Team

We’re a tight-knit multi-disciplinary team with combined experience spanning property, construction, finance, investment, architecture, asset operations, community management, publishing, communications and advocacy.

Kris Daff
Managing Director

Kris is the Managing Director of Assemble and is also Managing Director of Make Ventures, a property development and investment company. Originally trained as an engineer, Kris is an experienced property professional and, on the weekends, he can be found cycling around the bay – or swimming in it with his family.
Robyn Lukstin
Development Manager

Robyn’s experience lies in statutory and strategic planning, working on a wide range of projects during her career across both the public and private sectors. She has the proven ability to provide practical, actionable responses to complex questions. When she’s not fine-tuning her Spanish language skills – Robyn shares her hidden talent as a disc jockey with her friends.
Alannah Manuk
Planner

Alannah is a qualified planner with experience in strategic and statutory planning. Her expertise includes assessing complex planning permits, facilitating community workshops and providing research assistance. In her spare time, Alannah can be found exploring the sites of Melbourne as she recently moved from Perth, Western Australia.
Sophie Rzepecky
Editor, Assemble Papers

Sophie Rzepecky is the editor of Assemble Papers. Her focus is on the intersecting worlds of art, design, architecture and emerging technologies, and how they provoke new ideas for living together. She studied social design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, which instilled in her the accountability and responsibility design holds in the built and digital environment. Originally from Aotearoa, she has lived between Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Berlin for several years, working with architects such as OMA and artists such as Tomás Saraceno.
Sam Crone
Senior Development Manager

Sam is the Senior Development Manager of Make and Assemble, drawing upon 15 years of experience in the delivery of exemplar high density development projects throughout Melbourne. Sam covers the full development cycle from project inception to completion. He is kept busy by his three young children as well as partaking in all manner of sports.
Abbie Freestone
Head of Community

Abbie is the Head of Community at Assemble and has a background in urbanism and architectural communications. She is committed to uncovering new ways of thinking about cities. A pole vaulter in a former life, she’s forever chasing views from high places and after living in California and Oregon has a love for mountains (and mimosas).
Matt Ablethorpe
Development Director

Matt is the Development Director of Assemble and Co-director of Make Ventures, a property development and investment company. He is an experienced real estate executive, and more importantly – a gifted birthday cake baker for his two daughters. Matt’s experience includes asset, development and funds management across a range of sectors.
Madeline Ellerm
Communications Designer

Maddie is the communications designer at Assemble Papers and Assemble, and has a background in graphic design, art direction and marketing. Hailing from New Zealand, Maddie is happiest with a camera in hand, hiking in the wilderness and swimming in the ocean.
Nathan Elliot
Development Assistant

Riding for the MAKE sponsored National Road Series cycling team, InForm TM Insight MAKE, Nathan has taken a keen interest in the business and property development sector. After studying medicine and considering a change in careers, Nathan jumped at the opportunity to become part of the company and is loving his work as a development assistant.
Jessica Githiomi
Marketing Manager

Her passion lies in branding with an honours degree in Advertising and Brand Management, Jessica has spent the last couple of years at Hoyne, Australia’s largest independent property marketing agency. With a wealth of knowledge in the sector, Jessica’s passion is creating unique project campaigns that lead the market.  Originally from the UK, Jessica likes to spends her spare time on Australian adventures. From snowboarding over winter to camping trips down the coast in the summer, Jessica is immersing herself in the Aussie way of life.
Tom Billings
Director, Partnerships

Tom joined Assemble as Director of Partnerships, focusing on partnering with value-aligned organisations to deliver affordable housing at scale under an infrastructure style model. Tom is motivated to address the shortage of low to moderate income housing in Australia - which is now at crisis point.
Sally Male
Marketing Manager

With an honours degree in multimedia design and a background in property branding, Sally brings a complementary set of skills to the marketing team. Weekend activities include knitting, photography, films and spending time with her family.
Alex Kennedy
Investment Manager

A Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience in the property industry, Alex’s expertise lie in site acquisition, development feasibility, disposal and investment management. In his spare time, Alex likes to go to the park with his wife and pugalier pup – Yoda.
Sarah Matzouranis
Financial Coach

Sarah takes a holistic approach to her financial coaching and is a strong believer that good money management is essential for our overall wellbeing. She enjoys spending time with her young kids and travelling the world.
James Mirtschin
Development Analyst

As a Development Analyst, James draws from his experience in real estate advisory and valuation to effectively evaluate all project opportunities, new and existing. Recently returning from 3 years of living and working in New York City, James enjoys escaping to the beach or to his family’s farm in south-west Victoria.
Dan Moore
Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, Dan’s role is to oversee the general operations of our Assemble properties. With a strong background managing diverse communities in Student accommodation and Build to Rent, both in the UK and Australia, Dan is driven to ensure the Residents  have an exceptional living experience in our Assemble properties. Dan is a keen soccer player and is an avid supporter of Sheffield Wednesday Football club.
Danielle Nohra
Commitment Manager

Danielle is responsible for developing relationships with customers and guiding them through the commitment process for Assemble projects. She has more than ten years of experience in the real estate industry in various areas. In her spare time she loves to read, try new recipes and brunch around Melbourne.
Cameron Quinn
Associate Director

Cameron is an Associate Director in the Partnerships team, applying his expertise in the development, structuring and financing of infrastructure projects to the challenge of delivering affordable housing. In his spare time, Cameron can be found swimming in the bay or building things around the house.
Tim Schaefer
Project Manager

As Project Manager at Assemble, Tim oversees the delivery of projects from tender through construction to handover. He is an experienced construction professional with a career spanning 12 years delivering high-end homes, multi-residential developments, commercial and retail spaces. In his spare time, Tim loves water and snow skiing and playing golf.
Manny Singh
Finance Manager

Manny is a specialist in finance and accounting with over 15 years’ professional experience in the property investment and development industries. He is an avid cricket fan who enjoys spending time with his young kids and watching movies in his spare time.
Erin Stokes
Assistant Marketing Manager

Erin is the Assistant Marketing Manager at Assemble. Passionate about all things property and design, she has worked both client and agency side across various facets of the sector, including land estates, urban infill sites and built-form. Originally from the picturesque Blue Mountains, Erin has lived in Melbourne for 7 years. On weekends you can find her brunching with friends, at the footy cheering on the Sydney Swans or tending to her extensive (and growing) indoor plant collection.
Emma Telfer
Director of Culture & Strategy

Emma is our Director of Culture & Strategy. A passionate urbanist and cultural leader, Emma recently joined Assemble after five years at the helm of Open House Melbourne, a public architecture organisation that works to improve design literacy and appreciation for the value of good design in the built environment. Now a proud Melburnian - however, Jacinda Ardern and the flightless bird will always represent home.