Team

Our team has been hand selected because of their skills, experience and attitude. As a professional services firm, the quality of our team underpins our success on every project.

We have a diverse background within our team that includes roads, light rail, quantity surveying, architecture, logistics, engineering and infrastructure.

This diversity of experience and backgrounds enables us to offer our clients a high pedigree of project resource. We are proud to have developed a dynamic team that continually delivers great results on all our projects.

Coming to work is always a pleasure interacting with the Touch Projects team. Striving to achieve a common goal and sharing a few laughs along the way is what it’s all about

Dylan Mizzi, Project Engineer

Our diverse team comprises of:

Nick Savvas - Touch Projects

Nick Savvas

CEO

Nick Savvas is the founder and CEO of Touch Projects. He has over 20 years industry experience including Public Transportation, Light Rail, Infrastructure and Logistics and has held key project delivery roles on large private & public sector projects throughout Australia.

Nick is passionate on building the right team to deliver great project outcomes. This may sometimes require pulling together people from different backgrounds to get the job done. Nick’s goal is to continuously build and develop his team and ensures they are often out of their comfort zones. He acutely understands team dynamics and has an uncanny ability to motivate and get the best out of people.

He is a member the Australian Institute of Project Managers and the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia.

In his not-so-often spare time, Nick loves to launch his boat and cruise the waters around Wilsons Promontory looking for a secret beach or hidden cove with his three kids. As if he needed another hobby to fill his time, he has recently become an apiarist (relax…apiarist is just a fancy word for a bee keeper !). On many weekends he is known to grab his gear, don his bee suit, wave around the smoke thingy and hope that people are watching him in awe… truth be told, he has not harvested too much honey in recent times!

Want to get in touch with Nick? nick.savvas@touchprojects.com.au

John Christou

General Manager

John is a part owner and the General Manager of Touch Projects. He has solid traffic and transport engineering experience over 15 years in Roads Management Strategy and Public Transport Management specialising in light rail and road infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining Touch Projects, John has held key project roles on public and private sectors managing the development and delivery of many complex and technically challenging projects.

John is a professional that sets the bar high for himself and expects the same from his staff and his colleagues. His is passionate about achieving great project outcomes without compromising the core objectives of the project.

He is a member the Australian Institute of Engineers.

In his spare time John volunteers at his local soccer club (Mill Park Soccer Club) where he has been an active member for nine years. He loves being active with his two kids, and when indoors apparently dabbles in some authentic Cyprian cooking… but according to his wife, this is simply a ploy to get him out of doing the dishes and make some noise in the process. John is also a keen follower of the Formula One series and is an avid fan of Australia’s own Touring Car Racing, the V8 Supercars.

Want to get in touch with John? john.christou@touchprojects.com.au

Labro Vrakas

Business Development Manager

Labro has more than 20 years of extensive project management experience spanning complex commercial projects and project management principles, practices, and systems.

Labro has worked as a client-side project manager delivering large projects from concept to completion ranging in value up to $57m for various local and state government clients, as outlined under key projects. He brings extensive experience in the sectors of local government, health, education, and justice.

He recently delivered a $25M program of capital works in partnership with Parks Victoria and Sport & Recreation Victoria (SRV). The projects were playgrounds and sporting and recreation facilities in Olinda, Yarra Bend Park, Jells Park and Albert Park.

In his free time, Labro spends time checking out various locations along the Mornington Peninsula and places in north-eastern Victoria. He's a passionate Magpies fan (although we don't hold that against him)…funnily enough he doesn’t seem to talk as much footy in the office corridors these days.

Want to get in touch with Labro? labro.vrakas@touchprojects.com.au

Elisha Warren

Stakeholder & Engagement Specialist

Elisha is our teams’ stakeholder and engagement specialist. She brings substantial expertise and skills in stakeholder engagement and community relations to our various projects and often called upon for her ministerial liaison and advice when needed.

Elisha has a background in Federal and State Government helping support teams collaborate with industry, stakeholders and community on planning and delivering infrastructure, capital works, park and asset management and change management projects, as well as program reform in complex legislative and regulatory environments. A seasoned public affairs practitioner, Elisha is also well versed to lend a hand in media across the communications, issues management and government relations disciplines.

Outside of work, Elisha is busy completing her MBA studies with AIM. She enjoys spending time with her much beloved rescue pooch Aussie, catching up with family and friends, getting out to see some arts and culture and getting out into nature’s wonders.

An avid rower and player of netball and basketball in her heyday, Elisha definitely likes her sport. She is a (loyal) St Kilda fan and likes to go to the footy when she can. She very much enjoys her volunteering work and has been involved with the RSPCA, Cancer Council, Riding for the Disabled and Make-A-Wish.

Want to get in touch with Elisha? elisha.warren@touchprojects.com.au

Clark Ax - Touch Projects

Clark Ax

Senior Project Manager

Clark is a Senior Project Manager with over 15 years’ experience spanning client-side, consulting, and contracting environments. He has worked on a diverse spread of projects that includes light rail, civil infrastructure, event-based, commercial buildings and office fit-out projects.

Clark has recent experience delivering complex infrastructure projects in high-profile high-risk live environments. These projects include Route 96 Project (Nicholson Street), Acland Street redevelopment, Melbourne Airport (airside redevelopment), Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, and EastLink Toll Motorway.

Clark is passionate about the projects he works on and has demonstrated success in leading and motivating high-performing teams and projects under varying project frameworks.

Originating from New Zealand, Clark will never miss an opportunity to remind anyone who has the best rugby team in the world. Outside of work and his growing young family, Clark enjoys anything outdoors and will always welcome suggestions for a good holiday!

Want to get in touch with Clark? clark.ax@touchprojects.com.au

David Arnold - Touch Projects

David Arnold

Commercial Manager

David is a dynamic and highly-skilled Commercial Manager with solid industry experience spanning over 25 years. An experienced and highly-presentable executive, David can assist organisations by utilising his knowledge across a range of interlinked disciplines and industry sectors.

His experience is diverse and includes working with state government agencies and private organisations in various projects and strategic partnerships. His skills have always been to create cross-functional relationships that contribute to business growth and improve project collaboration. This discipline is paramount in todays’ market where PPP’s and joint ventures for high-value/high-risk projects often have so many stakeholders with competing corporate, commercial, and political interests.

His current role within the Infrastructure Projects team with Yarra Trams sees him responsible for the procurement of long-lead time materials, evaluation and procurement of head contractors, management of sub-contractors, and construction administration.

David enjoys spending time with family and his four daughters. An avid sailor at Cowes at Phillip Island, David also enjoys fishing and kayaking the pristine waters of Westernport.

Want to get in touch with David? david.arnold@touchprojects.com.au

Jonathan Holland

Commercial Manager

Jonathan is a highly experienced and versatile commercial contracts manager who has held senior international and domestic roles across both the private and public sectors.

His experience covers all aspects of commercial and contract management across managed services agreements and infrastructure projects. This includes developing business cases, proposals and bid submissions, contract negotiation, dispute resolution, contract variation management, financial management, measuring and improving contract performance, project governance, as well as risk identification and mitigation.

Most recently, Jonathan managed the commercial contract and compliance arrangements for Victoria’s myki ticketing system. Prior to that he managed the commercial and contracting arrangement for some of Telstra’s highest value and most complex managed services agreements.

His passion is for making contracts and commercial arrangements work for all parties, and he has a philosophy of applying a fair and reasonable approach in his business activities. He has great interpersonal skills that give him the natural ability to build robust relationships and lead motivated, high-performing commercial and contract management teams.

Away from work, Jonathan enjoys time on the tennis court playing socially and in competition during the year. He enjoys playing the piano (not to a great standard, by his own admission), and has a keen interest in social activity with other like-minded people.

Want to get in touch with Jonathan? jonathan.holland@touchprojects.com.au

Andrew Wilson

Contracts Manager

Andrew is a highly experienced contracts manager who has held senior many senior roles throughout his career that spans civil, rail, commercial, industrial and aviation sectors.

His experience in the delivery of types of projects have taken him all over Australia during his career. A qualified accountant, Andrew is also a specialist when it comes to dispute resolution and has managed many contractual disputes over the years.

When not at work, you will most likely find Andrew working on various “projects” on his horse and hobby farm just out of Melbourne. He's passionate about his horses, and will readily admit that he spends way more time than is probably necessary.

Want to get in touch with Andrew? andrew.wilson@touchprojects.com.au

Angela Christou

Finance Manager

Angela has over 20 years’ experience in accounts and financial management having extensively worked across both private and public sectors.

Having completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Majors in Accounting & Marketing, Angela brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the team. She manages the accounts and payroll function for Touch Projects.

Outside work Angela is a full-time mum of two teenage kids. Her spare time is often taken up cooking various gourmet dishes and baking delicious sweets… it's no secret that the family is spoilt with the many choices.

Want to get in touch with Angela? angela.christou@touchprojects.com.au

Athena Savvas

Administration Manager

Athena is our much-loved Administration Manager that oversees all administration, marketing, social media, and basically plays the role of mum for most of the crew.

Having studied Psychology and with a subsequent qualification as a Travel Consultant... one wonders why she has chosen to work with such a shady bunch of characters at Touch Projects.

Outside work, Athena is the a full time mum of three kids which means her nights and weekends are well and truly sorted from the moment she wakes until she's poured her first glass of red – we hope this doesn’t happen too early in the day!

Athena is a popular member of the team and brings with her a great mix of humour, experience, and attention to detail.

Want to get in touch with Athena? athena.savvas@touchprojects.com.au

Peter Lim - Touch Projects

Peter Lim

Senior Project Manager

Peter is an experienced Project Manager with 34 years working experience. He is also a chartered Professional Engineer registered with the Institution of Engineers, Australia. He has vast experience in project management in a variety of projects ranging from Water infrastructure, Road and Bridge construction. Peter has also worked on major projects in Malaysia, Brunei, and Papua New Guinea.

He also has considerable public transport experience in the light rail sector. Peter has spent 11 years working with the light rail network in Melbourne both as Manager of Track Renewal and Manager of Track and Building Maintenance.

With two adult son's now flown the coup, Peter enjoys the opportunity to travel with his wife and diligently work through his bucket list.

Want to get in touch with Peter? peter.lim@touchprojects.com.au

Mike Javadi

Senior Project Manager

Mike is a well-respected Civil Engineer with over 20 years experience in the construction industry in Australia and abroad. During this period, he has delivered multiple transport infrastructure projects and industrial processing plants.

Mike's experience has been in the heavy construction space that includes roads, rail, metro, and viaduct stations, pump stations and pipe lines, HV/LV emergency power stations and transmission lines. His experience and methodical management approach reinforces his reputation as being able to motivate different teams with competing corporate interests, to successfully achieve great project outcomes.

With broad experience from a variety of complex projects, Mike has developed his skillset that includes project construction management, preparing and managing tender documentation, contract management, risk management, stakeholder management, and tender and design reviews.

Having worked overseas for several years Mike has re-settled in Melbourne and enjoys being close to friends and family.

Outside work, Mike enjoys getting his hands dirty with various small and large DIY projects around the house. He is always willing to share his knowledge and expertise and is always happy to lend his tools (and trailer) to fellow DIY’ers within the Touch Projects team.

Want to get in touch with Mike? mike.javadi@touchprojects.com.au

Emir Ameti

Project Manager

Emir is an experienced Project Manager having delivered many projects throughout Victoria over the last 15 years or so. Having managed capital works projects in the local government sector for well over a decade, he has a solid appreciation of what communities need and how to best engage with them to get the best project outcomes. He is also experienced in civil infrastructure, having delivered numerous road projects for MRPV and other infrastructure projects in the last 5 years.

Emir has an engineering qualification which means he has an excellent technical understanding and his expertise is called upon to assist with developing construction methodologies for complex construction problems that a project may encounter. He is renowned for his enthusiasm, commitment, and ability to complete complex projects within tight programs. His exemplary performance is bolstered by his ability to harness the best results from the whole project team that he works with.

Outside work, Emir enjoyed playing competitive soccer for 15 years, but these days he pounds the pavements to stay fit. He is an avid AFL fan and follows his beloved Bulldogs. If the round ball is more your thing, you’d be delighted to know that he’s a Manchester United fan when it comes to European football. If you have (quite) some time to spare, pull him aside and you’ll find he’s happy to talk all things sport

Want to get in touch with Emir? emir.ameti@touchprojects.com.au

Matt Fahey

Construction Manager

Matt is an experienced project manager with a demonstrated record of achievement in the planning and delivery of complex, multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects in urban environments. His experience includes the civil construction, rail, commercial, and industrial sectors.

In the last 17 years, Matt has been responsible for managing large teams including consultant, client, contractor, and sub-contractor teams. This often means managing people with differing operational, financial, and political priorities to achieve the right project outcome for the client.

This experience has given Matt a deep appreciation about engaging early with key stakeholders in order to achieve optimal design imperatives and project outcomes.

Amongst his many achievements, Matt has successfully delivered multiple civil construction projects, including land sub-divisions, deep city excavations, landfill, and golf course redevelopments, ranging in value from $0.75M - $5.2M, where he was both the Project Director and a key member of the senior leadership team for these challenging projects.

In addition, Matt has also delivered multiple rail upgrade projects for NSW State Railcorp, including Sydney Underground Works, Parkes Freight Bypass, Kyogle Bridge Duplication, and Wallarobba Tunnel Derailment Recovery.

Matt is an accomplished ocean racing yachtsman, navigator and team manager, and has lead teams in multiple Sydney to Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart Race campaigns. He is a committee member with the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria. Matt has had several white-knuckled experiences on the high seas and is always up for a chat about it.

Want to get in touch with Matt? matt.fahey@touchprojects.com.au

Neil Christall

Project Manager

Neil is a well-respected Project Manager with a civil engineering background that spans over 20 years.  His projects include a mix of land development, water infrastructure, heavy rail, sports & recreation facilities, defense and other infrastructure projects throughout Victoria and New Zealand.

Since settling in Australia in 2004, he’s worked on numerous Water Industry projects throughout Victoria. He held the role of Superintendents Representative for the Pumpstations, Mini-hydro Plant and Treatment Plant Direct Connection Works on the drought breaking Bendigo to Ballarat Superpipe terminating at the White Swan Reservoir.  Since then, he has worked on the Regional Rail Project, Brunswick Terminal Station Project, Flood Recovery Infrastructure and Bushfire Recovery Infrastructure Projects for Parks Victoria, Recreation Infrastructure Projects and more.

Neil has an excellent technical understanding and is often relied upon to resolve technical construction problems that a project may encounter.  He always maintains visibility of the bigger picture and communicates effectively with the client, contractors and members of his team.

Outside work, Neil enjoys a raft of different activities that include coaching Auskick and junior basketball, mountain biking, heading out on his motorbike, family camping getaways in his 4WD and taking the kids to the snow. He is known to occasionally disturb the peace by launching his V8 powered jet boat on one of Victoria’s many lakes and waterways.

Want to get in touch with Neil? neil.christall@touchprojects.com.au

Bob Bocevski

Senior Project Manager

Bob is an accomplished Senior Project Manager and experienced Business Leader with over 20 years project experience throughout Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. A qualified engineer by profession, he has delivered many projects for state government bodies and related agencies in excess of $100m. His considerable project experience with the likes of Dept of Transport (Vic), VicRoads and the TAC has underpinned his career development

He has led the development and implementation of significant construction programs and is proficient in asset management within the finance and building industry. He is also highly experienced in production, quality assurance, stakeholder management and business development.

He also has considerable construction experience working previously with Groupcon One, delivering a large number of residential apartment developments, hotel refurbishments and other commercial builds.
Outside work, Bob is busy spending time with his family and coaching his young kids through local soccer. He is also an avid fly fisherman and really enjoys fishing for Freshwater Trout and Murray Cod. He’s also a passionate Ford man deep down, and has always got a resto project on the go.

Want to get in touch with Bob? bob.bocevski@touchprojects.com.au

Abdulla Abdou

Project Engineer

Abdulla is a Project Engineer with over six years’ experience in the construction industry. He has worked on a number of building, modular construction, and light rail infrastructure projects with solid experience on the design and delivery side of projects.

Abdulla has recently been the lead engineer on a number of Yarra Trams platform upgrade projects focused on the construction of DDA compliant platforms and infrastructure improvement projects throughout the Yarra Trams network. These projects include the Fishermans Bend Tram Stop Improvement Works, the Premium Line Route 96 Upgrade, and the Malvern Tram Depot Service Pit Extension Works.

Given his experience on a wide variety of projects, Abdulla is able to identify and focus on the critical aspects of a project and has gathered a large skill set during his career that he can utilise to accommodate specific project requirements. Whether it is attention to detail, time management, or stakeholder interface, Abdulla has the ability to remain on top of the tasks at hand and ensure the project continues to run smoothly.

In his spare time, Abdulla enjoys spending quality time with his young family, and when time allows he loves traveling the picturesque Victorian coastline. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing a variety of sports including AFL, cricket, and soccer. Being an avid Bombers fan, he is known to attend as many games as he can. He recently did a Melbourne-to-Sydney return drive over a weekend with a bunch of mates to watch Sydney v Essendon…from what we know it was a long (and very) quiet trip home.

Want to get in touch with Abdulla? abdulla.abdou@touchprojects.com.au

Dylan Mizzi

Project Engineer

Dylan is a Project Engineer with construction experience across local council, infrastructure and public transport projects throughout Melbourne.

He has been a key member of the project team that has delivered large scale light rail projects for Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria in the last couple of years.  Some of the projects he has worked on include the Route 96 Project (Nicholson Street), Simpson Street Tram Siding Project as well as numerous smaller council road, drainage and streetscape projects.  Dylan also has expertise in design interpretation and technical reviews, procurement take off’s and participation in numerous stakeholder engagement sessions.  He has hands-on trade experience in the construction industry that has given him an excellent understanding of construction methodologies and the ability to solve technical problems on site.

In his free time, Dylan is a passionate fisherman and adventurer.  All he needs is his 4WD and fishing rod and he is a happy man (but don’t tell the missus though).  When he’s not out fishing, you will probably find him watching his beloved Magpies (with one eye of course) or spending time with family and friends.

Want to get in touch with Dylan? dylan.mizzi@touchprojects.com.au

Zafreen Huzair

Project Engineer

Zafreen is a member of the project team that is delivering the infrastructure upgrades and other improvement works along Route 58.  At completion, this route will enable the use of the E Class tram, which has greater capacity, improved reliability and serviceability for this route.

Zafreen has delivered many local government projects in recent years including for the City of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire and Melton City Council.  Zafreen also has expertise in design interpretation and technical reviews which makes him a valuable asset on the team he’s part of.

Want to get in touch with Zafreen? zafreen.huzair@touchprojects.com.au

Join the team

Touch Projects is focused on its people and we value them as our key asset. We like to provide our staff with challenging and rewarding engagements that help deliver the best results for our clients. We offer variety, a supportive team and a wealth of opportunity.

We’re always interested to meet talented individuals.
Tell us about yourself and send your CV to careers@touchprojects.com.au

We are proud to have developed a dynamic team that continually delivers great results on all our projects.

You know we take our work seriously… but also take our play seriously too. As you can see from our below pics, our team enjoys times away from the office as often as time allows

Get in touch with us to discuss your next project