-staged projects.

Gordon’s focus is not simply on the delivery of a building solution to meet a brief, but on identifying, understanding and delivering project outcomes to understand and meet his client’s short and long-term business and operational objectives.

Gordon builds project teams that positively challenge each other to investigate effectively and efficiently all objectives, options and solutions proposed within the project to ensure optimal financial outcomes for the client.

Gordon holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Swinburne Institute of Technology; Lighting Design 1H/2H from RMIT; PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner.

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