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 back ground 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.

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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 - Touch Projects

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

Jason McDiarmid - Touch Projects

Jason McDiarmid

Operations Manager

Jason joined the Touch Projects team in 2018 and is accountable for the operational functions of the company.

Jason’s background is pretty diverse: PM, PMO, procurement, and governance roles across major Victorian government projects (Victoria Police, Justice, Public Transport Victoria, and Emergency Management Victoria); a business transformation program in the real estate sector; strategic expansion program in the entertainment (not adult - unfortunately!) industry, and much more.

An even longer time ago in a galaxy far, far, away Jason studied Arts (loved it) and Economics (Milton who?).

Jason’s a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Australian Institute of Project Management, North Melbourne Football Club (hey, we win sometimes!), and the RACV Club. When he’s not chained to his desk, Jason enjoys eating and drinking, whether in France or down on the Mornington Peninsula.

Want to get in touch with Jason? Jason.mcdiarmid@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 - Touch Projects

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

Angela Christou - Touch Projects

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 - Touch Projects

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

Andrew Joycey - Touch Projects

Andrew Joycey

Project Development Manager

Andrew is a highly commercial and adaptable engineering professional and manager with over 20 years’ experience in the transportation planning and management field.

Andrew’s experience has seen him focused on business operations and management spanning large scale transport planning, water, rail, tunnelling, and asset management markets. He has considerable experience in both the public and private sectors in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Andrew has a proven track record of delivering quality outcomes for transport planning and traffic engineering clients. During this time he has been a participant on various technical committees regarding the development and application of transport models for various studies and major transport infrastructure planning projects.

He has project and program management experience in leading major engagements, supported by well-developed project management skills and methodologies. He is proficient in managing key relationships, budgets, risk, and project scope.

Outside work Andrew is an avid follower of the mighty Hawthorn Football Club and tries to attend as many matches as possible during the AFL season. He has a couple of teenage children at home which means his weekends are often spent masquerading as an Uber driver to various teenage sporting events, and teenage parties in the evenings. He’s probably the only guy in the Touch Projects team that looks forward to Mondays.

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

Mike Javadi - Touch Projects

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

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

Dave Pirie - Touch Projects

Dave Pirie

Senior Project Manager

Dave is a highly skilled civil engineer with over 20 years’ industry experience in both Australia and New Zealand. His work includes a wide range of client-side and contracting engagements that have exposed him to many different projects across his career. He has worked on many complex projects in national and international environments, in a variety of project, contract, asset and leadership roles, including time with New Zealand Defence Force carrying out disaster relief projects in nations across the Pacific.

His more recent experience has seen Dave delivering infrastructure projects for state and local governments across Victoria. These projects include an aquatic centre in Thomastown, Indigenous early-learning centre for Whittlesea Council, three new bus depots for Public Transport Victoria, major road upgrades for VicRoads and the Major Road Projects Authority (‘MRPA’), and various infrastructure upgrade projects for Parks Victoria.

Dave is passionate about his projects and enjoys working with diverse stakeholders and teams of experts in challenging project environments. “Worry is a wasted emotion” is one mantra that underpins his approach and attitude to managing projects.

Dave’s other passions are his family, trying to keep fit, working on various DIY projects at home, and (being a kiwi forever), he never forgets to talk (a lot) about rugby, so you’ll often find him by the water cooler talking rugby tactics with the colleagues that are polite enough to sit listen to him…

Want to get in touch with Dave? dave.pirie@touchprojects.com.au

LL Chang - Touch Projects

LL Chang

Project Manager

LL is a dedicated project manager with solid experience in public transport and light rail. LL is also a qualified quantity surveyor and architect and is (proudly) Touch Projects longest-serving team member.

She played a key role in managing the civil works and installations for the mykismartcard ticketing system for Melbourne between 2010 and 2013. With values exceeding $20m, LL has successfully delivered projects including ticketing for the five Regional Rail Link stations, the four Growth Area stations, the Sunbury Electrification Project, and many others.

For the last two and a half years, LL has been working on several light rail projects that has improved safety and service reliability for Melbourne’s tram network. LL’s engaging manner and positive approach to solving technical problem makes her a popular and valued team member wherever she goes.

Away from work, LL is an avid photographer and will happily spend large portions of her weekends photographing Melbourne’s iconic architecture. She has a passion for food and wine – who are we kidding, it’s just red wine; the food is just a by-product of this charade!

LL was born in Taiwan and educated in Australia and speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese. She brings to our team a blended culture, a chilled attitude, and fun personality. She’s not the type that is easily offended and is renown to crack some hilarious and self-deprecating ‘international’ jokes.

Want to get in touch with LL? ll.chang@touchprojects.com.au

Matt Fahey - Touch Projects

Matt Fahey

Project 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

Helmi Som - Touch Projects

Helmi Som

Project Manager

Helmi is an experienced Project Manager with over 20 years’ experience in many diverse and complex projects including roads, underground rail, buildings, and jetty & tank terminal storage facilities across Australia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

His project experience includes ten years in the heavy rail sector in Singapore delivering new track, platforms, and tunnelling, as well as eight years in the delivery of oil and gas storage terminals where he was the Construction Manager. Since settling in Melbourne, Helmi spent two years working with VicRoads as a Project Engineer and is now delivering numerous tram depot upgrades on behalf of Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria.

He is a member of the Engineers Australia, and regularly attends functions and events.

With three growing kids, Helmi spends his weekends shuttling kids around to meet their various sporting commitments, he is also a keen badminton player and plays in competitions. He is an active member of his community and is passionate about the humanitarian work that he supports in Cambodia and Indonesia.

Want to get in touch with Helmi? helmi.som@touchprojects.com.au

Ahmed Al-Hasani - Touch Projects

Ahmed Al-Hasani

Project Manager

Ahmed is a Project Manager with over 19 years’ experience in civil and infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas, including roads, bridges, rail, and drainage projects spanning client-side, consulting, and contracting environments.

He has worked iconic projects such as Eastlink, Bass Highway Duplication, Auckland Northern Busway (NZ), and the Dukhan Expressway and Suburban Roads Development Projects in Qatar.

His more recent projects include working with VicRoads and the Major Road Projects Authority on the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (‘SSRIP’), on the early stages of newly-funded projects. He has been responsible for the development of concept designs, review of environmental studies, preparation of tender documentation, and procurement.

Ahmed has worked on large infrastructure projects abroad in places including Doha (Qatar) and Dubai (UAE). Prior to joining the Touch Projects team, Ahmed was managing his own contracting business that completed civil works across many locations throughout the Middle East.

Outside work, Ahmed enjoys cycling, the outdoors and visiting the various tourist attractions this country has to offer. He loves the English Premier League and is passionate about comedy, geopolitics, and philosophy

Want to get in touch with Ahmed? ahmed.alhasani@touchprojects.com.au

Abdulla Abdou - Touch Projects

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

Shamaun Rashid

Project Engineer

Shamaun is one of our Project Engineers that provides support to our Project Managers on various light rail projects underway across Melbourne.

He has provided invaluable support to several light rail projects including Toorak Road West and Park Street projects (these form part of the Early Works Package for the Metro Tunnel Project), Route 96, Fisherman’s Bend Platform Stop along Route 96, and several others. Shamaun is currently managing the build of new Disability Discrimination Act (‘DDA’) compliant tram stops in Park St and Walsh St in South Melbourne.

Prior to these projects Shamaun managed the completion of dozens of new bus stops along two new bus routes delivered on behalf of Public Transport Victoria. These routes where from Whittlesea to Marysville in the outskirts of Melbourne, and from Packenham to Warragul in regional Victoria. Both projects where completed in record timeframes and required extensive consultation with residents, businesses, schools, local councils, and service authorities

Shamaun graduated from the University of Technology Sydney as an Electrical Engineer, before moving to Melbourne in 2017 to gain further experience in the transport infrastructure sector.

In his free time, Shamaun has a keen interest in travelling throughout Australia and is working through his bucket list. Being a self-proclaimed foodie, he knows where to find great smashed avo served by a hipster that takes his coffee seriously… but not too seriously.

Want to get in touch with Shamaun? shamaun.rashid@touchprojects.com.au

Andy Ma

Junior Project Engineer

Andy is a project engineer with experience in the road and public transport sectors in Melbourne.

He has recently been seconded to the Major Projects team within Yarra Trams, and is providing key support to the Route 96 and William Street upgrade projects. Prior to this, Andy worked on a variety of road improvement projects delivered on behalf of VicRoads. These included the Hoddle St upgrade, where he worked on the P-turn upgrades near Johnston St and Eastern Freeway, and the Swan St continuous flow intersection upgrade.

He has experience in design review, intelligent transport systems, stakeholder consultation, safety management, and broader project management.

Andy graduated from Monash University with a double degree in Civil Engineering and Commerce. At university, he was passionate about pro bono consulting and continues to be involved in social causes and empowering young professionals.

In his free time, Andy loves playing computer games. At university, he ran some of the largest e-sport tournaments in Oceania, including a $250,000 tournament at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre with over 2,000 spectators.

Fortunately, he's decided to pursue his career to something less virtual and more concrete and we’re glad to have him on our team. Rumour has it that he rolls with a pretty stylish gaming mouse on his work computer… which apparently improves his Excel and email efficiency – but we’re not that convinced!

Want to get in touch with Andy? andy.ma@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

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